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Major News and Events of 23 August 2014

What Happened on 23 August 2014


Defence minister commissions INS Kamorta

Defence Minister Arun Jaitley commissioned the INS Kamorta, India's first native stealth anti-submarine warfare on Saturday. Designed at the Directorate of Naval Design, the warfare has been built by using carbon fibre reinforced plastic. INS Kamorta is fully equipped with wide range of anti-submarine warfare, anti-air and anti-surface weapons and sensors. Defence minister added that more than 90 percent of the ship is native. He also said that government is encouraging the native manufacturing in defence.

Northeast film festival starts in Delhi

The first edition of northeast film festival has started in Delhi. It was inaugurated by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar on Friday. He said that it is an effort to take new initiatives for the northeast region of the country. These regions are full of potential and cultural diversity. The event was also attended by Chief Minister of Meghalaya Mukul Sangma. He said that the state government has started working on infrastructure projects to hold international events. Many other personalities like Manju Borah, Geetanjali Thapa, Oinam Gautam Singh had also attended the opening ceremony.

AAP not to take part in Vadodara bypolls

While all the major political parties are holding party meetings, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has decided not to contest in the Vadodara bypolls which are going to take place in just five days. Paresh Patel of AAP Vadodara said that the party wants to focus on rebuilding its image which has been damaged by internal fights. The city unit has been instructed by top leaders in Delhi. But some of the AAP leaders are against this decision and have stated that it will dent the party's image.

Jaitley's clarification on his rape remarks

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's remarks describing December 16 Delhi gang rape as a “small incident” started a fresh row of controversy.  Hundreds of women Congress supporters protested outside the residence of Jaitley. The father of Nirbhaya, Congress supporters and activists said that Jaitley must apologse for his remarks.Clarifying his stand, Jaitley said that his speech was misunderstood. 

Uttar Pradesh government announces new electronic manufacturing policy

A new electronic manufacturing policy has been announced by the Uttar Pradesh government which will allow the mass production of electronic goods like cell phones, computers, DVDs and other such items. The state cabinet has approved the policy which has been inspired by the Chinese model. In the initial phase, small electronic manufacturing cluster will be set up and promoted. The site for one such cluster is at Greater Noida whereas process of finding sites to establish other two clusters is still going on. The state cabinet has also announced 15 percent capital subsidy for investing up to Rs five crore in these clusters.