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Major News and Events of 02 October 2014

What Happened on 02 October 2014


AIBA Initiates Probe against Sarita Devi's refusal of Bronze Medal at Asian Games 2014 Podium

Amateur International Boxing Association (AIBA) has initiated a probe against Indian woman boxer Sarita Devi for not accepting Bronze medal at the podium of Asian Games 2014 venue in Incheon, South Korea. Asian Games organising committee’s deputy secretary, Son Cheon-Taik, regarded Sarita’s refusal of medal as against the spirit of event. However, he also said if India formally writes to Olympic Council of Asia, proper investigation and appropriate actions will be carried out. Indian sports minister Sarbananda Sonowal has demanded immediate answer from Indian Olympic Association (IOA).

BJP keeps Doors Open to Post Poll Alliance with Shiv Sena

Kalraj Misra hinted upon a possible understanding with estranged partner Shiv Sena after the election. Union Minister Nitin Gadkari echoed the same idea as Misra. Gadkari went on to say that both the parties have similar ideological views. Reciprocation to BJP mood has come from Shiv Sena camp too. Shiv Sena minister Anant Geete ruled out his resignation from centre.

Gandhi Jayanti Celebrated with the Message of Clean India Dream of Mahatma

Indian Prime Minister launched Swachh Bharat campaign on October 2 with the vision of realising Mahatma Gandhi’s dream of a clean India. PM first offered respect to Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat in the morning. He then went to Valmiki Colony and cleaned the street, kick-starting the campaign. Some celebrities have been asked by Narendra Modi personally to become part of the initiative so that pace of the campaign accelerates. Modi pledged to make Clean India campaign a success in the coming 5 years.

Government asks Bureaucrats to Brainstorm

Department of Personnel and Training has communicated to the Chief Secretaries of the Indian states on September 26 that civil servants can't afford to restrict themselves to narrow domains of individual services only. From now on they have to brainstorm together and share their experience among themselves. To expedite the process, Union Government has started a five day workshop too.

National Security Advisor of India and US Defence Secretary discuss on Security Cooperation

Ajit Doval, National Security Advisor of India, met Chuck Hagel, US Defence Secretary, and discussed issues regarding bilateral security cooperation between the two countries in the future along with issues regarding strategic Indo-US partnership. During discussion, Afghanistan issue came to the fore along with the need of continuing cooperation on development and security issues in the region.

Political-Military Dialogue between India and the US gets Major Boost

US has not only renewed 2005 Framework for US-India Defense Relationship till 2025 but also took strategic ties between the two countries to next level. For boosting Capital Markets of India as well as Infrastructure, the US has agreed upon setting up institutional mechanism. The two countries have not only agreed upon resolving the issues related to Intellectual Property Rights but also hike up bilateral trade five times to $500 Billion.

India Agrees Partially to US Demand on HFC Ban

India partially agreed to US demand for initiation of talks regarding ban of refrigerant gases known as HFCs. These gases are short lived in nature but have strong adverse atmospheric impact. Analysts believe that partially agreeing to this US demand and including this aspect in the joint statement of Indian PM and US President is certainly a leap forward. However, it is learnt that government officials who were involved in the negotiation process suggested against agreeing to US demand currently.

Office Privileges Withdrawn from Sahara Chief after Court-Imposed Deadline Expires

Subrata Roy was allowed earlier by court to stay in a make-shift prison for negotiating sale of his luxury hotels - Plaza in New York and Grosvenor House in London – to raise Rs 10,000 crore for getting bail. All his office facilities including the permission of keeping three secretaries in Delhi prison, internet connection, use of phone, and maintenance of office have been withdrawn after expiry of the court imposed deadline. Tihar Jail authorities also moved Sahara Chief back to one of the cells.

NSE Implements Anonymous Whistleblower System to Check Malpractices

Anonymous whistle-blower system has been put in place by National Stock Exchange by India, which is similar to  Dodd-Frank Whistleblower Programme of the US. This mechanism of US Securities and Exchange Commission has a good rate of success because it allows tip-offs of malpractices over toll-free numbers. Around 3,000 tip-offs have been received from fifty five foreign countries. Therefore whistle blowers in India can now provide tip-offs on wrongdoings (mainly violation of regulations and market manipulation) anonymously.

Subsidy on Solar Water Heating System Installation Discontinued

Following a decision by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, Chandigarh department of science and technology has decided to discontinue 30 per cent subsidy (among which 25 per cent of the subsidy was given by the Centre) on solar water heating system installation. This means residents of Chandigarh have to shell out more money for these kinds of installation. Many senior officials feel that this sudden withdrawal of subsidy will hurt administration’s ambition of making Chandigarh a model solar city.

Exploration of Cooperation Opportunities between Maryland Governor and Indian PM

A statement given by Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley said that he and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have explored cooperation opportunities in multiple areas including aviation, life sciences, biotechnology, cyber security, and information technology during a discussion session during 5-day US visit. While Maryland has adopted some of the GIS techniques followed by India for accurate mapping, O’Malley emphasised on his vision on data-driven governance.

Asian Games Medal Update, Bollywood's Cheer for Mary Kom, and More

India has till now won 50 medals among which 7 are Gold, 9 Silver, and 34 Bronze. Bollywood’s most popular celebrities including Priyanka Chopra, Amitabh Bachchan, Lata Mangeshkar, Farhan Akhtar, Shoojit Sircar, Shahid Kapoor, etc. congratulated M.C. Mary Kom for defeating Zhaina Shekerbekova of Kazakhstan 2-0 in 47-50 Kg division of Woman’s Boxing tournament. India’s Satish Kumar lost to Uzbekistan’s Dychko but still managed to get India a Bronze medal.