News capsule | What hogged headlines in August

Major news events and developments in August

August 1

After four years, Malampuzha dam shutters opened

All four shutters of the dam in Palakkad were opened 3 cm.

Cabinet nod for bill to restore provisions of Dalit safety law

The Supreme Court in a ruling in March had introduced safeguards which, Dalit leaders and organisations said, diluted the Act and rendered it toothless.

Singer Umbayee passed away

Noted ghazal singer and composer from Kerala, Umbayee, passed away. 

August 2

Former KPCC chief Sudheeran resigns from key UDF panel

Sudheeran had earlier slammed the KPCC leadership after the party's decision to forego the lone Rajya Sabha seat in favour of Kerala Congress (M).

August 4

Vipul Ambani of Nirav Modi firm gets bail in PNB scam

Ambani had sought bail on the ground that his custody was not required as the CBI had already filed its charge sheet in the case.

August 5

State to bear sex-change surgery costs

Money will not stand in the way for a transgender person who desires to live as a man or a woman, Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.


August 6

Quake kills at least 82 in Indonesia's Lombok island

The powerful quake triggered panic among tourists and residents, and was also felt on the neighbouring holiday island of Bali.

August 7

M Karunanidhi dies at 94

He was the chief minister of Tamil Nadu for 19 years.

3 TN natives killed as ship rams boat off Kerala coast

The incident occurred around 3.30 am Tuesday while the boat was engaged in fishing off Chettuva coast in Thrissur.

August 8

Trump hosts Nooyi among top corporate leaders for dinner

Trump referred to Nooyi as one of the 'most powerful' women in the world.

Former world champion hurdler Nicholas Bett dies in accident

Bett won the 400m hurdles at the 2015 World Championships in Beijing to give Kenya their first gold medal at a distance shorter than 800m. .

August 9

Nehru Trophy boat race postponed

Around 78 boats, including 25 snake boats, will be taking part in the 66th edition of the event.

Harivansh Narayan Singh elected RS deputy chairman

The NDA candidate polled 125 votes in the Rajya Sabha election.

August 10

Idukki opens all 5 shutters; water gush at 5 lakh litre per second

Heavy rain continued in Idukki district and the water level in the dam is rose steadily.


August 11

US curtails military training programme for Pakistan

Pakistani officers have been receiving military training and education in the US since early 1960s which were suspended in the 1990s but restored after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

August 12

Nobel-winning writer VS Naipaul dies at 85

Despite becoming a pillar of Britain's cultural establishment, he was also a symbol of modern rootlessness.


Rajnath surveys flood-affected Kerala, says situation very serious

The union home minister assured the state government of all help from the Centre to meet the challenges posed by the unprecedented floods.

NASA's Parker Solar Probe lifts off

The US space agency's historic small car-size probe to 'touch the Sun' lifted off after an aborted effort on August 11.

Gerard Pique retires from Spanish national team

Pique played 102 times for Spain, helping his country win their only world crown in 2010 and triumphing at Euro 2012.

August 13

Sexual abuse of parishioner: two priests surrender before police

The apex court ruled that the trial court must hear the accused's bail pleas immediately.

Former Lok Sabha speaker Somnath Chatterjee, 89, dies

He was a 10-time Lok Sabha MP and a central committee member of the CPM.

JNU student Umar Khalid shot at near Parliament, escapes unhurt

Umar Khalid was attacked at the gate of Constitution Club in Delhi.

Rafael Nadal downs Tsitsipas to win Toronto Masters

Nadal ended the red-hot run of Greek upstart Stefanos Tsitsipas with a ruthless 6-2, 7-6(4) win.

August 14

Pinarayi cabinet gets 20th minister, EP Jayarajan sworn in

Protesting the decision to bring back Jayarajan, who had quit over nepotism charges, to the cabinet, opposition UDF boycotted the ceremony.

Rain havoc: Kerala govt calls off Onam celebrations

The amount set apart for the celebrations would be used for relief work in the state, chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan said.

August 15

Kerala battles heavy rain, flood: Red alert issued for entire state

Rain fury continued unabated in Kerala on Wednesday, prompting the India Meteorological Department to issue a red alert for the entire state.


August 16

Former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee dies

The 93-year-old BJP leader and former prime minister was admitted to the AIIMS on June 11.

August 17

Marooned Kerala awaits rescue boats, choppers

The Centre has deployed all three wings of the armed forces in a massive rescue operation.

August 18

IMD warns of more rain in flooded Kerala, red alert issued in 11 districts

Heavy rain accompanied by gusty wind with speed reaching up to 60 kmph predicted in all districts other than Thiruvananthapuram, Kollam and Kasaragod.

PM announces immediate relief of Rs 500cr to flood-hit Kerala

Modi also announced an ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh per person to the next of kin of the deceased and Rs 50,000 to those seriously injured from the Prime Minister's National Relief Fund.

Former UN chief, Nobel Peace prize laureate Kofi Annan dies

Annan, of Ghanaian nationality, died in a hospital in Bern, Switzerland, in the early hours of Saturday, two close associates of Annan said.


August 19

Fishermen brave floodwaters, hasten rescue efforts in worst-hit areas

Their country boats could cut even through dangerous gush of water, which the rubber boats found it difficult to overcome.

Shooters Apurvi, Ravi win bronze; open India's medal account

Chinese Taipei's Ying-shin Lin and Shaochuan Lu clinched the gold with an Asian Games record of 494.1 points.

August 20

Teenage shooter Lakshay Sheoran wins sliver

The 19-year-old Lakshay shot 43 in the final to clinch the sliver behind Kunpi Yang of Chinese Taipei.

Shooter Deepak Kumar wins silver in air rifle

Deepak shot 247.7 to finish second on the podium behind China's Haoran Yang, who won the top prize.

August 21

Flood-hit Kerala to mobilise Rs 10,000cr

Kerala CM Pinarayi said a special session of the state assembly has been convened on August 30 to discuss the situation arising from the calamitous floods.

Asian Games: Shooter Saurabh bags gold, Abhishek strikes bronze

Sixteen-year-old Saurabh Chaudhary, who topped the qualifying round, shot a Games record score of 240.7.

India pocket first-ever medal in sepak takraw

The Indian men's team lost to Thailand 0-2 but picked up a bronze as losing semifinalists are also awarded a medal.

August 22

Rahi Sarnobat guns down gold

The 27-year-old Sarnobat, who had won a bronze at the 2014 Incheon Games, held her nerve in a shootoff with Thailand's Naphaswan Yangpaiboon to clinch the gold.


August 23

Veteran journalist Kuldeep Nayar dies

Nayar fiercely fought for press freedom and protecting civil liberties.

Asian Games: Shooter Shardul Vihan wins silver

15-year-old Shardul aggregated 73 points behind gold medallist Hyunwoo Shin (74) of South Korea in men's double trap event.

August 25

CM announces moratorium on loans for small industries, houses

The banks will not take margin money on loans up to Rs 5 lakh for the reconstruction and repair of houses.


Flood-hit Kerala launches special lottery 'Ashwas' to raise funds

Kerala finance minister Thomas Issac informed each ticket would cost Rs 250 and the draw would take place on October 3.

August 26

Malayalam filmmaker K K Haridas passes away

Haridas has directed 15 films, including Jayaram-starrer Vadhu Doctoraanu in a career spanning over two decades.

US senator, ex-presidential candidate John McCain dies

McCain died following a battle with brain cancer. He was 81.

Asian Games: Saina, Sindhu make it a historic day for India

World No. 10 Saina became the first Indian woman shuttler to make it to the last-four stage of the Games.

Fouaad Mirza ends India's 36-year medal drought in individual equestrian in Asiad

Mirza secured the silver in individual jumping event besides guiding the country to a second-place finish in the team competition.

August 28

Asian Games: Sindhu first Indian to win badminton silver

World No. 1 Tai Tzu-ying dished out a masterclass show to tame Sindhu and clinch the women’s singles badminton gold at the Asian Games on Tuesday.

Stalin elected DMK president unopposed

Stalin's elevation comes amid threats by his elder brother and expelled DMK leader M K Alagiri that the party will have to face "consequences" if he is not re-admitted into its fold.


Neelakurinji blooms to be boon for Munnar tourism

Undeterred by the landslides that wrecked the roads, Idukki is preparing to receive tourists who have already started making bookings to witness the rare blossoming of the flower.

August 29

Insurance companies cut down formalities to hasten claim settlement

Death claims and cattle-related claims, for instance, will be settled within 24 hours if the relevant documents are produced.

Cochin airport resumes operations

All domestic and international services will resume from August 29, Cochin International Airport Limited has said in a statement.

CPI publicly censures Raju for untimely German jaunt

The party state secretary chided the minister with the clear intention of further shaming him over his tour as Kerala reeled under floods.

August 30

Fodder scam: Lalu surrenders in Ranchi CBI court

The multi-million fodder scam had surfaced in the 1990s when Lalu Prasad was the Bihar chief minister.


Rupee plunges to 70.81 against US dollar

According to analysts, continuous outflow of foreign funds, along with caution ahead of key macro-economic data, coupled with volatile global crude oil prices pulled the Indian rupee to a fresh low.

Jupiter's Great Red Spot reveals signs of water: NASA

NASA scientists peering deep inside Jupiter's Great Red Spot - a storm that has been raging on the planet for over 350 years - have detected signs of water above the planet's deepest clouds.

Asian Games: India's 4x400m mixed relay appeal against Bahrain rejected

India had lodged a protest stating that a Bahraini runner had caused obstruction to Hima Das during the relay race in which India finished second after M R Poovamma frittered away a good 30m lead.

August 31

Slamming country is no sedition: Law Commission

Berating the country or a particular aspect of it cannot be treated as "sedition" and the charge can only be invoked in cases where the intention is to overthrow the government with violence and illegal means, the Law Commission observed.

Petrol, diesel prices touch all-time high

As per the prices announced under the daily dynamic pricing regime by the state-run Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), both petrol and diesel prices touched new highs in Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai.