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Major News and Events of 07 May 2016

What Happened on 07 May 2016


AugustaWestland Scam issue rocks Parliament

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said in the parliament that an “invisible hand” prevented proper investigation in Rs. 3600-crore AugustaWestland scam during UPA II regime. He accused UPA II government of compromising national security by buying development-stage choppers of AgustaWestland at inflated price. He said that the erstwhile government did everything to help the tainted company bag the VVIP chopper deal. Parrikar assured the opposition that CBI is investigating the matter “very seriously” and the government will take every possible step to ensure that its fate doesn’t come to an end as meted in case of Bofors. Congress’s Jyotiraditya Scindia demanded SC-monitored probe, which the government rejected. Congress staged walkout. Delhi CM Kejriwal, today, accused PM Modi of not having the guts to arrest Sonia Gandhi.

Cheque Bounce case: AAI seeks Mallya's arrest warrant from court

Airports Authority of India (AAI) has sought arrest warrant of liquor baron Vijay Mallya from a court of 63rd Metropolitan Magistrate, Andheri, Mumbai on charges of two bounced cheques of worth Rs. 100 crore. The two AAI applications sought permanent cancellation of Mallya’s exemption and issuance of arrest warrant. AAI reasoned that appearance of Mallya’s advocate on his behalf becomes null and void as the liquor barron’s passport has been cancelled. Next hearing will take place on 13 May.

Nepal recalls envoy to India

After cancelling Nepali President Bidhya Devi Bhandari's visit to India, Prime Minister of Nepal KP Sharma Oli decided to recall their ambassador to India, Deep Kumar Upadhyay. Upadhyay had reportedly expressed his displeasure of unilateral and abrupt cancellation of President’s visit to India (without even informing him), especially at a time when Indo-Nepal relationship is “back on track”. He has been accused by Nepal government of being active in New Delhi and Kathmandu for toppling Oli-led government.

Screening of "Buddha in a Traffic Jam" makes Jadavpur University boil

Chaos greeted director Vivek Agnihotri's screening of film "Buddha In A Traffic Jam" in Kolkata’s prestigious Jadavpur University campus when left-leaning students faced off with ABVP activists. According to reports, screening of the event was cancelled after initial permission. Agnihotri was greeted by black flags and sloganeering and he had to abandon the venue about 20 minutes into the film. He accused the demonstrators of breaking his car. Four BJP outsiders were detained by police after being handed over by the students. Yesteryear actress and now BJP leader Roopa Ganguly was stopped from entering the campus as she demanded release of the four battered BJP workers. West Bengal BJP termed JU "hub of anti-national elements".

India to spend $6.2 billion to increase forest cover to 33%

Compensatory Afforestation Fund Bill, 2015 has been passed in the lower house of Parliament recently that vouches for expeditious use of around $6.2 billion or Rs. 40,000 crore for increasing forest cover from 21.34 per cent to 33 per cent of the total land. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar regarded it as historic because it will now lead to utilisation of unutilised funds in banks, which will help India achieve the 2.5 billion tonne of carbon sink target, as indicated in India’s INDCs.

ICSE and ISC Results out

Results of Class 10 (ICSE) and Class 12 (ISC) examination 2016 have been declared by Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations on Friday with respective pass percentages of 98.50 and 96.46 per cent. Six out of top 10 Class X scorers and top two scorers in Class XII are from Mumbai. For class 12, all-India rank 1 was bagged by Smt. Lilavatibai Poddar High School's Aadya Maddi (scored 99.75 per cent). Abineet Parichha of Odisha’s Little Flower School (in Balangir) is the all-India topper of Class X.