Major News and Events of 17 April 2016
What Happened on 17 April 2016
President reminds about Supremacy of Constitution and cautions against Judicial Activism
India stresses on electing New IMF MD from Emerging Economy
Indian invents Wearable Technology to help Visually Challenged Persons
India's Dreams Thrashed by Australia in Sultan Azlan Shah Cup
AAP Govt gets Serious on Odd-Even Scheme, Kejriwal accuses Opposition of Orchestrating Problems
Second phase assembly election in West Bengal registered over 79.70 per cent polling across 56 assembly seats. Polling percentage across 6 districts Birbhum, Malda, Dakshin Dinajpur, Uttar Dinajpur, Darjeeling, Jalpaiguri, and Alipurduar by 5pm IST were 82.89, 79.60, 82.72, 78.90, 74, 77.79, and 82.07 per cent respectively. BJP sought removal of West Bengal Chief Election Officer and demanded repoll in 9 assembly seats in Birbhum. During a poll campaign in Krishnanagar, PM Modi hit out at Mamata Banerjee for demeaning Election Commission and accused Mamata of misusing state machinery. However, TMC shot back by claiming chief secretary replied to EC’s showcause letter to Mamata as it was addressed to CM.
While addressing 4th retreat of Supreme Court judges, President Pranab Mukherjee not only cautioned against judicial activism and requirement of power balance among three organs of state but also reminded about supremacy of the Indian constitution. He went on to add that self-restraint and self-imposed discipline are the only way of power exercise by judiciary. President also stressed on the need of maintaining integrity as well as independence of judiciary. While quoting the legal maxim “Justice delayed is justice denied”, President Mukherjee regarded fast justice delivery as an essential condition for efficient jurisprudence.
Union Finance Secretary Shaktikant Das confirmed that India has supported current IMF (International Monetary Fund) Chief Christine Lagarde’s second 5-year term (which starts on July 5). There was no other serious candidate for the coveted position during this term. However, he also said that while supporting Lagarde’s second term as IMF chief India made it clear that they are in favour of an IMF Managing Director from the emerging economies in the next term, five years from now.
Science and Technology
A researcher student at Chitkara University, Abhinav S. Verma, has invented a wearable technology named Live Braille that will help visually challenged people to gauge an incoming object by knowing its type, shape, range, direction, and speed. Interestingly, 21-year old Abhinav is inspired by Marvel comics and Apple founder Steve Jobs. He dreams of making an Iron man suite and technological innovations for helping people achieve optimum physical capacity. Two patents under Abhinav’s belt are Live Braille and Pe Bell (bell that runs without battery or wired electricity).
Hockey world champion Australia humiliated Indian men’s hockey team in the final of 25th Sultan Azlan Shah Cup hockey tournament by scoring 4-0. Though India started the first quarter with stout defence, Australia took just 25 minutes to net the first goal (scored by Thomas Craig). Craig again struck at 35th minute. Two more goals were score by Matt Gohdes (in 43rd and 57th minutes) and made it impossible for India to catch up.
Delhi government has become serious in its second phase of odd-even scheme as it has installed new three-tier air quality measurement systems across the city (74 locations) and made sure that no faulty pollution figures are showcased. Absence of efficient air quality measurement system was the main problem during first phase odd-even scheme. While first phase was able to decongest Delhi roads, Odd-Even 2.0 is believed to clean Delhi air. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has claimed that BJP and RSS are "orchestrating" problems (by calling taxi and auto strikes) for hampering road rationing experiment.