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What Happened on 06 February 2016


Opposition Parties demand Resignation of Gujarat CM over Land Deal

On the basis of the corruption allegation leveled by Congress leader Anand Sharma, opposition parties have sought resignation of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel. It is alleged that in 2010, business associates of Anandiben Patel’s daughter Anar Patel had been allotted land near Gujarat’s Gir lion sanctuary at throwaway price. Anand Sharma alleges that Rs. 125 crore worth land has been given away at just Rs. 1.5 crore to Wildwoods Resorts and Realties for building resorts, which is yet to come up.

PM Modi inaugurates 12th South Asian Games

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated 12th South Asian Games (SAG) yesterday in one of the main cities of Assam, Guwahati. While addressing an audience at the opening ceremony of the 12-day sporting event, PM Modi said that the event will bring peace and prosperity in the region through sporting activities, interaction, and business. The event is co-hosted by Shillong (capital of Meghalaya) and Guwahati, and will see participation by over 2,600 athletes. The event is taking place after a delay of 4 years.

IIT-Bombay showcases Innovative Ideas at Auto Expo 2016

IIT-Bombay’s Mobility and Vehicle Design department of Industrial Design Centre has showcased some innovative ideas at Greater Noida’s Auto Expo. Some of the innovative showcased products by the students of Mobility and Vehicle Design program include CNG Motorcycle, Bamboo bicycle for children, Ttrix - Foldable electric bike, urban personal transport, restyled Bajaj Chetak scooter, rural multi-utility vehicle, Quadracycle, flood rescue and relief vehicle, goods carrying 2-wheeler, smart transportation for smart cities, water taxi for inland waterways of Kerala, and many more.

"Make in India" Week Seminar held in Chicago

Consul General of Indian Consulate in Chicago Ausaf Sayeed while addressing “Make in India Week” seminar in Chicago said that India is striving to transform from a service driven economy to a manufacturing-driven one to become an international manufacturing hub and also increase productivity. He went on to say that US companies can set up manufacturing bases in at least 30 important economic sectors and the total investment opportunity in India is worth US$ 1 trillion.

Government decides ratifying Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damages

The Union government has decided to ratify Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damages. US State Department Spokesman John Kirby has welcomed the decision and went on to say that it will facilitate participation of US companies in nuclear reactor construction in India. Kirby also said membership of India in CSC will help create global nuclear liability regime, known as IAEA Nuclear Safety Action Plan. India hasn’t changed Civil Liability for Nuclear Damages Act (CLND), 2010 that partly makes suppliers along with plant operators liable for mishaps.

President Mukherjee, PM Modi, and Defence Minister attend International Fleet Review 2016

India’s naval might was showcased in Vizag at the International Fleet Review 2016, which is attended by 50 countries, 100 naval ships, and 90 aircrafts. Supreme commander of the three defence forces, President Pranab Mukherjee, embarked on offshore patrol vessel INS Sumitra and inspected the fleet along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The event was attended by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. The two-day International Maritime Conference on “Partnering together for a secure maritime future” will be inaugurated by the Defence Minister tomorrow.