Thursday Evening News Brief, August 3

Thursday evening brief Aug 3 2017
Good evening!
Here’s everything that transpired during the course of the day…
As many as 100 bridges across India are on the verge of collapse and need immediate attention, said Union minister Nitin Gadkari. The startling information came to light after the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways conducted a safety audit of 1.6 lakh bridges in which more than 100 structures were found to be in an unsound state. “These 100 bridges can collapse anytime and need immediate attention,” Gadkari said in the Lok Sabha.
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The SC today allowed the use of the NOTA option in the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. The apex court said that the use of the None of the above (NOTA) option is a constitutional issue which needs to be debated. It asked the Election Commission to respond in two weeks to the Congress petition disallowing NOTA. The top court has set September 18 as the date to hear detailed arguments on the issue.
Paralympian Devendra Jhajharia and former hockey captain Sardar Singh were today recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Jhajharia became the first Paralympian to be recommended for India’s highest sporting honour and was the top choice of the awards selection committee. The committee picked 31-year-old Sardar as its second nominee and has suggested that both be considered for the award jointly.
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The I-T raids on various properties linked to Karnataka minister DK Shivakumar continued for the second consecutive day. The sleuths have seized a number of documents, account books and financial papers from multiple premisis. “About Rs 11.43 crore cash has been seized till now from various locations. Some searches and surveys are still on,” an official said.
Pranab Mukherjee today shared an emotional letter written to him by PM Modi on his last day as President. In the letter, Modi said, “I came to New Delhi as an outsider. The task before me was huge and challenging. In these times, you have always been a father figure and a mentor to me.” Modi added that the former President was always warm, affectionate and caring towards him.
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