Major News and Events of 05 June 2015
What Happened on 05 June 2015
Govt. asks Military to Carry out Counter-Insurgency Operations as NSCN(K)-UNLF Claims Responsibility of Manipur Ambush
Nestle India takes "Maggi" off Shelves across India; CEO assures Return Soon
Government all set to Re-launch DD India on the lines of BBC World to project Brand India abroad
TERI findings say 78 Per Cent Respondents Feel "Swachh Bharat Abhiyan" will be a Success in improving quality of rivers
South Korea Manufactured Driverless Train makes its way to Delhi Metro
Kashyap Stuns World No. 1 to reach Semis; Saina in the Quarters of Indonesian Open Super Series Badminton Tournament
Arun Jaitley dismisses Draught Year Fears
Modi Government makes plans for grand International Yoga Day celebrations on 21 June
Third Round of Coal Auction to Start from 11 August
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi opened another front in taking on Narendra Modi government as he met Greenpeace activist Priya Pillai and other social activists yesterday. Priya Pillai is the Greenpeace activist who was offloaded from plane by the Union government while she was going to the UK to brief some British MPs on human rights’ violation going on in Madhya Pradesh’s Mahan. Rahul acknowledged continued “attack on Freedom of Speech & Dissent” and expressed his solidarity with their struggle and vouched for preserving constitutional rights of every Indian citizen. The civil society members also said that some of the legislations that govern voluntary organisations (VOs) such as Foreign Contribution Regulation Act of 1976, Section 25 of the Indian Companies Act (1950), Charitable and Religious Trust Act (1920), Indian Trusts Act (1882), Societies Registration Act of 1860, etc. need redrafting to match current perspectives.
Government sources say that Union government has asked Indian military to go all out against the militants and take strongest possible action after NSCN(K)-UNLF carried out one of the deadliest attacks on Indian Army in the past 30 years. The decision was taken late night yesterday in a closed door meeting among Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, NSA Ajit Doval, and Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The ambush in Manipur's Chandel district killed 18 and injured 12 personnel. Error outfits National Socialist Council of Nagaland (Khaplang) (NSCN(K)), Kangleipak Communist Party (KCP), and Kanglei Yawol Kanna Lup (KYKL) claimed responsibility of carrying out the ambush on Indian Army's 6 Dogra Regiment yesterday. Army chief Gen Dalbir Singh is currently in Imphal for reviewing the situation. Massive combing operation is going on in Chandel district to track the militants. Both PM Narendra Modi and President Pranab Mukherjee condemned the ghastly attack.
After Union government, along with multiple state governments, issued temporary ban on Maggi noodles after reports suggesting alleged higher monosodium glutamate (MSG) and lead content in it, Nestle India today took the popular snack off the shelves. In a statement the company asserted the consumers that the product is absolutely safe for consumption but is withdrawing the product off the shelves due to “unfounded” concerns and recent developments. It also assured consumers that the “trusted Maggi Noodles will be back in the market” once clarification on the current situation is done. Paul Bulcke, Nestle Global CEO, said that the company follows global standard during its production and stressed that Maggi noodles is absolutely safe for consumption. As Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) accused Nestle India of violating labelling regulations on MSG, Paul Bulcke said that they will remove 'No MSG' from product label.
Government is mulling the idea of making a full proof plan of re-launching DD India in the same line as BBC World so that it becomes easier to project Brand India internationally. To facilitate Doordarshan’s international TV channel, Information & Broadcasting Ministry and Prasar Bharati are now banking on Ministry of External Affairs for facilitating the DD India project. As per a source in Prasar Bharati, the main idea to revive the channel is to present an idea about brand India to the international audience and carving its niche in offering news on India that will be considered “last and the most credible word”. Rajyavardhan Rathore, MoS Information and Broadcasting, said that India wants to follow the footsteps of BBC that aligns with British external affairs ministry for publishing news. He also said that they are currently visiting western countries for idea on content before the re-launch.
Science and Technology
A survey conducted by TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute) says that 78 per cent respondents opined that “Swachh Bharat Abhiyan” will be successful in improving quality of rivers. 43 per cent respondents feel that the current poor hygiene and quality standard of rivers is due to the irrational behavior of individual citizens. The survey findings published on World Environment day shows that 80 per cent of the surveyed people say that change in climate is occurring due to increase in human activity. The respondents were selected randomly from seven Indian river cities including Delhi, Varanasi, Cuttack, Vijayawada, Surat, Jabalpur, and Dibrugarh. 81 per cent of the respondents believe that one of the main reasons of change in climate is due to spurt in extreme events occurrences. However, Dr Leena Srivastava (acting Director-General of TERI) said that perceptions of people may not match reality.
Science and Technology
Delhi Metro yesterday received its first ever train that can run without a driver. This new age train is manufactured in South Korea’s Changwan. South Korea exported the train through sea route and it was received in India at Gujarat’s Mundhra port, which was again transferred to Delhi’s Mukundpur depot via road. A statement says that this advanced train will be operated by the operations control centres and will therefore be able to run unattended. The statement also reads that this first of its kind unattended train will run on Phase 3’s upcoming Majlish Park-Shiv Vihar and Janakpuri West-Botanical Garden corridors. Reports say that the concerned two projects are scheduled to be completed by 2016-end. Sources say that a total 61 coaches will be manufactured at Bengaluru’s BEML plant and twenty six-coach trains (each having 240 additional passenger capacities) will be manufactured in South Korea.
World No. 12 Parupalli Kashyap today advanced to the semi final match of $800,000 Indonesia Open Super Series Premier after defeating World No. 1 and top seed Chen Long by 14-21, 21-17, 21-14 at Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium. Though Chen started the first game on a positive note and won it 21-14, Kashyap fought back to win the second game 21-17. However, in the third game the Indian shuttler outclassed Chen to win by 21-14. Kashyap yesterday defeated World No. 5 Son Wan Ho in just 36 minutes (21-11 21-14) to reach the quarters. Later today Saina Nehwal (whose world ranking slid to No. 3) is going to play No.7 Wang Shixian in the quarter final match. Yesterday Saina humiliated Hsu Ya Ching of Chinese Taipei by defeating her in just 36 minutes (21-13 21-15) to advance to the quarters.
After Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) forecast a drought year (below 90 per cent rainfall) in 2015, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had to chip in and dismiss fears of any possible drought in the ongoing financial. He said that the fear is “misplaced” and went on to add that monsoon rainfall is expected to be deficient in places where there are enough irrigation facilities, which will compensate any rain shortfall. Yesterday one of the largest private weather forecaster Skymet reported that there will be 102 per cent monsoon rainfall, negating IMD’s forecast. Jaitley also said that government has enough foodgrain stocks (wheat and rice), which they can dump in the market if rain shortfall leads to less foodgrain production. Finance Minister assured investors that his government is again going to step on the gas on planned disinvestment to raise around $11 billion from asset sales during ongoing fiscal.
Union government is all set to organise first International Yoga Day on 21 June where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will perform several Yoga “asanas” along with 35,000 to 40,000 people at Delhi’s Rajpath for 35 minutes. The event will start at 7am. AYUSH Ministry is mulling the idea to register the event with Guinness Book of World Records. Reports say that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will be there in New York’s United Nations office and will lead the programme there. Some Muslim leaders led by Asaduddin Owaisi of All India Majlis-e-Itehadul-Muslimeen have expressed displeasure over reports that government may ask schools to remain open on 21 June for celebrating the day. The leaders also asked the government to make the celebration optional. A war of words has started between INC and BJP, despite the government urging not to link Yoga with any religion.
Coal Secretary Anil Swarup told media that the third round of coal auctions on 10 coal blocks is going to start from 11 August and will continue till 17 August. The government notice seeking tenders for the concerned 10 blocks will be issued on 8 June. Reports say that extractable reserve in these ten coal blocks is 356 million tonnes and 13.47 million tonnes per annum cumulative peak rated capacity. Anil Swarup also said that these blocks, which will go under the hammer, are dedicated for the unregulated sector, which includes captive power plants, cement, and steel. It is learnt that five blocks out of the total 10 were not sold in the previous two auctions. Swarup added that this time multiple bids of a company will be considered as one when calculation will be done for 50 per cent qualified bidders after technical bid.