Major News and Events of 09 December 2015
What Happened on 09 December 2015
Principal Secretary of Delhi Government arrested by CBI in Bribery Case
Saina Nehwal fetches Highest Price in Premier Badminton League
Motorola India Head announces January arrival of World's First Smartphone with Shatterproof Display
Gartner estimates show Software Market of India to touch Rs. 35,401 Crore in 2016
Report shows India ranks 4th in Black Money List
US General Vincent K Brooks says Indo-US Defence Ties gaining Momentum
US President calls on PM Modi to discuss Climate Change
Sushma tells Pakistan that the time has come for both Nations to do Business Maturely
Delhi Government has announced implementation of a revised odd-even formula for cars on a test basis from January 1 to January 15, 2016. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai has said that the restriction will be effective for those fifteen days from 8m to 8pm. Rai also clarified that the cars whose number plates end with odd numbers will ply on Delhi streets on odd dates such as January 1, January 3, and so on. The minister also said the complete blueprint of the odd-even formula for cars will be finalized by December 25 and the final assessment of the effectiveness of the formula will be done on January 15.
CBI yesterday arrested Principal Secretary, Department of SC, ST and Minorities - Sanjay Pratap Singh (AGMUT cadre, IAS officer of 1984 batch) – along with his personal assistant on the basis of the allegation of Rs 2.2 lakh bribe demanded from owner of a firm (dealing with supply of security guards, peons, and other staffs) to clear pending bills. CBI’s investigators got into action and set up a trap for the IAS Officer and his PA and nabbed him red handed, after the business owner approached Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's office and lodged a complaint on the same.
India’s ace woman shuttler Saina Nehwal has fetched $1,00,000, the highest price, in the newly anointed Premier Badminton League (PBL), in a similar format as Cricket’s IPL. There are six teams in PBL and they are Awadhe Warriors, Bengaluru Top Guns, Chennai Smashers, Hyderabad Hunters, Delhi Acers, and Mumbai Rockets. The top gainer this year is leading men’s shuttler of India, Kidambi Srikanth, whose salary almost doubled to a whooping $80,000. With BWF World Super Series Finals starting today, both Saina Nehwal and Kidambi Srikanth are expecting to do well in their respective games. In the opening Group A match, Saina will be facing Nozomi Okuhara.
Science and Technology
General Manager of Motorola India, Amit Boni, has revealed that his company is all set to launch world’s first ever smartphone having shatterproof display in India in January next year. The concerned phone is named Motorola Moto X Force and is reported to have first ever phone with shatterproof display that not only prevents breakage but also absorbs shock. When asked about the shatterproof feature in Motorola’s Droid Turbo 2 smartphone, GM of Motorola India Amit Boni said that it is exclusive for the US market. However, the same phone will be launched in India with the name Moto X Force.
Gartner, a renowned technology research company, has estimated that the Indian software market is going to witness a massive growth of 12.8 per cent in 2016 over this year. It is estimated that in the coming year, the software market of India will reach a whooping Rs. 35,401 Crore or US$5.3 billion. The report emphasised on the point that consumer-centric companies have started to understand the importance of digital technology in expanding their market presence. Research Director at Gartner, Bhavish Sood, has said that branded companies dealing with consumer market directly are now more inclined in adoption of newer digital applications and technologies. He cited seriousness of the union government (in terms of Self-Employment and Talent Utilization (SETU) programme for start-ups, MyGov citizen portal, Digital India initiative, and smart cities initiatives).
A Washington-based research and advisory organization, Global Financial Integrity (GFI), in its annual report has mentioned that a whooping US$ 51 billion has been siphoned off from India on a yearly basis from 2004 to 2013. This huge amount of black money outflow from Indian shores has made the US-based think tank place India at 4th rank in the Black Money List. As per the annual report of GFI, the list of counties having highest average outflow of illicit finances per annum is led by China with US$ 139 billion outflow, followed by Russia and Mexico with US$ 104 billion per annum and US$ 52.8 billion per annum outflow respectively.
Commanding General of US Army in Asia, General Vincent K Brooks, has said that the relationship between the US and Indian Army can be regarded as “hot” and the eagerness as well as willingness of US military to increase work with its Indian counterpart is rising. While speaking in defence writers' roundtable in Washington, General Brooks said that the armed forces of both the countries have become partners “if not twin” after Indian army bought US military hardware. He also emphasized on US’s commitment towards continuance of bilateral exercises such as “Yudhabhyas” and went on to call these joint drills “foundation of hot relationship”.
As negotiations on climate changes are going on in Paris, US President Barack Obama yesterday called Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss on the progress achieved in the on-going negotiations. This information has been revealed by the White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest to the media during daily press brief. US President’s call to Indian PM comes after the former's telephonic conversation with his Brazilian counterpart. Reports say that Obama is also likely to call Chinese President. White House Press Secretary also said that US President is optimistic about COP21’s success.
India’s Minister of External Affairs, Sushma Swaraj, said while speaking at Islamabad’s Heart of Asia Summit that the time has come for all nations to not only strengthen regional cooperation as well as trade but also perform business with each other with more self confidence and maturity. While expressing India’s willingness of joining hands with both Afghanistan and Pakistan for “trade and commerce”, Sushma extended helping hand to Afghanistan by committing to allow Afghanistan trucks at Attari border. Indian External Affairs also called for putting an end to terrorism and insisted upon “adherence to internationally accepted redlines” so that lasting peace and reconciliation in terror torn Afghanistan.