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Major News and Events of 26 August 2015

What Happened on 26 August 2015

Instant messaging platform hike readies for 4G

Instant messaging platform 'Hike messenger' has launched a new update to its application on the mobile platform claiming to be ready for the 4G network being deployed in the country. As a part of the new update (version 4.0) Hike has introduced the ability to transfer any kind of file whether it be Documents, PDF, Zip and several other file types up to a size of 100 MB. Source: IANS

Indian wrestlers to train in Las Vegas

The Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has announced that its men's and women's teams will train in Las Vegas from August 26 to September 6 to prepare for the World Championship to be held in the same city from September 7 to 12. "This tour will be an ideal opportunity for our wrestlers to get international exposure and get acclimatised to the local conditions ahead of World Championship," WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said.Source: IANS

Eight dead as boat sinks in Kochi

Eight passengers on a motor boat died after it was hit by a fishing boat and broke near Fort Kochi. Police supervising the rescue operations said the passenger motor boat was carrying over 30 passengers who were going to Vypeen island from Fort Kochi. According to a witness, the fishing boat was reversing when it hit the passenger boat. "The accident took place about 100 metres from the Fort Kochi boat jetty, which is the international shipping route. Hence, even if someone is a swimmer, it's difficult to survive," said Samson, the witness. Source: IANS

Modi should act on his promises: Rahul

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of centralising decision-making, and said he should act upon his promises. "Modi promised OROP. Our ex-servicemen, our soldiers are on a hunger strike. The prime minister should take action," said Gandhi, who is on a three-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir. He said Modi had promised to remove corruption and fixing the economy and "he should start". Source: IANS

Nalanda university site inspected for World Heritage tag

An expert team of Unesco and the Paris-based International Council of Monuments and Sites (Icomos) visited the site of the ancient Nalanda University to see whether it can be accorded a World Heritage tag, officials said. "The ancient Nalanda University is a step closer to becoming the second World Heritage site in Bihar after the Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya," a district official in Nalanda said. According to officials, the Unesco-Icomos experts visited architectural remains of the university and examined and inspected the walls and other remains. Source: IANS

Genpact founder Bhasin invests in finance firm

Leading back office IT firm Genpact founder Pramod Bhasin and former banker Vikram Gandhi jointly invested Rs.4 crore in Thirumeni Finance Ltd (Varthana), a social enterprise, funding private schools, the non-banking finance firm announced. The combined investment of Bhasin and Gandhi is part of Rs.4.7-crore equity the company has raised to complete its Rs.32-crore venture fund raising (A series). Source: IANS

Delhi government approves e-office project

Delhi will now be the first state in India to end dependence on paper-based file system and implement e-office in all its departments. The Delhi government gave its approval to the e-office project, an official statement said. The decision was taken in a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. In the meeting, Kejriwal approved the e-office project to be implemented in all departments and autonomous bodies of the city government in a time-bound manner. Source: IANS

ADAMA opens formulation lab in Hyderabad

ADAMA India, the Indian subsidiary of ADAMA Agricultural Solutions, a world leader in crop-protection solutions, has opened a new formulation lab here, a statement said.The newly established formulation lab is the fourth lab in the company's research and development portfolio. ADAMA India's current 10,000 sq. ft. R&D facility in Hyderabad is spread across two blocks and has three labs. Source: IANS

Delhi Half Marathon on November 29, registrations open

Registrations for the 11th $270,000 Airtel Delhi Half Marathon were declared open with Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal becoming the first person to register for the race to be held on November 29. "The Delhi government is extremely pleased to be associated with the Airtel Delhi Half Marathon. The fact that the event is in its 11th edition and receives participation from so many runners is a testimony to the popularity of the event," Kejriwal, also the patron of the event, said in a statement. Source: IANS

Muslims see marginal increase percentage-wise, Hindus decline: Census

The Muslim population in India registered a marginal growth of less than a percent to reach 17.22 crore in 2011, while the Hindu population also declined by roughly the same to touch 96.63 crore, according to census data on religion. The data on population by religious communities of census 2011, released by the Registrar General and Census Commissioner, said Hindus constitute 79.8 percent and Muslims 14.2 percent of the population. The overall growth rate of population from 2001 to 2011 was 17.7 percent, while community wise it was 24.6 percent for Muslims, 16.8 for Hindus, 15.5 percent for Christians, 8.4 for Sikhs, 6.1 percent for Buddhists and 5.4 percent for Jains. Source: IANS

OROP negotiations continue, no breakthrough, protest to go on

Negotiations over 'One Rank One Pension' (OROP) continued on 25 August 2015 as two ex-servicemen on a fast-unto-death were in hospital, while another refused to leave the protest venue even as his health deteriorated. The veterans held another meeting with Indian Army chief General Dalbir Singh on Tuesday, but there was no breakthrough on the issue. "We met the army chief because he is one of us. We are requesting him to facilitate the meetings (with central ministers)," Maj. Gen. Satbir Singh (retd), chairman of the Indian Ex-Servicemen Front said.Source: IANS

BJP wins Bengaluru civic polls; Modi says thank you!

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) retained control of the 198-ward Bengaluru municipal corporation for a second successive term, winning 100 wards and relegating the state's ruling Congress to the second place. The victory gladdened Prime Minister Narendra Modi who thanked the voters of India's IT capital for reposing continuous faith in his party and called it a hat-trick after similar wins in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan early this month."Thank you Bengaluru", Modi tweeted. Source: IANS

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