Major News and Events of 09 January 2016
What Happened on 09 January 2016
Sania-Hingis pair reach Brisbane International Tennis Tournament's Final
Nissan Motor announces plans of bringing Electric, Hybrid Auto Tech to India
Commerce and Industry Minister calls Yuan Devaluation worrying for Indian Exports
PM Modi reaches Pathankot for assessing Situation after Terror Attack
PDP President Mehbooba Mufti to take oath for J&K CM's Position after 3 Days
Students unions of Left (including KYS and AISA) and Congress (NSUI) today protested against holding of a seminar on Ram Janmabhoomi in Delhi University, organized by Arundhati Vasisht Anusandhan Peeth (AVAP). Late Ashok Singhal was the founder of AVAP. BJP leader Subramanian Swamy inaugurated the 2-day event and went on to say that political stunt should not take place surrounding construction of Ram Mandir in Ayodhya. He also said that the seminar is not a political platform but is attended by “historians, researchers and academicians”. Numerous faculties and students protested the decision of offering DU campus to hold a seminar on a communally sensitive issue like this.
The Indo-Swiss tennis pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis, who have already won 25 tournaments together, entered Brisbane International Tennis Tournament’s final yesterday. The Sania-Hingis duo continued their excellent performance as they defeated Slovak-Russian duo Andreja Klepac and Alla Kudryavtseva in straight sets 6-3, 7-5. The final match of the tournament will be played today at 5pm, where Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis will play against A. Kerber and A. Petkovi.
Science and Technology
With increasing opinion among policy makers about cracking down on vehicular pollution in India, Nissan Motor Company’s India operation’s President Guillaume Sicard at a press meet in Kanchipuram announced that his company is planning to bring environment friendly electricity and hybrid automobile technology. He went on to say that these advanced electric technologies are expensive and that’s why his company is currently in talks with the government for some incentives. He also added that the Union Government “is very proactive on this”.
Commerce and Industry minister Nirmala Sitharaman, while meeting press after attending Council for Trade Development and Promotion’s first meeting, said that Chinese currency Yuan’s devaluation is a worrying development for Indian exports. She also said that such a devaluation will not only make Indian exports comparatively more expensive but also widen trade deficit with China. Central bank of China has devalued Yuan against the US Dollar by 0.51 per cent to 6.5646 per cent.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today reached Pathankot, after the strategically important Air Force station became prime target point of terrorist attack. The decision of PM Modi’s visit was given a go ahead only after perimeter of the attack site was formally declared sanitized. Prime Minister today took stock of the situation in Pathankot and also talked to senior officers of both Indian Army and Indian Air Force. Official sources said that PM Modi is likely to undertake aerial survey along the border areas today. Meanwhile, the US has asked Pakistan to act fast against the Pathankot perpetrators, who tried to derail the Indo-Pak peace process.
As PDP President Mehbooba Mufti remained in the state of mourning her oath taking ceremony for Chief Minister’s position of Jammu and Kashmir has been pushed back by 3 more days. During this weekend, J&K will remain under the supervision of the Governor, as the state lost its incumbent Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed on January 10. Reports say that oath-taking is likely to be on Monday as mourning day or Charrum ceremony will come to an end tomorrow. The state is currently in a peculiar administrative state as the state can be ruled either by a caretaker government or by a new CM.