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Major News and Events of 14 December 2015

What Happened on 14 December 2015


Minister of External Affairs to make Statement on Pak visit in the Parliament Today

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today briefed Rajya Sabha regarding her recent visit to Pakistan and her meeting with Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif and PM’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaz Aziz. She said India has restarted comprehensive bilateral dialogue process with Pakistan and said that effort is expected to build peaceful environment and maintain cooperative relations with neighbouring countries. She also said the accord puts maximum emphasis on the country’s security. Swaraj went on to say that the dialogue process is aimed at exploration and establishment of cooperative ties.

Major Industrial Military Agreements Signed between India and Japan

Japanese PM Shinzo Abe agreed transferring technology for increasing production of arms in India, thereby giving a significant boost to “Make in India” project. After signing high speed rail agreement, India has pledged for Indo-Japan joint exercises. Dean of Jindal School of International Affairs, Sreeram Chaulia said India is cozying up to Japan for creating a multipolar Asia, rather than witnessing a Chinese hegemony. In a joint statement, South China Sea’s sea lanes have been identified as areas of “critical importance” for both trade and regional security.

Delhi Slum Demolition Protest outside Parliament

Shakur Basti demolition along with an alleged death of a girl child in Delhi has united opposition parties. Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal visited the slum. He was reportedly unhappy with the response of railway officials and Aam Aadmi Party today gave notice of adjournment motion over the issue in Lok Sabha. AAP, along with TMC MPs, protested against the Shakur Basti demolition issue in Parliament. Congress VP Rahul Gandhi today visited the slum. However, Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu clarified that death of the girl took place before demolition of the slum and the dwellers didn’t vacate land despite sending repeated notices. Prabhu also said that he will meet Delhi CM for finding a solution to encroachment issues.

$7.6-billion TAPI Pipeline Project Inked, to help India get gas for Power Generation

The long pending TAPI Pipeline Project, worth $7.6 billion, kick started in the presence of India’s Vice President Hamid Ansari, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, Turkmenistan President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow, and Afghanistan President Ashraf Ghani. Hamid Ansari, who flew to ancient city of Mary, was signatory of the document on behalf of India. The leaders pushed a button, thereby starting welding process of pipes. Signing of the document took place after pushing the button. During the event, President of Turkmenistan said that he hopes the project to get operational from December 2019.

Govt all set to approve Rs. 2,650 crore Project Ghatak for Developing Indian Unmanned Strike Air Vehicle

Union government is all set to approve Rs. 2,650 crore for Project Ghatak that will help India create its indigenous Unmanned Combat Aerial Vehicles or stealth combat drones. These unmanned drones can fire missiles as well as precision-guided munitions at enemy targets and also return back to the base for rearming. Defence ministry has already cleared the project but is currently being evaluated by finance ministry’s expert committee. Aeronautical Development Agency-DRDO combine initiated Project Ghatak through consultation with IAF. The project will take over 10 years for becoming fully functional.

3 IIITs to come up through PPP Programme

Union government has signed MoUs to establish three more IIITs by adopting Public Private Partnership route. These three Indian Institute of Information Technologies will be established in Pune, Nagpur, and Ranchi. The agreement was signed by Secretary of Department of Higher Education Vinay Sheel Oberoi, Tata Motors, TCS, Hubtown, and ADCC Infocad. With active participation of TCS and M/s ADCC Infocad, IIIT-Nagpur will be set up in the temporary BMIT campus. Though permanent structure of IIIT Pune will be created at Chakan, the temporary campus will be present at Siddhant Engineering College. IIIT-Ranchi will operate from Administrative Training Institute’s Old Judicial Academy.

Milkha Singh asks Government to adopt Time Bound Plan for producing top Athletes

Legendary Indian athlete “Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh has expressed concern regarding the country’s failure of producing quality athletes. He urged both Indian Olympic Association as well as the Indian government to produce players who can excel in international competitions. Singh also urged the Sports Minister to sit with the officials of IOA and ask for results. He said that the onus of creating international level player rests with the IOA and refused to blame the government because they have provided the facility and are spending adequate money. Singh also advocated Bharat Ratna for Dhyan Chand, the legendary hockey player.

Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli says his dreams got shattered with India Blockade

KP Sharma Oli, the newly appointed Prime Minister of Nepal, has said that his dream of transforming his country into a vibrant one has been shattered by the continuing embargo imposed by India along Nepal borders. He also said that the embargo is creating more problems for the Himalayan Country, especially when the country is trying hard to “overcome the pain caused by the quake”. Reports say Nepal’s economy has come to a grinding halt because of the landlocked situation and the economy is likely to confront humanitarian crisis if the blockade continues.  

PM Modi calls COP21 deal a win for Climate Justice

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hailed the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, adopted by 196 countries without objection, and through a series of tweets said that there are no winners or losers because it demonstrated collective wisdom of the world leaders. He emphasized that climate justice won through the agreement at COP21 and will pave path towards a greener future. Most crucial issue that India has been successful in including is the minimum US$ 100 billion pledge (in the legally binding section of the agreement) of the developed countries every year, starting from 2020, for helping developing countries transit to cleaner energy systems.