Major News and Events of 10 April 2016
What Happened on 10 April 2016
Delhi Govt considering Enforcement of Odd-Even Formula for 15 Days every Month
US Think Tank believes passage of GST Bill key to joining APEC
TRAI Chairman says Mobile Activation Cost can become Zero if Electronic Aadhaar KYC is Used
Harsha Bhogle suddenly taken Off Air by BCCI
President Mukherjee reminds Pluralism and Tolerance being Hallmark of Indian Civilisation
Union government has announced releasing Rs. 12,230 crore to states for financing pending wage liability under MGNREGS scheme for the financial year 2015-16. The announcement came after Supreme Court observed that employment guarantee wages are required for the needy and rural development ministry agreed to meet objectives of the programme. By citing previous studies, rural development ministry observed that existing MGNREGS rules resulted in non-productive works (which former rural development minister Jairam Ramesh called exercise of ditch-digging) and consequently decided to maintain 60:40 wage-material ratio at district level. However, some activists criticise the decision.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal yesterday said in a press conference at Delhi Secretariat that his government is seriously mulling the idea of enforcing Odd-Even traffic formula in Delhi for 15 days every month. The next Odd-Even formula is scheduled to be implemented from April 15 to April 30. Kejriwal said unless the public transport system is improved in Delhi the Odd-Even formula can’t be made a permanent rule. During the press conference, a person named Ved Prakash from a splinter AAP group hurled shoe at Kejriwal demanding action on fake CNG stickers.
With Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley saying India is open to join APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation), US-based think-tank Asia Society Policy Institute said that joining of India into APEC will not only help the country attract more FDI and accelerate reform agenda but also brighten prospect of joining Free Trade Area of Asia Pacific (FTAAP) and Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Former Australian PM, Kevin Rudd, who headed the think-tank in creating the report said that Jaitley’s recent statement raised hope of India joining APEC after years of hesitation.
Science and Technology
While speaking at annual growth Net summit in New Delhi, Chairman of TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) R S Sharma said that new mobile connection’s activation cost can come down to zero from Rs. 150 if Aadhar is accepted as an authentication tool (for electronic KYC). He also said that the concerned recommendation has been forwarded to the DoT (Department of Telecom) and the latter has accepted them apparently. Sharma believes this will speed up the verification process too.
Reports say BCCI has terminated IPL contract with renowned Indian commentator, 54 years old Harsha Bhogle. When contacted for comment on sudden termination of contract, both IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla and BCCI Secretary Anurag Thakur remained incommunicado. On condition of anonymity, a senior BCCI official said that the decision was taken after taking feedback from players, monitoring social media reactions, and all involved parties. However, some also point out an altercation between Bhogle and a Vidharbha Cricket Association official of the possible last minute ouster.
President Pranab Mukherjee, while delivering speech at Arjun Singh memorial lecture organised at Nehru Memorial museum in New Delhi, said that both tolerance and pluralism are the hallmarks of Indian civilisation and every instance of communal tensions should be thwarted by people throughout the country. He also highlighted the need of inculcating the three most important values – patience, tolerance, and respect for contrary views - in a pluralistic democracy, especially among youth. He reminded that "India's strength lies in her diversity".