Major News and Events of 09 September 2014
What Happened on 09 September 2014
Corporatisation of Major Ports on Track Again
ASEAN Trade Deal Signed by India
Apex Court Hears Coal Block Allocation Case
Cilic is New US Open Champion
Chinese President to Visit India within a Week
US Official Confirms Narendra Modi's Visit to White House
MIT Researchers show Rural Water Desalination by using Solar Energy
7 Lakh Stranded and Nearly 200 Dead in J&K Floods
Varanasi to Act Tough on Molesters
CBI Director gets 10 days time to File Response in 2G Case
SC directs Centre to Reply by October 10 on Delhi Government Formation
Rules for private projects have been eased. Threshold limit for highway projects has been doubled to speed up awarding of projects. From now on, the projects worth Rs 1,000 crore and above will be referred to Public-Private Partnership Appraisal Committee, which is headed by secretary of economic affairs department. Union road transport and highways ministry will clear projects worth below Rs 1,000 crore.
The Central government, in order to streamline functioning of major ports, has renewed corporatisation move. As per the plan, two major ports will start acting as corporate entities from the very onset. A certain provision will be included in the Major Port Trusts Act for facilitating conversion of trust to companies.
The Government of India has signed trade and investment pact on services with ASEAN or Association of Southeast Asian Nations. This means Indian professionals will get more access to the ten countries in the block. Though FTA or Free Trade Agreement was signed between ASEAN and India back in 2010, this deal sealed the pact that will pave the way to Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement.
The Government of India, which earlier asked Supreme Court not to cancel some of the illegal coal mines, has reiterated that they will take neutral stand on the matter. In an affidavit to the apex court, the government has made its intention clear that it will not press for cancelling selected coal blocks. The SC heard coal block allocation case today. Power and Metal stocks fell around 1 to 2 per cent ahead of SC’s verdict.
25-year-old Croatian Marin Cilic wins US Open Tennis title for the first time. He is the second Croatian after Goran Ivanisevic to win a major Grand Slam title. Goran Ivanisevic, who is also the coach of Martin, won Wimbledon title back in 2001. Marin Cilic defeated Kei Nishikori in straight sets 6-3, 6-3, 6-3. During this 28th Grand Slam event, Cilic fired 38 winners, 17 aces, and 9 break points.
Chinese President Xi Jinping will visit India for the first time after assuming President’s office. He will start his foreign tour by attending meetings of Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on September 11 and 12 in Tajikistan. As per Chinese Foreign Ministry, he will subsequently visit Maldives, Sri Lanka, and India. The tour ends on September 19, 2014.
A top official of Obama administration, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest, has confirmed that US President Barack Obama will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House during Indian PM’s visit to the USA from September 29-30. Wide array of issue will be discussed during the meeting, right from strategic issues (including the economic ones) to bilateral ones.
Science and Technology
Indian villages, it seems, will finally be able to convert salty water to portable water sufficiently by using solar power technology. This information has been revealed by MIT researchers. They have demonstrated a technology called electrodialysis, a different process of desalination that uses solar energy for providing palatable and clean drinking water. Practical application of this research report is very important for India because large part of underground water is salty and not much electricity is there in rural areas to desalinate the water.
Around 200 people are dead and more than 7 lakh people stranded in Jammu and Kashmir in one of the worst floods in 6 decades. Rescue operation has become difficult as Srinagar has literally become an island where many places are still submerged under water. Only good news is that the Army has been successful in Srinagar-Leh National Highway for vehicular traffic that connects Ladakh with flood-hit Kashmir.
IG (Zone) Prakash D of Varanasi, in order to curb eve teasing, has ordered officials to slap Goonda Act and National Security Act on molesters. Prakash believes that to deal with the increasing menace of molestation, implementation of stringent law has become a necessity.
CBI director Ranjit Sinha has been given 10 days time till September 19, 2014 to file his response to the bench of Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice R M Lodha. This comes a day after the CBI chief was issued SC notice by another bench for allegedly protecting some 2G case accused.
Apex Court of India has granted time till October 10, 2014 to Central government for replying on the outcome of political consultation regarding formation of government in Delhi. The Supreme Court was giving its view on the petition filed by Aam Aadmi Party on ordering fresh election. The Union government earlier sought 4 weeks’ time from SC. Apex court has particularly observed and told the Centre that the horse-trading practice will continue if delay continues in government formation. AAP claimed earlier that BJP is trying to buy their legislators.