Major News and Events of 16 January 2016
What Happened on 16 January 2016
India to seek US help to find out whether Pakistan Army equipped JeM Terrorists during Pathankot Attack
President Mukherjee says India woke up to Start-ups Late, "Start-Up India" Launched Today
Maximum "Brain Drain" of Scientists and Engineers in US from India
Sania-Hingis create World record with 30 Match Wins in a Row
Indian Air Force Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud's Killer still at Large
Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) has ordered Central Processing Centre in Bengaluru of immediate income tax refund up to Rs. 5,000 without even adjusting outstanding arrears. This order comes just one month after Central Processing Centre was asked by CBDT in speeding up refunds up to Rs. 50,000. Reports say that last month’s instruction led to IT refund of around Rs. 1,800 crore to nearly 18.3 lakh people during the period from December 1 to January 10.
Reports say that the recovered binoculars from the slain Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorists of Pathankot attack have US Army markings on them. NIA has recovered the serial numbers mentioned on these binoculars and will approach US to get details. It has also been learnt that Pakistani links have already being established on the recovered shoes, clothes, and other materials of the slain terrorists. Lie-detection test will be performed on Gurdaspur SP Salwinder Singh next week after taking consent of court.
President Pranab Mukherjee, while interacting with a group of CEOs from Silicon Valley, said that India has taken too long to wake up on start-ups and went on to take the onus on himself as he was in the administration for a long period of time. Today a day-long workshop on startups was inaugurated by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi’s Vigyan Bhavan. He said that government will act as a facilitator of start-ups and assured friendly tax regime.
Science and Technology
Available statistics from National Center for Science and Engineering of National Science Foundation shows that majority (32.09 per cent) of scientists and engineers from Asia heading to the US belong to India. Some of the most important reasons of such brain drain in India are earmarked to be lower earnings, lack of research support, and India’s infamous redtapism. The report points out that from 2003 to 2013 there has been an 85 per cent increase in brain drain from India.
Indo-Swiss tennis duo Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis have won their second title of 2016. Yesterday they won WTA Apia International title in Australia by defeating Caroline Garcia-Kristina Mladenovic in a 1 hour and 13 minutes final match. The final score in favour of SanTina was 1-6, 7-5, 10-5. It was also their 30th doubles win in a row, thereby breaking the earlier record (28 match wins in a row) held by Gigi Fernandez and Natasha Zvereva in 1994.
Three days have passed since an Audi Q7 SUV mowed down Indian Air Force Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud during Republic Day practice parade at around 6.08am IST on January 13 in Red Road; however, West Bengal police has failed to capture the real culprit. WB CM Mamata Banerjee’s has given instructions to take strong steps in this regard. Sources say that the vehicle was driven by Ambiya, elder son of erstwhile RJD lawmaker (who later joined TMC) from Barabazaar - Mohammad Sohrab.