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Major News and Events of 12 August 2015

What Happened on 12 August 2015

IDBI Bank net profit up

Private sector IDBI Bank Ltd said it has logged a net profit of Rs.135.18 crore during the first quarter of the current fiscal as compared to Rs.106.17 crore for the same quarter last year. In a regulatory filing in BSE, the bank's total income has increased from Rs.7,232.73 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2014 to Rs. 7,903.37 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2015. Source: IANS

Not at fault in Lalit Modi case: Sushma

A beleaguered External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj launched a frontal attack on Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha. She also said she was not at fault in the issuance of travel documents to former IPL chief Lalit Modi by the British government. "I am saying again today that there is no mistake by me," she said while participating in a debate in the Lok Sabha on an adjournment motion on the Lalit Modi issue. Source: IANS

India to achieve 10 percent growth by 2017: Amit Shah

India will achieve a 10 percent growth rate by 2017, BJP president Amit Shah said. Speaking at a chamber of commerce event here, Shah urged the Congress to support the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill in the Rajya Sabha. Shah said this on the last day of parliament's monsoon session. Source: IANS

Haryana gives Rs.53 crore cash awards to sportspersons

Medal-winning sportspersons from Haryana were given cash awards of Rs.53 crore by the Haryana government. Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar gave away the cash awards to 158 outstanding sportspersons of the state who excelled in various international events and won medals for the country in events like boxing, wrestling and athletics. Source: IANS

Sharad Yadav, Manish Tewari slam India Inc

Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yaday and Congress leader Manish Tewari have slammed India Inc, saying it was trying to dictate parliament's functioning. "How can the corporates dictate the functioning of parliament?" Yadav asked in the Rajya Sabha. He made the remark after the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) signed an online petition condemning the unending disruptions in parliament and urging both houses to legislate proposals like the GST. Source: IANS

Vizag-Delhi tri-weekly AP Express flagged off

A new train connecting Andhra Pradesh to New Delhi was flagged off by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu.Visakhapatnam-New Delhi-Visakhapatnam Super Fast AC AP Express began its maiden journey from this coastal city with the minister flagging off the train through video linking from Rail Bhavan in New Delhi. The tri-weekly express will leave from Vizag, as the coastal city is also called, every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 7.45 a.m. and will reach New Delhi at 7 p.m. the next day. Source: IANS

Sri Lanka opt to bat against India in first Test

Sri Lanka captain Angelo Mathews won the toss and decided to bat against India in the first match of the three-Test series at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Sri Lanka. Source: IANS

AAP legislator violated emblem act, HC told

The Delhi High Court was informed by the central government that Aam Aadmi Party legislator Rituraj Govind violated the State Emblem of India Act by distributing ID cards bearing the state emblem to party volunteers. Justice V.P. Vaish was informed by the home affairs ministry that for violating the State Emblem Act, Govind was liable to be punished.Source: IANS

Pakistan fires at Indian positions in Jammu

The Pakistan Army fired at Indian positions along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch and Rajouri districts, an official said. "The Pakistan Army used 120 mm. mortars and automatics to target our positions in Poonch sector of the LoC on Tuesday," defence ministry spokesman Col. Manish Mehta said. Source: IANS

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