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Major News and Events of 17 August 2013

What Happened on 17 August 2013

Google services went down for around 5 minutes


Google's services that included Google Search and Gmail went down at 4:20 am IST for around five minutes and was said to have affected the global traffic. When a user tried to search on Google a 502 error was shown. Google services dashboard then showed a generic message that it will provide an update by 17 August (i.e., the same day), 6:07 am when the issue is resolved. Ten minutes after the outage the Google engineers announced that the error has been resolved and its services were running smoothly.

Rs. 2,297 crore for road construction in Jharkhand


Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has given his nod for earmarking Rs. 2,297 crore for five roads construction in the state. Five bypass roads of 500 km will be constructed in the state and will be funded by Asian Development Bank. These will include roads in districts like West Singhbhum, Khunti, Godda, Lohardaga, Pakur and Giridih and would connect:

  • Dumka to Hasdiha
  • Govindpur to Tundi
  • Giridih to Jamua through Chatru
  • Khunti to Tamar
  • Sahebganj through Taljhari to Tinpahar

These are supposed to provide better connectivity and also facilitate trade and commerce.

Rohan Bopanna posts win over Leander Paes in doubles battle at Cincinnati

Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin defeated Leander Paes and Radek Stepanek to reach the semis of the ATP Cincinnati Masters. The Indo French duo who was 8th seeded won over Indo-Czech team 6-3, 6-7(3), 10-8. This will be the second time Bopanna will be in the endeavor to reach Cincinnati final when he along with Roger-Vasselin meet Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez ,the duo from Spain who edged past Mariusz Fyrstenberg and Marcin Matkowski in the quarter final 6-4, 6-2.

Salman's Kick hits theaters next Eid


Salman Khan has reserved Eid date (27th July) next year for his upcoming action movie Kick. Salman’s movies release on Eid as it has been lucky for him. His all super hits movies like Ek Tha Tiger, Dabangg, Bodyguard and Wanted were released on this day. Producer-director Sajid Nadiadwala stated that he was happy to direct Salman as they have a good camaraderie among themselves and he hopes the magic of Eid release will be created again. The movie’s shooting started in Glasgow.

Floods in Jammu: Eight dead, 1500 houses damaged


Eight people lost their lives and more than 1,500 houses suffered huge damage as torrential downpour led to floods in Jammu region. 5 persons lost their life in a house collapse while 3 persons got washed away by the overflowing rivers. The administration stated that their intervention in time saved the lives of 80 persons who were secluded in various parts of the region. Rains and landslides have affected rail and road network. Landslides occurred on the Jammu-Srinagar Highway at Banihal, Batote and Udhampur, bringing traffic to a standstill. Tawi and Chenab rivers are overflowing in the region causing the maximum damage. A temple and a school building were washed away by the swollen Chenab. Alert has been declared in the region as more rain is predicted here.

Delhi Police arrest Tunda,one of the most wanted terrorists


Tunda supposedly took shelter in Bangladesh after the serial blasts and came under the supervision of Lashkar-e-Taiba. Later on he transformed into bomb expert for LeT devising improvised bombs. Police stopped searching for him when it was believed he was dead in 2000 but search renewed in 2005 when LeT main coordinator, Abdul Razzak Masood, when arrested revealed that the news was fake and that he had met Tunda. Tunda is also said to have offered guidance to Indian Mujahideen. In the 26/11 dossier handed out to Pakistan Tunda’s name was on 15th position. The dossier stated that Tunda had links with Jamat-ud-Dawa and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Abdul Karim Tunda, one of the country’s most wanted terrorists, has been nabbed last night by the Special Cell of Delhi Police. Tunda was arrested from Indo-Nepal border. Today morning he was produced at a Delhi court. He was the mastermind of serial blasts in Delhi, Sonepat, Panipat, Kanpur, Ludhiana and Varanasi in the period from December 1996 to January 1998. This has resulted in death of 21 people and injured over 400. Tunda hails from western Uttar Pradesh and was inducted in terrorism by ISI of Pakistan.

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