Major News and Events of 16 April 2016
What Happened on 16 April 2016
India whitewashes Malaysia 6-1, Enters Azlan Shah Final
ISRO to attempt Record-breaking feat of Launching 21 Satellites in One Shot
36 Rafale Jets Deal Sealed at US$8.8 Billion
MEA suspends Mallya's Diplomatic Passport for 4 Weeks, Deportation on Cards
India says Organisation of Islamic Cooperation's stand on J&K "Incorrect and Misleading"
In a case strikingly similar to Sarabjit Singh’s death in a Pakistani jail, a person named Kirpal Singh (54-years-old who was serving life imprisonment in Lahore's Kot Lakhpat jail after being convicted of Faisalabad’s 1992 bomb blast case) died last Monday of heart attack. Yesterday his family in India met Home Minister Rajnath Singh and requested government’s help in bringing back Kirpal Singh’s body to perform last rites. Slain Sarabjit Singh's sister Dalbir Kaur demanded a fresh post-mortem examination of Kirpal’s body once it reaches India.
Indian men’s hockey team put up a splendid show yesterday in the semi-final match of Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament against Malaysia. India humiliated Malaysia 6-1 and entered the final, to be played against the mighty Australia (the world champions). The Indian scorers were S V Sunil, Harjeet Singh, Ramandeep Singh (struck twice), Danish Mujtaba, and Talwinder Singh. In another semi-final match, Australia defeated Canada 3-0. Data shows that Australia has till now won Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament eight times.
Science and Technology
ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is going to attempt a record breaking feat during May-end by trying to put 21 satellites in one shot by using a larger Indian spacecraft (PSLV-C33 launcher). Reports say that all the satellites are small in size and are mainly foreign commercial ones. Primary passenger in this record-breaking launch will be a 700 kg Earth observing, high-resolution Cartosat-2C. Even after this personal record-breaking feat, ISRO will still have to work in breaking the current world record of 29 satellites (in one go), held by NASA.
Reports say that India has at last agreed to purchase 36 Rafale Jets from France at an estimate cost of US$ 8.8 billion after fierce negotiation. Initial asking price of these fighter jets by France was US$ 12 billion. Sources say that the final agreement is all set to be signed in three weeks’ time and delivery of first lot of Rafale Jets will be done after 18 months time. With Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar proclaiming himself to be a tough negotiator, India has indeed succeed to buy the 36 jets at far lesser price and making France agree to India’s 50 per cent offset obligation demand.
With liquor baron and Rajya Sabha MP Vijay Mallya failing to satisfactorily respond to three consecutive Enforcement Directorate (ED) notices asking him to be personally present before its investigators, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has suspended his diplomatic passport for a month or four weeks. Revocation of Mallya’s passport was sought by ED on April 13. Reports say that MEA is preparing grounds for asking UK authorities in deporting Vijay Mallya back to India.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup in a statement said that India absolutely rejects any reference to the country’s internal matter by Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC). India questioned locus standi of OIC in making such a statement where the organisation supported the “indigenous” people’s movement in “Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir”. Indian government not only rejected the references made by OIC in their 13th Summit, held in Turkey, but also referred it "factually incorrect and misleading".