Major News and Events of 03 February 2016
What Happened on 03 February 2016
Hyderabad lab develops world's first Zika virus vaccine
Woman detained for throwing flower pot at PM's convoy
Kejriwal says centre wants to impose President's rule in Delhi
Sahara in talks to sell assets
Sexual Harassment charges on Indian hockey captain
Irrfan Khan turns down Spielberg's movie offer
Ten soldiers are missing after avalanche struck an army base located in the Siachen glacier in Ladakh. The army base is situated 19,000 feet above sea level. As per media reports, rescue operations have been launched by the Indian Army and the Indian Air Force.
Science and Technology
Scientists at a lab in Hyderabad said that they have developed the world’s first vaccine against the Zika Virus. As per media reports, the Hyderabad based Bharat Biotech International Limited has said that it has patented the Zika vaccine. The outbreak of the Zika virus has been reported in more than 20 countries in Latin America. The virus, which has suspected links to birth defects, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization.
A woman was detained at Vijay Chowk in Delhi after she threw a flower pot at Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s convoy. The woman, identified as Leela Rawal from Sahibabad, was trying to cross the road when the police asked her not to do so as the convoy of the Prime Minister was to pass. Instead the woman got agitated and hurled the flower pot. The woman has been taken for questioning.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said the Modi government wants to impose President’s rule in Delhi just like Arunachal Pradesh. The Chief Minister accused the government of instigating the strike called by the sanitation workers in the city. The strike has led to a huge garbage crisis in Delhi.
In a bid to arrange for Rs 36,000 to so as to refund its investors, the embattled Sahara Group has put forth a proposal before the Supreme Court to sell some of its assets. It plans to put three overseas hotels - Grosvenor House Hotel in London, the New York Plaza and Dream New York– on sale in order to raise the amount needed for chief Subrata Roy’s release. A bench consisting of Chief Justice T S Thakur and Justices A R Dave and A K Sikri sought response from the market regulator SEBI within four weeks.
Indian hockey captain Sardar Singh has been accused of sexual harassment by his British fiancee. According to the woman, the two met during the London Olympics and got engaged in 2012. The woman has filed a written complaint withLudhianapolice but an FIR is yet to be registered. The 21-year-old has also accused Sardar of forcing her to abort their child in 2015 after which he abandoned her.
Known for his acting prowess both in Bollywood and Hollywood, Irrfan Khan feels that India is going to get bigger in the West as Americans are on the lookout for talent and are eyeing India. The statement follows close on heels of the actor’s refusal of a Steven Spielberg movie. The director had approached Khan for his latest venture which would also feature Scarlett Johansson. Khan said he turned down the offer because the character being offered to him did not have ‘much scope’.