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Irom Sharmila ending fast to train robbery in Tamil Nadu: Top stories of Aug 9

india Updated: Aug 09, 2016 23:28 IST
Irom Sharmila

(Clockwise from top) Irom Sharmila ends her fast against Afspa, former Arunachal CM Kalikho Pul found hanging; Turkey-Russia hold talks; Rajan retains rates in monetary policy.(Agencies)

From Irom Sharmila ending her 16-year-old fast in protest against the Afspa to PM Modi finally speaking up over the violence in Kashmir, here are the top news of the day:

NATION

Irom Sharmila ends fast

“I got nothing out of fasting for 16 years. I want to contest election and become chief minister because I need power for a big change in society and system,” said activist Irom Sharmila. after she ended her 16-year-long fast against the Afspa in the state on Tuesday. She was granted bail by a Manipur court.

PM Modi appeals for peace in Kashmir

Breaking his silence on a month-long spell of violence in Kashmir that has claimed 56 lives and 2,000 injured, Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed for peace and harmony in the state, saying a few misguided people were hurting the Valley’s great tradition.

Former Arunachal CM found hanging

Former Arunachal chief minister Kalikho Pul was found hanging at his official residence in Itanagar. Pul had to leave the office last month, after holding it for about five months, following a Supreme Court ruling that removed his government in Arunachal Pradesh.

Train robbery in Tamil Nadu

Robbers cut through the roof of a moving railway coach booked by the Reserve Bank of India to transport money from Salem in Tamil Nadu, and escaped with Rs 5.75 crores on Tuesday morning. The train was carrying 228 trunks packed with Rs 342 crore in banknotes.

WORLD

More Republicans leave Trump

As Donald Trump tried to reset his campaign with a disciplined, on-message speech about his economic plan on Monday, more Republicans came out against him, including a senator Susan Collins.

Waves of tension over South China Sea

Recent satellite photographs show Beijing has built concrete aircraft hangars on reefs and features in the South China Sea (SCS), a Washington-based think tank said even as Japan warned China on Tuesday that ties were deteriorating over another maritime dispute.

Turkey talks with Russia

Restoring trade ties with Turkey will take time and work, the Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday after meeting his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan for the first time since Ankara shot down a Russian warplane last November.

BUSINESS

No change in rates on Rajan’s exit

In the third bi-monthly monetary policy, the RBI retained key interest rates citing inflationary trends for maintaining the repo rate at 6.5%. This was also Raghuram Rajan’s last policy as the governor of RBI.

IMF calls for budgeting to bridge gender gap

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has called on governments to incorporate pro-women fiscal measures in budgets, so as to bridge the gender gap. In its first-ever global review of the use of tax and spending policies to promote gender equality, IMF has found that financial policies in Union and state budgets have helped gender parity.

Rio Games

India’s dismal show at the ongoing Rio Olympics, archer Atanu Das on Tuesday appeared to be the only silver lining for the country for a medal. Earlier in the day, rower Dattu Bhokanal finished fourth in the quarterfinals of the men’s singles sculls event, while Indian hockey team bounced back in a nerve-cracking encounter to defeat Argentina by 2-1.

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