Major News and Events of 03 January 2016
What Happened on 03 January 2016
Sports Minister condoles death of 1995 Commonwealth Shooting Champion in Pathankot Attack
PM Modi delivered inaugural speech at 103rd Indian Science Congress Today
High Value Transactions to have New Reporting Norms from April 1, 2016
Operation to Flush out Terrorists from Pathankot Air Force Base at "Mature Stage"
Delhi Deputy CM Sisodia calls Odd-Even Scheme Successful as Pollution Level falls 300 Per Cent
After getting bomb alert on Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi Express, the train was evacuated at Ghaziabad railway station today morning. Delhi Divisional Railway Manager Arun Arora said that they received bomb threat possibility alert from Delhi Police on major trains such as Nilanchal Express, Vaishali Express, Rajdhani, Duronto, and Shatabdi. Senior railway official Neeraj Kumar said that they received information of possible presence of bomb on Delhi-Lucknow Shatabdi at around 6.23 today morning. As the concerned train left on time (at 6.10am) from Delhi station, Shatabdi had to be stopped at Ghaziabad railway station and searched. Nothing was found on train and clearance was given at 7.40am.
A former Commonwealth champion shooter Subedar Major Fateh Singh, who retired from Dogra regiment back in 2009 and then joined Defence Service Corps was yesterday killed during the terror attack at Pathankot Air Force base. He was the gold medalist during 1995 Commonwealth Shooting Championship in Big Bore Rifle Three Position shooting event. Sports Minister Sarbananda Sonowal condoled death of Subedar Major Fateh Singh by saying that India lost one of the “foremost big bore rifle shooter and coach”. While saluting the martyr, Sonowal said that Singh won two gold medals along with a silver during first Commonwealth Shooting Championship in 1995.
Science and Technology
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated the 103rd Indian Science Congress in Mysuru. While delivering his inaugural speech PM Modi asked the scientists and technologists to concentrate on five Es in “their enquiry and engineering” - Energy, Environment, Economy, Equity, and Empathy. PM said that the efficient technological solutions and cost effectiveness will determine economic prosperity. Modi vouched for such kind of energy that leaves lightest carbon footprint. He asked the scientists to come with such kind of energy solutions that keep “sky blue and earth green”. While explaining the need of empathy, PM Modi said that the scientific efforts must be in tune with the indigenous “culture, circumstance and social challenges”. He said that equity of scientific endeavour will be achieved when scientific advancement becomes inclusive in nature and “improves welfare of the weakest”.
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has issued new norms for high value transactions so that black money can be checked. Reports say that reporting of both high value transactions (sale of foreign currency and purchase of mutual funds, shares, term deposits, and immovable property) and cash receipts are to be done in a mandatory manner to Income Tax authorities beyond a certain threshold. These new norms will come into effect from April 1, 2016. Reporting will have to be done through prescribed format of Form 61A. Finance ministry notification said that both purchase and sale of immovable property above Rs 30 lakh needs to be reported to IT authorities.
Gunfight is still going today, a day after suspected Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorists attacked strategic Pathankot Air Force Base in Punjab. 4 security personnel were injured this morning after a grenade exploded suddenly. Till now 7 security personnel (6 from Air Force and 1 from NSG - Lt Niranjan) have laid down their lives in the combat operation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday called the attackers enemies of humanity. After Pathankot terror attack, India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj consulted ex-Pak foreign secretaries and ex-envoys for coming up with a strategy. No infiltration evidences along J&K or Punjab border have been reported yet. Air Marshal A Khosla briefed media that two remaining terrorists have been cornered and a final announcement will be done after recovering their dead bodies. US called the Pathankot attack “a heinous” terror strike.
Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisodia, has said that odd-even formula for vehicular movements in Delhi roads has become a raging success because the pollution level in Delhi has come down by 300 per cent on Saturday. Delhi government is gearing up for controlling the Monday-rush as offices will reopen after a long weekend tomorrow. Only even numbered cars are permitted to ply on roads tomorrow. Manish Sisodia yesterday cycled his way to his work place as his car has odd registration number. Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Muktesh Chander told media that yesterday 229 people across Delhi were issued challan for violating odd-even scheme.