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  • Antique idols return back to India from the U.S.

The U.S. authorities formally hand over priceless antique idols to Indian officials. The artefacts were reportedly stolen and smuggled at different times, however, ceased from the Nancy Weiner Gallery, Christie’s in New York, and the Maitreya Gallery, U.S. The artefacts include limestone relief of Shiva and Parvati, dating back to the 8th century; a marble Apsara, dating back to the 10th century valued around $500,000; and some other idols.

 


  • MS Dhoni calls it quit

Mahendra Singh Dhoni announces his retirement on his official Instagram account, thanking his well-wishers for all the support. Captain Cool marks the end of his journey in a style that marks his unique style, bewildering even the sports circle.

The captain had announced his retirement from Tests in Australia in 2014 – well before BCCI officially had, yet continued to play ODIs and T-20s. He was last seen in his jersey in the last World Cup semi-finals, which India lost to New Zealand. Suresh Raina has also quit after the captain’s announcement, saying it will never be the same without him.

 


  • 4G Internet restored in Ganderbal, Udhampur

Mobile internet service has been restored after a year’s ban in Ganderbal and Udhampur on a trial basis. It will be closely monitored and if all goes well, continued till 8th September until further decisions have been made.

There has been a consistent plea from students and traders to restore internet services as it became difficult for them to continue with their work sectors. The internet services were snuffed out on 5th August after declaration of its special status.


 


  • India sends technical assistance to Mauritius to battle oil spill

The Ministry of External Affairs revealed that India has sent a number of technical equipment to Mauritius under the policy to extend humanitarian assistance and disaster relief to its neighbors in the Indian Ocean region.

India has sent ocean booms, river booms, disc skimmers, hell skimmers, power packs, blowers, salvage barge and oil absorbent graphene pads and other accessories that will help Mauritius skim oil from water. A 10-member Technical Response Team has also been sent to contain the oil spill. The oil spill from MV Wakashio tanker is the biggest threat that Mauritius marine life has ever witnessed, and if continues, will mean a great deal of harm.

 


  • State’s Forest Minister inaugurates live streaming of zoo

West Bengal Forest Department is starting an hour live stream from zoo, both in morning and evening. Animals and birds will be seen online from Alipore Zoological Garden, Kolkata, and Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park in Darjeeling, due to the pandemic.

Rajib Banerjee, State’s Forest Minister, inaugurates this unique initiative. He says that the zoo has consistently attracted a crowd and wants to stop depriving the people, especially children.

 


  • ISL season 7 to be held in Goa stadiums

All of the matches of the Hero Indian Super League are decided to be held in November, in the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium at Fatorda, Margao; the Tilak Nagar Stadium at Vasco da Gama and the GMC Athletic Stadium at Bambolim.

Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) has narrowed down to only one state for organizing the matches, in order to ensure social distancing and safety of the players, participants, staff members and fans amidst COVID-19 virus.


 


  • Three women awarded for saving two from drowning with their sarees

Three women from Aadhanur in Perambalur district were awarded the Kalpana Chawla award for courage and daring enterprise by Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami on Independence Day for saving the lives of two young men from drowning.

Senthamilchelvi, 38, S. Muthammal, 34 and A. Anandavalli, 34, were granted ₹5 lakh each for rescuing Karthick and Senthilvelan of Siruvachur. Four men were seen drowning in the Kottakarai dam that is under construction, women who were washing clothes immediately undraped their sarees to be used as ropes and saved them. Unfortunately, only two could survive.

 


  • Kejriwal to distribute oximeters in villages

AAP Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal plans to send an oximeter to each village to help battle them against the virus. The oximeter will be handed to a person of responsibility and they will be responsible to conduct the tracking of oxygen levels to anyone who has fever or breathlessness. If the oxygen levels fall, the patient is to be taken for medical support.

Kejriwal declares that he will not be celebrating his birthday on Sunday and asks for a gift- to donate as much oximeters as possible, to save lives in the remote sectors where hospital and medical facilities are scarce.

 


  • Four arrested for robbing cancer injections

Four men, Aman Sharma (26), Vikas Swami (30), Sakib Khan (28) Prabhu Jha (32) have been arrested to rob a pharmacy employee of injections that are used to treat cancer patients, worth ₹1.5 lakh. During interrogation, the robbers reveal that they were facing economic backlash due to the lockdown and wanted to make quick money.

 


  • Jharkhand minister going back to school at 54

Jagarnath Mahto, Jharkhand School Education and Literacy Development Minister, who had appeared for his matriculation examination in 1995, has taken admission in XI standard in Devi Mahto Inter School at Nawadih in Bokaro district. Mahto was chosen to be the Literacy Development Minister in January but had to face criticisms due to his own qualifications.

The minister could not pursue education because of poverty, and because of his engagement in a separate Statehood movement led by Sibu Soren and Binod Bihari Mahato. However, the minister claims that he does not regret any of his decisions and is looking forward to restart his educational journey.