Major News and Events of 05 July 2015
What Happened on 05 July 2015
Indian Women's Hockey Team finishes 5th in Hockey World League, Keeps Alive Rio Olympics 2016 Hope
Recent Death of Journalist Investigating Vyapam Scam makes MP CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan meet Press
Finance Ministry says Black Money Law "Simple and Clear", Calls Compliance Window Last Chance to Come Clean
Cellular Operators' Association of India says Pan-India Mobile Number Portability will Increase Customer Satisfaction
J Jayalalitha takes Oath as MLA after Winning Bypoll to make her Provisional CM Post Formal
An IIT-JEE topper Kruti Tiwari has been selected by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a brand ambassador of the ambitious “Digital India” project. Kruti will be part of the campaign for the coming one year period and is expected to be traveling extensively across India to spread message of the programme for popularizing it, make people know about it, and its advantages. IIT-JEE topper, when contacted by media, said that she is very happy to become the brand ambassador of the grand project and that’s too handpicked by the government. She also said PM Modi wants her to spread words about some of the core initiatives of Digital India such as e-locker and e-scholarship that are extremely important for students. While launching Digital India, PM Modi unveiled its policy document, Digital India book, and many products such as National Scholarship Portal, Digital locker, and Bharat Net.
Indian Women's Hockey team beat Japan 1-0 and finished 5th in the Hockey World League 2015. With this win India keeps alive the chances of getting selected to Rio Olympics. The only goal in the match was scored by Rani Rampal at 13th minute of the game, played at Brasschaat Municipal Park at Belgium’s Antwerp. Indian goalkeeper Savita saved 4 penalty corners of Japan, providing India a 1-0 win. Reports say that FIH, governing body of World hockey, conducts two semi final matches that secure berth for three teams to Rio Olympics 2016. Winners of 5 continental games (2015 Oceania Cup, 2015 African Qualifying Tournament, 2015 EuroHockey Nations Championship, 2015 Pan American Games, and 2014 Asian Games) will also secure their berths at Rio. The teams, those are likely to get qualified for Rio, include 6 teams of HWL 2015, 5 continental champions, and most probably hosts Brazil.
Mysterious deaths related to Vyapam scam took an ugly turn when 35-year old reporter named Akshay Singh, investigating Madhya Pradesh's multi-layered recruitment and examination scam, mysteriously died after interviewing parents of a girl who died soon after her name surfaced in connection with the scam. Congress stepped up the heat against Shivraj Singh Chauhan’s government asking for an independent probe on all the deaths related to Vyapam scam. Though suspicion looms on the issue of sudden death of a “healthy person”, post-mortem report suggests natural death. Sources say no injury marks were found on Akshay’s body. One of the doctors who performed the post mortem said exact reason of the journalist’s death will be known after receiving the viscera report. Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan today met the press and assured that a thorough SIT probe will be carried out but denied handing over the case to CBI.
Finance Ministry has called the Black Money Law and its rules “simple and clear”. The ministry also said that the ongoing compliance window is the only way out for the tax evaders of declaring their assets on their undisclosed foreign assets for avoiding any kind of prosecution. However, reports say that this compliance window will not be applicable in cases where proceedings are already going on. Rules have been issued under black money law by Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) to value income and assets, stashed abroad, for levying tax and penalty. Reports say that The Black Money (Undisclosed Foreign Income and Assets) and Imposition of Tax Act, 2015 provides 90-days compliance window, which came into effect from July 1 2015 that requires a tax evader to declare undeclared foreign assets/incomes and pay 60 per cent tax on them along with a penalty.
Science and Technology
Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI) has issued statement that implementing pan-India mobile number portability (MNP) was one of the most important aspects of National Telecom Policy 2012 and the industry has been successful in accomplishing the same. COAI represents most telecom equipment manufacturers, communication service providers, and 7 biggest mobile service operators. The statement also said that MNP implementation has ensured enhanced competition among the telecom operators within India and at the same time will lead to greater customer satisfaction. Pan-mobile MNP throughout India was implemented on July 3, 2015. COAI director general Rajan S. Mathews called it a “proud moment for Indian telecom industry”. At a FICCI CEOs Roundtable, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that importance must be given to the issue of call drops so that consumers don’t confront it. He also asked the operators to walk the extra mile to make it happen.
Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa took oath as MLA of Tamil Nadu Assembly after securing a decisive win from north Chennai’s Dr. Radhakrishnan Nagar constituency. The AIADMK supremo was sworn in as provisional Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu on May 23 after getting acquittal from disproportionate asset case. She needed to be reelected from an assembly seat within 6 months of swearing in as CM. The oath taking event was kept a closed door affair as neither media nor photographers were allowed entrance at speaker P Dhanapal's chamber. Though directorate of information and public relations invited media to witness the oath taking event, entry was restricted to media by security guards. At speaker Dhanapal's office, which is located at main secretariat building’s eastern wing, only a few close associates and cabinet colleagues of Jayalalithaa (including O Panneerselvam, R Vaithilingam, R Viswanathan, etc.) were allowed.