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Major News and Events of 15 August 2016

What Happened on 15 August 2016

PM Modi delivers 70th Independence Day Speech from Red Fort

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the nation from Red Fort on the occasion of 70th Independence Day of India. He stressed upon the need of good governance (surajya) after attaining self-governance (swarajya) during Independence. He also greeted the 125 crore strong Indian expats living overseas. PM Modi announced increasing freedom fighters’ pension by 20 per cent. He emphasised his government’s focus on saving energy. The prime minister called upon SAARC countries to join hands for eradicating poverty and put forward his government’s strategy of Reform, Perform and Transform. He made scathing attack on Pakistan for glorifying terrorists and fanning unrest in Kashmir. He also said how his support for bringing the plights of people living in Balochistan, Gilgit and PoK to the world arena garnered support from the activists of those regions.

President Mukherjee warns Nation on Institutional "Travesty" and Constitutional "Subversion"

President Pranab Mukherjee addressed the nation yesterday and called for dealing firmly with the perpetrators who bring upon violence on weaker sections of the society. He warned the nation that divisive political agenda along with polarising debates can lead to constitutional subversions and institutional travesties. President Mukherjee stressed upon the need of inculcating scientific temper among Indians and went on say that acquiring knowledge, skills, and innovation are the only ways to survive. While emphasising upon “harmonizing religion with modern science”, President quoted Upanishads to underline the importance of working together and wished for long lasting peace.

FM Jaitley calls for Municipal Level Reforms for Ease of Doing Business

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while addressing an audience at a seminar (on the topic “State economic reforms: The way ahead”) in Bhilai said that all round effort on part of the central and state government has started to ease doing business in India. However, he stressed upon the need of percolating down the efforts to civil bodies (municipal and panchayat levels). Jaitley said that passage of GST bill in the parliament is a major step towards taxation reforms, which will help Indian economy to become more competitive in the global market.

Indian "Produnova" Dipa Karmakar misses Olympic Bronze by a Whisker

23 year old Dipa Karmakar, the first Indian gymnast to reach the finals in Olympics, missed the bronze medal by a whisker as her average score (15.066) fell 0.15 points short of Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber (15.216), the bronze medal winner in the event. Gold and silver medals were won by USA’s Simone Biles (15.966) and Russia’s Maria Paseka (15.253) respectively. India’s “Produnova” girl was sporting enough despite the loss and vouched for focusing on “Tokyo 2020 Olympics”. She wished India on 70th Independence day and thanked everyone who supported her.

Terrorist attack in Srinagar, 2 Terrorists and 1 CRPF Commandant Killed

Militants today (at around 8.45am IST) opened fire at security personnel at Srinagar’s Nowhatta area, killing one CRPF Commandant (Pramod Kumar) and injuring 8 jawans. The incident took place after Army along with local police cordoned area near Jama Masjid, after getting specific tip-off about terrorist presence in Nowhatta area. The gunfight ended around 2 pm IST. Two terrorists were gunned down by the martyred commander before succumbing to injuries.

National Award Winning Lyricist Na Muthukumar Passes Away

41 year old National Award winning lyricist Na Muthukumar passed away on Sunday in Chennai due to jaundice (coupled with high fever). He received National Awards for writing Azhage Azhage (Saivam) and Aanandha Yazhai Meetugiraai (Thanga Meengal). Muthukumar started his career as a lyricist with the Tamil film Veera Nadai, which released in the year 2000. Over a decade’s time, he wrote around 2,000 songs and also created record for writing 103 songs in a single year (2012).

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