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What Happened on 06 June 2015


Saina Nehwal Crashes out of Indonesia Open Super Series Premier after losing in the Quarters

Saina Nehwal, India’s ace shuttler and World No. 3 badminton player, lost in the quarter final match of Indonesia Open Super Series Premier at Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium and crashed out of the tournament. She lost to Shixian Wang of China and the score is 21-16, 12-21, 18-21. Second seeded Saina Nehwal was the winner of this tournament in 2009, 2010 and 2012. During yesterday’s match, Saina started off with a fierce attack on 5th seeded Shixian Wang and snatched five consecutive points in the very beginning of the game thereby clinching the first game 21-16. However, 2010 Asian Games champion Shixian bounced back quickly and snatched six consecutive points to rest the game from Saina by 21-12. In the third game, Indian shuttler went ahead of the Chinese player by 13-8 points but lost the momentum to lose the game by 18-21.

Intex Launches its First 4G Phone Intex Aqua 4G+ at Rs. 9,499

Intex has launched its first ever 4G smartphone in India at a price of Rs. 9,499. Besides its 4G LTE connectivity feature, this smartphone boasts of having twenty one regional languages. It runs on latest Android 5.0 Lollipop OS and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor. Intex Aqua 4G+ comes with a 5-inch HD screen having 720 x 1280 pixel sensor with display glass protection of Dragon Trail. While the primary rear camera has 13MP sensor along with autofocus feature, the secondary camera at the front end has 5MP sensor. Some of the other important features of Aqua 4 Plus include inbuilt storage of 16GB, expandable storage capacity up to 32GB through microSD card, Bluetooth, GPS, Wi-Fi with hotspot functionality, and FM radio. Intex Technologies’ Mobile Business Head, Sanjay Kumar Kalirona, considered its launch as huge leap in product portfolio.      

Competition Commission of India fines GSK Pharma and Sanofi for Collusive Bidding

Competition Commission of India has taken strong stand against GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals and Sanofi on collusive bidding for supplying polysaccharide Quadrivalent Meningococcal Meningitis (QMMV) vaccines to the Union Government, meant for Haj pilgrims. CCI has accordingly slapped a penalty of about Rs. 64 crore against these companies for being involved in market-distorting practices. Complaint was filed by Bio-Med Pvt Ltd, another manufacturer of polysaccharide Quadrivalent Meningococcal Meningitis (QMMV) vaccines that participated in that concerned bidding. Reports say that complaints were filed against Health and Family Welfare Ministry too. CCI has also asked both the companies from ceasing and desisting from doing anti-competitive practices. As per available information, GSK has been slapped a fine of Rs. 60.45 crore and Sanofi of Rs. 3.04 crore. Sources say Director General (DG), investigation arm of CCI, probed the charges and submitted their report back in November 2014.   

Manipur CM calls Manipur Ambush Intelligence Failure, Army Disagrees

Blame game has started on Manipur ambush as Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh put the onus on intelligence failure. Army has negated this claim of Manipur CM. Singh also requested Myanmar government’s help in containing the militancy problem as SS Khaplang-led NSCN-K carried out the operation from training bases in Myanmar. Sources say a high-level task force on the North-East, which is under direct supervision of PM Modi, has recommended pulling out army from counter-insurgency duties in Nagaland and Manipur and redeploying them to the east along the porous border areas with Myanmar. However, questions were raised from within the army ranks during Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag’s visit to the attack site, how Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) was violated (as 35 soldiers travelled in a single truck) in an operationally active area. Combing operations are continuing at Charong, Paralong, Moltuh, and associated areas.     

PM Narendra Modi starts Two-day Bangladesh Trip Today

PM Narendra Modi reached Bangladesh today, starting a historically significant two-day tour during which India and Bangladesh are going to sign a crucial Land Boundary agreement. Sheikh Hasina today departed from the protocol and received PM Narendra Modi at the airport. Bangladesh parties (Jamat-e-Islami and BNP) having anti-India sentiments also welcomed Modi’s visit. PM Modi today visited Bangabandhu Memorial Museum and paid tribute to 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War heroes at National Martyrs’ Memorial. Over 24 agreements are expected to be signed during the tour. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee reached Bangladesh yesterday night. Her Air India Flight230 was accorded VIP status and Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina asked her to stay a day longer. Pinak Chakravarty, former Indian high commissioner to Bangladesh, regarded this visit a watershed moment. Though Teesta agreement will not be signed during this tour, Chakravarty believes it will be done in the future.

Ex-servicemen-Defence Minister Meeting Today on 'One Rank One Pension' Inconclusive in First Round

After several ex-servicemen wrote a letter to PM Narendra Modi asking him to implement the already delayed 'One Rank One Pension' scheme at the earliest, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar along with Army Chief General Dalbir Singh Suhag met former military servicemen today morning. Major General (Retd) Satbir Singh, a representative of the delegation, told media that the meeting was inconclusive as the government was unable to give a specific date within which they will be able to implement OROP. He also said that they will meet Defence Minister again and went on to add that from 14 June they will hold a rally in Jantar Mantar. A group of ex-servicemen announced going on hunger strike from June 15 on the issue. Madras High Court yesterday ordered notice to Cabinet, Finance and Defence secretaries asking them for reply on implementation of OROP scheme within two weeks.