Major News and Events of 13 December 2015
What Happened on 13 December 2015
Entry Standard Revision helps Vikas Gowda qualify for 2016 Rio Olympics
103rd Indian Science Congress to be held in University of Mysore from Jan 3-7
Rahul tries to delink GST-National Herald as Jaitley accuses Congress on Holding Economy to Ransom
COP21 adopts New Climate Deal, Environment Minister Javadekar calls it step towards a Better Future
President Pranab Mukherjee vouches for 8 Per Cent GDP Growth Rate
Richard Verma, US Ambassador to India, opined that both USA and India have economic need for each other for creating more jobs, economic opportunities, and power global economic growth. He made this statement while speaking at a top US think tank, Brookings Institute. While stressing on the increasing bilateral relations between the two countries, Verma said that the 2-way trade has improved from $30 billion in 2005 to $104 billion now. He went on to say that both India and USA are trying to increase their bilateral trade to $500 billion. US envoy also said that Indo-US bilateral trade has increased by over $5 billion in last 3 months.
Vikas Gowda, renowned discuss thrower from India, has qualified for 2016 Rio Olympics after IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) Council lowered the entry standards for track and field events. IAAF justified their decision by saying that they want more athletes to participate in the grand world event. With lowering of the entry standard from 66 meters to 65 meters in discuss event, Vikas Gowda qualified for Rio Olympics as he hurled disc by 65.14 meters in Jamaican Invitational Athletics Meet in Kingston on May 9. Vikas is the gold medalist of Asian Championship, organized in China’s Wuhan during June this year, and also holds the national record of 66.28m.
Science and Technology
103rd Indian Science Congress 2016 is going to take place at University of Mysore in Mysuru from January 3 to 7. Local Secretary for 103rd ISC, Prof N B Ramachandra, told media that Indian Science Congress has expanded over the years and has organized over hundred sessions now in different cities because of the inspiring philosophies the organisers have adopted. When Prof. Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Noble Prize winner for Chemistry in 2009, was asked about his comments on his expectations on ISC 2016, he declined comment as he’s not a speaker in the event. Prof. Ramakrishnan reportedly voiced in favour of keeping science free from influences last year.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while dismissing his government’s involvement in invoking National Herald case, has said that Congress is holding democracy to ransom by stalling the parliament on the issue of National Herald by citing “vendetta politics” and thereby not allowing passage of important bills including that of GST. He also said that the Congress leaders are trapped in their own trap (“chakravuyah”) and without finding any solution is resorting to obstruction of the parliament. Jaitley said his government is waiting for “outcome of court proceeding”. Deputy leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Anand Sharma, has shown disinclination towards supporting GST bill by saying that the government has not given structured response to the demands of Congress. Congress VP Rahul Gandhi delinked National Herald Case from GST bill issue and said that Congress is in favour of tax reform till the 3 important differences with the government on GST are resolved.
196 countries approved the new climate change deal and India hailed by calling it “historic”. India also said that adoption and implementation of deal will create "chapter of hope" as well as "better future" for 7 billion persons. Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said that India is happy that the deal differentiates responsibilities of the developed and developing nations. The accord hopes the world will be able to avert catastrophic climate change, stop global warming, and also usher in energy revolution. Though the deal needs nations to cut their national emissions drastically, the actual targets are not legally binding. Notably, the new deal stresses on financial contribution of the developed nations, which has to be reported after every 2 years, for assisting developing countries in transiting to cleaner energy systems.
President Pranab Mukherjee said, while inaugurating 185th Anniversary Celebrations of Calcutta Chamber of Commerce, that India is fast becoming the preferred nation of investment for various countries because of new initiatives (such as Digital India, Make in India, Swachh Bharat, Skill India, and others) launched by the union government, coupled with political stability. While stressing on the fact that 8.8 per cent GDP growth rate is achievable, President Mukherjee said that except for the period 2012-13, economic growth in the other years have never been below 6.6 years since middle years of last decade. President also vouched for the need of united efforts for increasing GDP growth rate.