Major News and Events of 07 June 2015
What Happened on 07 June 2015
After Signing Historic Land Boundary and Multiple Trade Agreements, Modi to Address Indian and Bangladeshi citizens today
Jammu and Kashmir withdraws Army to pacify Pro-Khalitani Groups; Defence calls off Operation Jan Shanti
Border Area Development Programme to get a Rejig, MHA Official says
Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) "Mangalyaan" to enter "Blackout" Autonomous Phase Tomorrow
Kashyap's Campaign at $800,000 Indonesia Open Superseries Premier ends at the Semis
Adani Power Limited and Reliance Power Limited have separately signed MoUs with Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) for producing total electricity up to 4,600 megawatts. Official statement of Reliance Power informed that the company has signed a MoU with state-run BPDB for developing 4 natural gas fired power plants at the cost of $3 billion to produce 3,000MW of electricity. Adani Power has signed another MoU with BPDB for setting up 2 coal fired power plants at a cost of more than $1.5 billion for producing 1,600MW electricity. Reports say that it will take Adani Power 13 months to build the power plants after signing of final agreement. Bangladesh currently has a daily power deficit of 1,500 MW. BPDB’s director Mohammad Saiful Islam said that discussions are still on with both the companies for settling details of the concerned plants.
On Day 2 of Bangladesh visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi started the concluding day of his visit by offering prayers at Dhaka’s 12th-century Dhakeshwari temple, following a visit to Ramkrishna Mission in Gopibagh. PM also inaugurated Baridhara’s Indian High Commission's Chancery. Yesterday, historic land boundary agreement was signed between the two countries among 22 agreements inked. Per the land boundary agreement Bangladesh will receive 10,000 acres of land from India in exchange of 510 acres from Bangladesh, bringing an end to decades of conflict on the issue. At Bangabhaban, on behalf of ex-PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee, PM narendra Modi received Liberation Award of War Honor. Modi had lunch with Bangladesh President Abdul Hamid, followed by meetings with leading Chambers of Commerce and Industry in Dhaka and opposition leader Begum Raushan Ershad. At Bangabandhu International Conference Centre, PM will address Indian community there in the evening.
After series of protests from pro-Khalistani elements, Jammu and Kashmir authorities withdrew army from Jammu so that pro-Khalistan lobby can remember 31st death anniversary of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Khalistani terrorist leader who was killed during Operation Blue Star at Golden Temple. The protests started 4 days back when late terrorist leader Bhindranwale’s posters were removed. Soon after, the protests flared up during which one Sikh youth was killed. Soon army was deployed to control the situation but has now being called off. PRO Defence Lieutenant Colonel Manish Mehta told media that for restoring normalcy and peace in Jammu, operation Jan Shanti has been called off. Recent reports say that Jammu is returning to normalcy and no untoward incident has been reported till now. On death anniversary of Bhindranwale, Army carried out Flag March in Rehari, Miran Sahib, Bakshi Nagar, Talab Tillo, RS Pura, Digiana, and Satwari.
In a high level Home Ministry meeting, chaired by Home Affairs minister Rajnath Singh and attended by high ranking officers of MHA, it was decided that the government is going to issue new set of guidelines so that Border Area Development Programme (BADP) gets properly implemented. MHA is giving high priority to this project so that welfare programmes (social and physical infrastructure) can be channelised to the rural areas. Rs. 990 crore has been assigned for the current financial year by the union government in this scheme. Funds under Special Central Assistance scheme are allocated to states under comprehensive border management approach for meeting special developmental needs for people living in the areas along the international border. MHA’s Border Management Division is implementing the programme through state governments. MHA prepared the programme guidelines after consulting with Ministry of Finance’s Planning Commission and concerned state governments.
Science and Technology
A senior ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) official said that India’s Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) “Mangalyaan” is all set to enter into an autonomous phase tomorrow as the sun will snap communication between earth and the MOM satellite. ISRO is calling it the “blackout phase”. The official also said that the autonomous functioning phase of the orbiter will continue from June 8 to June 22, a gap of 15 days during which the satellite will take all the decisions autonomously. Reports say this is the longest period ever that communication will be unavailable between the satellite and earth. The ISRO official expressed confidence in reestablishing communication with the satellite and regain control over it once the 15-days “blackout” phase gets over. It is learnt that ISRO scientists had made the arrangements for this phase and also tested this satellite aspect before even sending the MOM.
Parupalli Kashyap’s phenomenal run at men’s singles of $800,000 Indonesia Open Super Series Premier ended yesterday at Istora Gelora Bung Karno Stadium when World No. 9 Kento Momota of Japan defeated him in the semi-final match by 21-12, 17-21, 19-21. Kashyap started the match with the resolve of reaching the finals and stunned the Japanese shuttler by winning the first game 21-12. However, Momota was quick to bounce back and clinch the second and third sets by 21-17 and 21-19 respectively. However, Kashyap gave the World No. 9 tough fight and it took the 2015 Singapore Open champion one hour and 16 minutes to win the semi-final match. With the loss of Parupalli Kashyap, India’s campaign also came to an end at Indonesia Open Superseries Premier. Japan’s Kento Momota will play against the winner of semi-final match between Marc Zwiebler and Jan O Jorgensen in the final.