Major News and Events of 18 June 2016
What Happened on 18 June 2016
India gets its First batch of Women Fighter Pilots after 68 years of Independence
SEBI approves relaxed norms for Real Estate Investment Trusts and Foreign Fund Managers
Lawyer complains to PMO about Illegal Corporate Phone Tapping
UK PM assures "Firm Support" to India's Bid to the NSG
President Mukherjee appreciates Indian Diaspora's Role in Strengthening India-Namibia Friendship
India, Thailand to Reinforce Trade and Defence Ties
Govt Launches e-Nivaran Scheme
Gulbarga Case: 11 Convicts Sentenced to Life
Indian men’s hockey team went down to the World Champions Australia in the final of 36th Hero Champions Trophy in London in the penalty shoot-out with final score being 1-3 in favour of Australia. The three scorers in favour of Australia were Aran Zalewski, Daniel Beale and Simon Orchard. While Harmanpreet Singh was the only scorer for India, SK Uthappa, SV Sunil and Surender Kumar missed their target. However, controversy marred the day as video umpire asked OZ player Daniel Beale to take a re-shot after he failed to score. PM Modi tried to console Indian hockey team by applauding their spirited performance.
After years of opposition to induction of women in combat roles, India ultimately got its first batch of woman fighter pilots when Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar commissioned three women fighter pilots at Air Force Academy in Dundigal. All the three flight cadets, in their early 20s, are Madhya Pradesh’s Avani Chaturvedi, Rajasthan’s Mohana Singh, and Bihar’s Bhawana Kanth. These feisty ladies have 150 hours of flying experience under their belt and have cleared first stage of training. They will be assigned fighters as well as squadrons after they complete their 6 months training on Advanced Jet Fighter.
SEBI (Securities and Exchange Board of India) board has cleared proposals of floating consultation papers on amending rules that govern activities of Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) and foreign fund managers for making domestic capital markets more attractive. One of the proposed relaxations is allowing REITs of investing larger portion of funds in under-construction assets. Reports say two separate draft papers on the matter will be placed in public domain soon for seeking response of stakeholders.
A Delhi-based Supreme Court lawyer Suren Uppal submitted a 29-page complaint to PM Narendra Modi by claiming that he represents an employee of Essar Group who allegedly tapped phones unlawfully of many VVIPs between 2001 and 2006. Phones were allegedly tapped of incumbent Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu, chairman of RIL Mukesh Ambani, former ministers Ram Naik and Praful Patel, Amar Singh, late Cabinet minister Pramod Mahajan, Anil Ambani, and many bureaucrats. While Essar Group denied the allegations, RIL issued statement by saying the conversations involving them are false and were made to defame the company.
With NSG club’s next meeting scheduled to be held on June 24 in Seoul, United Kingdom’s Prime Minister David Cameron has assured his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi over a telephonic conversation that his country firmly supports India’s application to be a member of 48-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). A Downing Street spokesperson confirmed that PMs of both the countries agreed that the need for India was to strengthen non-proliferation credentials and at the same time separate civil and military nuclear activities for its successful bid for NSG membership.
President Pranab Mukherjee, currently on a tour to African countries, said that Indian High Commission in Namibia told him that small but coherent Indian community (involved in all forms of profession) in the African country played stellar role in strengthening ties of friendship between the two countries. While highlighting trust and understanding as the pillars of successful friendship between India and Namibia, Mukherjee said that both countries are partnering in several developmental activities including Indian gift of US$5 million worth computers (to Namibia under ITEC programme).
India and Thailand are set to strengthen cooperation in fighting terrorism as well as enhance defence, maritime security and trade ties during Thai Prime Minister General Prayuth Chan-ocha's first visit to India. The two Asian neighbours are slated to issue a joint statement outlining their expectations to boost maritime security and achieve two-fold increase in bilateral trade in five years. Deputy Thai government spokesman Maj-General Werachon Sukondhapatipak noted that the two countries will also work on the India-Myanmar-Thai road project, cooperate in civil aviation, tackle cybercrime and encourage people-to-people cooperation.
The Government has started e-Nivaran scheme to address real tax related concerns of the people. The scheme is going to be launched on a pilot basis in Delhi. A website to monitor tax reforms is already in place. The government is working on making tax-related procedures paperless. Efforts are also on to make people more aware about tax procedures.
The Ahmedabad special court announced the quantum of punishment for 24 convicts in the Gulbarga Society massacre case yesterday. The court has awarded life imprisonment to 11 convicts, 10 years' sentence to one and 7 years' jail term to twelve others. The special court had convicted 24 persons in the Gulbarga Society case on 2 June and acquitted 36 others. As many as 69 people were killed, including one former Congress MP Ehsan Jafri, in what the court described as the 'darkest day' in the history of civil society.