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Major News and Events of 16 August 2015

What Happened on 16 August 2015


Indo-US Combined Military Training Exercise to take place from September 9-23

Reports say that both India and USA are going to strengthen as well as broaden cooperation as well as interoperability between the armies of the two countries by holding Indo-US Combined Military Training Exercise at USA’s Joint Base Lewis McChord from September 9 to September 23, 2015. This upcoming exercise is going to be the 11th 'Yudh Abhyas' series exercise between the two strategic partners, under US Army Pacific partnership programme, since 2004. Reports say that under UN mandate, these kinds of exercises provide army personnel of both countries the opportunity to share military operations experiences (including intelligence data sharing and operational orders among Commanders and Staff Officers) in urban terrains.

Saina Nehwal Loses World Badminton Championship Final but still Creates History

World no. 2 Indian shuttler Saina Nehwal has created history by becoming the first Indian to reach World Badminton Championship’s final. In the semi final match, Saina defeated Indonesia’s Lindaweni Fanetri in Jakarta’s Istora Stadium in straight sets 21-17, 21-17. It took the Indian 55 minutes to win the match. However, in the final match of World Badminton Championship, Saina lost to Spain’s Carolina Marin in straight sets 16-21, 19-21. Therefore, Saina Nehwal’s campaign in the World Championship ended with silver.

Public Suggestion Deadline on Proposed Policy Framework for Net Neutrality extended to August 20

Union communications ministry published a communiqué yesterday on its official website, extending the proposal submission deadline on proposed policy framework for "net neutrality" to August 20. Indian citizens can post their suggestions on the contentious issue “through the discussion forum under MyGov.in”. The concerned policy framework, proposed by A.K. Bhargava, made public on July 16, made many netizens fume because of the inclusion of contentious recommendations such as limited free access to websites and end of free internet based calls. Reports say that the total number of recommendations till now posted has increased to 33,600.

India Inc. Lauds PM Modi's Emphasis on Start-ups, Agriculture, and Social Security during his Independence Day Speech

All the industry bodies hailed Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Independence Day speech where he stressed upon the need of increasing agricultural productivity, start-ups, and social security measures for the unorganized sector. CII has saluted PM Modi’s effort of successfully implementing schemes and campaigns announced in the last fifteen months period. CII regarded the announced 'Start Up India' initiatives and others as “foundations for the next growth trajectory”. The industry body lauded government’s emphasis of tagging financial incentives to investment with employment generation. Jyotsna Suri, President of FICCI, said that announcements of “Start Up India Stand Up India” and “employment-linked incentives to industry” will boost entrepreneurial skills and employment creation.

PM Modi starts his 2-day UAE visit Today

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today started his 2-day visit to United Arab Emirates (UAE) and regarded the gulf region as a vital part of India’s Middle East policy, in terms of security interests (especially counter-terrorism), energy, and economy. PM Modi stressed on seeing UAE as the leading trade partner of India. As around 2.6 million Indians live in UAE, Narendra Modi called UAE “mini-India”. This is the first time in 34 years that an Indian PM is visiting this gulf country. Itinerary of Indian PM shows he will visit Abu Dhabi’s iconic Sheikh Zayed mosque today evening, followed by a stop over at a residential camp where 28,000 Indian workers live. Tomorrow he will address 50,000 Indians at Dubai Cricket Stadium.

J&K CM condemns 6 Civilian Deaths due to Cross border firing and asks Pakistan to stop Miseries on J&K People

On Indian Independence Day, when Pakistani PM Nawaj Sharif congratulated India and its people, Pakistani Rangers fired mortal shells along the LoC on 11 villages of Jammu and Kashmir killing 6 people (including a 12 year old boy) and injuring 10 others. Chief Minister of J&K, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, has condemned the unprovoked firing by Pakistan and asked Islamabad to stop inflicting miseries to the people of Jammu and Kashmir by using military machinations. CM also urged political leadership of both Pakistan and India to respect the 2003 ceasefire pact, signed between the two countries, and de-escalate tension along J&K border.