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Major News and Events of 21 August 2015

What Happened on 21 August 2015


SBI to increase number of customer service points

Anticipating tougher competition after RBI granted payments banking licences to 11 entities, State Bank of India (SBI) has said it will increase the number of its Customer Service Points (CSP) to assert its position in the rural unbanked segment."We are seeing a lot of competition," SBI chairperson Arundhati Bhattacharya said at a FICCI Banking Conclave. Source: IANS

FTII unrest: Mamata says Centre must resolve issue

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said the Narendra Modi government must resolve the ongoing unrest at the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII)."The central government must resolve the prevailing unrest situation at #FTII Pune. They must take students and teachers into confidence. Political purpose should not stand in the way, institutions are above everything," she tweeted. "Since I was associated with student movements in the past, I respect student movement. I support their genuine cause always," she added. Source: IANS

Rajnath reviews flood situation in Assam

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh reviewed the flood situation in Assam and assured "all possible assistance" to the flood-affected people of the state. The home minister telephoned Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who briefed him about the floods situation in 13 districts of the state."Spoke to Assam CM Tarun Gogoi regarding the flood situation in the state. Central and state agencies are carrying out relief and rescue operations," Rajnath Singh wrote in a message on Twitter. Source:IANS

Curfew imposed in Jammu region after communal clashes

A curfew was imposed in Jammu and Kashmir's Samba district late Thursday following communal clashes, authorities said."Curfew was imposed in Samba district after violence erupted there following alleged religious sacrilege by members of one community," a police official said. Violent clashes erupted on Thursday evening at Raya Morh area in Samba district where protesters torched the vehicle of the district magistrate and smashed other vehicles on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.Source: IANS

Indian scientists developing snake robot

Indian scientists are developing snake robots that could help save lives in disasters and accidents and aid surveillance.Two prototypes of the Snake Robot for Search and Rescue Missions, called SARP (Snake-like Articulated Robot Platform) have been designed by scientists of the department of mechanical and aerospace engineering at Indian Institute of Technology-Hyderabad (IIT-H). Source: IANS

Sensex trades 310 points down in afternoon session

A benchmark index of Indian equities markets, the 30-scrip BSE Sensitive Index (Sensex), plunged 310.20 points or 1.12 percent during the afternoon session on 21 August 2015.The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also plummeted 102.45 points or 1.22 percent and was trading at 8,270.30 points. The Sensex of the S&P Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 27,440.10 points, was trading at 27,297.62 points (at 1.18 p.m.) in the afternoon session, down 310.20 points or 1.12 percent from the previous day's close at 27,607.82 points. Source: IANS

Table tennis to have professional league from 2016

The Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) became the latest to climb on to the professional league bandwagon, announcing the launch of its own franchise-based tournament.The league, scheduled to be held from May 28 to June 12, will see eight teams fighting for top honours. The teams will have a foreign male and female player each as well as an Indian in both categories. According to TTFI, it will be the first ever league to get a dedicated window by the International Table Tennis Federation (ITTF). Source: IANS

Bengaluru braces up for civic polls on Saturday

India's tech hub will go to polls on 22 August 2015 to elect civic representatives for deciding its fortunes over the next five years. "Preparations to conduct peaceful elections in 197 of the 198 civic wards of the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) are completed," Karnataka state election commissioner P.N. Srinivasachari told reporters. Source: IANS

UP orders officials to ensure security of journalists

After a series of attacks on scribes across the state, including a recent assault on staff of a national daily by corporator and his henchmen in Lucknow, the Uttar Pradesh government issued strict directives to district officials to ensure safety and security of journalists.Chief Secretary Alok Ranjan issued directions to Principal Secretary, Home, Debashish Panda to ensure strict legal action against the accused after registering the case concerning complaints of harassment or assault on the press representatives by anti-social and criminal elements under appropriate sections. Source: IANS

Mizoram probes deaths of endangered species

Mizoram's forest and environment department has initiated a probe into the deaths of endangered serows (goat-antelopes) after a large number of carcasses were found in two villages of the state, an official said."Around 20 serows died in the forest near Serhmun village (in western Mizoram) in past two weeks. Death of eight serows were also reported from Darlawn village (northeastern Mizoram) along Manipur border," a Mizoram forest department official said. Source: IANS




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