Major News and Events of 21 August 2016
What Happened on 21 August 2016
Najma Heptulla becomes Governor of Manipur
5 Members of Mumbai-based Businessman's Family joins ISIS
Government chooses Inflation Hawk Urjit Patel as RBI Governor to Continue Rajan's Legacy
Sportsperson writes Suicide Note addressing PM Modi highlighting inability to bear Expenses
Indian Army's 12 Para enters Myanmar targeting NSCN(K) camp
Union Government has approved multiple facilities for refugees, who have been living in India on long-term visa, from neighbouring countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. Home Ministry in a statement said that the facilities the minority refugees (belonging to Hindu, Christian, Parsi, Jain, Buddhist, and Sikh communities) from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan include purchasing properties, opening bank accounts, and many more. The Long Term Visas (LTV) will now be applicable for 5 years instead of 2 years and the refugees can get education and employment facilities.
Ex Vice President of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Najma Heptulla has been sworn in as the eighteenth governor of Manipur today at Darbar Hall of Raj Bhavan in Imphal. The oath of office and secrecy to Najma Heptulla was administered by acting Chief Justice of High Court of Manipur Rakesh Ranjan Prasad. Heptulla resigned from the post of Minority Affairs Minister on July 12 as she crossed 75 years of age, a tacit rule of retirement in BJP for ministerial positions. Manipur CM Okram Ibobi Singh along with other ministers and MLAs were present during the oath taking ceremony.
Five family members of a Mumbai-based businessman Abdul Majeed, including his son Ashfaque Ahmed, have reportedly move to west Asia and joined dreaded terror outfit Islamic State (ISIS). The 26 year old son of the businessman along with his wife, infant child and two of his cousins (22 year old Mohammed Siraj and 30 year old Ejaz Rehman) left India in June 2016 to join ISIS. The matter came to light when Ashfaque sent a mobile message to his youngest brother saying they have moved toIS territory and don’t want to come back to India.
RBI's incumbent Deputy Governor, 52 year old Urjit Patel, has been chosen by Modi government as the new RBI governor. Patel will assume office on September 4, after the incumbent RBI governor Raghuram Rajan steps down. Urjit Patel, who is known as the “inflation warrior” of Rajan, has promised to give his best shot “to live up to the expectation of people”. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley congratulated Patel and wished him success. Reports say, it was under Patel-led committee’s recommendation that the inflation target range for India has been set between 2 to 6 per cent.
20-year-old Pooja, a national-level handball player, allegedly committed suicide yesterday after the second year student was denied free hostel facility by Khalsa College in Patiala. She left a suicide note, where she addressed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and asked him to ensure that every underprivileged girl should get free educational facility. Khalsa College management said that Pooja was denied free hostel facility (but was given free admission) because of her poor performance. In the 4-page suicide note, she said that her father, a vegetable vendor, can’t afford her daily commutation cost of Rs. 120 everyday, amounting to Rs. 3,720 per month.
Reports say, highly trained 12 Para of Army has crossed international border and entered many hundred metres into Myanmar targeting military camps of NSCN (Khaplang). R3ports say, the Indian army troop crossed near the border pillar 151, located near Chen Moho village, and open fired at the NSCN(K) camps at around 3.30am on Friday. A senior home ministry official said that these cross border strikes are carried out for keeping pressure on NSCN(K). However, Indian Army officials have denied reports of crossing India-Myanmar border.