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Major News and Events of 24 August 2016

What Happened on 24 August 2016

Sushma Swaraj Condemns Celebrity Surrogacy

Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj has slammed many celebrities for encouraging the practice of surrogacy as a status symbol. She said that Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill was approved for the needy infertile couples, but celebrities are using it to upgrade their status. She also mentioned that the Bill prohibits commercial surrogacy as well as single parents, homosexual couples, live-in relationships couples.

Funerals Being Stopped in Varanasi for Floods

A halt to funerals have been forced in the holy city of Varanasi for the floods. According to reports from officials, many people have carried our cremations on the terrace of their houses. Apart from cremations, many other operations are being handicapped because of the floods in the city. A long time resident of the city mentioned it the worst flood since 1978.

Eastern Indian States Felt Tremors of Myanmar Earthquake

The 6.8 magnitude earthquake which occurred in Myanmar has left Indian states Assam and West Bengal shaken. The epicenter being at Myanmar, did not cause any casualty in India and even Myanmar itself, but left people in Guwahati and Kolkata panicking. As a safety measure, the metro service in Kolkata has been suspended. The District Magistrate of Darjeeling said that the intensity of the earthquake was low, thus no damage is expected.

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