Major News and Events of 04 May 2015
What Happened on 04 May 2015
Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during Celebration of International Buddha Purnima Diwas
Al Qaeda Releases Video mentioning Indian PM Narendra Modi
Teenage Moga Bus Victim Cremated
BJP and Congress Hit Back at Kejriwal after His Jibe Against Media
President of Boxing India Voted Out by General Body Members
Expert Committee seeks Overhaul of Bharat Broadband Network Limited to make Digital India a Success
France's Defence Major Dassault Aviation likely to Enter into JV Arrangement with Indian Firm
D&B Report Expects WPI Inflation to Average Out at 3.7 Per Cent in 2016FY from two Per Cent in 2015FY
Opposition Parties Criticise Delhi Government for issuing Circular to Restrict 'Defamatory' News
Railway Minister again Clarifies that Government has No Plans of Privatising Railways
Aditya Birla Group creates India's Largest Fashion Lifestyle Company
Narendra Modi to meet Swami Atmasthanand during his Kolkata Visit
After Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s directives to ministers and government officials to avoid bothering Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung by sending files to him, the latter wrote a letter asking Kejriwal to send all the files to him. In the concerned letter Jung reminded Delhi CM about Delhi government Act as well as Indian Constitution, stressing on the fact that the final call on all the decisions taken by the Delhi government and all the laws rests with Lt Governor. Lt. Governor’s office has instructed that the directions issued by the Delhi Chief Minister to the officers be withdrawn.
While speaking during the celebration of International Buddha Purnima Diwas in Delhi, Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled the death of thousands of people in earthquake-hit Nepal and said that the country where Lord Buddha was born is going through a tough time. Modi also said that by following the principles shown by Lord Buddha, freedom from war can be achieved. He also said that Buddha embodies compassion as he left power, money, royal lifestyle, and comfort for serving humanity. During his address, Modi vouched for the path of knowledge as shown by Gautam Buddha. While stressing on Buddha’s teachings till today, PM said that he wanted a united world and was sensitive to all good and bad things including caste system.
In a May 2 video, circulated through As-Sahab productions, Al Qaeda has mentioned Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name for the first time ever. In the video titled “From France to Bangladesh: The Dust Will Never Settle Down”, Al Qaeda claimed that Muslims are being targeted world over by utterances of Indian PM Narendra Modi, official sermons issued by muftis, UN charter, writings of Charlie Hebdo, drone attacks, and policies of IMF and World Bank. Al Qaeda has also claimed responsibility of killing four progressive bloggers including Bangladesh-born American writer-blogger Avijit Roy, and Bangladeshi bloggers Oyasiqur Rahman Babu, AKM Shafiul Islam, and Rajib Haider. Indian intelligence is reportedly analysing the video.
The 13-year old girl who was first molested and then pushed from a bus, belonging to Punjab’s ruling Badal family, was cremated yesterday at her native Lande Ke village after her father agreed to a post mortem of her body followed by cremation. The braveheart’s father also accepted a job offer along with compensation, offered by the Punjab government. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh had also met the family of the victim and spent half an hour with them a few days back. He also called the incident painful and intolerable. The braveheart’s father also called for ending the public protest and claimed that no government officer ever threatened him or his family.
After Delhi Chief Minister and National Convener of Aam Aadmi Party, Arvind Kejriwal, hit out at the media by saying they are trying to malign public image of AAP and called for media’s public trial, leaders of opposition parties from both BJP and Congress hit out at Kejriwal. Meenakshi Lekhi of BJP said that the media who promoted Aam Aadmi Party so vigorously has now come in AAP’s line of fire. She also asked the media to think whom they promoted. Jai Parkash Aggarwal of Indian National Congress condemned Delhi Chief Minister’s accusations against the media and asked Kejriwal to choose his words correctly before uttering.
Sandeep Jajodia, President of Boxing India, has been voted out by the general body members during a No Confidence Motion yesterday at a Special General Meeting. Out of the total 64 general body members, 57 turned out for voting. While 55 votes went against him, two went in his favour. However, incumbent President Sandeep Jajodia termed it illegal. Asit Banerjee, representative from West Bengal, said that there has been a turmoil going on in the organisation from the last few months and it took an ugly turn with the resignation of BI Secretary General Jay Kowli. It is learnt that Vice-President Miren Paul is going to be the interim head of the federation.
Science and Technology
The expert committee on National Optic Fibre Network (NOFN), in an attempt to realise Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of Digital India, has recommended revamping Bharat Broadband Network Limited. BharatNet/NOFN is pivotal to the success of making broadband facility available to 600 million people in India by 2020. The recommendations include appointment of a chairman with credible background from private sector, a direct connection between the organisation and the Prime Minister, hiring professionals from outside government system, and establishment of a new framework for easing right of way. The expert committee, which consists of Kiran Karnik and Som Mittal (ex-Nasscom Presidents), has said that success of BharatNet's implementation depends upon Bharat Broadband Network Limited’s complete overhaul.
Sources say that Dassault Aviation, the French manufacturer of Rafale fighter jets, is all set to enter into a joint venture with either any credible private entity or government run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and consequently set up a base in India to augment its existing production line. It is believed that such a move will also decrease their production cost of the 36 Rafale jets significantly, which they are expected to deliver to India. Defence sources say that if Dassault Aviation goes for such an arrangement, it will be a major push for ‘Make in India’ initiative. Ministry sources say that the French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian is likely to discuss this issue during his visit to India on 6 May.
According to Dun & Bradstreet report, the Wholesale Price Index inflation will increase from two per cent in 2015 to 3.7 per cent in 2016. The report also says that lower demand side pressures, along with fall in price of crude oil, will help easing of inflation along gliding path. However, the D&B report points out that there are certain risks that can increase the WPI inflation such as geo-political issues, weak agricultural production (dependent on vagaries of nature), and administered price corrections. 2015 fiscal was particularly good for inflation as WPI decreased to two per cent from six per cent in 2013-14 and 7.4 per cent in 2012-13.
Directorate of Information has issued a circular asking government officials to lodge complaints if they feel that any broadcast or print media news item is trying to denigrate CM’s reputation. The move comes a few days after Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi CM and National Convenorof Aam Aadmi Party, called for a public trial of the media for exposing their alleged bias. The circular issued by Directorate of Information has been severely criticised by the opposition parties, both BJP and Congress. While BJP said that the AAP government is trying to create confusion, Congress said that Delhi government is afraid of media. Nalin Kohli, senior BJP leader, went on to say that this circular unravels the contradictory character of Kejriwal’s government.
After economist Bibek Debroy-led government appointed expert committee recommended corporatisation of Indian railways (which is running at a loss of Rs 23,643 crore during 2011-12 for passenger and other coach services) and vouched for entry of private players in both freight and passenger segments, Railways Minister Suresh Prabhu made it clear that there are no plans of privatising Indian Railways. He said that not only will the government own the national transporter but also run it. Prabhu also added that they are only seeking private capital and technology for making railways more valuable and to improve functioning of the transporter. Railway minister went on to say that these types of confrontations on privatising the national transporter are “unnecessary and unintended”.
Aditya Birla Group today consolidated all its apparel business into a single entity named Aditya Birla Fashion and Retail, worth Rs 5,290 crore, to become the biggest fashion lifestyle company of India. Madura Garments Lifestyle Retail Company Ltd’s and Aditya Birla Nuvo’s apparel businesses will be demerged into Pantaloons Fashion & Retail Ltd. through vertical demerger process. Group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla told media that his group is in the process of making a listed apparel retail company. It is learnt that the entity will have 1,869 exclusive stores network throughout the country. While MGLRCL’s shareholders will receive seven new PFRL’s shares for holding every 500 equity shares, preferential shareholders will get one PFRL’s equity share.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Kolkata on 9 May 2015 to inaugurate three social security schemes (Atal Pension Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, and Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bima Yojana), and is likely to visit Ramkrishna Math’s and Mission Order’s 97-year old Swami Atmasthanand, who is currently suffering from old age ailments. Assistant Secretary of Ramkrishna Math, Subirananda Maharaj, said that PM treats Swami Atmasthanand as his ‘guru’ and the former used to seek guidance from Atmasthanand when both of them were in Rajkot. Narendra Modi is likely to visit the temples in Belur Math “to pay obeisance to Swami Vivekananda”.