Major News and Events of 15 August 2015
What Happened on 15 August 2015
PM Modi calls President Pranab Mukherjee's Speech on Independence Day Eve "Insightful"
Government prepares for PSU Bank Overhaul, Starts by Appointing Private Sector Executives at Top Positions
US Ambassador to India says NASA-ISRO Space Cooperation Growing Rapidly
Saina Nehwal defeats her Nemesis Wang Yihan of China to Reach Semifinals of World Badminton Championship
Pakistan PM Wishes India on Independence Day and Hopes for Good Neighbourly Relationship
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the nation, on the occasion of 69th Independence Day, from Red Ford. In his speech, PM Modi highlighted the need of ending corruption (which is eating the nation like “termite”), tackle the issue of black money, boost entrepreneurship through "Start-up India, Stand up India" campaign, government’s acceptance of One Rank One Pension (OROP) scheme in principle (on which discussions are going on), Swachh Bharat campaign’s success, etc. He also called the country of 125 crore Indians as “Team India”. PM Modi said that his government is undertaking steps to correct the system, which was run by contractors (giving rise to corruption). He also said that neither communalism nor casteism will be tolerated.
President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech to the nation on eve of 69th Independence Day celebration has been called by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as “insightful”. In his address, President not only remembered the political freedom India received on 15th August 1947 through “blood of unimaginable suffering” against British rule but also recalled Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s speech on November 1949 where he stressed upon the importance of “people and the political parties” for proper working of constitution. President Mukherjee said that “correctives must come from within” to rectify pressures on “institutions of democracy”. While Mukherjee highlighted the need of economic growth and economic reform, he stressed upon the need of equitable distribution and “zero hunger”. He reiterated India’s resolve on zero tolerance to terrorism and cross border infiltration.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley announced government’s plans of overhauling PSU banks' functioning. As a first step, government has appointed 5 new MDs at PSU banks from private sector for improving banks’ performance. PS Jayakumar, Rakesh Sharma, Usha Ananthasubramanian, MO Rego, and Kishore Kharat Piraji are appointed as MDs of Bank of Baroda, Canara Bank, Punjab National Bank, Bank of India, and IDBI Bank respectively. While Ravi Venkatesan has been appointed as BoB’s Chairman, TN Manoharan has been appointed as Canara Bank’s Chairman. Government is also putting Bank Board Bureau into place for dealing with the appointment issues of top executives.
Science and Technology
Richard Verma, United States Ambassador to India, at Observer Research Foundation said that extent of space cooperation between NASA and ISRO has increased rapidly within a very short period of time. He highlighted the highly successful Mars Orbiter Mission of India as well as Chandrayaan Mission (Mission to Moon), where NASA collaborated with ISRO. US Envoy to India went on to say that both the countries have only explored a little bit of the entire potential in terms of space accomplishments. He also said that US and India will cooperate in exploring orbital debris monitoring and mitigation and space situational awareness in the coming days.
India’s ace woman shuttler and current World No. 2 Saina Nehwal won a nail biting match against her all time nemesis China’s Wang Yihan in a 1 hour and 12 minutes encounter. Saina won 21-15, 19-21, 21-19 to reach the semi final match of World Badminton Championship. Nehwal, who won 20 international championships including a bronze medal in Olympics, had always been unlucky when it came to World Championship. It is the first time she made it to the semi-final match. In 5 earlier attempts she never crossed quarterfinals. In another quarterfinal match, PV Sindhu lost to Korea’s Ji Hyun Sung 17-21, 21-19, 16-21.
Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan PM, today wished his Indian counterpart PM Narendra Modi on 69th Independence Day celebration. In his message, Sharif not only congratulated PM Modi but also Indian government and Indian populace. Pakistani PM called for friendly cooperation between the two neighbours for peace, mutual bilateral interest, and prosperity of the entire South Asia. He went on to stress upon “sustained and comprehensive dialogue” for settling bilateral issues between India and Pakistan. However, Pakistani rangers again violated ceasefire along LoC and fired “82 mm mortars” and automatic weapons” today at 7.30am IST in Poonch district’s “Mandi and Saujiyan sectors”.