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Major News and Events of 08 May 2016

What Happened on 08 May 2016


CMs of 3 Drought-hit States seek more Fund from PM Modi

Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, and Maharashtra (the three drought-hit states) met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a review of ground situation. UP CM Akhilesh Yadav sought Rs. 11,000 central assistance which includes demand for money to buy 10,000 tankers for carrying water to drought-hit areas of UP. Reports say, under national and state disaster response funds around Rs. 1,700 crore has already been released. Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis also asked PM Modi to increase central scheme fund allocation to control drought situation in 28,000 villages. Fadnavis revealed creation of a "guaranteed irrigation" policy by his Maharashtra government.  Karnataka CM K Siddaramaiah sought additional Rs 12,272 crore central funds.

Antony opts out of Kerala CM's race, PM Modi on a 4-day Kerala Campaign

enior Congress leader A.K. Antony told media that he has passed the prime age of being in Kerala’s Chief Ministerial race and went on to say that it would have been a “historic blunder” if he had done so. He rejected PM Modi’s claim that BJP will emerge as third force in Kerala but did agree that BJP is UDF’s major opponent in some assembly constituencies such as Manjeswaram. The former CM of Kerala (1977-78 and 1995-96) claimed UDF has an edge over LDF, echoing current CM Oommen Chandy’s claims. PM Modi will start his 4-days Kerala election campaign today (May 8-11) to boost BJP's prospects.

Senior Journalist under Scanner in AgustaWestland Chopper Scam

Reports say a senior journalist (who was working with a Hindi news channel few years back) is currently under scanner for his alleged role in Rs. 3,600 crore AgustaWestland chopper scam. It is learnt that the concerned journalist was questioned by ED last year and is expected to be summoned soon. ED is probing nature of relationship between this journalist and AugustaWestland as the journalist’s Italy tour was allegedly being sponsored (Rs. 28 lakhs) by the scam-tainted chopper company.

Two Indian Woman Wrestlers secure berth at Rio Olympics 2016

Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik secured their berths at Olympics. This is the first time ever two women wrestlers secured Olympics berths at the same time. While Phogat secured quota for 48kg, Sakshi for 58 kg category. In 2nd Olympic Games World Qualifying Tournament final, Vinesh Phogat will wrestle against Poland’s Iwona Nina Matkowska and Sakshi Malik against Russia’s Valeria Koblova Zholobova. The only Indian woman wrestler till now to wrestle at Olympics was Geeta Phogat in London Olympics 2012.

Indian Scientists lead Team in designing Drones for Organ Delivery

With increasing need for faster delivery of organs for transplant, two Indian scientists - Kota Harinarayan and Dr. K Ramachandra - from the National Design and Research Forum are spearheading a project whose success can cut the organ delivery time by over 50 per cent. Rs. 100-crore National Programme for Micro Air is designing a drone or unmanned aerial vehicle that will help in faster organ delivery. Fully ready-to-fly 184 can automatically carry passenger-by-air by simply entering destination in the smartphone app.

RBI Governor Rajan tears into "Paper Tiger" Allegation, Vouches for Regulation Enforcement

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan rebutted claims that the apex bank is a "paper tiger" and went on to stress on enforcing all regulations for all businesses including app-based taxi services Ola and Uber. Rajan said they have already taken action against one of the app-based taxi providers because of their regulation violation. While emphasising that RBI cannot be a paper tiger, Rajan said that no matter how ugly a regulation is, must be enforced. However, he also added the need of changing bad regulations.