Major News and Events of 16 June 2014
What Happened on 16 June 2014
Government plans to transform eastern states into organic farming centre : Union Agriculture Minister
Union Minister visits Delhi Police headquarters
Traditional Kerala Toddy to get a boost
Inflation goes up to 6.01%, sharp rise in fuel and food prices
PM's Bhutan visit, a success with hydropower cooperation and boost to education and IT
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a statement in Goa, that the Iron Ore extracted from Goa’s mines should be used in the country rather than exporting it. Exporting it means helping other countries to utilise the product and help in the development of their economies. Iron ore should be converted into steel and other products in India, and must be utilised in the country to generate more jobs and uplift the economy. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) Goa appreciated these remarks. As per media reports, AAP also suggested to nationalise the mining industry in Goa to rejuvenate the ecology and economy of the state.
Union Agriculture Minister, Radha Mohan Singh said, that the Central government is planning to convert some of the eastern states of India into an organic farming centre, which includes Bihar, Odisha, West Bengal and eastern Uttar Pradesh. This will be done with an objective to develop these regions and to increase the earning of millions of farmers. He also said that the Prime Minister has laid emphasis on the development of these regions, using agriculture to achieve this goal. The PM believes that for the development of our country, its villages, farmers and agriculture need to be developed.
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, visited the Delhi Police headquarters, its central police control room and integrated command centre, and discussed various issues pertaining to the safety of women and anti-terror measures. He also assured Delhi Police of modernising the force, in a meeting with Commissioner of Police, B S Bassi. As per media reports, he also met with other police officials and saw a comprehensive presentation given by Bassi. Delhi Police comes under the control of the Union Home Ministry.
Kerala state government is planning to establish a Neera-Toddy Board to look after the operations of the traditional industry, which is popularly known as Kerala Toddy among local residents and tourists. Toddy is prepared from coconut, consisting of 5% to 8% alcohol content, whereas Neera is without alcohol and is a water-based soft drink. Traditionally, the industry employed more than a lakh people, as per media reports. But now the employment is restricted to a little more than 20,000 people. The State government has even asked the Kerala Agriculture University to develop new varieties of coconut trees.
Within a period of five months, India's wholesale price-based inflation is at an all-time high. It has touched 6.01% in May, whereas last month it was 5.20%. There is a steep rise in the prices of fuel and food. In May 2013, the key inflation based on the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) was 4.58%. It is expected that low monsoons and mounting Iraq tension will also impact inflation, and may increase it further. As per media reports, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) released data last week mentioning the retail inflation at 8.28% in May. Experts have said that food inflation must be tackled to bring growth in the economy.
India and Bhutan set a target to share a 10,000 MW hydropower cooperation and stressed that both the lands should not be used for interests adverse to each other. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was recently on a two-day trip to Bhutan. As per media reports, both the countries have decided to extend cooperation in many fields, including education and information technology. Modi gave assurance of capacity building in education to the Bhutan Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay. He even announced the doubling of the Nehru-Wangchuck scholarship amount, given to Bhutanese students every year. PM also met Bhutan’s King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck. Bhutan is the first neighbouring country which helped India by handling militants operational from its land in 2003. 'Operation All Clear' was also conducted by Bhutan.