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Rio Olympics 2016: PV Sindhu reaches final, assures India of a silver medal

Indian badminton sensation PV Sindhu today reached into the Rio Olympics final and assured a silver medal for India after beating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in straight games. She will play Spain's world number one Carolina Marin in the final.

This will be the first time India will have a silver place finish in badminton after Saina Nehwal had notched a bronze in the London Olympics four years back.

VK Singh tried to deny me promotion via false charges: Army Chief Dalbir Singh

Chief of Army Staff General Dalbir Singh has accused General (retired) V K Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, of trying to deny his promotion "with mysterious design, malafide intent and to arbitrarily punish" him for "extraneous reasons".

In 2012, "I was sought to be victimised by the then COAS" General V K Singh "with the sole purpose of denying me promotion to the appointment of Army Commander," stated an affidavit submitted in by Dalbir Singh to the Supreme Court on Wednesday

Lok Sabha MP Renuka Sinha passes away

67-year-old Renuka Sinha breathed her last on 17 August due to a heart attack. She was a Lok Sabha Member of Parliament (MP) from Cooch Behar and All India Trinamool Congress (AITC) leader. Sinha, 67, died at 8.30 p.m. at a private hospital. She contested from Cooch Behar and won the 2014 Indian General Elections. She was a graduate from Calcutta University.

NIA to conduct 'preliminary inquiry' into suspicious J&K bank accounts showing large transactions

On 17 August, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) registered inquiry into certain bank accounts in Jammu and Kashmir that said certain bank accounts in Jammu and Kashmir bearing suspiciously large transaction of funds in the recent past. What prompted suspicion was the discovery that these transactions were being made in the accounts, the income of whose holders did not warrant transactions of such large amounts.

US expresses concern over rights violations in Balochistan

Expressing concern over the human rights situation in Balochistan, the US today said it has been consistently asking all parties in Pakistan to work out their differences peaceably and through a "valid political process".

A State Department spokesperson said when asked about allegations of human rights violations in Balochistan. The spokesperson referred to the reports of grave human rights violations in Balochistan reported by the State Department in its Congressional-mandated annual Human Rights Report.

Indian Coast Guard rescues Bangladeshi fishing boats with 31-member crew

The Indian Coast Guard rescued Bangladeshi fishing boats Allar-dan with 15 men and Farhad with 16 crew members, after it became non-operational due to engine failure in mid seas. The rescue operation was undertaken during bad weather which had developed owing to the low pressure off the West Bengal coast on 16-17 August.

No new liquor shops to be opened in 2016, says Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal

No new liquor shops will come up in Delhi this year and mohalla sabhas will be empowered to shut existing neighbourhood vends if there are complaints of "nuisance", Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced on 17 August. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia said the process to shut a shop will be initiated once 10% of voters of a mohalla sabha submit a written complaint in this regard.