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Major News and Events of 11 December 2015

What Happened on 11 December 2015


Bombay HC acquits Bollywood Actor Salman Khan in 2002 Hit-and-run Case

Bollywood actor Salman Khan has been acquitted by the Bombay High Court in the infamous thirteen year old hit-and-run case, which led to death of one person and injured four others. Justice A R Joshi, while giving his verdict, said that the prosecution was not convincing in proving that the actor was driving the vehicle and he was drunk when the incident occurred. The verdict therefore overturned the 5-year jail term verdict ordered by the lower court. While HC was pronouncing the acquittal, Salman Khan broke down and latter tweeted that he accepts the HC decision with humility. Justice Joshi pointed out the shortcomings in the prosecution’s case.

Indian Government wants inclusion of more Issues in Climate Accord Draft

After 2-days of vigorous discussion and negotiation at Paris Climate Change Conference, French presidency of the COP21 came out with a new but 2 page shorter draft (from that of the earlier draft) of 27 pages that has now included some major demands of India. The Indian demands that made place in the new draft include principles based on equity and common but differentiated responsibilities as well as "sustainable lifestyle". French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius submitted the new draft for moving towards a final agreement. Sources in the environment ministry of India said that sleepless negotiations have at least helped inclusion of major points, mooted by India, in the new draft but working out of some more issues are needed to be done.

Marketing Manager of IOC arrested and booked under UAPA on alleged Links with ISIS

Special Operation Group (SOG) along with Rajasthan Police’s ATS has nabbed state-run Indian Oil Corporation’s marketing manager, Mohd Sirazudin, from Jaipur on alleged charges of links with dreaded terrorist organisation ISIS or ISIL. It is learnt that he was arrested for campaigning in favour of the international terrorist organization, recruiting members for it, and also supplying official information to Daesh. Additional DGP (ATS and SOG), Alok Tripathi, has said that Mohd Sirazudin hails from Karnataka and the arrest was made for his alleged involvement with Islamic State terrorists. He is booked under UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act). Objectionable items have also been seized from Sirazudin’s Jaipur residence.

Supreme Court calls Corruption Self Infection and Economic Terror

While upholding validity of Orissa and Bihar Special Court Act, Supreme Court has called corruption a self-infection that has become resistant to all kinds of curbs as well as control. The apex court bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Anil R Dave went on to call corruption an economic terror that disregards collective interest, conscience, and any kind of concern. While vouching for the need of stringent provisions in special legislations for the “social calamity” called corruption, the bench upheld Orissa and Bihar Special Court Act’s validity, leading to public servants’ speedy trial. SC observed that special courts’ establishment doesn’t violate Constitution’s Article 247.

Gurpreet wins Gold at 59th National Shooting Championship in 25m Standard Pistol Category

In the 25-metre standard pistol game for men in 59th National shooting championship, 27-year-old Gurpreet Singh won gold by scoring 573 points. The competition took place at Tughlakabad’s Dr. Karni Singh Range. During the game, Gurpreet accumulated 189 points in both 10 seconds and 20 seconds series along with 195 points in 150 seconds series. Mahaveer Singh, former national champion, ended up with a silver medal by accumulating 571 points. In the junior section, gold and silver medals were won by Achal Pratap Singh Grewal and Shivam Shukla respectively. Final of the championship will be held tomorrow.

RBI Governor says GST will Unify India

Governor of Reserve Bank of India, Raghuram Rajan, has opined while speaking at Presidency University in Kolkata that GST is good for the Indian economy. While explaining the advantages of Goods and Services Tax, Rajan said that the first benefit is the increase of tax base because of the inclusion of more people in the tax net. The other benefit he stressed upon is that GST will make the entire country a single market place and will do away with the barriers between states. While speaking on NPAs, RBI governor said that the apex bank maintains a database that is shared among the banks and the latter have devised a mechanism that help them avoid over-lending to large borrowers, thereby doing away with the chance of NPA creation.

India-Japan likely to launch Company for Funding Road Projects

With Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arriving in India, Indian government is not only upbeat about the prospect of first bullet train project in India but also on other issues including nuclear deal and building up of a finance company jointly with Japan that will expedite road construction facility in India. Reports say that the proposed finance company will provide soft loans for construction of road projects, where the credit target will be Rs 2 lakh crore. Interest rate of the loans will be just 0.5 per cent and the loan term will be from 30 years to 40 years.

Report finds India Worst Performer in Healthcare among BRICS Countries

A review report named “Assuring Health Coverage For All In India”, written by leading researchers and academicians Dr K Srinath Reddy and Dr Vikram Patel, has pointed out that the health scenario in India is the poorest when compared with that of other BRICS countries. This expert group was formed by Planning Commission in the year 2011. The Indian researchers have said that the country has failed to protect the citizens adequately from the financial risks related to cost of health. Both Reddy and Patel have said that higher level of out-of-pocket healthcare expenditure is pushing a significant portion of population towards impoverishment.   

Union Minister Nitin Gadkari terms Regional Transport Offices as Most Corrupt

Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has again hit out at the Regional Transport Offices (RTOs), under his own department, and went on to call them the most corrupt entities in India. While comparing the extent of corruption in the RTOs, Gadkari went on to say that these organizations indulge in loot of public money that is more than severe than those done by dacoits of the Chambal forests. However, he also said that the only solution to these kinds of corruption is the fast implementation of Road Transport and Safety Bill. Nitin Gadkari also said that 30 per cent of the total numbers of licenses issued are bogus.