Current Affairs August 28, 2016
Published on Aug. 28, 2016, 12:29 p.m.

Bihar: River Ganga continues to wreak havoc in many districts

In Bihar, river Ganga continues to wreak havoc in Bhagalpur, Munger and Katihar districts of the state.

14 people have drowned during last 24 hours in different districts.

Altogether 60 people have died in flood-related incidents in the state.

AIR correspondent reports that over 34 lakh people are reeling under the impact of flood in 12 districts of the state.

Mamata Banerjee lashes out at Narendra Modi again, this time over Aadhar

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has made the Aadhar card her latest weapon in her ongoing series of verbal attacks on the Central government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

She lashed out at the fact that the Centre has made Aadhar virtually mandatory for availing benefits from the Centre, which is especially significant in Bengal, since the enrolment rate in the state is around 50%.

On Friday, 26 August, she issued an ultimatum to Modi, saying if issues like Aadhar, the moratorium on the repayment of loans and Central intervention in matters controlled by states were not resolved.

Himachal Health Minister launches ambulance mobile app

In Himachal Pradesh, the 108 mobile app for immediate and easy facility of the National Ambulance Service has been launched by the Health and Family Welfare Minister Kaul Singh Thakur.

On this occasion, he also flagged off five new ambulances under 108- National Ambulance Service from the historic Ridge Maidan.

Quoting sources, our correspondent reports that now the number of ambulances under the service has increased to 199.

Drones used to monitor traffic on Mumbai-Pune Expressway

Drones were used for the first time on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway yesterday to monitor vehicular traffic and 15 drivers were fined during the exercise for cutting lanes.

Amol Tambe, Superintendent of Highway Police, Pune Region said, on the directives of the Maharashtra government, for the first time they deployed two drones in ghat section between Lonavala exit and Khalapur toll plaza to monitor vehicular traffic.

Police in Spain dismantle 'illegal Chinese immigration ring'

Spanish police say they have dismantled a nationwide network that illegally regularised the working status of Chinese immigrants in Spain.

They arrested 57 people in Barcelona, Valencia, San Sebastian and Las Palmas in the Canary Islands.

Chinese nationals illegally living in Spain reportedly paid the ring 8,960 dollars each to obtain fake contracts as domestic workers.

In return they were reportedly given residency permits to work in Barcelona. Most of the employers allegedly involved are linked to the hotel trade in Lanzarote, one of the Canary Islands.

Syrian war: Turkey suffers first death in cross-border campaign

Turkey has suffered its first loss of life in an intensifying campaign at Jarabulus in northern Syria.

The military says a soldier was killed yesterday when Kurdish fighters fired on tanks and three tanks were destroyed.

Three other soldiers were injured in the clash with Kurdish fighters.

Yesterday saw clashes between Turkish tanks and Kurdish forces near Jarablus, a border town Turkey helped Syrian rebels recapture from the IS on Wednesday.

Obama presses Congress for Zika funding as worries grow

US President Barack Obama called on Congress Saturday to step up funding to combat the Zika virus, warning that delay is putting more Americans at risk.
Obama's latest appeal, in his weekly radio address, came the day after the US authorities expressed deepening worry about the spread of the mosquito-borne virus, urging that all donated blood be tested for Zika.

British PM to trigger EU pull-out 'without parliament vote'

Prime Minister Theresa May wants to trigger Britain's withdrawal from the European Union without a vote in parliament beforehand, a report said Saturday.

A source in her Downing Street office said the Daily Telegraph report was speculation but added that May was "committed to delivering on the verdict the public gave" in the June referendum, when 52 percent voted for Britain to leave the EU.

RBI asks banks to provide loans to women self-help groups in rural areas at 7% per annum

RBI has asked banks to provide loans to women self-help groups in rural areas at 7 per cent per annum, as per the government's revised guidelines for the current financial year.

The Reserve Bank said in a notification that all women self-help groups (SHGs) will be eligible for interest subvention on credit up to three lakh rupees at 7 per cent per annum under the Deendayal Antyodaya Yojana - National Rural Livelihoods Mission in 250 districts.

It said, SHGs availing capital subsidy under the Swarnajayanti Gram Swarozgar Yojana in their existing credit outstanding will not be eligible for benefit under this scheme.

EPFO investments in ETFs to be raised beyond 5%: Dattatreya

Union Labour Minister Bandaru Dattatreya, today, said that the Employees' Provident Fund Organisation will raise proportion of its investments in exchange traded funds from the present 5 percent and a final decision on the quantum for current fiscal would be taken very soon.

SBI Mutual Fund and UTI Mutual Fund will manage the corpus of the retirement fund in ETFs, he said.

As on July 31 this year, amount invested in ETF by Employees' Provident Fund Organisation is Rs. 7,468 crore and the market value of this as on date is Rs. 8,372 crore, which shows a positive return of 12.10 per cent, the minister said.

Juno probe makes close pass of Jupiter

A probe flown by the US space agency Nasa has made its first close approach to the planet Jupiter since going into orbit in July.

Juno was commanded to pass just 4,200 km above the cloud tops of the gas giant yesterday.

No previous spacecraft has got so close to the world during the main phase of its mission. Juno had all its instruments, and its camera, switched on and primed for the encounter.

Nasa expects to be in a position to release some images from the approach in the next few days. They will be the highest resolution pictures ever obtained of Jupiter's clouds.

ISRO tests Scramjet Rocket engine

The Indian Space Research Organization, ISRO has successfully conducted the scramjet engine test this morning from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta in Andhra Pradesh.
The national space agency said, the test has met all the intended parameters.

The newly developed scramjet engine has been testlaunched onboard a RH 560 sounding rocket at 6 am. With this, India has joined a select league of nations holding the promising technology.

Tunisian parliament passes confidence vote for its new government

The parliament in Tunisia passed a confidence vote in the Government of National Unity.

The government of Prime Minister Youssef Chahed was supported by 167 of the 217 members of parliament 22 were against and five abstained.

The move came after the majority of lawmakers in the Tunisian parliament passed a vote of no confidence in Premier Habib Essid, which followed his unwillingness to form a new unity government.

India-West Indies to play second T20 this evening

In Cricket, the second and final Twenty-20 of the India-West Indies series at Florida, United States will be played this evening. The match will begin at 7:30 this evening Indian Time.

Windies, who are the current world T-20 champions, won the first game yesterday evening by 1 run.

Sent in to bat, they had amassed a mammoth 245 for 6 riding on Evin Lewis' maiden international ton. He made 100 off 48 balls, comprising 9 sixes and 5 fours.

Western Railway wins all India railway athletic championship

Western Railway won the overall team championship in the 82nd All India Railway athletic Championship held at Tiruchirapalli Tamil Nadu yesterday.

Central railway stood second and Southern Railway third in the overall team category.

Best athlete award in men’s category was given to Jasdeep Singh of Northern Railway and best women athlete award to Dutee Chand of Northern Railway.