Major News and Events of 05 December 2015
What Happened on 05 December 2015
MC Mary Kom advances to Semi-final of AIBA's Olympic Test Event
CSE regards Focus on Coal and India during Paris Climate Conference Unnecessary Distraction
Government appointed Panel recommends 17-18 Per Cent GST Rate
33 PMO Files on Netaji Bose handed over to National Archives of India
Delhi Assembly passes Anti-Corruption Jan Lokpal Bill
Flood-hit Chennai, capital of Tamil Nadu, is limping back towards normalcy. Earlier it was expected that partial operations will start today at Chennai airport, but Minister of State for Aviation Mahesh Sharma has said that it will take 2 more days to start commercial flight operations. The minister elaborated that commercial flight services can be restarted only after water evacuation gets completed and power supply is restored. Tamil Nadu government claims, restoration of power facilities has been done in 80 per cent places and 65 per cent bus services have started working.
At Olympic Test event of International Boxing Association (AIBA) played in Rio de Janeiro, 33-year-old MC Mary Kom advanced to the semi-final match of the 51kg fly boxing category. In the quarter-final match of the event, Mary Kom defeated Karlha Magliocco of Venezuela 3-0. In the semi-final match, to be played today, the Indian will take on USA’s Virginia Fuchs. This event is Mary Kom’s first ever appearance in a world event in more than a year as a shoulder injury forced her to skip World Championships last year. Other members of the Indian boxing team include Manoj Kumar, Satish Kumar, and Rohit Tokas. However, Rohit Tokas lost to Luis Cabrera of Venezuela in the opening bout.
Science and Technology
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), a Delhi based NGO, has opined that India is unnecessarily being targeted for increasing use of coal for energy production during the ongoing 2015 Paris Climate Conference (COP21) in France. The organization also called the excessive focus on India and coal as "well planned campaign", creating "bad blood" at the conference, and "unnecessary distraction". Chandra Bhushan, deputy director general of CSE, highlighted India’s initiative of focusing on CBDR (Common But Differentiated Responsibilities) and equity for countering the logic given by the developed nations. He elaborated by saying that coal is not an Indian or Chinese phenomenon but a “dominant source of energy” world over.
To kick start fresh round of negotiations with the Congress party on Goods and Services Tax Constitution amendment bill, the government-appointed panel has suggested keeping the rate at around 17 to 18 per cent. The panel also suggested dropping the additional 1 per cent tax on inter-state trade along with fixation of the revenue neutral rate anywhere from 15 to 15.5 per cent. Randeep Singh Surjewala, Spokesperson of Congress, called it a forward movement but also pointed out that they will stick to the demand of constitutional capping of GST rate to 18 per cent. Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath also called their constitutional capping demand on GST “non-negotiable”. However, union government and Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian are against constitutional capping of GST rate.
First set of 33 files related to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose have been handed over to the National Archives of India (NAI) by Prime Minister’s Office (PMO). Process details revealed by the PMO said that Nripendra Misra, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Principal Secretary, handed over the concerned files to NAI’s Director General. As per PMO, the files have been cleared and handed over for digitization, preservation, and further processing. While describing the step as a milestone, PMO also said that Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Home Affairs are also taking actions separately for releasing files that are present in their own custody.
Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi passed the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill, 2015 yesterday. Two amendments on the concerned bill, as per the suggestion of social activist Anna Hazare, have also being passed. In the assembly, Delhi Chief Minster Arvind Kejriwal said that his government has brought a strong bill in Delhi and will next urge Prime Minister Narendra Modi to pass Jan Lokpal. However, BJP MLA Vijender Gupta, who is also the opposition leader, called the Delhi Jan Lokpal Bill, 2015, a political document that violates constitutional norms. Delhi assembly passed Jan Lokpal legislation will become law only after Union Government approves the same.