- India accepts Israel-UAE agreement
UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah Bin Zayed Al Nahyan calls External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, to explain the decision to establish full ties with Israel. In doing so, however, it becomes the first Gulf country, and the third Arab country, after Egypt and Jordan.
The trilateral agreement- “Abraham Accords”- was also signed by the United States, which commits Israel to suspend its plans for annexation of Palestine majority areas. India’s announcement of acceptance on such an agreement ensures a balanced West Asian politics.
- Anti-drug campaigns to be launched on Independence Day in 272 districts
Union Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment (SJE) Minister Thaawarchand Gehlot announces the initiative to fight substance abuse in 272 “vulnerable” districts. Drug-free India campaign or “Nasha Mukt Bharat” will be a seven-month-long campaign, beginning from August 15, 2020 to March 31, 2021. The Centre is determined to end drug abuse in the nation, hence increasing the allocated budget from ₹43 crore in 2017 to ₹260 crore in 2020.
The campaign will also include generating awareness, proper education in schools and colleges, community outreach, and intense focus on treatment facilities.
- Hapur child rapist arrested
Dalpat Singh, who is accused of raping a six-year-old minor girl, in the Garh area of Hapur, has been arrested by the Hapur police department. The accused, who tried to mislead the police by leaving a suicide note and a pair of clothes on the bank of Ganga, was later taken to the crime scene and tried to escape. In order to nab him, the police shot him below the knee.
The accused has been arrested after a handful of evidence, and the minor recognizing his picture.
- President Ram Nath Kovind’s addresses the nation on the eve of 74th Independence Day
Reflecting upon the history of the nation, freedom struggles against the oppression, remembering the father of the nation, President Ram Nath Kovind also throws light on today’s scenario of the world- also announcing that the Independence Day celebration will be restrained due to COVID-19. He praises the government’s take on the fatal virus, the medical workers, and to all those who have, and still are fighting against the pandemic, the cyclone Amphan in West Bengal and Odisha, the floods in the North-East. Mention has been made of the Indian army and the martyrs, National Education Policy, inauguration of Ayodhya temple and the government’s policies to help the under-privileged suffering from the effects of the pandemic. His message on the eve of Independence Day is expected to boost the morale of the citizens, and encourage them to come together and strengthen the ties.
- Amit Shah recovers from coronavirus infection
The Union Home Minister announces his recovery on Twitter, thanking God and the medical staff and doctors. Shah was tested positive on August 2, and taken to Medanta Hospital, Gurugram. As a result of extensive care, he has recovered within two weeks and will continue to stay in isolation for a few more days.
- Air India terminates 48 pilots
Roughly after a week of announcement that no employees will be laid off, Air India sends termination letters to 48 pilots. The letter highlights the financial strain that the airline is undergoing, especially due to the pandemic. The pilots, however, are cut off from the office as from August 13, are paid a month’s salary.
The decision coincides with the government’s second attempt to privatise the airline and the deadline for submission of Expression of Interest by bidders has been extended to August 31.
- Three injured due to Bhalswa landfill collapse
A North Delhi Municipal Corporation spokesperson reported that three ragpickers and cattle-rearers were injured in Bhalswa landfill collapse. On the other hand, AAP member Vikas Goel says that four children and a few cattle were injured, and further accuses the BJP ruled corporation for shrugging off similar matters that have taken place in the past, underlining the inadequacy of the corporation.
- Romila Thapar differentiates between nationalism and majoritarianism
Professor Romila Thapar, a renowned historian of ancient India, on a Delhi University student-led Facebook live, Karwaan, talks about the writing of history for the past 200 years. Speaking about nationalism, Thapar defines it as the sentiment of the collective selves of a nation. She carefully demarcates the concept from that of majoritarianism, which includes the propaganda of preaching a single belief, religion, race, etc. Talking about the present scenario of India, and the journey from the struggle for independence to partition, the historian underlines the role of religion that is on the verge of turning India into a Hindu nation.
- Jamia Millia University scores highest in Central University assessment
Scoring a total 90% in a self-assessment exercise, the university tops the list. The internal assessment carried out by MHRD (Ministry of Human Resource Development), signed by UGC (University Grants Commission) and universities. According to a spokesperson of the MHRD, the assessment does not mean the quality of the university, for instance, like the NIRF rankings. It is simply an assessment and the word ranking should be entirely avoided in this case.
Jamia Millia University had been under the spotlight for police violence and CAA riots, in December 2019, along with Jawaharlal Nehru University, and Rajiv Gandhi University.
- Nagas will co-exist but will not merge with India
The chief of National Socialist Council of Nagaland-IM (NSCN-IM), Thuingaleng Muivah, reiterates the Centre’s recognition of the sovereignty of the Nagas when it signed the 2015 framework agreement, implying that nagas will co-exist peacefully, but not become a part of India. He also added that whether the centre recognizes or not, Nagas already have a separate flag and constitution, hence strengthening their non-conformance even more.