Major News and Events of 11 May 2015
What Happened on 11 May 2015
AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa gets acquitted by Karnataka High Court
PCB Chief Announces Resuming Cricket Series between India and Pakistan
PM Narendra Modi Lauds Efforts of Indian Scientists
Mahatma Gandhi's Grandson Booked for Allegedly Making Offensive Remarks against Bhagat Singh
Indian Railways to Launch 'Tatkal Special' Train Service in Selected Busy Routes
Withdrawing Support from UPA-1 Government on Nuclear Deal Issue was not Prudent, says Sitaram Yechury
Rajnath Singh says Lack of RS Numbers will deter BJP from making Law to build Ram Temple in Ayodhya
SP's Ramgopal Yadav says his Party Not in a Hurry to Join Janata Parivar
Assocham asks Government to Put in Place a Contingency Plan
HDFC figures in the Forbes' Top 10 List of Financial Companies of the World
After MoS for Home Haribhai Chaudhury statement in the parliament that Dawood is out of IB’s radar attracted criticism from all quarters, Home Minister Rajnath Singh today told Lok Sabha that Indian intelligence has credible information about the location of most wanted 1993 Mumbai blast mastermind Dawood Ibrahim. In fact, he went on to say that India will do whatever be the need - be it persuasion or putting pressure on Pakistan - for bringing Dawood back. Home Affairs minister also said that India has given all possible information and documents to Pakistani authorities but the neighbour is yet to take any credible action in extraditing the underworld don.
Karnataka High Court today acquitted AIADMK supremo J Jayalalithaa in disproportionate assets case. She can now return to politics and also become Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu again. This acquittal is crucial for AIADMK because this will help ‘Amma’ in leading her party in the upcoming 2016 assembly election. After Justice CR Kumaraswamy gave the verdict, leaders as well as workers of AIADMK celebrated Jayalalitha’s acquittal. BV Acharya, Special Public Prosecutor, has expressed his surprise over the HC judgement and went on to say that court judgements can’t be predicted.
PCB chief Shaharyar Khan yesterday said that India and Pakistan are going to resume bonhomie between the two countries through their shared passion of cricket. Both the cricket boards of India and Pakistan have agreed to host a cricket series in UAE that will include three test matches, five one dayers, and two T20 matches. The statement was given by PCB chief after he met Jagmohan Dalmiya, incumbent BCCI President. While thanking Dalmiya for hosting the meeting and proactively trying to resume the friendly cricket rivalry between India and Pakistan, he said that five series will be played between the two sides over eight year span, as per the MoU signed back in 2014.
Science and Technology
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the efforts of Indian scientists in successfully conducting nuclear tests in Rajasthan’s Pokhran on May 11, 1998, during NDA rule under the leadership of the then PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. On National Technology Day, Indian not only successfully executed three nuclear tests but also successfully test fired Trishul missile and test flown Hansa-3, the first indigenous aircraft. From his Twitter handle, Modi wished the nation by saying “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan”. On the occasion of National Technology Day, PM also vouched to make the dream of Digital India a success and went on to say that his government is taking every possible step to ensure technology occupies a significant part of our lives.
Tushar Gandhi, grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, has been booked by Jalandhar Police for allegedly making offensive remarks against Indian freedom fighter Bhagat Singh. Bimal Kant, inspector at Jalandhar Police Commisionerate, told media that Tushar Gandhi has been booked under IPC Section 295 (A) after complaint filed by Kishan Lal, Chairman of an NGO Jan Jagriti Manch. It is learnt that the concerned NGO submitted a memorandum to the Police Commissioner, demanding filing of case against Tushar Gandhi after the latter allegedly said, while talking to media in Jaipur, that Mahatma Gandhi didn't ask British government for suspending death sentence of Bhagat Singh because he was “guilty of British rule”.
A senior Railway ministry official has said that in order to cash in on ticket sales during busy seasons, the cash-strapped public transporter is going to launch its 'Tatkal Special' train service. For some selected busy routes, railways will run some special trains. Ticket fare for Tatkal services will be higher than the usual rates and the price will vary from Rs. 175 to Rs. 400. The senior official also said that Tatkal rates for second class tickets will be 10 per cent higher than the base rates and for other classes, including AC, the rate will be 30 per cent higher. Commuters can book Tatkal Special tickets both online as well as at railway ticket counters. Advance reservation period for Tatkal Special train will be from 10 days to 60 days.
Newly elected CPIM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury has categorically said that it was not prudent for Left Parties to withdraw outside support from Congress-led UPA-1 government at the centre on the question of Indo-US nuclear deal. Though he said that the decision of opposing the nuclear deal was correct, he went on to add that Left Parties, especially CPIM, were unable to garner public support on the nuclear deal issue and instead could have chosen a more people-centric issue, such as price rise, for withdrawing support. Yechury said this while answering a question related to steep decline of the communists since withdrawal of support. He also said that it was in fact UPA1 government that betrayed the Left by signing the nuclear deal as it was not a part of the Common Minimum Programme.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, while talking on the sidelines of a Vishva Hindu Parishad programme, said that the BJP is not in a position to make a law for constructing Ram Lala’s temple in Ayodhya, on the ruins of Babri Masjid. The minister said at the programme, which was organised by Nritya Gopal Das, a senior leader of the organization, that they don’t have a majority in the Rajya Sabha for bringing in the motion and convert it into a law. When asked about the possibility of making the law if they achieve majority in the upper house, Rajnath Singh dogged the question by saying “it is an imaginary question”. When asked about the whereabouts of Dawood Ibrahim, the Home Minister said that he will make a statement on the matter in the parliament in a couple of days.
Bihar Chief Minister and Janata Dal (United)’s senior leader Nitish Kumar’s plan of forging Janata Parivar before the upcoming Bihar Assembly election got a major setback as Ramgopal Yadav, leader of Samajwadi Party, said that his party is not in any kind of hurry to join the proposed political outfit. With Yadav’s statement, the likely merger of JD(U) and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD has also become uncertain. Reports say that after initial discussions between RJD and JDU leaders, it has been decided that both the political parties will contest in 50 per cent of the Assembly seats during the upcoming Assembly election, due to be held during late 2015.
Indian industry body Assocham has said in a statement that Indian government should put into place a contingency plan for tackling rate volatility as international crude oil price has started increasing again. The statement pointed out that price of Indian crude basket in rupee terms has increased from Rs 3,789.86 to Rs 4,203.94 per barrel, an increase of 11 per cent, between 1 May 2015 and 7 May. The Assocham statement also said that it is still early to “press the panic button” but putting a contingency plan in place is very important as the situation may worsen if there is a deficiency in monsoon.
HDFC has figured as the only Indian company in the top 10 global consumer financial services firms. As per reports, the recently published list by Forbes magazine shows that the Indian mortgage lender HDFC has secured seventh position in the list. However, in the overall list of the biggest companies of the world, HDFC’s rank is 485. The leading Indian company in the overall list is Mukesh Ambani-led Reliance Industries, whose position is 142. Among the sector specific list, no Indian bank has figured in the top 10 list. While SBI has secured 22nd position in the bank sector list, ICICI Bank and HDFC Bank have secured 22nd and 40th ranks.