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National Events in August 2001

Aug. 1:

The extension of the ceasefire in Nagaland for the sixth time, comes into effect.

Mr. O.P. Srivastava, takes over as the new Chairman of the Central Board of Direct Taxes.

In a major reshuffle in the Indian Air Force, Air Marshal S. Krishnaswamy, takes over as Vice-Chief of the Air Staff.

Aug. 3:

The JPC on stock scam under Mr. Prakash Mani Tripathi to probe UTI fiasco, says the Speaker, Mr. G.M.C. Balayogi.

Security forces foil a major attempt by militants to target Amarnath pilgrims in Poonch district, killing two Hizb ultras in an encounter.

Aug. 6:

Twenty five mentally ill persons, including 11 women die in a devastating fire in a private lunatic asylum at Erwadi in Ramanathapuram district, Tamil Nadu.

Aug. 7:

The Rajya Sabha passes the Repealing and Amending Bill, 1999, repealing 357 legislation that had become obsolete or redundant in one go.

Aug. 8:

The U.S. restores duty-free benefits to Indian items.

The Supreme Court permits Mr. Prakash Hinduja, a Swiss national and an accused in the Rs.64-crore Bofors payoff case, to leave India.

Aug. 9:

The Lok Sabha passes the Protection of Plant Varieties and Farmers' Rights Bill.

Mr. Justice K. Jayachandra Reddy, is appointed the Press Council of India Chairman.

Aug. 10:

The Tamil Nadu Government, orders closure of all the 16 mental asylums in and around Erwadi in Ramanathapuram district.

Aug. 16:

Twenty three persons lose their lives after an explosion rips through a unit of the State-owned Tamil Nadu Industrial Explosives Ltd., at Christianpet, near Katpadi, in Vellore district.

The Justice Venkataswami Commission begins in-camera proceedings into the sensitive defence deal, `Kornet-E', identified in the Tehelka tapes.

Aug. 17:

Non-MLAs cannot be reappointed Ministers beyond six months, rules the Supreme Court.

The Union Cabinet approves the repeal of the Sick Industrial Companies (Special Provision) Act of 1985, in a bid to speed up the closure of sick industries.

Aug. 19:

The Assam Government bans gram sale following the death of three persons due to food poisoning which also affects 3,000 people.

Aug. 20:

The Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI) develops and releases three new varieties of rice, including the world's first hybrid variety codenamed RH-10.

Aug. 21:

The Lok Sabha passes a Constitution Amendment Bill, extending the current freeze on the number of seats in the Lok Sabha and the State Assemblies till 2026 but providing for fresh delimitation to alter the size of the constituency.

Aug. 22:

Furore in Lok Sabha on the alleged use of women as ``honeytraps'' by tehelka.com in its bid to expose corruption in defence deals.

Aug. 25:

The Supreme Court quashes quota for AIIMS graduates in post graduate courses and asks the institution to adopt a uniform 50 per cent marks in the entrance test as the eligibility criteria.

In a major breakthrough, Indian scientists successfully sequence the complete genome of the Indian strain of Hepatitis C virus.

Aug. 27:

The Trinamool Congress is readmitted into the NDA fold and the PMK's re-entry is also formalised.

The Union Cabinet clears the Communications Convergence Bill, seeking to bring the various segments of the communications sector on one platform.

Aug. 29:

The Railways announces a special `safety' levy on all passenger tickets and hikes fares across the board.

Aug. 30:

The Tamil Nadu Chief Minister, Ms. Jayalalithaa suffers a setback after the Supreme Court stays proceedings in the Madras High Court in the appeals filed by her challenging her conviction in the ``TANSI land deal'' and ``Pleasant Stay hotel'' cases.

Parliament approves the Indian Divorce (Amendment) Bill, 2000 to give Christian women the right to seek marriage annulment by removing gender bias.

Aug. 31:

The Union Minister, Mr. Sunderlal Patwa resigns from the Cabinet on health grounds.

The Hindujas withdraw from AI disinvestment.

India announces duty cuts for Pakistan products, including newspapers and books in a list of 50 tariff lines.

The Gujarat Assembly adopts an official bill cancelling the pension for its members.

Events 2001