Major News and Events of 24 August 2015
What Happened on 24 August 2015
Bihar CM orders 24-hour watch at embankments
Justice M.L. Tahaliyani, who awarded death to Kasab, is Maharashtra Lokayukta
Captured Pakistani terrorist sent to judicial custody
Net neutrality: Industry body opposes zero-rated plans
Delhi's first hydropower plant commissioned
Pakistan violates ceasefire in Jammu region
India wins second test match against Sri Lanka
Sensex tanks 1,000 points
Five dead as Bangalore-Nanded Express collides with truck
The LJP and RLSP on Monday expressed their unhappiness over delay in finalisation of seats for the upcoming Bihar assembly elections, saying the BJP must contest only 102 of the 243 seats and leave 141 for its three allies.
Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and the Rashtriya Lok Samata Party (RLSP) expressed discomfort with Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders' slogan -- "Abki bar Bhajpa sarkar", saying it was wrong to raise such a slogan as the next government would be formed by BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).
Addressing a joint press conference here LJP's state president Pasupati Kumar Paras and RLSP state president Arun Kumar said the BJP should finalise the seat sharing at the earliest, as it would be the sooner the better. (Source: IANS)
After the water level rose in several rivers in Bihar, following heavy rain in the state, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday ordered continuous vigil on all embankments here, officials said.
He also directed the disaster management department to be fully prepared for relief and rescue operations.
He also chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation following heavy rain in the state and the catchment areas of Nepal that has created the fear of floods in many villages, an official in the chief minister's office said. (Source: IANS)
Retired Bombay High Court judge Justice Madanlal Laxmandas Tahaliyani, who was hailed for his exemplary conduct of the trial of hanged terrorist M. Ajmal Amir Kasab, was sworn-in as Maharashtra's new Lokayukta on Monday. He was also praised as "a true flag-bearer of the rule of of law in this country".
He was sworn-in by Maharashtra Governor C.V. Rao at a function in Raj Bhavan attended by top dignitaries including Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, judges of various courts, ministers and Special Public Prosecutor Ujjwal Nikam. (Source: IANS)
A court here on Monday sent Udhampur terror attack accused Muhammad Naveed alias Qasim Khan, a Pakistani national, to judicial custody till August 26. Jammu's chief judicial magistrate Sunnet Gupta issued the order. The accused had earlier been on police remand for 15 days.
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) is probing the Udhampur terror attack in which three people, including two BSF troopers, were killed and 11 troopers injured on the Jammu-Srinagar National highway on August 5. (Source: IANS)
In response to the Department of Telecom's (DoT) paper on net neutrality, the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) on Monday said it is "clearly and unambiguously opposed to zero-rated plans of any type".
In its submission last week, industry body IAMAI held that "these plans will ultimately harm Internet content and service providers by limiting competition among them and, by extension, limit consumer choice".
Such plans will also "allow the operators, if given the control of what apps/services to push to the consumers, to discriminate and privilege certain web services over others, and throttle innovation", it added. (Source: IANS)
Science and Technology
The Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has commissioned the first hydroelectric plant here to produce 20,000 kwh electricity per year, an official statement said. The plant has been set up at DJB's Sewage Treatment Plant in Chilla in east Delhi.
This is the first plant in Delhi to generate power through hydraulic turbines propelled by treated effluent from the STP, the statement said. The generated electricity will be utilised at the sewage plant itself. (Source: IANS)
The Pakistani Army resorted to unprovoked shelling and firing at the Indian positions overnight on the line of control (LoC) in Poonch district of Jammu region, a defence spokesman said.
"The Pakistani Army used 60 mm mortars and automatics to target our positions in Balakote sector of Poonch district yesterday (Sunday)," defence spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta said.
"The Pakistan shelling and firing started at 7 p.m. and continued till 7.10 p.m. Our troops responded effectively and appropriately," he added.
This is the first ceasefire violation by the Pakistani Army after the NSA-level talks between India and Pakistan were called off. (Source: IANS)
India won the second test match against Sri Lanka at the P Sara Oval ground in Colombo. India, which bowled out Sri Lanka for 134 runs, won the match by 278 runs. According to media reports, India’s off spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, got figures for 5-42, while Amit Mishra bagged 3 for 29.
The BSE and Nifty crashed on Monday. According to media reports, they fell to over 3.5 percent in opening trade. The rupee also came under sharp selloff. It was down 1 percent to hit a fresh two year low of 66.49 per dollar. For the first time in two years, the sensex fell to as much as 1,000 points.
Five people were killed when a truck rammed into an express train in Andhra Pradesh. According to media reports, the dead included Karnataka MLA Venkatesh Nayak and the truck driver. Around 25 people are believed to be injured in the accident that took place at a level crossing in Anantapur. Four coaches of the Bangalore-Nanded Express derailed due to the impact of the collision. The truck driver, who was in an inebriated condition and driving at a very high speed, did not see that the gates were closed at the level crossing.