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Major News and Events of 21 August 2014

What Happened on 21 August 2014


Iron Sharmile: I will not allow any force-feeding

After her release, activist Iron Sharmila said that she will not allow force-feeding on her. She said that she will not even allow any medical set up and she does not feel hungry. She was released from the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science of Imphal yesterday after the court observed that a case of intentions to commit suicide could not be established  against her and, therefore, she could not be kept under prison.  

Pakistan beats India in friendly football series by 2-0

Pakistan defeated its arch rival, India in a friendly football match by 2-0. A late goal by Pakistani player Saddam Hussain in the 89th minute of the match led to the team's victory. India had won the first match of the series on Sunday and the audience was expecting a similar performance in this match too. Both the teams are prepared to compete in the Asian Games which will be held in South Korea next month.

Sachin Tendulkar to attend FIFA conference

Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar will attend the conference to be hosted by FIFA on ethical sports leadership. The event will be organised by the Brussels-based World Forum for Ethics in Business. As per reports, FIFA president Sepp Blatter will inaugurate the meeting on September 19 , which will aim at elaborating on what sports can teach to business and politics. Besides Sachin, Katarina Witt, a german skating champion will also attend the event.

Lava launched Iris Pro android phone at Rs 11,990

Lava has launched an updated version of its smartphone, Iris Pro 30 which was initially launched in January. The new smartphone is expected to offer superior touch experience with the help of OGS (one glass solution) technology. The device will run on an older Android 4.2.2 Jelly Beans OS. A dual SIM phone, it has an internal storage memory of 16 GB which is expandable up to 32 GB.

Modi urges people to turn out in large numbers

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has urged the voters to come out in large numbers and cast their votes for the by-polls which are taking place today in four different states. In a tweet, Modi has said that the by-polls in four states are underway and, therefore, he is urging the voters to turn out in large numbers. By-polls in four states – Karnataka, Bihar, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab are -- underway today.

SpiceJet becomes the second-largest domestic airlines in July

The low-cost carrier (LCC) SpiceJet has reached the second position in the aviation market in the month of July. The market share of the aviation company is 20.9 per cent, while the combined share for the Jet Airways-JetLife is 19.6 per cent in the month of July. The share of the number one airlines IndiGo marginally declined to 30.7 per centin July which was 31.6 per cent in June. As per reports, SpiceJet is the only airline in India which has reported a growth in the market share in July.

Congress Starts the Assembly Poll Campaign in Delhi

The Congress party has launched its assembly poll campaign in the capital city eventhough it is not yet clear if the polls will take place in Delhi. During the birth anniversary of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the party began its Janjagran Campaign which is aimed at exposing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Congress leader Arvinder Singh Lovely spoke on this occasion and said that both BJP and AAP have been exposed. The Congress party requested the people to support and help the party win in the Assembly polls.

Girl's colleges in UP to be installed with CCTVs

As per reports, the government of Uttar Pradesh has ordered to install CCTVs cameras at the entry gates of all the girls’ colleges and hostels in the state. According to an official of the home ministry, the government is worried about the rising incidents of rapes, sexual assaults and molestation and therefore it took this move. This order will be applied to the government as well private colleges. The government has also asked the management of the colleges to monitor the CCTV footage on a regular basis.

Militants killed in Meghalaya

Three militants were killed in Meghalaya as a gun battle broke out when the rebels of the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) fired at the security forces. The incident took place in the Songoma Enggok area of the region where the operation has been going on since last month to neutralise the ULFA and GNLA activists.

Uttarakhand governor approaches the SC against forced resignation

Uttarakhand governor Aziz Qureshi has refused to resign from his post and has moved the Supreme Court challenging the Narendra Modi government’s message, conveyed through the Home Secretary, to quit his post. The governors appointed during the previous UPA regime were asked to put in their papers. While most of them complied, Qureshi decided to take on the Modi government and approached the court.




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