Major News and Events of 11 November 2015
What Happened on 11 November 2015
Infrastructure Spending likely to get boosted up by 50 Per Cent to a whooping Rs 1.5 Lakh Crore
Union Government gears up for Ease of Doing Business before PM Modi's UK Visit
Bribery case accused Kerala FM KM Mani Resigns
US President Barack Obama calls PM Modi for meeting at sidelines of G20 Summit
Diluted OROP makes Ex-servicemen return medals, Defence Minister calls "Award-Wapsi" Unlike Soldier
Twist in Sunanda Pushkar Death Mystery as FBI rules out Radioactive-substance led Death
Swearing-in Ceremony of new Bihar Government to take place on November 20
RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan appointed as Vice Chairman of BIS
India's GSAT-15 Communication Satellite Launched Successfully
Swapnil Kusale wins Gold in 50m Rifle in Kuwait's 13th Asian Shooting Championship
Bangladesh hands over ULFA Leader Anup Chetia to India
BJP Veterans such as LK Advani, Yashwant Sinha, Shanta Kumar, and Murli Manohar Joshi – who were shunted from important posts in the party – have shot back at Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo after the humiliating loss in Bihar assembly election. In a joint statement they have alleged that under the leadership of handful of leaders, consensual character of the BJP is getting destroyed. They also said that the party didn’t learn from the electoral drubbing during Delhi election and demanded thorough and impartial (not by the persons who themselves managed the election) review of the electoral debacle in Bihar. Rajnath Singh, Nitin Gadkari, and Venkaiah Naidu welcomed guidance and suggestion from seniors. They also said that results of Delhi and Bihar were definitely adverse but there were many successes too under the belt of Modi-Shah combine including Maharashtra, Haryana, Karnataka, Assam, J&K, and Andamans.
Reports say that Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari is planning to increase the planned road construction target by an additional 50 per cent and take overall spending in the coming fiscal year to a whooping Rs 1.5 lakh crore. Sources say that the concerned ministry is setting up an ambitious target of awarding 15,000 km of road construction in the coming year. While 70 per cent of the construction will be done by following EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) model, the rest 30 per cent will be done through private participation. It is learnt that the ministry is going to seek over Rs 60,000 crore budgetary support from finance ministry during 2016-17 fiscal.
Within 48 hours of BJP facing electoral drubbing in Bihar assembly polls, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has announced relaxation of FDI norms in 15 sectors of the economy in an effort to improve ease of doing business in India. Timing of the announcement is very significant as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to start his UK visit on November 12, followed by G20 Summit in Turkey from November 15. Finance Minister has said that his government has done away with the outdated conditions that made business approvals lengthy and troublesome. During the press conference, Jaitley noted that new ventures need improved infrastructure and foreign direct investment “is an additionality to it”. Through automatic route, 100 per cent FDI in non-news channels and 49 per cent FDI in Defence are approved.
After humiliating drubbing of ruling Congress-led UDF government of Kerala during the latest civic body polls, the state government has started to clean up the controversial figures from the assembly. Yesterday evening, longest serving legislator of India and Finance Minister of Kerala, KM Mani, has resigned. While briefing the press, Mani has said that he respects law and that’s why he has resigned from the government so that fair investigation can take place against him on alleged charges of bribery. The 82 year old Kerala MLA said that he informed the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy about his resignation before meeting the press in Thiruvananthapuram.
Yesterday night US President Barack Obama called Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi through the newly established hotline between the two countries and extended greetings on the occasion of Diwali. PM Modi, while making the announcement through his Tweeter handle, said that during the telephonic conversation both of them agreed to meeting at the sidelines of G20 Summit, to be held in Turkey early next week. PM Modi is all set to join G20 Summit in Turkey from November 15 to November 16, after finishing his UK tour, which commences on November 12. Wide array of issues will be discussed in G20 summit including refugee problem, terrorism, climate change, strategy formulation for investment, employment, growth, concerns of slow world economic growth, financial sector resilience, energy, and trade.
Reports say hundreds of ex-servicemen have returned their medals to Deputy Commissioner of Kapashera (South-West Delhi) yesterday evening in protest of Union Government’s decision of implementing diluted One Rank One Pension Scheme. The veteran soldiers, who are agitating for the last 5 months, are observing a “Black Diwali” in protest of central government’s “reneging” on its assurances. General Secretary of the Indian Ex-servicemen Movement, Group Captain VK Gandhi (Retd.), said that they will gather with their family members at India Gate to mark black Diwali amid darkness. However, Defence Minister has called the protest “misguided” and went on to say that veterans’ attitude is not like the soldiers.
Forensic report of FBI laboratory, after examining viscera of Congress MP Shashi Tharoor’s wife Sunanda Pushkar, says that mysterious death of Sunanda didn’t take place either by the use of Polonium or any other kind of radioactive material. Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi has said that the Washington DC-based laboratory’s report has been received and will soon be handed over to the medical board for thorough examination and consecutive actions. He also said that the FBI lab’s findings are in sync with that of post mortem report. Reports say that there are high possibilities of the Special investigating team calling Shashi Tharoor for further investigation, which may include lie-detection test too.
Sources say that swearing-in ceremony of the first set of ministers of the new Bihar Assembly will take place on November 20, 2015. Though some were in favour of early swearing-in of the cabinet, most members are in favour of a post-Chhat Puja ceremony. Highly placed sources in the Grand Alliance say that there will be 35 member cabinet initially, which will include sixteen ministers from Lalu Prasad Yadav’s RJD, fourteen ministers from JD(U), and five ministers from Congress. Prominent faces from RJD will include Tejaswi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav, both sons of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav. The ministry will be led by Nitish Kumar as CM.
Raghuram Rajan, Governor of RBI, has become the Bank for International Settlements’ (BIS) Vice Chairman. BIS is the central bank of all apex banks of world’s different countries. Analysts believe that this appointment will be a shot in the arm of Rajan as he was vouching for enhanced coordination among central banks in terms of monetary policy measures. The incumbent RBI Governor was first inducted in the BIS board back in December 2013 and will now hold post of the institution’s Vice Chairman for 3 years, commencing from November 10, 2015. President of Deutsche Bundesbank, Federal Reserve of Germany, is the Chairman of BIS.
Science and Technology
India’s GSAT-15 communication satellite has been successfully launched from French Guiana’s Kourou spaceport. The European rocket launcher Ariane-5, carrying 3,164 kg GSAT-15 of ISRO and Arabsat’s Arabsat-6B (BADR-7), was launched at 03:04 AM (IST). While the latter was injected into space, the former was launched in the GTO or Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (inducted in INSAT/GSAT system). ISRO’s communiqué has said that GSAT-15 has not only carried 24 communication transponders in Ku-band but also GAGAN payload that operates in the bands L1 and L5. M Annadurai, Director of ISRO Satellite Centre, has said that Master Control Facility at Karnataka's Hassan has acquired satellite signal of GSAT-15, which is perfectly healthy.
Swapnil Kusale has helped India bag another medal in the 13th Asian Shooting Championship, played in Kuwait, on penultimate day of the tournament. Kusale won gold medal at junior men’s rifle 3-position, which becomes his second gold medal win in the ongoing tournament in an individual event. While China’s Wang Ce rested for silver in the concerned segment, Iran’s Mohammad Hossein Karimi won the bronze medal. On the penultimate day, India won 1 gold, 2 silver, and 1 bronze. Therefore, total tally of India till now at 13th Asian Shooting Championship is 42 medals including seventeen golds, thirteen silvers, and twelve bronze medals.
In a significant development, Bangladesh has handed over the extremist ULFA (United Liberation Front of Asom) leader Anup Chetia (also known as Golap Baruah) to central sleuth agency of India, CBI, early today. It is learnt that the ULFA extremist leader was lodged in Bangladesh for the last 17 years and India was trying to get his custody for over 10 years now. Sources say that the breakthrough took place after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s intervention in the matter. Reports say handing over of the ULFA leader to CBI was not done through existing extradition treaty but through a special mechanism in Dhaka.