Major News and Events of 13 February 2016
What Happened on 13 February 2016
ISRO working to Build Electric Propulsion System for Satellites to Carry more Payload
PM Modi to Inaugurate "Make in India Week" Today
Noble Laureate Amartya Sen frustrated with Governance of India but not with India
US decision to sell $700 million-worth F-16 Fighter Jets to Pakistan upsets India
JNU Student Leader Arrested after anti-India Slogan during 3rd Death Anniversary of Afzal Guru
India levelled the 3-match T20 series with Sri Lanka 1-1 in Ranchi thanks to a breezy 51 runs score (out of 25 balls) by Shikhar Dhawan. Other Indian batsmen who helped India score 196/6 are Rohit Sharma (43 runs), Suresh Raina (30 runs), and Hardik Pandya (27 runs). Chasing a steep target, Sri Lanka faltered at the very beginning by losing three wickets with 16 runs on scoreboard. Sri Lankan was successful in scoring just 127/9 in 20 overs.
Science and Technology
Dr. K. Sivan, Director of ISRO’s Vikram Sarabhai Space Center in Thiruvananthapuram, has said while addressing a seminar at HEMCE 2016 in Hyderabad that India’s space agency is currently working on electric propulsion system for satellites that will help in carrying more payloads. He also said that ISRO will launch GSLV Mark III in December 2016 and will also launch Chandrayan 2 (with a rover) as soon as possible. Manned space flight project - Abbot Machine – is also in the pipeline.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated “Make In India Centre” at Mumbai’s MMRDA Grounds and is scheduled to formally inaugurate “Make in India Week” (February 13-18) in the evening at Mumbai’s NSCI Grounds for promoting India as a preferred global destination for manufacturing. Most trendsetting products, innovation, design, and India’s latest manufacturing processes are showcased in the Make In India Centre. During inaugural event, PM Modi was accompanied by Juha Petri Sipila (Finland PM) and Kjell Stefan Lofven (Swedish PM).
Noble Laureate Amartya Sen has said that he is not frustrated with India at all but with the way India is being governed. For making growth more robust, Sen urged the Union government to focus more on education and healthcare. He reminded the government that strength of an economy lies in its people and the same can’t progress if people don’t have any safety net on education and health. While supporting modification in MGNREGA, he opined against withdrawal of the scheme.
Obama administration’s decision of approving sales of eight F-16 Block 52 Aircraft (with training, equipment, and logistic support), worth around US$700 million, to Pakistan has upset India. India has summoned Richard Verma (US ambassador to India) for conveying its displeasure over the matter. Meanwhile, Pentagon has said that these all-weather fighter jets will enhance ability of Pakistan in conducting counter-terrorism and counter-insurgency operations. UN Envoy reached South Block today morning to talk to Indian officials including foreign secretary S Jaishankar.
Kanhaiya Kumar, President of JNU Students' Union, has been arrested by Delhi Police on sedition and conspiracy charges after Home Minister Rajnath Singh instructed taking stringent action against persons who shouted anti-India slogans during the 3rd Death Anniversary of Afzal Guru. Ex-servicemen of 54th NDA course wrote letter to JNU VC condemning commemoration of Afzal Guru Day in the campus and threatened returning degrees. Congress VP Rahul Gandhi condemned the arrest but called anti-India sloganeering unacceptable. CPIM GS Sitaram Yechury met Home Minister today. Rajnath assured that innocent people will not be targeted.