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Major News and Events of 31 August 2015

What Happened on 31 August 2015


Assam flood situation worsens, four lakh hit

The flood situation in Assam has deteriorated again, affecting 4.64 lakh people in some major towns and more than 1,000 villages and causing widespread destruction, officials said. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said the situation was serious in Dhemaji, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia districts in eastern Assam, where more than 700 villages remained submerged for the last two days. Most areas in Tinsukia and Dibrugarh towns also remained submerged due to flash floods since Sunday, officials said. Source: IANS

Web-based system launched for DBT projects

Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan has launched a web-enabled information management system for the department of biotechnology (DBT) projects. It is expected to avoid delay in processing project proposals and allow access to information for applicants on their proposals from anywhere, an official release said. Inaugurating the DBT Strategy Meet at the NCR Biotech Science Cluster in Faridabad, the minister also unveiled a mobile app for the purpose. It will be available at dbtepromis.nic.in. Source: IANS

Black money: Swiss banks ask Indians to use compliance window

Swiss and other European banks have asked Indian customers to avail the ongoing one-time compliance window granted by the tax department for disclosure of foreign assets. The call has been made in the wake of the final month's deadline to declare and pay tax on assets abroad. A source said that Swiss and Britain-based banks are asking Indian customers to provide fresh undertakings that all taxes have been paid on funds deposited by them in respective bank accounts. Source: IANS

Saina on collision course against Sindhu in Japan

India's top two badminton stars -- Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu -- are on a collision course at the $275,000 Japan Open Superseries to be held at the Tokyo Metropolitan Gymnasium from September 8 to 13. The two are likely to meet in the second round of women's singles in the Japanese capital if they beat their opening round opponents. Source: IANS

Jethmalani supports OROP, slams Jaitley

Former BJP leader Ram Jethmalani has visited the ex-servicemen protesting here seeking One Rank One Pension (OROP) and launched a sharp attack on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Saying he was there to support the veterans, Jethmalani said the finance minister was an "enemy" of the veterans as well as the nation. "Throughout the campaign (for Lok Sabha election), I went round the country and said Modi is a gift of god. I am ashamed to say that Modi has frustrated my dream, and every day I get more and more evidence that he has no intention of fulfilling this promise," Jethmalani said. Source: IANS

Don't commit suicide over special status: Andhra CM

Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu has appealed to people not to be driven by emotion and commit suicide over the issue of special status to the state. He said that his government was making all efforts to get justice to the state. The Andhra assembly has passed a condolence resolution mourning those who committed suicide over the delay in the award of special status to the state. Source: IANS

EC yet to decide on Reang refugees' inclusion in Mizoram voter list

The Election Commission is yet to decide whether Mizoram's Reang tribals, who have been living in relief camps in Tripura for the past 18 years, should be included in Mizoram's electoral list or not, an official said. Around 31,300 Reang tribals, who locally call themselves "Bru", have been living in seven makeshift camps in northern Tripura since October 1997 when they fled Mizoram after ethnic troubles following the killing of a Mizo officer. Source: IANS

PM releases digital audio CDs of Ramcharitmanas

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has released a digital version of epic Ramcharitmanas, a set of digital audio compact discs produced by All India Radio. "The strength of Akashvani is immense and I fully understand it. I remember learning about the Pokhran (nuclear) tests of 1998 through a tea seller in Himachal Pradesh, who heard it on the radio. He told me very happily that Atal (Bihari Vajpayee) ji has tested the bomb," Modi said. Source: IANS

SC declines plea seeking Salman Khan's bail cancellation

The Supreme Court on Monday dismissed a petition seeking cancellation of bail of film star Salman Khan who was convicted and sentenced in a hit and run case. The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice H.L. Dattu declined the plea by one of the alleged victims associated with the case and belonging to Mumbai Police. The petitioner had challenged the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Salman. (Source: IANS)

Sheena murder: Accused trio to be produced in court

The three prime accused in the Sheena Bora murder case will be produced before the Bandra magistrate court here on Monday when Mumbai police will seek extension of their custody, officials said here. Indrani Mukherjea, the victim's mother, Indrani's former driver Shyam Rai and her ex-husband, Kolkata-based Sanjeev Khanna, are presently in the custody of the Khar police. Monday's hearing would be crucial as the Khar police would provide an update to the magistrate on the progress in the investigations so far and seek further remand. (Source: IANS)