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Major News and Events of 18 August 2014

What Happened on 18 August 2014

Former Congress MP Arvind Sharma joins BSP

The former Indian National Congress (INC) leader Arvind Sharma  has joined Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). The BSP supremo declared to field him in the approaching assembly elections in Haryana as the party’s chief ministerial candidate. As per media reports, Arvind Sharma deserted the INC as he holds the opinion that the party was unable to fulfill the demands of different communities of society.   During a news conference yesterday, Mayawati added that if voted to power, her party will work for the welfare of all the citizens.

KFA may be declared a willful defaulter

IDBI Bank has announced that it has decided to take strict action against Vijay Mallya’s Kingfisher Airlines as it has failed to fulfill its financial obligations. As per media reports, all the requisite documents were handed over to the CBI by the bank to initiate a preliminary enquiry. Now, the process is in the advanced stage under the CBI scanner and soon the authorities will declare the Kingfisher Airlines as a willful defaulter. Also, other PSU banks like SBI and United Bank of India have initiated similar action against the company.

If the outcome of the investigation favours the banks, KFA will face grave consequences. A company included in the list of willful defaulters is held back from receiving new financial aids from banks or launching fresh ventures for a period of five years.

England defeats India by an innings and 244 runs

England has defeated India by an innings and 244 runs at the fifth and last cricket Test at the Oval. England, thus, won the series by 3-1. The Indian cricket team faced a humiliating defeat this time as in the second innings it had lost all the wickets in just 29.2 overs at 94, while it scored 148 in the first innings. The match was wrapped up in three days only.

Dot Bharat Domain all set to be launched


A domain, primarily designed for non-English speaking people in India, 'dot Bharat' will be set out on August 21 to make internet browsing easier for them. This service will allow the internet users to enter addresses in the Devnagri script in a web browser. The project to develop the country code top-level domain (ccTLD) of dot Bharat is being carried out by the National Internet Exchange of India (NIXI) and the Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (C-DAC). 

As per media reports, it has been developed with the objective to enhance e-governance and form a digital link between different corners of the country. Also, very shortly, web addresses will be formulated in six regional languages, namely Tamil, Urdu, Gujarati, Bengali, Telugu and Punjabi.

Landslide and heavy rains inundate Uttarakhand, UP and Bihar

Heavy rains have severely affected many states of India causing huge loss of life and property. According to the media reports, the continuous rainfall in the state of Uttarakhand has claimed more than 20 lives as of today. In Uttar Pradesh, the death toll has gone up to 28, while around 1500 villages have been washed away. In Bihar, nine districts, including Darbhanga, Nalanda and West Champaran, have been flooded due to heavy rains affecting about four lakh people. To provide relief to the people, several teams of the disaster response forces have been positioned in the affected regions.

Free Wi-Fi service starts in Khan Market

Under the Wi-Fi project of the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC), the classy Khan Market of the capital city has been turned into a free Wi-Fi zone. To access the free internet service in the area, one requires to get his/her mobile number registered and submit one’s email ID. A one-time password (OTP) will be given to the users to connect to the Wi-Fi service.

However, the free service can be availed only for duration of 20 minutes. For a longer usage, users will have to buy additional data online or they can recharge through a retail store. For 40 minutes of usage, Tata Docomo will be charging Rs 20, while Rs 30 and Rs 90 will be charged for 60 and 100 minutes, respectively. The heart of the capital, Connaught Place will become another Wi-Fi hotspot area soon, probably by the end of this month, as per media reports.

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