Major News and Events of 01 January 2016
What Happened on 01 January 2016
Ramon Magsaysay Award winner Mahasweta Devi Hospitalised, Condition Stable Now
Indian Football Team enters South Asian Football Federation Cup Final
BCCI names Indian Test Captain Virat Kohli Cricketer of the Year
Vigyan Parishad to organize 3-day Science Film Festival of India from Jan 14, 2016 in Goa
Delhi Government rolls out Odd-Even Scheme on Roads of National Capital
India's Petronet LNG buys LNG at almost Half the Price from Qatar's Rasgas in Renegotiated Deal
Parliament Canteen not to serve any more Subsidised Foods to MPs from Today
PAN must for over Rs. 50,000 Cash Transaction from Today
Ministry of Home Affairs has been granted Indian citizenship to Pakistani-origin singer and actor Adnan Sami. Reports say that the musician-singer applied for Indian citizenship on May 26 this year, on humanitarian grounds. The Pakistani origin singer was happy after the MHA announcement and called it a “New Year gift” for him. He said this while interacting with the media in the Mumbai airport when he was waiting for Delhi-bound flight. Adnan Sami is a Canadian citizen and is living in India from March 2001 on visa. The last time his visa was extended was in October 2015.
89 year old veteran author as well as social activist Mahasweta Devi, winner of Ramon Magsaysay Award, was hospitalized a few days back due to ill health at a private hospital - Belle Vue Multi Specialty Clinic – in Kolkata. A representative of the Clinic said that she was admitted because she was feeling feverish and was not feeling well. After coming to know about her ill health West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee paid a visit to the clinic. The veteran writer-cum-social activist is learned to be in a stable health condition now.
Indian Football team has entered final of the 10th South Asian Football Federation Cup by defeating Maldives 3-2 in the semi final match, played at Trivandrum International Stadium. Indian striker Jeje Lalpekhlua was star of the match as he scored two important goals. While he first scored at 34th minute, he scored the second at 66th minute. India’s first goal came at 25th minute, netted by skipper Sunil Chhetri. The visitors scored their two goals at 45th minute (Ahmed Nashid) and 75th minute (Amdaan Ali). In another semi final match, Afghanistan achieved a easy win over Sri Lanka with the final score 5-0.
Board of Control for Cricket in India has named Test Cricket captain of India, 27 year old Virat Kohli, as the “Cricketer of the year” for men’s section. Mithali Raj has been selected by the Indian cricket board for MA Chidambaram Trophy for women’s category. Kohli not only helped India win a series in Sri Lanka after 22 years but also made possible South Africa’s first ever overseas series loss in 9 long years. For winning Vijay Hazare Trophy, Irani Cup, and Ranji Trophy, Karnataka State Cricket Association has been selected as state association of the year. Awards will be given on January 5.
Science and Technology
Department of Science and Technology’s Vigyan Parishad in association with Entertainment Society of Goa, Department of Science and Technology-Goa, National Institute of Oceanography will organise a 3-day Science Film Festival of India (SCI-FFI) event, starting from January 14, 2016. The event will take place at the premises of Entertainment Society of Goa. Renowned scientists such as Suresh Naik and G Madhavan Nair will share their knowledge and expertise during workshops, interactive sessions, and discussions. The official press release said that the main target audience for this event will be students from Class VII to IX and XI. “Dream to Screen” competition opportunity will be there for the participants.
Delhi Government’s odd-even formula pet project to decongest roads of national capital and thereby check the uncontrolled pollution in the capital city has become operational from today. The scheme started on a trial basis for 15 days from 8am to 8pm IST. Anyone found violating the rule will be fined Rs. 2,000. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today went to Delhi Secretariat by sharing his vehicle with PWD Minister Satyendar Jain and Delhi transport minister Gopal Rai. Kejriwal said that the scheme seems to have become successful as people seem to respond voluntarily. For coping with additional rush and less number of cars on road, Delhi government has hired 3,000 additional private buses.
Marking biggest overseas success for Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Petronet LNG (largest gas importer of India) has signed a major renegotiated deal with Rasgas of Qatar as per which the latter will supply LNG at a rate that is half of the earlier agreed upon deal. Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that as per the earlier deal the Qatar company used to supply LNG to India’s Petronet LNG at $12-13 per mmbtu. However, after the renegotiated deal, Rasgas will supply LNG at just $6-7 per mmbtu. India will therefore save around $605 million every year. Rasgas also waived off earlier slapped Petronet’s $1.5 billion penalty.
With increasing public opinion against availability of subsidised food items for MPs in the Parliament canteen, Lok Sabha Secretariat has implemented doing away with the subsidy from today, per the orders of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to Parliament's Food Committee. The rate revision of Parliament Canteen’s food items took place after 6 long years. Reports say that review of the rates will be done from time to time. While Veg thali’s rate has been increased from Rs. 18 to Rs. 30, non-veg thali’s rate has been increased from Rs. 33 to Rs. 60. Chicken curry’s cost has been increased from Rs. 29 to Rs. 40.
To effectively crack down on domestic black money market, Government has made it mandatory for individuals or businesses to use Permanent Account Number (PAN) for all kinds of monetary cash transactions that are more than Rs. 50,000. This rule became effective from today. In case of restaurant or hotel bills amounting to Rs. 50,000 will also need usage of PAN. Usage of PAN also became mandatory for all immovable property purchases or sale touching Rs.10 lakh. PAN quoting becomes mandatory for terms deposits of Rs. 5 lakh or more in a year or Rs. 50,000 or more at a go with NBFCs, Post Offices, and banks.