Major News and Events of 10 October 2015
What Happened on 10 October 2015
Sania-Hingis duo reach Final of China Open
NGT expresses displeasure over Centre's Lackadaisical Approach towards Ganga Cleaning
Finance Ministry achieves over 50 Per Cent Indirect Tax Collection Target in 6 Months
Bihar Election Roundup before October 12 First Phase Election
US Official says India-US Relationship made Enormous Progress under PM Modi
President Pranab Mukherjee today left for his three nation tour of 6 days during which he will visit Jordan, Palestine, and Israel. This is the first time ever a President of India is visiting two warring countries – Palestine and Israel – all at the same time. His first stopover will be Jordan where the President will spend two days, followed by a 1-day visit to Palestine on October 12, and 3-days visit to Israel from October 13. President Pranab will meet King Abdullah of Jordan and will discuss increasing trade opportunities with the country. Reports say Mukherjee will also ask Jordan to play an important role in securing release of 39 Indians captured by the terrorist organization ISIS in Iraq’s Mosul town.
Indo-Swiss pair Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis is continuing dream run as they easily defeated Chinese duo in the women’s doubles segment of China Open in the semi final match played at Beijing Olympic Green Tennis Center. Top seeded Sania-Hingis duo took 1 hour and 6 minutes to beat the wild card entrants Chen Liang and Yafan Wang in the semis in straight sets 6-2, 6-3 to reach the final of the China Open tournament, whose prize money is $4.7 million. In the final, scheduled today at 7pm, Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis will play against the 6th seed H. Chan-Y Chan pair.
Science and Technology
National Green Tribunal (NGT) has expressed its displeasure over Union Government’s lackadaisical attitude towards cleaning Ganga River. NGT has noted that in reality nothing has happened in spite of spending huge sums of money (Rs. 5,000 crore) on Ganga cleaning project. In fact, the tribunal has said that the condition of Ganga has gone from bad to worse. NGT was earlier asked by the apex court of India to act against industrial units that pollute the longest river of the country. NGT Chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar headed bench asked the government to show one place in the 2,500 km stretch of Ganga River where uninterrupted flow of clean water has been ensured.
Union Finance Ministry said in a statement that the tax department has already collected 50.6 per cent tax of the total Budget estimate for the financial year 2015-16. In the first 6 months of the financial year (April-September 2015), the total collection of indirect tax (including service tax, custom tax, and central excise) has reached Rs. 3.24 lakh crore, which is a jump of 35.8 per cent over the indirect tax collection in the same period last year. During April-September 2014, indirect tax collection was Rs. 2.38 lakh crores. Maximum increase has been recorded in case of excise duty, which was 69.6 per cent, followed by service tax (24.3 per cent), and customs duty (17.5 per cent).
RJD submitted a memorandum to the Election Commission, seeking ban on all Narendra Modi rallies in Bihar for upholding “true spirit of free and fair election” after PM Modi called RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav a devil. Lalu himself called BJP President a “man eater” and PM Modi “Supreme Ghost”. Election Commission has asked all parties for restraint in barbs used during speeches. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar asked electorates to vote for a “Bihari” (referring himself) rather than a “Bahari” or “outsider” (referring PM Modi). Grand alliance released its 5-year developmental plan yesterday. Begusarai constituency, a left citadel, is going to poll on October 12. A united left has fielded CPIM candidates from Begusarai Sadar and Matihani, CPI(M-L) candidate from Sahebpur Kamal, and CPI candidates from Cheria Bariarpur, Bakhri, Tengra, and Bachhwara.
State Department Spokesman John Kirby has praised Narendra Modi government by saying that the bilateral relationship between India and the US has made enormous progress, especially on the security and diplomatic fronts, during the tenure of PM Modi. He went on to say that they are looking forward to enhancing India-US relationship for more productivity. However, Congress’s Manish Tiwari lambasted foreign policy of Modi government by saying that PM Modi’s 29 foreign visits in last 14 months hardly yielded any result. Tiwari also said that the PM has met US President Barack Obama 5 times till now but can’t show a single major takeaway from the meetings.