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Major News and Events of 08 August 2015

What Happened on 08 August 2015


NALCO seeks setting up of $2.6 billion worth Aluminum Smelter and Power Plant in Iran

With the sanctions on Iran all set to be lifted, National Aluminium Co Ltd (NALCO) has planned to set up $2.6 billion worth Aluminium Complex (consisting aluminium smelter and power plant) in Iran. NALCO’s Chairman-cum-Managing Director, Tapan Kumar Chand, is learned to be meeting foreign ministry officials of India and Iran’s ambassador to India in the coming week for making the ball roll. The announcement comes after Indian company KIOCL agreed last month of selling high-grade iron ore pellets to Iran, whose worth is $200 million per annum. Reports also say a NALCO appointed consultant shortlisted Indonesia and Oman for setting up smelter.

After Threat Letter Security beefed up for Justice Dipak Misra

After Justice Dipak Misra (one of the three Supreme Court judges who turned down last minute plea of 1993 Mumbai Blast convict Yakub Memon) received an anonymous threat letter, his security arrangements has been beefed up. Security arrangement of his residence has been increased through deployment of central paramilitary force commandos and a bullet proof car has been arranged. Meanwhile, Home Ministry has issued warning that the intelligence agencies of Pakistan have planned to hack computer networks of key Indian ministries including External Affairs and Defence. The MHA advisory said that complex matrix of online proxies will be used by Pakistan intelligence agencies for hacking.

PM Modi meets AIADMK Chief to Discuss GST Bill and Cauvery Issue

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met J Jayalalitha, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, over lunch in her Chennai’s Poes Garden residence. During the 30-minute lunch meeting PM Modi sought support for the proposed GST bill from AIADMK supremo. Though PM’s main official purpose of visiting Tamil Nadu was to inaugurate National Handloom Day function at University of Madras’s centenary hall, Modi’s meet with Jayalalitha hogged the media limelight. In fact, TN CM also received PM Modi at the airport. An official communiqué of the Tamil Nadu government said that CM presented a memorandum to the PM that consisted the state’s pending issues with the Union government.   

CEC led Election Commission Team meets representatives of political parties in Bihar

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Nasim Zaidi led team of Election Commission (EC) has arrived in Patna on a 2-day visit for assessing preparations for upcoming Bihar Assembly election. CEC Nasim Zaidi, Achal Kumar Jyoti (Election Commissioner), and Umesh Sinha (Deputy Election Commissioner) met representatives of different political parties of the state separately and discussed (took requests, suggestions, and opinions) about the upcoming election. For ensuring free and fair election, Vashisht Narayan Singh (JD-U’s Bihar President) led a delegation and submitted a 10-point memorandum. JDU spokesperson Neeraj Kumar said that they demanded adequate deployment of CRPF, RAF, and BSF personnel during election.

ISRO's Commercial Arm signs Deals to Launch 9 American Nano/Micro Satellites by 2016-end

Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) commercial arm, Antrix Corporation, has entered into an agreement to launch 9 American nano/micro satellites and put them into orbit by 2016-end. Reports say that micro satellites weigh between 10 kgs to 100 kgs and nano satellites weigh anywhere from 1 kg to 10 kgs. An ISRO official said that an Astrosat satellite is all set to be launched in September with the help of PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket. The official also said that ISRO is currently busy making arrangements for launching communication satellite GSAT-6 on 27 August through heavier GSLV (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle) Mark II rocket.

Reports claim Suresh Raina dropped from Zimbabwe Tour after ex-IPL Chief Lalit Modi's Mail Bomb

Report published in a national newspaper claims that Ajinkya Rahane was not the first choice of the BCCI selectors for the position of skipper for Zimbabwe tour. They initially chose more experienced cricketer Suresh Raina for the captain’s position for two T20s and three ODIs. However, ex-IPL chief Lalit Modi’s mail bomb (to ICC CEO Dave Richardson back in June’13), alleging Raina as one of the three Rajasthan Royal players of having accepted favours from a real estate tycoon, made a top BCCI official intervene and change the decision. However, both ICC and BCCI have given clean chit to the accused three players including Suresh Raina.




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