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Major News and Events of 16 August 2014

What Happened on 16 August 2014

India's top order except Dhoni fails to perform

On the opening day of the fifth cricket Test, England overpowered India and kept it at 148 runs. The team then scored a quick 62 runs without a loss. England is leading the series by 2-1. The Indian batting was awful but Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a remarkable 82 runs including 15 fours and one six. Except for him only two other batsmen Murali Vijay (18) and Ravichandran Ashwin (13) could touch the double figure.

Textile export shows a jump of 12 percent in 2013

Textile export of India showed a positive sign by going up by 11.58 percent as the country exported $36.69 billion worth textile in 2013 as compared to $32.88 billion in 2012. Foreign currency inflow because of export is $35.42 billion during April-May, 2014-15, it was $31.62 billion during 2012-13 as per media reports. Textile ministry of India cleared that government is taking steps to improve the export by exploring new markets. It is holding exhibitions in Russian Federation, Israel, Eastern Europe, Latin American countries and other non-traditional markets.

At presidential reception, Japanese diplomat calls Modi the star

At President Pranab Mukherjee's At Home reception everyone wanted to meet, greet and take the autograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. They created a stampede-like situation. A Japanese diplomat Takeshi Yagi remarked that Modi is a star. Expectation and curiosity prevailed in the atmosphere as everyone was waiting for the top officials of the new government. The reception was also attended by the former Prime Minsiter Manmohan Singh and his wife Gursharan Kaur.

Prime Minister commissions INS Kolkata – An indigenously built warship

Prime Minister Narendra Modi commissioned indigenously built warship "INS Kolkata" into the Indian Navy in Mumbai on Saturday. It is the largest warship that has been entirely built by India. PM Modi described INS Kolkata as a symbol of India's self-reliance in defence as it clearly proves the technical capability of India.

The naval Design Bureau has designed the INS Kolkata whereas its construction has been done by Mazagon Docks Ltd (MDL), Mumbai. INS Kolkata will be a part of the Kolkata Class destroyers of the Indian Navy and the first part of the series that also include INS Kochi and INS Chennai. Though this definitely sends a message to the rest of the world about India's capability but PM Modi made clear that India doesn't want war.

BJP President Amit Shah announces new BJP team

BJP President Amit Shah has announced his new team that includes the names of B.S. Yeddyurappa, J.P. Nadda and Ram Madhav. The name of Varun Gandhi who was working as a general secretary of the party has been dropped. Nadda and Ram Madhav have been made the general secretary from Himachal Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh respectively. Rajeev Pratap Rudy is a general secretary from from Bihar whereas Ramlal retains his position as the organisation secretary. Vijaya Rahatkar will remain chief of the BJP Mahila Morcha.

Unique initaitve to make Mumbai a drug-free city by Muslims

On the 68th Independence Day, Muslim clerics, intellectuals and social activists pledged to make Mumbai a drug-free city, especially its minority-dominated areas. At the Islam Gymkhana, important cleric Hazrat Maulana Syed Moin Miyan expressed fear over the increasing use of psychotropic drugs among youngsters. He said that in minority areas there are more than 200 drug peddlers who sell this killer drugs to youth. Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority chairman Yusuf Abrahani called this a real challenge. Police assured its full cooperation.

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