Major News and Events of 16 July 2016
What Happened on 16 July 2016
India calls upon Turkey to avoid bloodshed, asks Indians to avoid public places
BJP approaches Congress for consensus on GST Bill
Vehicle in President Pranab Mukherjee's convoy skids in a gorge, 5 Injured
Sedition Charge against AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi
China indicates softening of stance on India's NSG Bid
India reacted sharply after Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his cabinet called to observe July 19 as 'Black Day' on civilian deaths in Kashmir. Ministry of External Affairs “completely and unequivocally” rejected Pakistan Cabinet’s decision. MEA made it clear that India is dismayed at Pakistan’s continued attempts of interfering in India’s internal matters. India also condoned Pakistan’s recent attempt of deriving political mileage out of the recent developments in Jammu and Kashmir. India's Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, responded strongly to Islamabad’s attempt of misusing UN-platform by saying that Pakistan “uses terrorism as state policy towards that misguided end”.
External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson, Vikas Swarup has asked all sides in Turkey to avoid bloodshed after a section of Turkish military tried to overthrow elected President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his government. Though the coup failed leading to mass arrests, 161 people are reportedly killed and 1,440 wounded. MEA has asked all sides to support democracy and mandate the ballot. External Affairs Minister, Sushma Swaraj asked Indian nationals in Turkey to remain indoors and avoid public places. She also shared two helpline numbers of Ankara (+905303142203) and Istanbul (+905305671095).
With monsoon session of Parliament starting on July 18, Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley and Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Ananth Kumar approached Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and senior Congress leader, Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Parliament chamber for an attempt to build a consensus on the GST legislation. Though there were no consensus on the issue during the one-hour meeting, both sides exchanged notes and proposals between them. Indicating at exchange of some concrete proposals between the two sides, both Congress and BJP agreed to approach the negotiating table again. With reforms including GST bills stuck in the parliament, India’s ranking came down from top to three in Grant Thornton International Business Report for April-June quarter 2016.
A car (third vehicle) in President Pranab Mukherjee’s convoy, while returning from Darjeeling to Bagdogra airport, skidded off the road near Sonada in West Bengal yesterday and went down a cliff. Though no one died in the accident, over 5 security personnel sustained minor injuries. The incident happened when President was accompanying West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and returning from a programme in the hills. WB CM Mamata was present in the place and oversaw the rescue operation herself.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (L B Nagar Zone) Tafseer Iqubal said that 11th Metropolitan Magistrate court has sought direction of police in registering a case against AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP, Asaduddin Owaisi under IPC 124A (sedition) after Owaisi, in a statement to the media in the recent past, vouched for providing legal help to 5 city-based persons arrested by NIA on being part of alleged IS terror module. Iqubal also said that they will “investigate and submit a report to the court”. The slapping of charges surfaced even after the Hyderabad MP tried to damage control his earlier statement by calling ISIS “dogs from hell”.
Chinese Ambassador to India Liu Jinsong, in an interview, emphasised on the need of diplomacy “to work out a solution” on India’s bid to NSG membership. Many analysts believe it to be China’s indication to softening of its stance on India’s application to become a member of NSG club. Liu Jinsong described China’s stand on India’s NSG-bid to follow 3-point approach of “Abiding by the rules, leaving the room and space, and finding the route".