Major News and Events of 15 November 2015
What Happened on 15 November 2015
Saina Nehwal ends up 2nd Best at $700,000 China Open Superseries Premier
NASA and ISRO Scientists to visit India for Special Outreach Programme on Indo-US NISAR mission
President Pranab Mukherjee says "Make in India" will help India become $10 trillion by 2030-35
PM Modi reaches Turkey to attend G20 Summit after 3-Days UK Visit
CPIM asks Rajya Sabha to Debate on Rising Intolerance in India
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, through a tweet on her way to Los Angeles, said that there has been no Indian casualty during 13/11 Paris terror attack. Swaraj said that she talked to the Indian Ambassador in France, who informed that all the Indians are safe there. However, everyone has been advised to stay indoors. External Affairs Minister was on her way to Los Angeles for attending Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas but returned to New Delhi from mid-way (back from Dubai) after concerns over Paris terror attacks. Reports say Minister of State for External Affairs, Gen (rtd) VK Singh, will now attend the two day Regional Pravasi Bharatiya Divas event.
World No. 2 and ace Indian woman shuttler Saina Nehwal stormed to the final yesterday by defeating China’s Yihan Wang (former world champiom) in straight sets (21-13, 21-18). Saina won the semi final match in just 42 minutes in the prestigious $700,000 China Open Superseries Premier, played at Haixia Olympic Sports Center. However, today the last Indian in the tournament, Saina, couldn’t match her yesterday’s performance in the final against reigning Olympic Champion LI Xuerui of China. Saina Nehwal lost to China’s Li in straight sets 12-21, 15-21 in just 39 minutes.
Science and Technology
Reports say that 7 scientists from Jet Propulsion Laboratory of NASA and 3 scientists from ISRO will visit Gujarat Science City for a special outreach programme, which is going to enable around two hundred students (having science and engineering background) to interact with the scientists directly. All these scientists are working together in an Indo-US mission called NISAR (NASA-ISRO Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellite mission, which is in the process of studying global environmental changes and their hazards. Gujarat Council of Science and Technology’s (GUJCOST) member secretary and advisor, Narottam Sahoo, said that the team of scientists will visit Gujarat Science City tomorrow.
President of India has said, while inaugurating 35th India International Trade Fair at New Delhi’s Pragati Maidan, that despite prevailing global challenges, India has the potential of becoming an economy of US$10 trillion by 2030-35 from current $2.1 trillion. He also added that this leap is only possible if India makes phenomenal strides in both manufacturing and innovation through “Make in India” initiative in the coming two decades. President Pranab Mukherjee stressed upon improving macro-economic indicators, expected higher economic growth rate from 2014-15’s 7.2 per cent, and meeting the target of containing fiscal deficit to 3 per cent of GDP by 2017-18.
After successfully wrapping up his 3-days UK tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday left from Heathrow Airport to attend the crucial G-20 Summit, even as world is trying to come to terms with the reality of heinous ISIS-led terror attack in Paris. PM Modi reached Turkey’s Antalya in the early morning today and is believed to raise the global economic and security issues with the other world leaders at G-20 summit. Just hours before start of the summit, suspected ISIS terrorists carried out Fedayeen attack in southern Turkey that injured 4 policemen. Reports say around 13,000 policemen have been deployed to guard the venue. PM Modi has regarded Paris carnage as “attack on humanity” and urged United Nations to define terrorism so that people world over know who are supporting terrorism and who are against them.
CPIM has decided to take up the issue of intolerance within the parliament and therefore CPIM’s leader of Rajya Sabha and General Secretary of the party Sitaram Yechury has sent notice of a motion to the upper house under Rule 169 for debating the issue of increasing intolerance in India. In the notice, Yechury has urged secretary general of Rajya Sabha to pass a resolution condemning the intolerant atmosphere prevailing across the country, which is not only manifesting in violence but also communally polarizing the country. With another renowned writer Devanooru Mahadeva returning his Padma Shri as well as Sahitya Akademi awards, protesting against increasing intolerance in India, the intolerance issue is expected to give sleepless nights to the ruling BJP government, which is still in the minority in the upper house.