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Major News and Events of 11 June 2016

What Happened on 11 June 2016


Indian Woman working with Aga Khan Foundation abducted from Kabul

40-year-old Judith D'Souza, an Indian hailing from Kolkata and working with a renowned NGO Aga Khan Network, has been kidnapped by unknown gunmen in Kabul, capital of Afghanistan. She was abducted from Kabul’s Qala-e-Fatullah area. Officials of the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) have issued statement that Indian Embassy is in touch with Afghan government and officials to “secure her early release”. MEA is also in touch with the victim’s family in Kolkata. External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj has assured of swift action.

Trail Court acquits Kobad Ghandy of Terror Charges

68-year-old Kobad Ghandy, the alleged Politburo member and ideologue of the banned CPI (Maoist), has been acquitted of all terror charges slapped upon him under UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act) by a trial court as the police was unable to provide substantial evidences to prove the terror charges. However, Ghandy will remain in custody as there are over twelve pending cases against him. Court went on to slap a fine of Rs. 40,000 upon Ghandi along with a 6 years and 6 months imprisonment, which he has already served during his custody.

Bombay HC reminds CBFC about its Job of Certification

After the makers of the controversial film “Udta Punjab”, dealing with the narcotic drugs menace, approached Bombay High Court challenging 89 cuts prescribed by CBFC (Central Board of Film Certification), HC has observed that the job of the board “is to certify films for public exhibition” and not censor it as the word “censor” is not present anywhere in the act. HC also took pot-shot at CBFC chief Pahlaj Nihalani for giving the film uncalled for publicity. Verdict on the case will be pronounced by Bombay HC on Monday.

Manufacturing Sector drags Down Industrial IIP by -0.8 Per Cent

After improving IIP (Index of Industrial Production) for two consecutive months (February and March 2016), the same witnessed a sluggish growth (-0.8 in April 2016) in April 2016 mainly due to contracting manufacturing sector (witnessing a contraction of 3.1 per cent in April 2016 over same period last year). Industrial output growth decelerated in 2015-16 fiscal (2.4 per cent) in comparison to 2.8 per cent during 2014-15. However, in April 2016, growth posted by industry groups in manufacturing increased from 12 (in March 2016) to 14 (in April 2016).

Malabar Exercise of India-Japan-USA kickstarts close to contentious South China Sea

With rising tension in South China Sea, India, Japan, and USA started harbour-phase of joint naval exercise, called Malabar Exercise, for increasing interoperatability and focus on cohesive military partnership. Sea phase of the joint drill will be held in Pacific Ocean from June 14 to June 17, 2016. During the 20th edition of the celebrated naval exercise, four Indian ships are participating including INS Kirch, INS Shakti, INS Sahyadri, and INS Satpura. Interaction during exercise among Special Forces of 3 countries’ navies will also take place.    

NSG Meeting on India's Membership Inconclusive

Vienna meeting of atomic trading club regarding India’s membership issue remained inconclusive. The matter will be taken up again on June 24 meeting in Seoul. The only country that is opposed to India’s NSG membership is China, which highlights non-signing of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) by India. However, many other countries that opposed India’s membership issues have now agreed to its inclusion in NSG through a compromise formula. After PM Modi received assurance of backing from the USA, Mexico, and Switzerland on India’s bid to NSG membership, UK PM David Cameron said that his government is also looking favourably at the country’s bid to the NSG.