Major News and Events of 07 January 2015
What Happened on 07 January 2015
Bengal Global Business Summit 2015 Begins to Woo Investors
US to Participate in Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit as Partner Country for the First Time
Telecom Commission Sends Back Recommendation of TRAI
BJP and 'Hindu' Leaders keep Embarrassing Indian PM
Political Parties Increase Delhi Assembly Election Brouhaha
Railway Minister on a Mission to Develop Railway Infrastructure
Police Confirms Sunanda Pushkar's Death as Murder
77 Indians Brought Back from Sri Lanka Promptly
Jail Inmates to Have Conjugal Life with Married Partners, Per Punjab and Haryana High Court
Vinton Gray Cerf says Google will Make Digital India project a Success
Indian Cricket Team for World Cup 2015 Announced
Coal Workers, led by 5 major trade unions (INTUC, BMS, CITU, HMS, and AITUC), continue their 5-day long strike on second day as their meeting with Anil Swarup, Coal Secretary, ended inconclusively yesterday. Inspite of the failure to reach a consensus, union leaders and government agreed to continue with the talks. With 5 lakh coal workers on strike, coal industry incurred loss of around Rs 70 crore till now. Strike has been called by the unions to halt ‘denationalisation’ of coal mines as well as protest against restructuring and disinvestment of Coal India. Unions reportedly agreed for a political solution on the issue in the presence of PM or Coal Minister.
West Bengal’s two-day business summit begins today, only a few days before Gujarat organises its grand business summit, starting on Sunday. Though the state is at loggerheads with the Union Government on issues like GST and land acquisition, Mamata Banerjee invited central ministers Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari to deliver speech on the occasion. Today at Bengal Global Business Summit 2015, Jaitley assured the business delegates that the Union Government will stand behind them if they invest in West Bengal. Business delegates from 19 countries are participating in this summit. However, behemoths of Indian industry such as Mukesh Ambani, Sajjan Jindal, and Cyrus Mistry have not participated.
Vibrant Gujarat Global Investors Summit of 2015, which is scheduled to start on coming Sunday, will be joined by John Kerry, US Secretary of State. This is the first time USA will be a partner country of this event, paving way for a successful visit of the U. S. President late this month. This programme was started by the then CM of Gujarat Narendra Modi in 2003 to woo foreign investment. Political and trade analysts believe that Kerry’s visit to the grand business event is a positive development towards mending ties between the two countries as both vouch to increase bilateral trade from $100 billion to $500 billion.
Recommendations of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, on pricing of 2,100-MHz spectrum, have been sent back by Telecom Commission today. Department of Telecommunications’ internal committee had proposed increasing base price from Rs. 2,720 crore per Mega Hertz of 2,100-MHz spectrum (recommended by TRAI) to Rs. 3,800 crore per MHz. After discussing the issue for one long hour, Telecom Commission returned TRAI recommendation.
Even after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking BJP MPs to mind their words while making public statements, his MPs as well as ‘Hindu’ leaders keep embarrassing NaMo. While delivering speech in Meerut’s Sant Samagam Mahotsava, Sakshi Maharaj (BJP MP from Unnao) has called all ‘Hindu’ women to produce four children each for protecting ‘Hindu’ religion. He had earlier stirred up a hornet’s nest by calling Nathuram Godse, killer of Mahatma Gandhi, a patriot. In another incident, Dharmapal Siwach of Hindu Mahasabha called ‘Hindu’ men to marry women from other religions to counter ‘Love Jihad’.
Campaign trail for the upcoming Delhi Assembly election got a boost with the announcement of Narendra Modi's schedule to deliver more than 12 rallies in Delhi before election. As BJP state unit increased its activity to decorate the Ramlila Ground with LCD screens and other arrangements along with the pledge of bringing in over 1 lakh people for the January 10 NaMo rally, AAP takes the anomalies it found in the voter list to VS Sampath, the Chief Election Commissioner.
Suresh Prabhu, Union Railway Minister, informed media that he has already approached Chief Ministers of the states asking for cooperation on forging partnership between Union Government as well as State Government for developing infrastructure of railways. He specifically sought states’ cooperation in terms of availability of lands, broadening tracks, and mobilizing funds.
Delhi Police filed an FIR against ‘unknown’ persons on the charges of murdering Sunanda Pushkar, wife of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, after re-examining available reports. Medical reports confirmed that unnatural death of Sunanda was caused by poisoning. Shashi Tharoor has reportedly questioned the change of previous stance of Delhi police. Congress has asked for an impartial inquiry. B S Bassi, Chief of Delhi Police, said that a Special Investigation Team will further investigate Sunanda Pushkar’s murder case and will now look closely into the several marks found on Pushkar’s body.
Syed Akbaruddin, External Affairs Ministry’s official spokesperson, said that Indian government made all arrangements and brought back 77 Indians from Sri Lanka, who were in dispute with their Indian employer in the neighbouring coastal country. It is learnt that the prompt action was taken to bring back the employees when Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs Minister) took serious note of the allegations made by those workers working in the Indian company in Sri Lanka.
From now on jail inmates can enjoy their conjugal lives with their married spouses, according to the directives given by Punjab and Haryana High Court. In a welcome move the court has observed that artificial insemination for progeny of jail inmates or conjugal visit of married partners to jail are fundamental rights. Court made this observation while delivering verdict on the plea of an arrested couple - Jasvir Singh and Sonia – to lead a conjugal life within prison premises.
Science and Technology
Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist as well as Vice President Vinton Gray Cerf, has shown interest in helping Government of India in materialising ambitious Digital India project. Cerf told media that he is completely convinced about the success of the Digital India project as the Indian government seems to have a well chalked out plan for the ambitious project. The Google VP met both Ravi Shankar Prasad and Ram Sewak Sharma, minister and secretary of Ministry Of Communications and Information Technology respectively.
India announced its 15-member Indian Cricket team for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup of 2015, to be played during February and March in New Zealand and Australia. Indian team will be led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the Vice Captain of the team will be Virat Kohli. The fast bowling squad includes Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. The team includes two spinners - Ravinchandran Ashwin and Axar Patel. Stuart Binny and Ravindra Jadeja’s name made to the list as all-rounder players.