The stories covered in the section will consist of politics, sports, entertainment, education, and society. From NDTV’s Ravish Kumar winning the prestigious Magsaysay Award to UAPA Bill clearing the parliament, check out Top Stories from 2nd August.

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NDTV’s Ravish Kumar Wins Magsaysay Award

The Indian writer and journalist Ravish Kumar has been named for the prestigious Magsaysay Award for harnessing journalism to give voice to the voiceless and his unfaltering commitment to professional, ethical journalism of the highest standards. The foundation says that Ravish Kumar’s news programme Prime Time deals with real-life and under-reported problems of ordinary people. Other notable winners of the award in the past are RK Laxman, P Sainath, Arun Shourie, Kiran Bedi, and Arvind Kejriwal.

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Rajya Sabha Passes Anti Terror(UAPA) Bill

An amendment to an anti-terror bill to designate individuals as terrorists was passed in parliament. Home Minister Amit Shah addressed to opposition’s concern said that four-level scrutiny had been provided in the amendment to ensure human rights are not violated.

The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill was already passed by the Lok Sabha on July 24.

Terrorists Plan Attack On Amarnath Pilgrims says Govt Sources, Yatra Cancelled

J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik asked a delegation of Jammu & Kashmir politicians to remain calm and not believe in rumors circulating in the valley. Rumors circulated that the Indian Government is planning to scrap off the special rights provided to the Jammu & Kashmir after Amarnath Yatra got called off. Although the governor cleared his stance and asked the pilgrims to cut short their stay & leave amid intelligence inputs of terror threats.

Indian Economy Pushed To 7th Spot

The UK and France economy have toppled India from the position of 5th largest economy in 2018. India’s economy grew only 3.01 percent in dollar terms in 2018 against 15.72 percent in 2017. Economists have put the slow rate on rupee against the dollar movement. Although, there were talks of India overtaking Japan economy by 2025.

Indian IT companies contributed $57.2 billion to US GDP

India’s Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla said India-based global IT services companies have employed more than 175,000 workers in the United States accounting for 8.4 percent of employment in the computer systems design and related services industry. Addressing business leaders in Denver, Colorado, India’s top diplomat said that Indian IT companies contributed $57.2 billion to the GDP of the US in 2017.

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