Major News and Events of 18 October 2015
What Happened on 18 October 2015
P V Sindhu cruised to Denmark Open Badminton Final but settles for Runner's Up Title
2 Railway Officials and 1 Businessman arrested after Rail Neer racket bust by CBI
MoS Finance said PM Modi to make Important "Startup India, Stand up India" Announcements
NDA ally Akali Dal calls Dadri incident Shameful, Damaging PM Modi's "Good Works"
African leaders to wear Trademark Modi Jackets during upcoming India-Africa Summit
Science and Technology
Software behemoth Infosys has announced that it is going to develop as well as deploy next-generation applications, meant for global enterprise clients, in global IT company IBM’s Bluemix (an advanced cloud platform). In a statement, Infosys has said that in their Bluemix-powered innovation laboratory they will not only design and develop enterprise apps by partnering with their clients but also train engineers on the cloud platform of IBM for leveraging from its analytic solutions as well as cognitive computing. Reports say that on-boarding as well as training process for Infosys employees will now include Bluemix-related curriculum too.
Indian ace shuttler PV Sindhu continued her dream run at USD 650,000 Super Series Premier Denmark Open Badminton by reaching final by defeating All England Women’s champion as well as World Number 2 Carolina Marin (of Spain) in a 72 minute duel. Sindhu crushed her opponent in the semi final match with the final score 21-15, 18-21, 21-17. However, the Indian woman badminton player was unable to keep up the momentum in the final and was defeated by 4th seeded Chinese player Li Xuerei in straight sets. The final score of the final of the Denmark Open Badminton in favour of the Chinese is 21-19, 21-12.
After CBI officials raided 13 locations and recovered Rs. 20 crore along with important documents related to Rail Neer scam, cases have been filed against Sandeep Silas and M S Chalia, who were Northern Railways’ Chief Commercial Managers (PS and Catering). In fact, both have been suspended by Railways and CBI has also taken them into custody on corruption charges. Reports say that Shyam Bihari Agrawal (owner of RK Associates and Brandavan Food Product), who holds 70 per cent pantry car business of Indian Railways and has amassed an empire of Rs. 500 crore in just a decade, has also been arrested by CBI officials.
Jayant Sinha, Minister of State for Finance Ministry, has said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to make some very important announcement in coming December for promoting start-ups in India. He went on to add that the announcements will focus on the forward roadmap of entrepreneurial ecosystem under the “Startup India; Stand up India” campaign. During early-to-mid December, PM Modi’s announcements regarding start-ups will also highlight the works done under the project, which he initiated during his Independence Day speech. While stressing on commitment of the NDA government in promoting entrepreneurship and startups, Jayant Sinha assured that the announcements will be exciting.
Naresh Gujral, Rajya Sabha MP of Shiromani Akali Dal (an NDA constituent), has said that Dadri lynching incident is a shameful one and added that irresponsible acts of fringe elements are hurting the prospects of the government, especially the “good works” done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He went on to say that he has been saddened by the fact that irresponsible utterances are made by people who hold important positions and this can not only damage the prospects of NDA government but also different aspects related to foreign affairs as well as economy. Naresh Gujral also called for taking appropriate action so that strong message goes out.
With 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit to take place in New Delhi from October 26-29, 2015, reports say that all 42 African leaders, to be present in the summit, will wear the trademark bundi waistcoat worn by PM Narendra Modi. It is learnt that the Indian government will provide all the 42 African leaders with “ikkat kurta”, where each jacket's colour will be different from the other. Reports say that the summit will be attended by representatives from 54 African countries with 400 African entrepreneurs as well as members of respective chamber of commerce. Available data shows that $7.4 billion were given by India to 41 African countries for developing 137 projects in last 4 years. Just before start of the summit, India has voiced concern over declining international developmental assistance to Africa.