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President’s nod for Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, silver for Sindhu at World Badminton Championships, and other top stories of the day

President’s nod for Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill

President Ram Nath Kovind has given assent to a law that will deter fugitive economic offenders to evade legal process in India and flee the country. A fugitive economic offender is any individual against whom warrants for arrest is issued for his involvement in select economic offences involving amount of at least ₹100 crore or more and has left India so as to avoid criminal prosecution.

P.V. Sindhu takes silver in Badminton World Championship

P.V. Sindhu finished second best yet again in a major tournament final as she went down tamely to Carolina Marin in the World Championships’ women’s singles title clash, adding to the Indian’s tale of woes here on Sunday.

Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case: Assistant director of social welfare department suspended

The assistant director of the State Social Welfare department, Divesh Kumar Sharma, was suspended on Saturday for the delay in taking action following the social audit report by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) that had exposed sexual exploitation of 34 girls at a Muzaffarpur shelter home.

US Ambassador’s vehicle attacked in Dhaka

U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh Marcia Bernicat’s vehicle was “attacked” in Dhaka by a “group of armed adult men,” the US Embassy has stated. Ms. Bernicat and her staff were unharmed.

Magnitude 7 earthquake rocks Indonesia’s Lombok island, tsunami warning issued

A major earthquake rocked Indonesia’s Lombok island on August 5, just a week after a quake had killed more than a dozen people on the holiday island, sending people running from their homes and triggering a tsunami alert.

20 killed in Swiss Alps plane crash

Twenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend, police said on Sunday. "The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished," police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference.

President Ram Nath Kovind visits Karunanidhi in hospital

President Ram Nath Kovind made a visit to Chennai on Sunday afternoon to enquire about the health of ailing DMK president and former Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.. Karunanidhi at the Kauvery Hospital in Alwarpet here.

Oliver Pope, Chris Woakes called up for Lord’s Test

England have made two changes to their squad for the second Test against India, bringing in uncapped batsman Oliver Pope and pacer Chris Woakes. The second Test starts at the Lord’s on August 9.

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