Major News and Events of 26 August 2014
What Happened on 26 August 2014
Rajnath Singh reviews the situation on border
Followers of Swaroopananda and Shirdi Sai Baba clash
Rajan alerts against debt waiver schemes
Sony brings a 'selfie' smartphone at Rs 23,990 in India
Android One to be launched in India soon, Karbonn and Micromax to line-up their products
Badminton Championship: Tarun-Ashwin makes exit in the first round
RN Ravi appointed as new chief of joint intelligence panel
Hospital: Lalu needs cardiac surgery
Muzaffarnagar accused given Z category security
As per reports, adequate arrangements have been made at the Mumbai airport to screen the 112 passengers who will be arriving from the Ebola-hit Liberia. According to the Mumbai International Airport Limited (MIAL), the tentative plan is the aircraft will be taken to a remote area first and then all the passengers will be screened from where they will be taken finally to the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (CSIA). It is also planned that the passengers who will be found without any symptoms will be sent for immigration whereas those with the symptoms will be shifted to a hospital.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the situation along the borders with Pakistan after the ceasefire violations by Pakistan across Line of Control (LOC) in Jammu and Kashmir and international border. As per reports, Singh gave a close look at the deployment of the Border Security Force (BSF) and asked them to take all possible steps to ensure the safety of the common people.
A dispute between the followers of Shirdi Sai Baba and Shankaracharya Swaroopananda Saraswati led to a scuffle at the time of a religious meet in Chhattisgarh. A controversy was earlier sparked when Swaroopananda Saraswati said Sai Baba was neither a guru nor a saint. To discuss and debate over the issue, the Divya Chaturmas Mahotsav Samiti organised a conclave at Kawardha. The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust did not react to the invitation and not even participated in the discussion.
Raghuram Rajan, Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor has alerted against the debt waivers which are proposed by few state governments. He has emphasised on the adverse effects such schemes can bring on the financial condition of the banks, which are reeling under prudential requirements and deterioration in asset quality. While addressing a conference, he stressed on the need for strengthening the state-level coordination committees (SLCCs).
Science and Technology
Japanese electronics giant Sony has launched a new handset, Xperia C3 in India. The dual-SIM phone will be available at a price of Rs 23,990. The phone has been created with a special feature of ‘PROselfie cam’ which can be used for social sharing experience. It has a 5.5-inch screen, an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. It is supported by quad-core processor of 1.2 Ghz and has a 1 GB RAM and internal memory of 8 GB.
Science and Technology
Google project, Android One which promises to offer rich smartphone experience at lower prices will be launched in India in September. On the other hand, Karbonn, Micromax and Spice are also prepared to launch their products in the Indian markets in the same month. All the manufacturers are expected to launch these handsets within the range of Rs 7,000-10,000. It is also expected that Google will bring more such handsets depending upon the response from the customers.
India saw a disheartening start at the World Badminton Championship as Ashwin Ponnappa and Tarun Kona made an early exit in the mixed doubles held in the Ballerup Super Arena in Copenhagen. The duo went down by Denmark pair - Anders Kristiansen and Julie Houmann - by 16-21, 25-27. However, they came close to push the game when they led 21-20 and 23-22.
R N Ravi has been appointed as the new chief of the Joint Intelligence Committee (JIC) by the government. He was a former special director of the Intelligence Bureau. Ravi will be given a rank of secretary to the central government and the position of JIC Chairman has been given to him for three years. Ramesh Chand Tayal has also been appointed as the special director general of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF). According to an official release, these two appointments have been cleared by the appointment committee of the cabinet.
The Asian Heart Institute has said that a cardiac surgery will be required for RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav who was admitted to the hospital on Monday. A statement released by the Medical Director of the hospital, Vijay D’Silva says that based on the preliminary reports, it is confirmed that Lalu needs a cardiac surgery. He also said that few reports are pending and once those come,it will be decided what kind of surgery is to be conducted.
Muzzafarnagar riot-accused, BJP leader Sangeet Som has been given the security under ‘Z Category’ by the Union home ministry. As per reports, Som has been accused by the Uttar Pradesh police for making inflammatory speeches and uploading fake videos which triggered the riots in Muzaffarnagar last year. Som has been assigned with bulletproof cars and 30 security guards. This move by the government has been criticised by several political parties.