Major News and Events of 02 April 2016
What Happened on 02 April 2016
India talks tough after China shields Wanted Pak-based Terrorist Masood Azhar
Record Car Sales clocked in Financial Year 2015-16
India-US sign MoU to Build LIGO Observatory to make India Central to LIGO Project
Saina Nehwal reaches Semi-finals of Indian Open Super Series
Kolkata Police arrests 3 IVRCL Officials in connection with Flyover Collapse
During a brief intervention at US President Barack Obama hosted dinner at White House, PM Modi reminded the greatest risks associated with nuclear terrorism and the greatest challenges that are cropping up because of the working of “state actors with nuclear traffickers and terrorists”. Modi also pointed it out that nuclear terrorism can’t be deterred without preventing and prosecuting acts of terrorism. With Chinese President Xi JinPing seated by his side during the dinner party, PM Modi said that terrorism is a global phenomenon and can’t be countered until and unless every country act in unison against it.
After China exerted a virtual veto on India’s move of putting UN sanctions on Pakistan-based terrorist and chief of Jaish-e-Mohamed (JeM) Masood Azhar, India said that UN sanctions committee’s decision of not declaring Masood Azhar terrorist on the basis of just “technical grounds” was “incomprehensible”. India also accused the committee of adopting “selective approach” in combating terrorism. MEA’s statement pointed out the dangerous consequences India faces for not enlisting Azhar as terrorist, evident from the recent January 2 Pathankot terror attack. China's Permanent Representative Liu Jieyi claimed that Massod doesn’t meet UN requirements of being considered as terrorist.
In the last financial year (FY 2015-16), which ended just a couple of days back, car sales increased to 2.78 million units, thereby reporting a 7 per cent growth over the sales figures of last financial year. In 2014-15 financial year, passenger vehicle (utility vehicles, vans, and cars) sales were 2.6 million with a yearly growth of just 3.9 per cent. During just concluded financial year, healthy car sales volume was reported by companies like Maruti Suzuki, Renault, and M&M.
Science and Technology
After MoU was signed between US's National Science Foundation and India's department of atomic energy, India is all set to become the central point of the celebrated LIGO Project, which has shot to fame after practically proving Albert Einstein's century-old gravitational waves theory. The agreement was signed during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s US visit to participate in Nuclear Security Summit. Per the MoU, state-of-the-art gravitational wave observatory will be established in India and the final decision of the site will be decided by April 10.
India’s top ranking woman shuttler Saina Nehwal clinched a thriller against World No. 8 Sung Ji Hyun of Korea in India Open Super Series to reach semi-final match. The game, played at New Delhi’s Siri Fort stadium, went on for 1 hour and 23 minutes, and the final score was 19-21, 21-14, 21-19. Nehwal will now play against third-seeded Li Xuerui of China. However, P V Sindhu crashed out of the tournament after losing to Bae Yeon Ju of Korea 21-15, 15-21, 15-21.
Death toll at the ghastly Kolkata flyover collapse incident increased to 26. As death-toll rises and foul smell starts coming out from below the rubble, Kolkata Police filed culpable homicide against the overpass construction company IVRCL and arrested 3 employees (who were produced before court today on multiple charges including murder). Opposition parties have upped the ante against TMC government in West Bengal with CPIM seeking time-bound investigation into the tragedy and Congress VP Rahul Gandhi claiming involvement of people close to Trinamool Congress in the construction.