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Major News and Events of 26 August 2012

What Happened on 26 August 2012

Police detain anti-graft protesters outside PM's house

Hundreds of anti-corruption activists led by Arvind Kejriwal held protests near Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi's houses. Police had to use tear gas and water cannons to disperse them. Kejriwal led the hundreds of protesters to besiege the houses of Manmohan Singh, Sonia Gandhi and BJP president Nitin Gadkari. They were detained by police. In fact Kejriwal was detained twice, once in the morning and a second time in the after noon. Anna Hazare congratulated the protesters and said that the second freedom movement has started. 

Fresh incidents of violence in Assam's Kokrajhar, Dhubri districts

Assam's Kokrajhar and Dhubri again experienced fresh incidents of violence when the body of a missing person was recovered by the police near Bogribari area in Dhubri district on Sunday morning. In Salakati area of Kokrajhar district two people which included a woman, were injured in an attack by a group of miscreants. Earlier five bodies were recovered in Chirang on Saturday after which an indefinite curfew was imposed in the district which continued till Sunday. The Bodoland Peoples' Front (BPF) suspended its indefinite bandh to protest against the arrest of its legislator Pradeep Brahma on August 23. For his alleged role in the violence, Brahma was arrested. The indefinite curfew in Kokrajhar district was relaxed from 4 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday. 

India-China to discuss on trade and market access at JEG meet

At the Joint Economic Group (JEG) meeting India will put forward its growing trade deficit and market access for IT and IT enabled services (ITES) with China. The meeting starts on Monday, August 27 at New Delhi. The  balance of trade, which provisionally stood at $39651.46 million in 2011-2012 is in favour of China.Commerce Minister Anand Sharma is supposed to meet his Chinese counterpart Chen Deming at the 9th session of JEG. Among other matters, market access for Indian agricultural products, investment related issues and import of Indian films by China will be discussed. China is most probably going to discuss processes to strengthen cooperation in trade and service trade. Other matters like border trade issues and ways to boost up investment and operation environment for Chinese enterprises in India will also be part of the discussions, according to the press release. 

Kerala Onam lottery tickets has the biggest prize money of over Rs.20 crore

The Kerala 'Thiru Onam Bumper lottery' has the biggest prize money of over Rs.20 crore in the country. The lottery ticket which is priced at Rs 200 is selling fast and out of 36 lakh tickets printed,  23 lakh have already been sold. The bumper ticket has a cap of maximum 54 lakh tickets. The lotteries department (under the taxes department) supervises the sale of the tickets.The first prize for the Onam bumper ticket this year is a whopping Rs.five crore along with one kg of gold.

India win U-19 World Cup and 1st test against New Zealand by an innings and 115 runs

Skipper Unmukt Chand scored a smashing hundred to help India defeat champions Australia by six wickets and win the Under-19 World Cup.Chand (111 not out) and Smit Patel (62 not out) for an unbeaten 130-run stand for the fifth wicket cruised India's victory to chase down a competitive 225 at the Tony Ireland Stadium. Chand smashed seven fours and as many sixes with some magnificent stroke-play. The winning runs were hit by Patel when he struck a four over mid-wicket. This is the third World Cup victory for India after 2000 and 2008 edition. What was remarkable was that this time they beat a team that entered the finals unbeaten and had not lost a final match earlier. 

It was a day of cricket for India as off-spinner Ravichandra Ashwin with a match figures of 12 for 85 led India to win the first cricket test against New Zealand by an innings and 115 runs on the fourth day. New Zealand was all out for 164 runs in the second innings after India had imposed the follow-on. The Kiwis had scored 159 in the first innings compared to India's 438. Ashwin was adjudged Man-of-the-Match and he took 12 wickets in 43.2 overs, recording best match figures by an Indian bowler against New Zealand. In the first innings he got six for 31. Pragyan Ojha, got six wickets for 92 in the match.

Veteran actor A.K. Hangal passed away

 Veteran actor and theatre artist A.K. Hangal passed away on Sunday morning after a long illness which was worsened by a hip fracture. He was cremated in the afternoon and his son Vijay performed the last rites. Not many people from Bollywood attended his funeral and among those present were Raza Murad, Rakesh Bedi, Ila Arun and Akhilendra Mishra. A tribute to his works will be paid by Indian People's Theatre Association (IPTA) at a ceremony at the Prithvi Theatre on Monday, August 27. The actor started his journey through theater. 

PM requested to cancel Jaitapur nuclear project

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was requested to cancel the contract which has been made with French company Areva to set up nuclear reactors in Jaitapur in Maharashtra. The signatories to this appeal include political leaders like Prakash Karat, A.B. Bardhan, Ram Vilas Paswan, Nama Nageswara Rao, K. Danish Ali, Sitaram Yechury and D. Raja.The National Committee in Solidarity with Jaitapur Struggle has specified that the plan to put up six reactors in Jaitapur has flaws and an independent stringent scientific techno-economic scrutiny and safety audit has not been done for the project. The committee said that the ministry of environment and forest in November 2010 gave 'conditional' environmental clearance but that was based on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report, which it termed as flawed and unscientific. 



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