Major Events and Top News Headlines of 23 August 2009:
- Unidentified assailants shot dead a top Central Excise officer in Varanasi’s Karaundi area this evening, police said.
- Even though bankruptcy-hit US auto giant has been reiterating that its Indian business will remain unaffected, the company will miss its 2010 deadline for achieving 10 per cent share in the car market.
- Notwithstanding the box office failure of her debut film ‘Luck’, Shruti Haasan has co-directed a music video for her father’s Tamil film ‘Unnaipol Oruvan’.
- The death toll from Typhoon Morakot was raised to at least 650 on Sunday after the worst weather disaster to hit Taiwan in half a century.
- In a startling disclosure, the detained LTTE chief Kumaran Pathmanathan has told investigators that the rebels had tried to acquire nuclear weapons and know-how to be used against the Sri Lankan army.