Major News and Events of 03 March 2016
What Happened on 03 March 2016
Lucknow boy gets elected as Fellow of RAS, London
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 unwraps in India
Dell India fires 70 employees in DSG, Bengaluru
Chandigarh Airport likely to be named after Bhagat Singh
Online poll for feedback on 20 March car-free day now available
Interim 6 months bail for JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar
South Delhi car parking likely to cost Rs. 100/hour
Overnight encounter kills 3 Hizbul militants in South Kashmir
Science and Technology
Today, both Ola and Uber Technologies launched their motorcycle-hailing services in Bengaluru. While Ola bikes will be available at Rs. 2 per kilometre and Re 1 per minute of trip time, its competitor Uber will offer the service at a price of Rs.3 per kilometre and Re 1 per minute of trip time. Named as uberMOTO; the uber ‘bike cabs’ will have its passengers making the payment either in cash or via credit card.
Aadarsh Mishra, aged 19 has become the youngest Indian to be elected as the Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), London. Quite overwhelmed with his achievement, Mishra is confident of having access to a large count of research projects apart from showcasing his previous work to different scientists. As an alumnus of St. Francis’ College, Mishra had applied for a research project fellowship at the University of Oxford and got selected at a young age of 18.
Science and Technology
Today, Xiaomi officially launched its Redmi Note 3 in India. Available at a price of Rs. 9999 for the 2GB RAM model and Rs. 11,999 for the 3GB RAM model, the Redmi Note 3 will be exclusively available on Amazon and the company’s official website from 9 March 2016. Apart from sporting a fingerprint scanner, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 also has a range of features like 5.5 inch Full HD display, 16 megapixel rear camera and 32 GB non-expandable storage.
Dell India has laid off seventy employees in the Dell Software Group (DSG) that was set up nine months ago in Bengaluru. The software group has nearly 110 employees spread across Bengaluru and Hyderabad. It was expected to become a 400-500 people strong unit in Bengaluru but Dell’s $67 billion acquisition of EMC changed all plans. The company has reportedly offered a three month severance package to the stirred employees.
Both Punjab and Haryana governments have consented to the decision of naming the Chandigarh International Airport after the great freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. Chandigarh BJP chief has requested the minister of state for civil aviation Mahesh Sharma that the airport be named after the martyr well before 23 March, the martyrdom day of Shaheed Bhagat Singh.
As an initiative to gather feedback from Chandigarh residents on holding car-free day on 20 March, the UT administration has launched an online poll. With the poll lines remaining open till 11 March, residents would be able to vote in favour or against holding the next car-free day that is scheduled to be organized on 20 March. Online voting has already started on www.mygov.in. Earlier, the UT administration had decided to postpone Chandigarh’s first car-free day from 28 February to 13 March and has now finally settled for 20 March.
Nearly three weeks after JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on sedition charges in a case that resulted into mass protests, the Delhi High Court has granted him an interim bail for six months with a surety of Rs, 10,000. In addition to this, Kumar has also been asked to guarantee that he won’t be participating in any “anti-national activity” and also would appear before the court whenever required for investigations.
Parking a car in south Delhi may soon get expensive. The South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) is planning to increase the parking charges to Rs. 100 per hour. The initiative is expected to motivate the South Delhi residents to use multi-level facilities. Presently, the parking fee in South Delhi is Rs. 20 per hour, up to five hours and there is also a standard fee of Rs. 100 for 24 hour duration.
Three Hizbul Mujahideen militants got killed in an overnight encounter in Tral area of South Kashmir’s Pulwama district. A joint team of police and army sealed off the Mirpora village of Tral after receiving information about the presence of key Hizbul militants. Out of the three militants, Ishaq Ahmad Parray was an associate of Hizbul Mujaideen’s 21-year-old commander Burhan Muzaffar Wani. Ishaq was a brilliant student and had joined militancy last year.