Major News and Events of 01 August 2015
What Happened on 01 August 2015
Road Transport Ministry Introduces draft notification for mass emission standards for vehicles
MEA says 2 out of 4 Indians kidnapped by ISIS in Libya Freed
India, Bangladesh witness another Freedom at Midnight after 68 Years
Rajnath Singh attacks Congress for coining the word "Hindu Terror"
Finance Minister seeks Plan Approval for Providing Rs. 70,000 Crore to Debt-Ridden PSU Banks
14-year old autistic Indian golfer Ranveer Singh Saini achieved a historic feat yesterday as he won the first ever gold by any Indian in the Special Olympics World Games. Ranveer won gold in the GF Golf-Level 2 Alternate Shot Team Play event. He achieved the top slot by playing in a world tournament, participated by 21 countries. The Gurgaon-based golfer was diagnosed with autism, a neurological disorder, at the age of two. However, he started playing golf at the age of nine. In fact, Ranveer Singh Saini won two gold medals two years back at Asia Pacific World Games.
Science and Technology
India moves one step closer to 100 per cent bio-diesel after road transport ministry yesterday introduced a draft notification for mass emission standards for vehicles that will be known by the name "B100" vehicles such as BS-III or BS-IV. Government is mulling the idea of introducing bio-diesel vehicles because they are not only less polluting but also renewable. Reports say with the introduction of bio-diesel, government is trying to reduce its dependence on crude oil import. Test requirement standards for newly manufactured vehicles, having compression ignition engine for using 100 per cent bio-diesel or mixture of it, is also included in the draft notification.
Ministry of External Affairs has said that two (Karnataka’s Vijay Kumar and Laxmikant) out of the four Indians abducted by ISIS militants from Libya’s Sirte town have been released. Vikas Swarup, spokesperson of MEA, said the two released Indian teachers have been brought back to the University of Sirte and MEA is trying for release of Hyderabad’s Gopikrishnan and Balaram. Indian government has not yet called the abduction a hostage situation as no ransom call has been made yet. With US media reports revealing possible attack on India by Islamic State militants, a high-level Union Home Ministry meeting is underway. Multiple state DGPs and home secretaries are attending the meeting.
At midnight, India and Bangladesh swapped 164 enclaves, amounting to 24,270.65 acres of land (17,160.63 acres in 111 enclaves going to Bangladesh and 7,110.02 acres in 51 enclaves to India). During the historic exchange programme, 51,000 jubilant residents lit 68 candles and cracked fire crackers to mark freedom from the misery of statelessness after 68 years of independence. While 51 Bangladeshi enclaves have been included in West Bengal’s Cooch Behar district, 111 Indian enclaves included in Bangladesh are located in Nilphamari, Kurigram, Panchagarh, and Lalmonirhat districts. Reports say process of shifting people to both sides of the border will be completed by November 30.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh locked horns with Congress by accusing the latter of weakening India’s fight against terror by coining the term “Hindu Terrorism” during previous UPA government’s tenure. He also urged all parties to remain united on the terrorism issue. Rajnath made these statements in Lok Sabha, a day after his speech on Gurdaspur attack issue was shouted down by the opposition parties in Rajya Sabha. Home Minister also accused Congress of using “Hindu terrorism” for shifting direction of investigation. Rajnath also referred to coinage of the concerned words by ex-home minister Sushilkumar Shinde in the parliament in 2013, which was congratulated by the LeT founder Hafiz Saeed.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley yesterday placed a plan in the parliament for approval of Rs. 70,000 crore to be given to the public sector banks, which are suffering from insurmountable debt due to stacking up of Non Performing Assets (NPAs). A Finance Ministry statement said that according to the plan Rs 25,000 crore will be provided to debt-laden public banks during 2015-16 and 2016-17 each. In fact, a fund of Rs. 20,000 crore will be provided during following fiscal years – 2017-18 and 2018-19. Reports say that the banks that will get Rs. 10,262 crore of the funds include SBI, Bank of Baroda, PNB, BoI, IDBI, and Canara Bank.