Major News and Events of 03 October 2015
What Happened on 03 October 2015
Sania-Hingis duo wins Wuhan Open Doubles Title
Dhoni's Team India loses 1st T20 Match against SA in Gandhi-Mandela Series
Report warns India that it is becoming Strategic Target of Cyber Criminals
Finance Minister talks tough on High Profile Tax Evaders
PM Modi takes dig at Bihar CM Nitish Kumar, Calls him "Arrogant"
Delhi Jal Board (DJB) has decided to set up 280 additional water ATMs for easing water supply in different unauthorized colonies. Reports say that for providing water to these water ATMs, decision of building 29 decentralized reverse osmosis plants have been taken. For setting these plants up, the model of design, build, finance, operate and transfer will be followed. A senior official of DJB said that till now only one company has placed its bid, has met the set criteria, and has agreed to provide water at 20 paise per litre.
Ace Indian tennis sensation Sania Mirza along with her Swiss partner Martina Hingis is continuing their dream run as they won the Wuhan Open women's doubles title against Monica Niculescu- Irina-Camelia Begu duo (unseeded) today in straight sets (6-2, 6-3). This is their 7th title win for the Indo-Swiss pair this year after winning Indian Wells, Miami, Charleston, Wimbledon, the US Open, Guangzhou Open titles. In the semi-final match, Sania-Hingis duo crashed their Chinese Taipei opponent Yung-Jan Chan and Hao-Ching Chan in straight sets (6-2, 6-1) in just 53 minutes. Most importantly, Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis duo has not lost the last 13 matches.
Team India started the celebrated Mahatma Gandhi–Nelson Mandela series with a loss to the South African cricket team. In the first T20 match of the series, played yesterday, India batted first and scored 199 runs at the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. Opener Rohit Sharma scored 106 runs in 66 balls, followed by Virat Kohli’s 43 runs knock in 27 balls. Proteas scored 200 runs in 19.4 overs at the loss of just 3 wickets. JP Duminy was the highest scorer with 68 runs (in 34 balls), followed by AB de Villiers’s 51 runs and Hashim Amla’s 36 runs.
Science and Technology
A report having the title “1H 2015 Regional Advanced Threat” for Asia Pacific (published by security solutions firm FireEye) suggests that India is fast becoming prime strategic targets of the cyber criminals. Bryce Boland, Chief Technology Officer of FireEye, said that cyber attackers are exploiting loopholes in critical networks for compromising the same at a time when India is embracing ambitious technology projects – Digital India. He also pointed out the risk of falling prey to cyber attackers is manifold high in case of India than global average. During Jan-June’15 period 38 per cent of the Indian companies faced advanced persistent attacks.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley upped his ante against the willful high profile tax defaulters, who failed to declare their unaccounted wealth, stashed abroad. Jaitley said that the defaulters, who failed to come clean even after the central government offered a special black money compliance scheme for asset declaration (which ended on September 30), would face action. However, he also assured that the 638 high net individuals or companies that disclosed black money, to the tune of Rs. 3,770 crore in aggregate, need not worry. Finance Minister went on to say that the persons/companies that didn’t disclose unaccounted money stashed abroad wrongly underestimated information exchange power and “will regret”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi started campaigning yesterday in favour of BJP candidates in the upcoming Bihar Assembly election, slated to start on October 12. During his speech in Bihar’s Banka district, PM Modi attacked his bête noire Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar by calling him “too arrogant” for proper governance. He also questioned the doubts raised by the Grand Alliance (JDU-RJD-Congress) on the Rs. 1.65 lakh crore Bihar package announced by the Modi government recently. He also doubted whether the announced central funds will at all reach the people of Bihar. Narendra Modi said that Nitish Kumar can’t be trusted especially after what he did to his the then confidante Jitan Ram Manjhi. While stressing upon the need for Bihar’s development, PM Modi asked his audience to vote for “vikasvaad” (development).