1. #RIPRobinWilliams: Indian celebrities who committed suicide: American actor and comedian Robin Williams passed away on Tuesday at the age of 63. His death leaves us pondering about those Indian celebrities who left their fans and industry stunned by committing suicide. There have been several cases of celebrities committing suicide in the past few decades. Read More
2. Hopes of opposition support dims, Insurance Bill likely to be referred to Select Committee : The controversial Insurance Bill is likely to be referred to the Select Committee of Parliament in a day or two amid receding hopes in the government over convincing the Opposition on supporting its first major economic reform initiative.
The bill, which proposes hike in FDI in insurance sector to 49% , has been caught in a logjam with Congress-led Opposition insisting on referring it to a Select Committee. Read More
3. Bombay High Court gives go ahead to hike taxi, auto fare: The Bombay High Court, on Tuesday, gave a green signal to hike the fare of taxis and auto in the city.The minimum auto fare would now go up from Rs 15 to Rs 17, while minimum taxi fares would increase from Rs 19 to Rs 21.
The new fare will be implemented from Tuesday midnight. The new rates would not be applicable if the meter in the auto and taxi is not calibrated and shows the old fare. Revised fare is provisional to recalibate meters and the court has granted 45 days to recalibrate meters. Read More
4. WhatsApp helpline of Delhi police begins to receive complaints: The Delhi Police anti-corruption helpline based on popular mobile messaging service WhatsApp has begun to receive "bribe complaints" from people since its launch last week. The helpline 9910641064, of the Vigilance Branch was launched on August 6.
According to police, in the first incident, a video clipping received on the helpline purportedly was of a police official of the rank of ASI, taking money from the complainant in lieu of police verification at Himmat Garh Police Post. "On August 8, the complainant gave a written complaint to the Vigilance Branch in the matter. Read More
5. President Pranab Mukherjee asks MPs to maintain dignity of parliament: On a day when TMC and TDP members fought over a room in Parliament, President Pranab Mukherjee today made an emotional appeal to the MPs to maintain its dignity, honour and prestige.
"Please, for God's sake, except you nobody can do it. It is our responsibility, we the elected members of both houses including nominated members, to uphold the prestige, dignity and honour of this great great institution," he said after awarding the best parliamentarian awards. He said the institution symbolises the freedom struggle and "it is the responsibility of every member to uphold its dignity and you have to do it." Read More
6. If rumours of pregnancy come true, then great, says Rani Mukerji : Actress Rani Mukerji would be glad if rumours of her being pregnant came true as she surely wants to start a family soon.
Rani, who married Yashraj Films' director-producer Aditya Chopra earlier this year, in one of her interviews had confessed that she wants to 'expect soon'. This sparked pregnancy rumours few months after their marriage. Read More
7. What is '56-inch chest' PM doing on Pakistan ceasefire violations: Congress: ongress on agreed with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's remarks that Pakistan was waging a "proxy war" against India but attacked him at the same time over the instances of ceasefire violations by the neighbouring country since the NDA government came to power.
"Twenty-five serious ceasefire violations have taken place in the last 60 days. Four of them in the last four days. What is being done by the Prime Minister, who has a 56-inch chest," Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said at an AICC briefing here. Read More