Stampede at Jharkhand temple kills 11
A stampede occurred near a Durga temple at Belabagan, 350 kilometres from Ranchi at 5 am on Monday. Devotees who were trying to break the queue caused a commotion, which led to the stampede. The injured are currently being treated at a nearby hospital. Chief Minister Raghubar Das gave his condolences to the families of those killed in the incident, and also announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh to the family members of those killed and Rs.50,000 to those injured.
Daily consumers not convinced by RBI’s efforts
Expectations of high inflation in India are feeding into higher wages and other prices. This could put RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan in a fix as he faces a growing pressure to cut interest rates for a fourth time this year to help a patchy economy. Several consumers, however, insist that they are yet to receive any benefits from the supposed drop in inflation.
Recent terror attacks lead to delay in Indo-Pak talks
Successive attacks in the last two weeks have yet again left India-Pakistan ties strained. India had proposed August 23 and 24 as the dates, but hadn’t received any confirmation from Pakistan, said government sources.
BJP targeted for alleged dilution of Whistleblowers Protection Bill
After the Land Acquisition Bill, the Congress is now trying to lobby the Rajya Sabha to refer the controversial Whistleblowers Protection (Amendment) Bill to a parliamentary panel. The Congress had adamantly protested against the Bill on the last day of the budget session. The Left, BJD and SP had also made a strong pitch for referring the bill to a standing committee for better examination.
Gunfire ends Ferguson anniversary
A day of peaceful protest commemorating the killing of Michael Brown, who was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, was brought to an end by incessant gunfire. “They didn’t give us no justice, so they ain’t going to get no peace,” Bud Cuzz, the leader of an activist group, Lost Voices, told a large cheering crowd.
T.R. Zeliang says Naga pact is only a formula
Nagaland chief minister T.R. Zeliang on Sunday insisted that the peace accord signed on August 3, was only a formula for things to come. Seeking to abate apprehensions of other northeastern states, he stated that he and other Assembly members were ready to step down to pave the way for a fresh start.
Crackdown on Jewish extremism
The crackdown on Jewish extremists has intensified in response to a firebombing that killed a Palestinian man and his 18-month-old toddler on July 31 in Douma. Nine people suspected of involvement in these extremist activities were arrested on Sunday morning. While Palestinian terror suspects have been subjected to protracted administrative detentions, there has been rising concern that the Jewish extremists have been let off easier.
PRAGATI initiative could have an adverse effect on tribal rights
The pace of the Pro Active Governance and Timely Implementation initiative could lead to short sighted quick fix decisions. “Experts and former administrators like NC Saxena are heartened by the Prime Minister’s emphasis on faster implementation of the Forest Rights Act”. However fears are being expressed that this push to settle the land rights of the tribal and forest dwelling population is on a campaign mode, that has led to improper decisions.
Opener Murali Vijay to miss first test against SL
India’s most consistent batsman in the last year will miss the first test against Sri Lanka, starting on Wednesday, due to a hamstring injury. “He is still under recovery, not fully recovered, and we don’t want to take a chance with weather like this and slippery outfield,” said team director Ravi Shastri. Vijay’s replacement will be young K.L. Rahul, whose recent performances make him the perfect replacement for the in-form opener.
Andhra Pradesh CM to launch Xiaomi’s first made-in-India phone
Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu will launch Xiaomi’s first phone manufactured in India in Visakhapatnam on Monday as part of the ‘Make in India, Made in Andhra Pradesh’ programme. The programme will also see Xiaomi discussing prospects for its expansion plans in India. The Chinese company’s entry was followed by a visit that Naidu had made to China earlier this year.