Sat Sri akaal..
Main Big B apka swagat karta hun..
Terrible imitation of the other famous namesake.
But, I do am the Big B of MBA prep, right?
It’s been a while since I bakared with you. But then, I had a big fight with Chulbuli and that sent me in a bout of depression for few days. My arguments with Chulbuli are very much like an Arnab Goswami debate. She calls me to discuss about a topic, and then lambasts me left, right and centre and all I can do is make unsuccessful attempts to speak. So now I just nod my head.
Also, the month of August was more eventful than even season 7 of Game of Thrones. Heroic judgments, fall from grace of a self-styled Godman, tragedies – both natural and human-induced-but-portrayed-as-natural, and India doing well in non-cricketing sports at non-Olympics-events and still getting Retweets (Ache din, finally?).
So here’s presenting you the good, bad, and ugly from August. We’ll be glad if you read the entire thing, since, it will help you stay in touch with current events, and secondly, closing this article midway will automatically start playing Jattu Engineer on your screen, non-stop (Okay, not really). But please, read.
Private Rights for everyone
In a landmark 547-page judgment by the Supreme Court, the right to privacy will now be a fundamental right for every citizen of this country. The SC overturned a 63-year old rule - on the back of growing cases of intolerance in the country – and recognized the importance of letting people eat, wear and even marry whoever they want, without the fear of the society. Find more implications here.
Right to Privacy is great for students
‘Talaqs aren’t instant Noodles’ – Supreme Court
Okay, SC didn’t use those exact words, but they did put a full stop at instant divorces, terming it ‘void, illegal and unconstitutional’. This is great news since it empowers millions of Muslim women across this country. However, the SC has not banned ‘Triple Talaq’, but ‘Instant Talaq’.
No more MSG films for the next twenty years!
Ram Rahim jailed for twenty years
I know, I know..
The Love Charger has been unplugged.
Baba Gurmeet Singh Ram Rahim Insaan is now a rape-convict and has been sentenced imprisonment for 20 years for raping two-minor girls in 2002. My sources tell me that this case took 15 years since the judge, Jagdeep Singh, spent 14 and half years only reading his name. (Not all heroes wear cape though, some wear black robes too)
India 2 – China 1
India took on China twice in August. First, when, Vijender Singh beat Zulpikar Maimaitiali of China to win WBO Oriental Super Middleweight title. Second when, both India and China decided to withdraw their troops from Dokhlam after a two-month stand-off. India and Bhutan have been lauded
for their resolute stand against the Chinese Army.
Also, here’s a life tip:
At least 30 children passed away in a medical college of Gorakhpur because of a shortage of supply of liquid Oxygen. The Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath, insisted that the lack of Oxygen did not lead to deaths. BJP chief Amit Shah commented the death of 72 children is "a tragedy, a mistake that happened at some level, but you cannot deny our aim to help.”
I don’t have words.
Riots in Haryana
The aftermath of Ram Rahim’s verdict led to a severe backlash in Panchkula (where the verdict was given), Sirsa and some parts of Punjab and Delhi. The riots killed 38 people, and injured a hundred others. The media has blamed ML Khattar for letting the riots happen, due to an allegiance with the self-styled Godman.
Floods in Assam, Bihar, and Mumbai
We wrote Assam first in the heading, because well, someone has to. Over 150 people and 225 animals have lost their lives in the Assam floods, while over 500 people lost their lives in the Bihar floods.
Other key GK Bakar of August
- RBI has launched 200-rupee notes in saffron colour. This happened after they launched a 200-rupee note in violet and green colours. New 50 rupee notes are coming in too.
- If you still think Mohammad Hamid Ansari is the correct answer to the quiz question on India’s vice-president, then think again. The answer is now Venkaiah Naidu. Remember the name.
- After making all of us pay 200 bucks to see Toilet, Akshay Kumar has been appointed the brand ambassador of ‘Clean UP Mission’
- Sanjaya Baru, who the former media advisor to Manmohan Singh, is the new secretary-general of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI).
- Los Angeles will play host to the 2028 Summer Olympics, giving up a bid for the 2024 Games to Paris
- Shahid Khaqan Abbasi is now the new prime-minister of Pakistan
- Mukesh Ambani has overtaken Hong Kong real estate mogul Li Ka-Shing to become the second-richest person in Asia. Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma is still the richest person in Asia
- India is allowed to construct hydroelectric power facilities on tributaries of the Jhelum and Chenab rivers with certain restrictions under the 1960 Indus Waters Treaty (IWT).
- The 7th Meeting of BRICS Trade Ministers was held in Shanghai from 1-2 August.
- After 20 years, a Hindu politician, Darshan Lal, is set to take the role of a cabinet minister in Pakistan.
- The United States and India will co-host the 8th Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) November 28-30 in Hyderabad, India
- Terror attacks in Barcelona left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured
- The USA observed first coast-to-coast total eclipse in almost 100 years
- World Humanitarian Day (WHD) is held every year on 19th August to pay tribute to aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service
- South Korean court sentenced Lee Jae-yong, the acting chairman of Samsung, to five years in prison for crimes including offering bribes and perjury.
- Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Texas coast and became the first major storm to hit the United States in 12 years.
- BookMyShow acquired Nfusion, a media platform, to foray into audio entertainment.
- Truecaller today announced its integration with Google Duo, allowing users to make video calls directly through the Truecaller app on Android and iOS platforms.
- Google has released the latest version of its Android operating system 8.0 named Oreo.
- Microsoft has announced its ‘Project Brainwave’ deep learning acceleration platform for real-time artificial intelligence (AI).
- Two-time Paralympic gold medallist Devendra Jhajharia became the first Paralympian to be recommended for the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award — along with former hockey captain Sardar Singh.
- Brazilian footballer Neymar moved from Barcelona to PSG (Paris Saint-Germain) as the world's most expensive signing in football history
- Justin Gatlin powered to a shock 100m gold world title leaving Christian Coleman and Usain Bolt to settle for silver and bronze respectively.
- India won the test series against Sri Lanka
Hope my bakar was useful. Drop a comment below if you have any feedback/suggestions. And stay tuned for more bakar at the start of every month.