Explosion in Kashmir school, but it wasn't an attack
An explosion at the Corps Battle School in south Kashmir's Pulwama district which was being used as an Army training camp injured 14 army jawans. According to reports, the explosion happened because of mishandling of the explosives and not because of any attack from outside.
Three soldiers suffered serious injuries and the rest were treated for minor injuries. CBS Khrew is situated inside the camp of 50th battalion of counter insurgency Rashtriya Rifles.
Punjab AAP MPs suspended by PAC
Aam Aadmi Party MPs from Punjab, Dharamvira Gandhi and Harinder Singh Khalsa, were suspended by the political affairs committee (PAC) of the party on 29 August for their alleged anti-party activities.
Both the leaders had earlier accused Delhi unit of the party of excessive control and lack of democratic functioning. The PAC has referred their case to the National Disciplinary Action Committee which has three members who will look into the whole matter. Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav were also suspended by the party in the past.
Al-Jazeera journalists sentenced to three years in prison in Egypt
A court in Egypt sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists to three years in prison on Saturday, 29 August, for broadcasting material harmful to the country's national interests. Baher Mohamed, Mohamed Fahmy and Peter Greste, the three journalists in question, are also alleged to have operated in the country without press licenses.
Delivering the verdict, Judge Hassan Farid said the trio 'are not journalists and not members of the press syndicate'. While Fahmy and Mohamed now plan to appeal their sentences, Australian national Peter Greste, who was deported to his home country earlier in February, has also vowed to pursue all avenues to clear his name.
Usain Bolt leads Jamaica to 4X100 relay gold
Usain Bolt pulled back Jamaica from a tricky position in the 4X100 relay finals in Beijing on Saturday, 29 August, as he completed yet another treble of gold medals at the IAAF World Championships.
The Jamaican team had started off slower than the USA team, and with one quarter of the race remaining, the latter looked favourites to take home the gold. However, Bolt drew from all his reserves to give his team a distinct lead and trump USA for the top position. The gold medal in the relays means Bolt has now won 11 of the 12 races he has participated in at the World Championships in the last six years.
Foreign national arrested in Bangkok over 17 August bombing
The Thai police arrested a foreign national in Bangkok on Saturday, 29 August, over the bomb blast at a Hindu shrine on 17 August. Police officials said they recovered fake passports and illegal officials when they raided the apartment of the suspect, who matched the description of an accused from the bomb blast nearly two weeks back.
The 28-year old foreigner, who has been living in Bangkok since January, 2014, is currently being held at a military facility in the city. 20 people, including 14 tourists, had been killed in the bombing that took place on 17 August.
MM Kalburgi, former Vice Chancellor of Kannada University shot dead
Dr MM Kalburgi, a renowned scholar and former Vice Chancellor of the Kannada University was shot dead by unidentified men on the morning of 30 August.
Reportedly, Kalburgi was shot on the forehead and chest after which he was immediately rushed to the hospital. The incident happened at 8:40am outside his Kalyan Nagar residence in Dharwad. He succumbed to his injuries at the hospital. According to media reports, Kalburgi had received threats in the past for his remarks on superstition and idol worship.
Athletics World Series javelin champ learned to throw on YouTube
Julius Yego, the Kenyan javelin thrower who just won gold at the World Series, has revealed that he learned to throw on YouTube. Yego, who is almost entirely self-taught, won the competition by a comfortable 4 metre margin after a throw of 92.72 metres.
"My coach is me, and the YouTube videos," Yego said. This is because in Kenya, which has produced a host of track stars, javelin is a neglected sport. Coaches for it are hard to find. As a result Yego honed his skills with the help of YouTube tutorials and videos of former Olympic winners.
After putting in the initial groundwork, Yego later got to train with Finnish coach Petteri Piironen.
Russian FTII student told to oppose strike to get leave
Rabiat Adzhikamalova, a Russian post-graduate student at FTII, was asked to submit a written undertaking opposing the strike if she wanted permission to go home. Adzhikamalova had applied for a two month leave of absence to G B Singh, Dean - TV (in-charge).
The under-fire institute made her add a statement on the top corner of her leave letter stating that she was not part of the strike nor did she support it. Only after this was she given the necessary documentation.
The registrar of the institute, U C Bodake, has justified the actions of the institute claiming that he couldn't grant leave if she was on strike.
Shiv Sena Agra: Hindu families with 5 children to get Rs 2 lakh; Party denies it
Concerned about the recent religious census figures that showed falling Hindu growth, the Agra unit of the Shiv Sena has offered large Hindu families a monetary incentive. Hindu families that have had 5 children between 2010 and 2015 will be eligible to receive Rs 2 lakhs. Parents will need to furnish birth certificates from the municipal corporation as proof.
The announcement was made by Veenu Lalwania, the District Chief of the Shiv Sena.
The party though, has distanced itself from the scheme, claiming that Lalwania is no longer district chief and does not represent the party.
Deemed "pro-Kejriwal", CBFC refuses to clear documentary
The Censor Board of Film Certification (CBFC) has refused to clear the documentary "Battle for Banaras", a fil which documents the 2014 electoral battle for Varanasi between the Delhi CM and PM Modi.
While the committee that took the decision have refused to comment, CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani said he was informed that the documentary was "pro-Kejriwal", contained "inflammatory language" and "flouted CBFC guidelines".
The director of the film, Kamal Swaroop, has defended his film, stating that the CBFC may have refused to clear it because it "doesn't show reverence to Modi".
Nihalani has accused Swaroop of lying to the media, while the latter has decided to take his film to the Film Certification Appellate Tribunal.
Karnataka faces drought after 46 per cent less rain
The state government of Karnataka has declared 126 Talukas out of a total 177 as drought-hit and is planning to increase the number to 150. The state, which is second most arid area of the country after Rajasthan, is facing a record decline in the level of rainfall which has affected most of the areas.
The northern part of the state has received 46 per cent less rainfall because of which all of the 12 districts coming under this area have been declared to be drought-hit.
Sangh-backed union drops out of September labour strike
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, the central trade union backed by the RSS and the BJP, said it has decided to not participate in the nationwide labour strike on 2 September, after a meeting of its core group decided to "give the central government another six months".
"Since the government has come forward with positive assurances on our basic demands and assured us to continue dialogue, BMS decides to defer the strike for the time being," BMS General Secretary Virjesh Upadhyay told PTI. BMS is the only one among 11 national unions to drop out of the strike.