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Major News and Events of 19 August 2015

What Happened on 19 August 2015

Bihar: Four JD-U legislators join BJP

Four Janata Dal-United (JD-U) legislators have joined the Bharatiya Janata Party.The legislators, suspended from the party for six years, joined the BJP in the presence of union minister Rajeev Pratap Rudy and state party president Mangal Pandey. "Four rebel JD-U legislators -- Gayanendra Singh Gayanu, Rajeshwar Raj, Dinesh Kushwaha and Suresh Chanchal -- have joined the BJP," party leader Sanjay Mayunkh said. Source: IANS

Police Arrests FTII Students in a Midnight Swoop

The Pune police have arrested five students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) for allegedly confining the Director of the institute, Prashant Pathrabe. The Director was held captive by the students for several hours in his office on Monday. According to media reports, a team of Deccan police went to the FTII hostel with an arrest warrant of 15 students including three girls.

Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan is dead

Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan, who acted in nearly 300 regional films, died on 18 August 2015 at his home near here in Kerala, family sources said. He was 86 and was ailing for a while. Although he began his career in the late 1940s in drama, he first appeared in films in 1951 and till 2009 was an integral part of the film industry. He had been suffering from age-related ailments since 2009. Source: IANS

Kejriwal offers 'temporary space' for FTII in Delhi

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has offered the agitating students of Pune-based FTII "temporary space" here to run classes till their demands are met. In a series of tweets, Kejriwal expressed his shock after Maharashtra Police arrested five students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) from their campus for rioting on late Tuesday. Kejriwal said: "I am shocked to hear of what is going on at FTII. An internationally reputed institute being systematically destroyed by government's wrong decisions."Source: IANS

Bangladesh PM in Delhi to attend Suvra Mukherjee's funeral

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has arrived Delhi to attend the funeral of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee's wife Suvra Mukherjee, an official said.Vikas Swarup, the official spokesperson of the ministry of external affairs, said: "A leader comes to pay respects. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj receives PM of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina at the airport." Swarup also posted a photograph of the two leaders at the airport. Source: IANS

OROP: Ex-servicemen to wait till August 26

Ex-servicemen agitating on the One Rank One Pension (OROP) issue have decided to wait till August 26 before scaling up their protest, after government made fresh attempts to reach out to the veterans. "We have urged retired Col. Pushpinder Singh, Havildar Major Singh and Havildar Ashok Chauhan to give up the fast unto death till August 26," a statement said. Source: IANS

Arun Singhal is UP's chief electoral officer

Arun Singhal, a 1987-batch IAS officer, has been appointed the chief electoral officer of Uttar Pradesh, officials said. His name was cleared by the Election Commission and communicated to Uttar Pradesh Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan this week. The post had been lying vacant since April after Umesh Sinha was posted as the deputy election commissioner in New Delhi. Source: IANS

Samsung launches S6 edge plus

South Korean electronics giant Samsung's India arm on Wednesday launched the Samsung S6 Edge Plus which was completely made in the company's Noida facility, thereby expanding its Edge series. The phone, priced at Rs.57,990, will go on sale from Aug 28 and is open for pre-order. "The phone has been produced from our Noida facility completely," Asim Warsi, vice-president of IT and marketing, said. Source: IANS

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