Major News and Events of 13 June 2015
What Happened on 13 June 2015
India wins 1 Gold, 1 Silver, and 2 Bronze Medals on 2nd Day of Asian Cadet Wrestling Championship
Science & Technology Minister believes India has Enough Potential in Science to Lead the World
US Opines Relation between India and Pakistan must Cool Down for South Asian Peace and Stability
Tomar Fake Degree Issue and Stinking "Garbage" Politics Rattles Delhi Government
US Labour Department initiate Investigation against Infosys, TCS in H1-B Visa Rules Violation; Companies Refute Charges
India’s ace squash player Harinder Pal Sandhu, 3rd seed in US$10,000 Christchurch International squash meet, reached semi final match of the tournament by defeating 6th seed James Huang of Chinese Taipei in a well-fought match. The quarter-final match continued for 73 minutes and the World number 61 Indian squash player was able to beat Huang only in the fifth game. Final score of the nail biting match in favour of Harinder Pal Sandhu was 14-12, 7-11, 11-6, 9-11, 11-9. In the semis, Sandhu will play against Germany’s Raphael Kandra, the top seed player of Christchurch International squash meet. To reach the semifinal match, Germany’s Raphael Kandra defeated Matthew Hopkin easily by three games to none. Sandhu reached the quarters earlier by beating New Zealand’s Evan Williams by 11-9, 12-10, 11-8 at DoubleDot Media Christchurch International Open, PSA Challenger 10 event’s Round of 16.
India had a great day at Asian Cadet Wrestling Championship’s second day as the Indian wresters bagged four medals. The tally includes one gold, one silver, and two bronze medals. The gold medal was won by India’s Sanjeet, who defeated Hamed Manafian Darband of Iran in 76 kg free style wrestling by 10-4. Silver medal was won in the women's 49 kg bout when India’s Kiran lost the fight to O Kyong Ryong of Korea in a well-fought match. Bronze medals were won in women's 43 kg and men's 69 kg free style categories. While Anju won in the women’s category, Sachin Rathi won the bronze medal in the men’s category. India won five medals on first day of the championship, out of which two gold medals were won by Pradeep and Arun Kumar.
Science and Technology
Dr. Harsh Vardhan (Minister for Science & Technology) while speaking at a two-day Director’s Conference of CSIR at Dehradun’s CSIR-IIP said that India has enough potential in science for leading the world. He went on to say that under the able and dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India is going to lead in the global platform in the 21st century. Vardhan said science and technology must develop technologies to improve living conditions of common persons. For welfare of people, he urged the excellent brains and global standard infrastructure of CSIR for use in government welfare programmes including Swach Bharat. Dr. Harsh Vardhan asked the scientists to take proactive role in identifying projects that they think are helpful for India and urged them to conduct regular brainstorming sessions. M.O. Garg, Director General of CSIR, welcomed participants of the conference and briefed them on CSIR’s working.
US State Department Spokesperson Jeff Rathke told media that maintenance of cordial relationship between India and Pakistan is important to advance stability and peace in South Asia. USA urged both the South Asian neighbours to undertake concrete steps for reducing tensions and resuming dialogues. The statement comes after Pakistan’s senate passed a resolution on India’s ‘hegemonic mindset’ in response to comments made by India’s MoS Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore. While responding to a question, Jeff Rathke said that both India and Pakistan are suffering from terrorism as well as violent extremism and that’s why it is in their mutual interest to address these issues jointly. However, when he was specifically inquired about USA’s stand on cross-border operation carried out by Indian military and Air Force in Myanmar, he avoided comment. Rathke expressed concern over Pakistan’s crackdown on Save the Children organisation.
“Garbage” politics has kicked in after 15,000 strong sanitation workers in Delhi ended their 12-day long strike yesterday on assurance from L-G Najeeb Jung of releasing their two-months pending salary, amounting to Rs 493 crore. Today AAP workers, led by Deputy CM Manish Sisodia and other leaders (Ashutosh and Alka Lamba), took on the street to clean the filth. Delhi BJP also announced cleaning the entire accumulated garbage in just 48 hours time. BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said that cleaning the street of Delhi by AAP is a "political stunt" as they launched it only after the sanitation workers called off the strike. AAP government’s diminishing credibility has been criticised by Prashant Bhushan-Yogendra Yadav led Swaraj Abhiyan as they said Kejriwal government has lost “moral right” of governing Delhi. Ex-Delhi Law minister JS Tomar will be produced in court today as his 4-days police custody ends today.
United States Labor Department has initiated investigation against Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services on charges of violating visa rules for technology workers. Both the companies refuted alleged charges. TCS and Infosys stressed on the fact that they not only work closely with the US Department of Labor (DOL) but also monitor internal controls so that the immigration laws, including those concerning H-1B visas, of the US are strictly maintained. Reports widely published in the US media say that DOL has started investigation against the concerned companies on “possible violations of rules for visas” for contractual foreign technology workers who worked for “electric utility Southern California Edison". Announcement of the probe was done by Republican Senator from Alabama Jeff Sessions and Democrat senator from Illinois Richard Durbin. At the close of yesterday’s trading session, TCS and Infosys stocks fell 2 per cent and 0.98 per cent respectively at NSE.