Major News and Events of 04 June 2015
What Happened on 04 June 2015
India-Belarus sign six Agreements; India opens $100 million Credit Line
Congress criticises Narendra Modi Government on PM's Israel Visit and Yoga Day Celebrations
Science and Technology Minister asks Scientific Community to take one Step to Get Five-fold Help from Government
Sania-Hingis Duo crashes out of French Open in Women's Doubles Quarterfinal Match
Ericsson Report says Mobile Subscriber Base increasing at faster pace in India than China
WHO Congratulates India for completely eliminating Maternal and Neonatal Tetanus
Google Apologises as PM Narendra Modi's Name shows in "Top 10 criminals in India" Search Result
Arms Dealer makes Serious Allegations against Jagdish Tytler and Ex-PM Manmohan Singh on 1984 Anti-Sikh Riot
Skymet contradicts IMD's Prediction on Monsoon Rain
Railways Minister says Projects of over Rs 10,000 to Start or get completed in 15-day Period
OECD Projects India's Economic Growth at 7.3 Per Cent for 2015 and 7.4 Per Cent at 2016
India and USA signed a ten year defence framework agreement that includes joint manufacturing and development of defence technology as well as equipment (design of aircraft carrier and construction, jet engines). This agreement was decided upon when US President Barack Obama visited India in January. It was formally signed yesterday by visiting US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter and Indian Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. A defence ministry statement read that “2015 Framework for the India-US Defence Relationship” is based upon the previous framework and will guide strategic partnership as well as bilateral defence between India and the USA. The statement also said that two joint project developments (Next Generation Protective Ensembles and Mobile Electric Hybrid Power Sources) have also being finalised. US Defence Secretary Ashton Carter also met Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Indian President Pranab Mukherjee started his two-day Belarus tour by signing six bilateral agreements. The agreements signed include a protocol that amended the agreement for Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion, MoU between state owned communication agencies of both countries, cooperation in maintenance of standards between standard maintaining agencies, MoU between Belarusian ministry of finance and SEBI, MoU between Bellegprom and India's textiles ministry, and others. India also extended Belarus US$ 100 million line of credit for joint ventures. While addressing an audience during a Civic Reception provided to the President, Mukherjee said that both the countries share common interests (in IT, pharmaceuticals, energy, and engineering) and India gives great importance to friendship and cooperation (in field of defence) with Belarus. He stressed upon the need of strengthening ties between scientific and academic institutions.
Congress has upped its ante against Prime Minister by raising the issue of Narendra Modi’s maiden visit to Israel. Congress Deputy Leader in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, told media in Hyderabad, that in international politics, India has always maintained consistent position, since the time of Gandhi and Nehru, of backing Palestinians’ right for a state. He went on to add that the perfect balance of India’s foreign policy is lost as Modi not only diluted India’s consistent position on Palestine but also didn’t engage with Gulf, Middle East, Latin American, and African countries. Sharma reminded PM that seven million Indians live in Middle Eastern and Gulf countries. Congress spokesman Abhishek Singhvi called June 21’s Yoga Day celebration a “photo-op”. Reports say that the brand ambassadors of Yoga Day will be Amitabh Bachchan, Akshay Kumar, Sushil Kumar, Virat Kohli , Shilpa Shetty, etc.
Science and Technology
Union Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan, while speaking at an event after dedicating newly set automated solar module production plant having 40 MW panels at Central Electronics Limited, said that to clear all the hurdles before the scientific community, they will have to take a single step to be backed up by government’s five-fold help. He also assured that his government will try to remove all the hurdles and vouched for utilising full potential of the scientists and engineers. Vardhan also emphasised on becoming self-reliant on solar energy production and earn revenue from it. He pointed out that just a handful of Indian states are taking up solar energy seriously. Y S Chowdary, MoS for Science and Technology, said that CEL should now manufacture solar cells and must enter into PPP model for rural outreach.
India’s ace tennis player Sania Mirza and her Swiss partner Martina Hingis lost in the quarterfinal match of women's doubles segment of French Open. Top seeded Sania-Hingis duo lost to 7th seeded American-Czech pair Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Lucie Safarova in straight sets 5-7 2-6. With this high profile exit, India’s campaign in the French Open ended this year. The only time the Indo-Swiss duo looked into their elements was in the opening set but couldn’t keep up the momentum and lost the very first set 5-7. The second set was even more humiliating for the top seed as they lost their serve in the very beginning, giving their 7th seeded pair a 2-0 lead and the set was wrapped up at 2-6.
Science and Technology
Ericsson Mobility Report said that the net addition to mobile subscriber base is increasing at the fastest rate in India, followed by China. The report said that in 2015’s Q1 the total mobile subscription was 7.2 billion that includes 108 million new subscriptions. It projected doubling of smartphone subscriptions by the year 2020 and went on to say that around 70 per cent of people across the world will have mobile subscription. The researchers believe affordability of smartphones triggered the mobile revolution. Chief Strategy Officer and Senior Vice President of Ericsson, Rima Qureshi, while commenting on the findings said that unprecedented advanced mobile technology and data usage growth along with tremendous increase in smartphone use and mobile connectivity will make the current “big data revolution feel like the arrival of a floppy disk”.
World Health Organization (WHO) congratulated India and its health workers for making the country free from maternal and neonatal tetanus. WHO called it a "significant public health milestone" in the history of Indian health care. This amazing feat has been achieved just one year after India became a polio-free country. Poonam Khetrapal Singh, WHO’s Deputy Regional Director for South East Asia, said that the last Indian state that got rid of maternal and neonatal tetanus is Nagaland. The official declaration of India eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus completely was done on 15 May 2015. Poonam also said that the launch of the programme such as National Rural Health Mission back in 2005 helped in achieving this feat. This mission trained birth attendants as well as auxiliary nurse midwives in the villages for facilitating safe deliveries.
After reports started circulating in the media about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name showing in one of the Google image search (“Top 10 criminals in India”) results, Google apologised "for any confusion or misunderstanding". In a statement presented by a Google representative, the company said that the concerned result doesn’t reflect opinions of Google and they are troubled by such an occurrence. It also said that sometimes surprising results spring up in image query on certain searches on the basis of the way images are described. He said that Google is improving its algorithm so that these kinds of unexpected results can be prevented. Google also said that PM Narendra Modi’s picture started showing up in the search query “Top 10 criminals in India” because of the erroneous metadata put with the image of Modi in one of the prominent British dailies.
Alleged arms dealer Abhishek Verma has made serious accusation against Jagdish Tytler, one of the main accused in 1984 anti-Sikh riots, where he alleged that Tytler got a clean chit from Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) after he met former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh back in 2008. Verma went on to add that according to Jagdish Tytler, he had to pay hefty sum of money to one of the witnesses followed by putting pressure on son of the concerned witness. If Verma is to be believed the conversation between him and Tytler took place in one of the INC leader’s (Gopal Kanda) farmhouse back in August 2008. SGPC chief Avtar Singh Makkhar questioned the motive behind CBI’s inaction against Jagdish Tytler as “all the evidences are there”.
After (IMD) expected a drought year in 2015, private weather forecaster Skymet estimated a normal monsoon (102 per cent monsoon rainfall) in spite of the strengthening El Nino. Skymet Weather Services’ founder and CEO Jatin Singh said that probability of a drought year actually lessens if there is a drought last year, which can be proved by checking historical data back to 1880. IMD report said that monsoon rainfall will reach below 90 per cent level (88 per cent) because of the continuation of El Nino in Pacific. Singh said that monsoon rainfall will be sluggish but it will pick up from late June and July will witness good monsoon. Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh said that his government is prepared for all contingencies in 580 districts if there is a deficit monsoon for ensuring “minimum damage to the agriculture sector and economy”.
Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu said that in 15-day period programme (from May 26 to June 9 to commemorate Narendra Modi’s one year completion in office) Indian Railways will either complete old projects or start new ones whose total worth is more than Rs. 10,000 crore. Prabhu said this at a programme organised at New Delhi Railway Station after he signed a MoU with Railways’ PSU Container Corporation of India (Concor) to upgrade city station’s passengers-amenities. Large scale cleanliness campaign is also going on with participation of union men as ambassadors. He also said that railway has launched a new contact-people programme for getting first-hand public response on hygiene and food at platforms or trains. The programme is going on in over 15,000 places and free medical aid is provided to lakhs of people by railway during this fortnight programme.
Paris-based think-tank Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) expects Indian economy to grow at a rate of 7.3 per cent in 2015. They also expect the economy to remain “strong and stable” leading to a GDP growth rate of 7.4 per cent in 2016. In its economic report the organisation said that prospects of growth rate in India will remain high due to revival in investment. When compared with Interim Economic Assessment report of the organisation released in March 2015, this report’s forecast is lower than 7.7 per cent and 8 per cent GDP growth forecast of 2015 and 2016 respectively. However, when the latest Economic Outlook report is compared with that of its November outlook on Indian economy, the projections are higher than 6.4 percent for 2015 and 6.6 per cent for 2016.