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Major News and Events of 14 May 2016

What Happened on 14 May 2016


NIA gives Clean-chit to 2008 Malegaon Blast Convicts due to Lack of Evidence

National Investigation Agency (NIA) has dropped all charges against the accused in the infamous 2008 Malegaon Blast due to lack of “sufficient evidences”. NIA said that prosecution against the accused (including Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur) under stringent MCOCA (Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act) “is not maintainable”. Other five accused who have been given clean chit by NIA are Dhan Singh Choudhury, Lokesh Sharma, Praveen Takkalki, Shyam Bhavarlal Sahu, and Shiv Narayan Kalsangra. In a supplementary charge sheet, NIA has recommended trying accused under UAPA (Unlawful Activities Prevention Act).NIA also accused Maharashtra ATS (led by Hemant Karkare, who got killed during 26/11 attacks) of planting RDX to frame Lt. Col Purohit.

PM Modi takes a dig at 53 retiring Rajya Sabha MPs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi took a dig at the 53 retiring Rajya Sabha MPs by saying that it would have been great pride for them if they participated in passage of two important bills – Goods and Services tax (GST) bill and Compensatory Afforestation bill. PM Modi said that the fund for Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management And Planning Authority Bills (CAMPA) is Rs. 42,000 crore and passage of the bill would have helped each state get around Rs. 2,000 to Rs. 3,000 crore. However, senior Congress MP Anand Sharma promptly put the onus of keeping the parliament working on the government.

SBICAP Trustee Company Limited attaches Rs. 90 Crore Kingfisher Villa in Goa

SBICAP Trustee Company Limited has attached Goa’s plush Kingfisher Villa (worth Rs. 90 crore) of liquor baron Vijay Mallya as part of the ongoing drive to recover the outstanding amount owed to the consortium of banks led by SBI. The move comes even as ED (Enforcement Directorate) froze Mallya’s Rs. 9,000 worth assets and shares for forcing him repay the outstanding debt to banks. Banks had earlier tried to possess the Goa’s Kingfisher Villa but were thwarted by United Spirits.

China claims support of many members in Blocking India's NSG-entry

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang has said that they have successfully blocked India’s bid to become member of Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) by garnering support from multiple members of the 48-member group. China put forward the signing of Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) as an important standard to expand NSG and also a cornerstone to safeguard international nuclear non-proliferation regime. When asked about China’s insistence of including Pakistan in NSG if India is allowed in the group, Lu Kang avoided giving a straight answer.

Journalists Shot Dead in Bihar-Jharkhand

Two journalists have been shot dead by unknown assailants in two neighbouring states – Bihar and Jharkhand within a span of 24 hours. Hindi daily Hindustan’s Bureau Chief Rajdev Ranjan, a reporter having over 20 years of experience, has been shot dead in Siwan district of Bihar. Five bullets were pumped into Ranjan near the railway station of Siwan from extremely close range. Another journalist of a local news channel, Akhilesh Pratap Singh has been shot dead by unidentified assailants in Chatra district of Jharkhand.

International Astronautical Federation to honour Indian Scientist U.R. Rao

In a statement, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has said that eminent Indian space scientist Udupi Ramachandra Rao will be honoured with the 2016 Hall of Fame award by International Astronautical Federation (IAF) for his outstanding contribution to the progress of astronautics and the federation. 84-year-old Rao will receive the prestigious award at 67th International Astronautical Congress’s closing ceremony in Mexico’s Guadalajara. U.R. Rao was space secretary and chairman of ISRO for 8 years (1985-1993).