Major News and Events of 01 November 2015
What Happened on 01 November 2015
Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis wins Singapore WTA Finals Title
Saradha Scam accused West Bengal Transport Minister gets Bail, Opposition cries foul
RBI Governor and Business Honchos Add Voice against Increasing Intolerance in India
Indian Scientists find new "Thelebolan" Molecule having Anti-Cancer Properties
Enhanced Russia-India Collaboration in field of Information and Communication Technology
Today fourth phase of Bihar assembly election is going on in 55 assembly constituencies for deciding fate of 776 candidates. This is a crucial phase because caste factor is believed to be playing an important role in deciding fate of Bihar politics for the coming 5 years. Total electorates registered to apply their franchise today is 1,46,93,294. Per available reports, 48.37 per cent polling has taken place till 2pm IST. Highest polling percentages have been recorded in West Champaran (50.73 per cent), East Champaran (50.27 per cent), Sheohar (47.40 per cent), Sitmarhi (49.72 per cent), Muzaffarpur (49.34 per cent), Gopalganj (46.07 per cent), and Siwan (42.63 per cent).
Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis have won their 9th title in a total ten final appearances this year. Today the Indo-Swiss pair humiliated 8th seeded Spanish duo Carla Suarez Navarroc and Gabrine Muguruza in straight sets (6-0, 6-3) in the final match of Singapore WTA Championships (Women's Doubles). The top seeds took 1 hour and 7 minutes to wrap up the final. Winning WTA Finals is yet another cap to the successful SanTina women’s tennis doubles partners because it not only comes with largest prize money but also is the 5th most prestigious tour, after four Grand Slam events.
Partha Das, Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (in-charge) Alipore, granted conditional bail on a bond of Rs. 2 lakh to West Bengal Transport Minister Madan Mitra yesterday. However, the court asked Mitra not to travel outside West Bengal and also directed the minister to submit his passport. On serious charges of criminal breach of trust, cheating, and criminal conspiracy with respect to multi-crore Saradha Realty Scam, CBI took Madan Mitra to custody on December 12, 2014. Mitra, after almost 11 months in custody, got bail yesterday after repeated turn down of his bail plea. While Minister Madan Mitra called it victory of truth, TMC expressed happiness. However, CPIM and Congress accused tacit understanding between central and state government and foul play in Madan Mitra’s bail. Reports say CBI is planning to move Calcutta High Court citing ex parte grant of bail to Mitra.
After global ratings firm Moody’s Analytics warned of depleting government acceptability (domestic as well as global) if PM Narendra Modi doesn’t rein in on his party members spreading intolerance, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan and several Indian business behemoths added their respective voices against increasing intolerance in India. While President Pranab Mukherjee reminded essence of preserving pluralistic character of India, RBI Governor Rajan stressed on the need of restricting one group of people from harming (physically or verbally) another. Rajan also insisted upon maintenance of mutual respect as well as tolerance. Infosys founder N R Narayana Murthy observed that currently minorities in India are living in “considerable fear”. Biocon Limited’s chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw said that for economic progress communal harmony must be preserved and also expressed her discomfort with the “fringe elements trying to disturb communal harmony” in India.
Science and Technology
Indian scientists in their expedition to Antarctica as well as arctic regions have reportedly found molecules having anti-cancer properties as well as anti-freeze molecules that are life saving in nature. A scientist at Goa’s National Centre for Antarctica and Ocean Research said that the new anti-cancer molecule called “thelebolan” is extracted from a fungus named “Thelebolus microspores”, collected from near India’s permanent station at Antartica - Larseman Hills. Currently, a group of scientists including the ones from IIT (Kharagpur) are on the quest of understanding full spectrum of benefits of “thelebolan” molecule, in addition to the feature of helping stop multiplication of cancerous cells.
During Dr. Harsh Vardhan’s (Union Minister for Science, Technology and Earth Science) meeting with Minister of Science and Education of the Russian Federation, Dmitry Livanov, at the sidelines of BRICS ministerial meeting in Moscow, Russia expressed willingness of strengthening collaboration with India in the field of Information and Communication Technology. While Dmitry Livanov informed Harsh Vardhan that Russia has developed an Information and Communication Technology center, India sought assistance of Russia in developing advanced technologies, both in the fields of hardware and software (including Network Design technologies for supercomputers, Direct Liquid Cooling Technology, and Motherboard design).