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Major News and Events of 15 December 2015

What Happened on 15 December 2015


Pakistan meets Indian Extremists, Indian Envoy says India Ready to talk only on PoK

Peace talks between India and Pakistan may lead to a hurdle as Pakistan High Commissioner to India Abdul Basit met separatist leaders. The meeting came at a time when External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said in Lok Sabha that both the estranged neighbours need to talk to each other without any 3rd party mediation. A Hurriyat Conference spokesperson has said that the delegation asked the Pakistani envoy to firm their stand on Kashmir. High Commissioner to Pakistan, TCA Raghavan, has said that India during the upcoming peace talks will only discuss on Pakistan Occupied Kashmir.    

Netaji Family to meet PM Modi Tomorrow

Chandra Bose, grand nephew of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, has said that he and his sister Madhuri will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi tomorrow, just before PM starts his Russia tour. They will ask PM Modi to take up the issue of declassification of KGB files related to Netaji with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Netaji’s grand nephew said that Bose family is sure that Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose didn’t die in the Taiwan air crash on August 18, 1945. They believe Netaji either went to the then USSR or China and that’s why declassification of KGB files is very important for unraveling the truth.

Infosys makes US$ 3 Million Strategic Investment in Sports Start-up

Infosys has announced that it is going to make strategic investment of US$ 3 million in a sports start-up company, Whoop, which is based in Boston. Reports say that the concerned start-up provides performance data to sports teams as well as athletes. Whoop is currently testing its wrist-based wearable product in the USA that not only tracks performance related data of athletes but also analyses data through a data processing system, providing actionable feedback. Reports say that the Indian behemoth will provide its labour force along with extensive experience in helping the start-up.

Symantec Report says India is Third Highest Asian Country for Ransomware Attacks

Symantec Corporation, a US software security company, in its Internet Security Threat Report has said that among all Asian countries, India ranks at the third position when Ransonware attacks are taken into account. In the report, the security firm has said that there are 170 Ransonware attacks in India per day and sixty thousand every year. Symantec has said that out of the total number of Ransonware attacks, 86 per cent are Crypto-ransomware. In accordance with the needs of Digital India and Skill India, Nasscom has partnered with Symantec for creating professionals on cyber security.

FCRA Services and Transactions needs to be made Online as per Amended FCRA 2015

Narendra Modi government, in the pursuit of bringing more transparency in foreign currency services and contributions, has amended Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Rules 2015 and according to it all kinds of FCRA transactions as well as services should be made online. Reports say that Home Ministry’s FCRA division will issue prior permission sanctions, registration certificates, and others (all duly signed digitally) through emails. The NGOs receiving foreign fund will now have to upload details of foreign contributions received after every 3 months. A track has to be maintained on the utilization of received funds and also submitted.

Assets of PACL Attached by SEBI

SEBI, market regulator, has attached PACL properties and assets (including mutual fund investments, demat accounts, back accounts, etc.) of the directors as well as promoters for failing to refund funds of Rs. 60,000 crore, raised illegally since 1997 from 5 crore investors through CIS or collective investment scheme. The market watchdog has started recovery from the directors and promoters of Chandigarh-based PACL. Though the order was challenged at Securities Appellate Tribunal, SEBI’s decision against PACL has been upheld.

Prime Minister pays tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel on Death Anniversary

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tribute to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, who is also popularly called “Iron man of India”, on his death anniversary. Sardar Patel died on December 15, 1950, and was one of the leading freedom fighters of India along with an able organizer and administrator.  PM Modi said through a tweet that Sardar Patel’s “message of unity and integration” still inspires the nation. Modi also said that India today remembers the brave heart for “his exemplary service” to the country.

Arvind Kejriwal claims CBI raided his Office, Accuses Center of playing Vendetta Politics

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal today claimed that CBI raided his office and accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of carrying out vindictive politics. He also called PM Modi "coward and psychopath". When TMC MP Derek O'Brien brought up the issue in Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that the raid was conducted in 14 places in Delhi and UP, regarding a corruption complaint against Principal Secretary of Delhi CM Rajender Kumar but denied raid of CMO. Kejriwal accused jaitley of lying in parliament. Kejriwal said Rajinder was only an excuse for the central agency in searching CMO.

Assam CM says he personally requested Barpeta Satra Vaishanvite Monastery for Rahul Gandhi's Entry

Assam CM Tarun Gogoi has claimed, by citing intelligence report, that women who allegedly resisted entry of Congress Vice President from Barpeta Satra Vaishanvite Monastery had “vested interest”. Assam CM said some members of Satra Parichalana (Management) Committee were opposed to the idea that Rahul will start harmony journey on December 12 after paying obeisance to the Satra. He said some people having links with the RSS instigated the concerned women, who resisted Rahul’s entry at Barpeta Satra. Gogoi also said he personally requested Vaishanvite monastery head Bakhista Deb Sarma for Rahul’s entry and the Satradhikar had no objection.