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Major News and Events of 14 August 2015

What Happened on 14 August 2015

Sindhu, Jwala-Ashwini miss World badminton medals

In a case of so near and yet so far, P.V. Sindhu and the duo of Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa suffered quarterfinal defeats in their respective categories to miss out on World Badminton Championship medals.Double World Championship bronze medallist Sindhu was looking to make a hat-trick after clinching the metal in the last two editions of the prestigious tournament. But a three-game loss in an hour and 22 minutes to South Korean eighth seed Sung Ji Hyun dashed any hopes of Sindhu winning a women's singles medal for the third consecutive year. Source: IANS

RBI to transfer Rs.66,000 crore surplus to government

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has announced that it will transfer its surplus profit of Rs.65,896 crore to the central government."The central board of directors of the Reserve Bank of India, at its meeting held on Thursday, approved the transfer of surplus amounting to Rs.658.96 billion for the year ended June 30, 2015 to the Government of India," the RBI said in a statement, following a meeting of its central board chaired by governor Raghuram Rajan. Source: IANS

Will take steps to prevent dumping of Chinese goods'

The government is aware of the impact of Chinese yuan devaluation on Indian exports and would take steps to prevent dumping of Chinese goods into India, Commerce Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said."The devaluation of Chinese yuan is a serious issue. It can lead to a situation where China can push its products into India. Indian exports may come down and our exporters may face greater challenge," Sitharaman told the reporters. Source: IANS

Reliance Capital's standalone Q1 net profit up 32 percent

Reliance Capital on Friday reported a 32.57 percent increase in its standalone net profit for the first quarter (Q1) that ended June 30. The company's net profit for the quarter under review stood at Rs.175 crore from Rs.132 crore for the quarter ended June 30 of the previous year. According to the company, its standalone total income during the Q1 inched-up by 1.61 percent to Rs.946 crore from Rs.931 crore for the corresponding period of 2014-15. Source: IANS

Don't arrest AAP's Gulab Singh till October 14, police told

The Delhi High Court has granted protection to Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Gulab Singh, who allegedly assaulted a junior engineer, from arrest till October 14. Granting Singh anticipatory bail, Justice Ashutosh Kumar ordered Delhi police to not take coercive action against him, after he was accused of obstructing a public servant from discharging his duties during the demolition drive of an illegal building. Source: IANS

30 pilgrims dead in Jharkhand in five days

The death of 13 pilgrims in Jharkhand on Friday has pushed the number of pilgrims killed in the state in the last five days to 30. At least 13 pilgrims who were on their way to their home in Bihar's Siwan district after offering prayers at Puri Jagannath Temple in Odisha were killed when a truck rammed into their van. The accident took place at Ichagarh in Seraikela Kharsawan district, around 130 km from Ranchi. Source: IANS

Modi to lay foundation for four-lane road

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone of a four-lane road connecting Patna and Buxar when he visits Bihar on August 18 to address a BJP rally, an official said. The prime minister will visit Ara town in Bhojpur district, about 60 km from here, before addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party rally at Saharsa. Source: IANS

Veteran photo journalist Manojit Chanda dead

Veteran photo-journalist Manojit Chanda passed away at a city hospital on 13 August 2015 evening after a brief illness. He was 87.Beginning his career as a freelancer he later worked with The Hindu Group and was also associated with "Jugantar" newspaper. After it ceased publication, he worked with a lot of other notable publications based in and out of the city. Source: IANS

Abhishek Verma to battle for gold in Archery World Cup

On a day when most Indian archers failed to live up to expectation, Abhishek Verma kept his arrows on target to romp into the men's individual compound final of the World Cup - third leg.Verma went past his Italian quarter final opponent Michele Nencioni 147-143 and then pipped Steve Anderson of the US 146-145 in the semis. After nine arrows each, he was down 86-87, but rallied back with three successive 10 pointers in the 4th to open up a 116-115 lead over the American at the Szczytnicki Park. Source: IANS

India, US to enhance cyber security cooperation

India and the US have committed to robust cooperation on cyber issues to increase global cyber security and promote the digital economy.They have identified a variety of opportunities for increased collaboration on cyber security capacity-building, cyber security research and development, combating cybercrime, international security, and Internet governance. Source: IANS

Restrictions in Srinagar to thwart separatist celebrations

The authorities have imposed restrictions in parts of Srinagar city to prevent separatist celebrations on Pakistan's Independence Day. "Restrictions have been imposed in seven areas of Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainwari, M.R. Gunj, Maisuma, Kralkhud and Safa Kadal in order to maintain law and order," a senior police officer said. Source: IANS

PM Modi greets Pakistan on Independence Day

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has greeted the people of Pakistan on their Independence Day. "Greetings and good wishes to the people of Pakistan on their Independence Day," the prime minister said in a tweet. Pakistan celebrates Independence Day on August 14. Source: IANS

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