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19th August Current Affairs

National News

President Pranab Mukherjee’s wife and India’s First Lady passed away on 18 August

Apart from being the wife of President Pranab Mukherjee, 75-year old Suvra Mukherjee was a highly talented vocalist, painter and writer.

PM Modi’s package for Bihar state

P.M. Modi announced Rs 1.25-lakh-crore package for poll-bound Bihar, the BJP leadership claimed that the move was a game-changer in the keenly fought political battle.

FTII midnight crackdown: 5 students arrested

5 students were arrested by the police after the institute’s director; Prashant Pathrabe lodged a complaint against them for detaining him on campus on Monday.

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 Kejriwal tells FTII students: Delhi govt will give you space to run classes

As the agitation over the removal of Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) Chairman Gajendra Chauhan intensifies, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has expressed his shock at the ongoing crisis.

Malayalam actor Paravoor Bharathan passes away

Paravoor Bharathan, who acted in nearly 300 regional films, died on Wednesday at his home near here in Kerala, family sources said. He was 86 and was ailing for a while.

19th August Current Affairs

International News

U.N. chief concerned at violence on disputed Kashmir border

United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Tuesday voiced alarm at the latest upsurge in violence along the disputed border of India and Pakistan in Kashmir and urged restraint on the part of both governments.

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Russia backs India’s bid for a permanent UNSC seat

After the United States, Russia too has clarified that it is open to supporting India’s bid for a permanent seat in the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).

Cholera, Climate Change Fuel Haiti’s Humanitarian Crisis: UN

Climate change, cholera and the return of thousands of emigrants from the neighboring Dominican Republican are fueling a humanitarian crisis in Haiti, the UN warned Tuesday.

Chile anti-smoking bill has tobacco industry on edge

A tough anti-smoking bill is trying to get nicotine-hooked Chile to kick the habit, but has provoked a backlash from the powerful tobacco industry.

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Indian ‘interference’ to figure in NSA talks: Pakistan

Pakistan on Tuesday decided to put India’s alleged interference in its internal affairs high on the agenda of the talks between its national security advisers in New Delhi on August 23-24.

Sports News

Virat Kohli completes seven years in Indian Cricket Team

Virat Kohli, India Test captain, completes seven years in international cricket on Tuesday. The 26-year-old made his debut on August 18, 2008 against Sri Lanka at Dambulla where he scored 12 runs.

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Sebastian Coe is new IAAF president Coe is new IAAF president

Lord Sebastian Coe addresses the delegates after being elected the new president of the IAAF during the 50th IAAF Congress at the China National Convention Centre, CNCC in Beijing.

Champions League play-offs: Memphis stamps his mark for United; Record for Astana

Manchester United’s new signing Memphis Depay struck two fine goals and made a third as they took a step towards a return to the Champions’ League group stage with a 3-1 victory over Club Bruges on Tuesday.

17 Indian U-14 footballers to train with Bundesliga’s Hoffenheim

A total of 15 Under-14 footballers, including six from Mumbai and the rest from Maharashtra, will travel to Germany for a six-year training programme with Bundeliga side TSG 1899 Hoffenheim as part of the U Dream Football Programme.

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Belinda Bencic wins Rogers Cup as Simona Halep retires hurt

Swiss 18-year-old Belinda Bencic secured her second career title by winning the Rogers Cup as Simona Halep retired hurt in the final.

Business News

Alibaba, Foxconn and SoftBank invest in Snapdeal

China’s Alibaba Group Holding, Japan’s SoftBank Group Corp and Foxconn will lead an investment of $500 million in India’s Snapdeal, the online marketplace said on Tuesday, as it seeks to expand in the country’s fast growing ecommerce sector.

Jaitley pitches for opening up economy, with riders

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday asserted that India must completely open up its economy to global investment, except for rare sectors.

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ICICI Bank launches digital locker

ICICI Bank on Tuesday launched the first of its kind fully automated digital locker, which would be available to customers even on weekends and post banking hours.

Call drops: Telecom bodies approach DoT on sealing MCD towers

The telecom industry today sought intervention of the Department of Telecom (DoT) on sealing of mobile towers by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), which is “leading to call drops”.

Telecom infra companies could save Rs 1,500 crore if diesel comes under GST

Telecom tower companies could save around Rs 1,500 crore a year on their diesel bills alone if petroleum products are added to the list covered under the proposed Goods & Services Tax regime.

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