Major News and Events of 08 November 2015
What Happened on 08 November 2015
Indian Cricket Team wins First Test against South Africa in just 3 Days
Bharat Ratna Prof CNR Rao warns Government about Brain Drain from Scientific Research
GE and Alstom likely to get Rs. 40,000 Crore Railway Locomotive Manufacturing Contracts
Nitish-Lalu-Congress combine decisively wins Bihar Assembly Election
Defence Minister signs Official Notification of OROP Implementation, Veterans' Body calls it Injustice
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today met BJP patriarch Lal Krishna Advani on latter’s residence and greeted the veteran on his 88th birthday. PM Modi also wished best health as well as long life for LK Advani. He also called the veteran saffron leader inspiration and guide. PM Modi tweeted by calling the patriarch “a person of immense knowledge & integrity” and hailed his “invaluable contribution” for the motherland. He went on to say that he learnt so much from Advani (who was born in Pakistan’s Karachi on November 8, 1927) and called him the “best teacher”.
Team India secured a marvelous win over South Africa in the first test match in the Gandhi-Mandela four test series. It took the mighty Indians just 3 days to secure a 108 run victory over the Proteas. Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja took every advantage of Mohali’s spinner’s wicket to crush the batting lineup of South African cricket team. India batted first to pile up 201 run on the scoreboard in their first innings, followed by South Africa’s 184 runs on board. In the second innings too Indian team played well and scored 200 runs, putting a victory target of 218 before the Proteas. With Ravindra Jadeja’s 3/55 and 5/21 spells and Ravichandran Ashwin’s 5/51 and 3/39 spells, India took a 1-0 lead over South Africa.
Science and Technology
Bharat Ratna Professor CNR Rao has warned that lack of adequate funding will make the best brains leave scientific research and instead opt for alternative careers. He pointed out that science is still starving of money and went on to say that inspite of marginal funding, existing money is also being curtailed. These grave concerns were shown by the reputed Indian scientist at Indian Academy of Sciences’ annual meeting in Pune. The 82 year old veteran said that in Advanced Scientific Research of JNU there has been a fund shortage of Rs. 10 crore. He went on to say that as per his calculations, there has been an aggregate fund shortage of around Rs. 1,500 crore in all institutions.
Railway sources have said that Indian railways is all set to roll out red carpet to the first major FDI project in the national carrier soon. Reports say Alstom and GE are likely to be handed over the contract acceptance letters of manufacturing railway locomotives (electric as well as diesel) in the coming week. Per available information, the Rs. 40,000 crore project involves setting up of railway locomotive factories in Bihar’s Madhepura and Marhora under “Make in India” initiative. This closely monitored project of PMO will see manufacturing of 800 electric locomotives and 1,000 diesel locomotives over coming 11 years.
Available result data of Bihar assembly election shows that the Grand Alliance (including Nitish Kumar's JDU, Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD, and Congress) has either won or is leading in 173 constituencies out of 243 constituencies, thereby gaining 32 seats over last assembly election. BJP-led NDA is struggling at distant second spot with just 63 seats (won or leading), thereby losing 31 seats from last assembly election. While Nitish-Lalu’s Mahagathbandhan has won 43.1 per cent vote share, BJP-led NDA secured just 35.9 per cent votes. BJP conceded defeat with PM Narendra Modi calling Nitish Kumar and congratulating him for his success. Congress VP Rahul Gandhi has said that Bihar election result has shown that unity has won over divisiveness.
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar has signed implementation notification of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme, which will help 24 lakh ex-servicemen as well as 6 lakhs war widows across India, requiring additional allocation of Rs. 8,000 to Rs. 10,000 crore every year. Reports say that the final notification has altered the controversial voluntary retirement clause (announced on September 5), which now excludes fresh cases of premature retirement from OROP and not the earlier ones. Major General Satbir Singh (Retd), leading the veterans’ body, said that this OROP is a diluted one and should be called “One Rank Five Pension”. Calling it injustice to the soldiers, the veterans threatened to take government to the court on the concerned issue.