Major News and Events of 16 March 2016
What Happened on 16 March 2016
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 second sale starts at 2:00 p.m. on Amazon
Delhi govt. eyes legalization of Sainik Farms
Order reserved on bail plea of Umar Khalid & Anirban Bhattacharya
Parliament likely to witness Aadhaar showdown today
Diesel taxi owners eyeing relaxation of SC phase-out order
BJP fires 10 MPs for low attendance
The murder of Sukhvinder Narwhal, a national-level kabbadi player, has been recorded by the security cameras at a house located near the place of the crime. As per reports, the athlete was shot dead by two men on a scooter while he was walking back home after practice in his village in Haryana. The killers have not yet been identified.
Science and Technology
Xiaomi Redmi Note 3, the company’s comeback smartphone in India, goes on its second sale on Amazon India at 2:00 p.m. Without revealing a specific number for the last sale that took place on 9 March, Xiaomi has received mostly positive reviews for its Redme Note 3 smartphone. Available in two versions viz: 2GB RAM+ 16GB space and 3GB RAM+ 32GB storage space, Xiaomi Redmi Note 3 features a 5.5-inch full HD display, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650 processor and a 4050 mAh battery.
Delhi AAP government has sent a revised regulation that is related to regularization of unauthorized colonies to the Union urban development ministry. The government is seeking the legalization of affluent colonies in Delhi such as Sainik Farms, Mahendru Enclave and Anantram Dairy under the tag of ‘unauthorised regularised colonies’. Both the state and the central governments share similar opinion the issue. However, the regularization process is expected to consume a good amount of time.
Today, a Delhi court reserved its order on bail plea of JNU students Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya, who are currently in judicial custody in the sedition case, till 18 March. Earlier, the Delhi Police counsel had opposed the bail plea of the duo on the basis of statements registered by ten independent witnesses. JNUSU president Kanhaiya Kumar along with Umar and Anirban were arrested on charges of sedition in connection with the 9 February programme where they had raised several anti-national slogans.
Parliament is expected to witness high drama as the current government would be gearing up for a showdown over the Aadhaar bill in case Congress and some other opposition parties tend to vote against the legislation in the Rajya Sabha. There is a good probability of keeping NDA’s Lok Sabha MPs on standby in order to ensure that the bill is passed by the lower House.
A group of diesel taxi owners have approached the Supreme Court seeking modification of its order that directed commercial passenger vehicles to convert to CNG by 31 March 2016. Quoting conversion to CNG as unviable, both technologically and financially; these diesel cab owners are already paying vehicle loan instalments to banks. Diesel taxis were exempted from the odd-even car rationing scheme implemented from 1 January to 15 January 2016.
Sending an alarming note that it won’t tolerate careless attitude, BJP has fired around ten members, including SS Ahluwalia, Vinod Khanna, Dushyant Singh, Varun Gandhi and Ramesh Pokhriyal from three parliamentary panels. Quoting inadequate attendance as the reason for dropping these members, the BJP had utilized attendance record for meetings as the basic criterion for accessing the work of each MP in public accounts, estimates and public undertakings committees. Other MPs who have been replaced include Darshana Jadosh, Om Birla, Pankaj Chaudhary, Sanjay Jaiswal and Nand Kumar Chauhan.