Major News and Events of 13 November 2015
What Happened on 13 November 2015
JDU announces Inviting all Big Leaders opposed to BJP during Nitish's Swearing in Ceremony
Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu asks Opposition not to disrupt House on Intolerance Issue
IMF projects 7.5 Per Cent Economic Growth Rate of India in 2016
Famous Playwright Girish Karnad gets online Threat on Life on Tipu Sultan Controversy
Former Home Secretary RK Singh Questions BJP's Bihar Assembly Ticket Distribution to Tainted Candidates
BCCI initiates $900,000 'Snoopgate' Payment Investigation
Saina advances to Quarters of $700,000 China Open Superseries Premier
Shiv Kapur holds 4th Position at World Classic Golf Championship
IISc Bangalore gets in the League of Top 100 World Universities
PM Modi announces 9 billion pounds worth Deals with UK PM Cameron
PM Modi breaks his Silence on Intolerance Issue in UK
Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his Day 2 at United Kingdom by meeting British Prime Minister David Cameron and then planting an Oak sapling at 16th-century mansion in Buckinghamshire named Chequers. He met CEOs from both UK and India at 10, Downing Street in London. During the meet, PM Modi told CEOs that Indian government is “confidently, consistently and ceaselessly working” for integrating India with the global economy. Modi then met Queen of England and will also have lunch with her at Buckingham Palace. PM Modi’s next stopover will be Wembley Stadium, where he will address 60,000 strong crowd, belonging to Indian community. During the rally, PM Modi will be accompanied by British PM and the event will be marked by fireworks and Bollywood performances.
Spokesperson of Janata Dal (United), Ajay Alok, has said that during oath-taking ceremony of Nitish Kumar on November 20, they will invite all leaders from the entire political spectrum, who are opposed to BJP. JD(U) President Sharad Yadav and RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav will be the main guests of the ceremony. This ceremony will mark the beginning of opposition’s unity in India and will be attended by Congress President and Vice President Sonia and Rahul Gandhi respectively, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal, Assam CM Tarun Gagoi, and UP CM Akhilesh Yadav. However, Odisha CM Naveen Pattnaik is unlikely to attend the ceremony.
Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu has asked the opposition parties to be tolerant during the winter parliamentary session, from November 26 to December 23, and allow the house to function. Naidu said that the Union Government is ready to discuss “intolerance” issue with the opposition in the parliament and urged them not use Bihar verdict for disrupting parliament. Venkaiah Naidu has opined that the veteran BJP leaders could have raised the Bihar Assembly debacle issue within appropriate party forums rather than issuing public statement. Senior BJP leader Nitin Gadkari has denied reports that he had sought disciplinary action against party veterans.
International Monetary Fund (IMF) in its “G-20: Global prospects and challenges” has said that the recent reform measures undertaken by the Indian government will help growth of the economic rate in 2016. Per the report, projected economic growth for the year 2016 will be 7.5 per cent, higher than the projected growth rate of 7.3 per cent for 2015. It is important to note that in comparison to the growth projection in July’15, this new projection is 0.2 per cent less. India’s projected economic growth of 7.5 per cent for 2016 is significantly higher than that of 6.3 per cent of China.
Decision of holding birth anniversary of 18th century Mysore ruler Tipu Sultan by Karnataka government has not only given a chance to Visva Hindu Parishad (VHP) in creating ruckus but also emboldened fringe groups in giving life threat to renowned personalities such as playwright Girish Karnad. The playwright received death threat on Twitter on his opinion that the Bengaluru international airport should have been named after the Mysore ruler rather than Kempe Gowda, founder of Bangalore city. Though Karnad latter apologized for his comment, it didn’t deter fringe elements in threatening him to meet the same fate as the slain rationalist and progressive writer M M Kalburgi.
Dissent within Bharatiya Janata Party, after its humiliating loss in Bihar Assembly election, is spreading like wild fire as Former Home Secretary and parliamentarian RK Singh has now questioned distribution of ticket to the candidates having criminal records beside their name. While calling this act “very sad”, Singh went on to say that his party had given tickets to criminals when in the first place they declare themselves as “a party with a difference”. Data published by Association for Democratic Reforms has shown that out of the total BJP candidates, the party had awarded 95 tickets to such persons who had criminal cases against them.
Shashank Manohar led Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has set up a 2-member committee that has been given the charge of investigating payments, to the tune of $900,000, done to a foreign investigating agency at a time when BCCI was run by the interim President Shivlal Yadav. Reports say that the infamous “snoopgate” controversy will be investigated by G Ganga Raju and Ajay Shirke. The investigation committee was formed after former BCCI vice-president Niranjan Shah, raised the snoopgate issue during an AGM, held last week in Mumbai. Ajay Shirke said they will probe details about the payment made including the purpose, sanctioning and approving authority of the probe, etc.
India had a mixed day of success at $700,000 China Open Superseries Premier yesterday. While Saina Nehwal advanced to the quarter finals, P.V. Sindhu lost to Shixian Wang of China. Top seed Saina defeated Tee Jing Yi of Malaysia in 55 minutes in a three set match (21-10, 19-21, 21-19) at Haixia Olympic Sports Center. In another second round encounter, India’s P.V. Sindhu put up a brave fight against 5th seed Shixian Wang of China but lost in a 1 hour and 28 minutes match, final score being 21-18, 18-21, 16-21. In the quarters, Saina Nehwal will play against Nozomi Okuhara of Japan.
After the completion of opening round of World Classic Golf Championship, India’s Shiv Kapur held joint 4th position. The game was played yesterday at par-71 Laguna National Golf and Country Club in Singapore. In his round, Shiv hit 6 bogies and 5 birdies. He jointly shares the 4th position with South Africa’s Joe Kruger, Sri Lanka’s Anura Rohana, and Thailand’s Panuphol Pittayarat and Danthai Boonma. In the $750,000 Asian Tour event, the next best placed players from India are S.S.P. Chawrasia and Khalin Joshi, both scoring 73 points and placed at 5th position.
Science and Technology
Per a London based weekly magazine, The Times Higher Education, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore is among the top 100 universities of the world. According to the published list, IISc Bangalore is ranked at 99th position. The top 10 positions are hold by the American institutes where the top three ranking universities are Stanford, CalTech and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Times Higher Education World University Rankings’ editor Phil Baty has said that in the ranking of prestigious engineering and technology category of this year, success story is definitely India as Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore has become successful in entering the top 100 world university league.
Bilateral relation between India and UK got shot in the arm as Indian PM Narendra Modi, on the first day of his UK visit, and British PM David Cameron announced deals worth £9 billion (equivalent to US$13.7 billion) coupled with signing of landmark civil nuclear agreement. While Modi assured fast tracking UK investments in India, Cameron assured active participation of UK companies in “Make in India” initiative. The deals announced by the two prime ministers include £1.3 billion investment by Vodafone, £2 billion investment by Light Source in designing and managing 3GW of solar power, £1.2 billion contract with Intelligent Energy providing clean energy, £1 billion investment by Indo-UK Healthcare and King's College Hospitals Foundation Trust, £300 million green bond signing between London Stock Exchange and Yes Bank, and £66 million investment by India Bulls at Oaknorth British start-up bank. PM Modi assured India’s commitment towards protecting Intellectual Property Rights.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at last broke his silence on increasing intolerance issues across India during the first day of his visit to UK. Modi's reaction came in response to a query by British media on the issue during joint press conference with British Prime Minister David Cameron. While answering on increasing intolerance issue in India, Prime Minister Modi said that every incident on intolerance are serious ones and all of them will be dealt with seriously according to law of the land. PM Modi also called India “the land of Buddha and Gandhi” (referring to their message of tolerance, peace, and “ahimsa”) and assured that any deviation from those core Indian values will be accepted.