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National Events in August 1997

1st Aug

Delhi court orders framing of charges against Janata Dal president, Mr. Sharad Yadav in Jain hawala case.

Lt. Gen. Ved Prakash Malik to be next chief of Army staff. Gen. Shankar Roy Chowdhury retires on September 30.

Centre orders high-level enquiry into conduct of CBI officials who sought army help to arrest Mr. Laloo Yadav after Supreme Court rejected his anticipatory bail application on July 29.

6th Aug

Government withdraws controversial Insurance Regulatory Authority Bill in the face of opposition from BJP, its allies and also Left parties.

Judicial remand of Mr.Laloo Yadav extended to August 20.

7th Aug

Centre fails to get Rajya Sabha approval for Ordinance on Presidential and Vice-Presidential Act 1952.

10th Aug

Mr. Ahmed Patel, Mr. Jitendra Prasada and Mr. Madhavrao Scindia emerge as Congress(I)'s new standard-bearers in CWC elections.

11th Aug

Two explosions rock Chennai, two injured.

Hundreds travelling by Delhi-bound Rajdhani Express from Guwahati have miraculous escape as improvised explosive device planted by suspected Bodo extremists explodes on track near Guwahati.

12th Aug

Mr. Gulshan Kumar of Super Cassette Industries, shot dead by four unidentified persons in north-west Mumbai.

Patna High Court Division Bench disapproves of State Government functioning.

At least 135 persons feared drowned in flash floods in Shimla and Kinnaur districts ofHimachal Pradesh.

14th Aug

Special session of Parliament to commemorate 50 years of independence.

15th Aug

Prime Minister, Mr. Gujral calls for satyagraha against corruption. He is addressing nation from ramparts of Red Fort on Independence Day.

President, Mr. K. R. Narayanan, confers nation's highest peace- time gallantry award Ashok Chakra posthumously on second Lieutenant Puneet Dutta.

16th Aug

Mr. Krishan Kant, Governor of Andhra Pradesh, declared elected Vice-President.

Bodo extremists gun down 13 persons in two villages in Assam's Nalbari district.

17th Aug

Prime Minister, Mr. Gujral, says Queen Elizabeth should not go to Amritsar, scene of Jallianwalla Bagh massacre, during her India visit in October.

19th Aug

Mumbai builder Natwar Shah shot dead by two unidentified assailants at Nariman Point.

20th Aug

Self-styled godman Premananda sentenced by Pudukottai district and sessions court to undergo life imprisonment for two terms and pay Rs. 66.4 lakhs in fine for rape of 13 inmates of his ashram and murder of a male inmate.

Mumbai underworld don Arun Gawli arrested for alleged involvement in the killing of builder.

Lata Mangeshkar receives fifth Rajiv Gandhi national sadbhavana award from President.

21st Aug

Prime Minister seeks to defuse controversy over Queen Elizabeth's visit, suggesting she could go to any part of the country.

Mr. Krishan Kant assumes office as tenth Vice-President.

22nd Aug

Assam police and CRPF arrest four hardcore militants of National Democratic Front of Bodoland.

24th Aug

Indian and Pakistani troops exchange fire in several sectors along Line of Control in J & K.

Forest brigand Veerappan releases eight Karnataka Forest department personnel he held hostage since July 13.

Union Government decides to eliminate the category of ``superfine'' variety of rice for procurement.

25th Aug

No let-up in skirmishes between Indian and Pakistani troops in Uri sector. Pakistani casualties put at 70.

26th Aug

Four-day special session of Parliament begins to discuss agenda for the next millenium.

Commander of Uri sector, Brigadier Jasbir Singh Lidder and another senior army officer have narrow escape as Pakistani troops fire on their cavalcade at Chakori near LOC in J & K.

28th Aug

Jain Commission, which looked into first part of its terms of reference dealing with sequence of events that led to assassination of Rajiv Gandhi, submits interim report to Government.

Stern warning to Pakistan and endorsement of India's foreign policy mark third day of special session of Parliament.

29th Aug

Delhi High Court cancels allotment of petrol pumps and distributorship of cooking gas and kerosene made to 70 persons during Mr. Satish Sharma's tenure as Petroleum Minister.

31st Aug

Lok Sabha creates history with its largest-ever sitting of about 22 hours for a special golden jubilee session debating issues of national importance.

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