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Major News and Events of 06 April 2015

What Happened on 06 April 2015


Air Quality to Deteriorate in Mumbai and Delhi Significantly Tomorrow and the Day After

As per a body under the Ministry of Earth Science, SAFAR (System of Air Quality and Weather Forecasting and Research), quality of air in Mumbai as well as Delhi will be very poor due to the dust storm that started in the Gulf region last week. SAFAR also said that the dust storm has now crossed Arabian Sea and it will lower the air quality of both the major Indian cities significantly on 7 and 8 April. SAFAR forecasts considerable increase in PM10 (by 20 to 30 per cent) and PM2.5 levels (by 30 to 40 per cent) in Mumbai, Nasik, and northern parts of Maharashtra.

Fabindia in Changing Room Snooping Fiasco Again

After union minister Smriti Irani identifying CCTV at changing room of a Fabinida outlet in Goa, a salesperson at Kolhapur Fabindia was caught snooping a woman when she was inside the changing room. This time the salesperson was taking picture of the reflection in the mirror through his cell phone when the woman was changing, reports say. When the victim and her husband confronted the salesman, he reportedly tried to hide the cell phone and also later urged not to file complain to police. The couple accuse that the CCTV footage outside the changing room clearly showed the salesperson snooping and taking pictures.      

India to get its First Ever Air Quality Index Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to launch India’s first ever national air quality index today. This new index will help people in 10 major cities of India to know about quality of air on real time basis. Per available information, there will be six levels of air quality estimator with each level being denoted by a specific colour. While most polluted level is denoted by maroon colour, cleanest level is denoted by dark green. Sources in Central Pollution Control Board say that there is still no action plan for controlling the air quality in case of sudden spurt in pollution.

Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis Pair Win USD 5,381,235, WTA Premier Miami Open

Top seeded Martina Hingis-Sania Mirza duo has won their second title in two weeks time after defeating second seeded Elena Vesnina-Ekaterina Makarova pair from Russia in straight sets (7-5, 6-1) at Miami Open. Just two weeks back the Indo-Swiss pair defeated the same Russian pair at BNP Paribas Open. Earlier in the semis of USD 5,381,235, WTA Premier Tournament, Sania-Hingis duo defeated 7th seeded Timea Babos-Kristina Mladenovic pair in straight sets 6-2, 6-4 to enter the finals. In another semi final match Vesnina-Makarova duo defeated 9th seeded Andrea Hlavackova-Lucie Hradecka pair.



India to Contest Manipulation Charges Levelled by European and French Drug Agencies against GVK Biosciences

A senior government official has said that India is all set to take on the data manipulation charges against GVK Biosciences, levelled by European and French drug regulatory agencies. While French medicines agency ANSM accused Indian contract research organisation GVK Biosciences, Hyderabad, of manipulating data of ECGs during generic medicine research over five years, European Medicines Agency recommended suspension of clinical studies at the concerned company. Rajeev Kher, Commerce Secretary, said India has given all possible evidences to both the drug regulatory agencies to show that the clinical trials by GVK Biosciences were not manipulated. He also said that India may also take up the matter at WTO if they fail to respond to the evidences furnished by India.

Ajay Maken Accuses AAP of becoming a Party of VIPs and VVIPs

Ajay Maken has hit out at the ruling Aam Aadmi Party by saying that it has become VIP in just 50 days of assuming power. The accusation comes on a day when '1031' anti-graft helpline has been re-launched by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal at Talkatora Stadium. While posting a picture of VVIP boards as well as VIP Parking outside Talkatora stadium, Maken accused AAP of becoming a party of the VVIPs and VIPs. Maken also said that the party that asked people to denounce VIP culture is now embracing it. He also accused Kejriwal’s party of nominating 21 MLAs as parliamentary secretaries, thereby transforming them into super-MLAs.

DGCEI asks Cadbury to Pay Up Rs. 574 crore for Evading Excise Duty

Directorate General of Central Excise Intelligence (DGCEI) has slapped a notice to Cadbury India Ltd. for paying up Rs. 574 crore. DGCEI demand order has asked the concerned confectionary behemoth to pay Rs. 231.5 crore for the period 28 July 2010 – 31 January 2013, Rs. 111.4 crore for 1 February 2013 – 31 December 2013, and Rs 231.5 crore as penalty for evading excise duty. Rs. 1 crore penalty has also being levelled on the MD of Cadbury India Anand Kripalu, for flouting rules of central excise. Official sources reveal that Cadbury India had allegedly misused area-based exemption for its manufacturing unit in Himachal Pradesh’s Baddi.

Rs. 2.74 lakh crore Net Investment in Indian Markets by Foreign Portfolio Investors during 2014-15 FY

Data published by Central Depository Services show that Rs. 2.74 lakh crore of net investment has flown into the Indian capital markets from foreign countries during Fiscal year 2014-15. While Rs 1.1 lakh crore has been invested by the foreign investors in the equities, Rs. 1.64 lakh crore has been invested in the debt market. Since November 1992, a cumulative net foreign investment of Rs. 11.22 lakh crore has been done in the Indian market, among which Rs. 8.2 lakh crore has been done in equity market and Rs. 3.04 lakh crore in debt securities.

Indian Navy's First Scorpene Submarine INS Kalvari Launched from Mazagon Dock Limited of Mumbai

First Scorpene submarine of Indian Navy, diesel powered INS Kalvari, having French design has been launched today from Mumbai’s Mazagon Dock Limited (MDL) in the presence of Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister of India. It is learnt that the 'Project-75' submarine hasn’t received extensive sea trials yet and will now undergo extensive sea trials. INS Kalvari is the first of its kind submarines, out of the six, that India is manufacturing along with French company DCNS at MDL. Reports say that the first Scorpene submarine was earlier scheduled to be delivered by 2012. However, the schedule has now been revised to September 2016.    

3 Terror Attacks in 4 Hours in Jammu and Kashmir; 3 Policemen Killed

In 4 hours span, open firing by terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir has killed three policemen today. The incident happened when two constables and one head constable went to a village in Kashmir Valley’s Shopian district for investigating a crime. All three unarmed police personnel got killed when terrorists opened fire. In another incident in Baramulla district’s Pattan area, armed militants opened fire at police officer Ghulam Mustafa, when he was travelling to Pattan by bus. In another incident, a civilian was shot by terrorists in Tral on the suspicion of being an informer of security forces. Both the police officer and the civilian got injured.

PM asks Judiciary to become Perfect and Live Up to the Expectations of the People

Speaking to an audience of chief justices at a joint conference of chief justices of High Courts and chief ministers, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the judiciary must live up to people’s expectations as it is getting more powerful. He also asked the judiciary to inculcate a mechanism to self-assess itself. However, he cautioned against perception driven verdicts and said that perceptions are often driven by five-star activists. Chief Justice of India HL Dattu informed media that there is already an in-house judicial mechanism for self-assessment and the chief justices regularly monitor effective functioning of their offices.    

Rs 37,420 Crore Devolution Fund Released by Union Government to the States

The first installment of over Rs 37,420 crore fund for 2015-16 fiscal as per the recommendations of the fourteenth Finance Commission has been released by the Union Government. The statement of Finance Ministry also said that the highest share of the released fund has gone to Uttar Pradesh, which amounts to Rs. 6,735.81 crore. The least amount of fund has gone to Sikkim (Rs. 137.46 crore). Some of the states that got maximum amount of disbursed funds include Bihar (Rs. 3,624.37 crore), Madhya Pradesh (Rs. 2,835.75 crore), West Bengal (Rs. 2,746.91 crore), and Maharashtra (Rs. 2,075.59 crore).