Major News and Events of 19 June 2016
What Happened on 19 June 2016
Russian President vows to support India's Bid to NSG Membership
Home Ministry orders Probe after Essar Phone Tapping Complaint to PM Modi
PM Modi-Sri Lankan President inaugurates Renovated Duraiappah Stadium
ISRO to launch 727.5 kg Cartosat-2 series satellite with 19 Co-Passengers on June 22
Indian Envoy in London clears air on attending Function with Absconding Mallya
In a sudden and surprise move, incumbent RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan told RBI colleagues and employees in a communication that he’s not going to serve a second term and will return to academia after his tenure ends on September 4, 2016. In his 888-word email Dr. Rajan said that he took the decision after watching the ongoing developments, due reflection, and consultation with government. Finance Minster Arun Jaitley appreciated Rajan’s efforts and said that a decision on appointing the 24th RBI governor will be done soon. While Infosys founder NR Narayana Murthy called Rajan’s exit as “very sad”, Noble Laureate Amartya Sen said India lost the most skillful economic thinkers of the world.
President of Russia Vladimir Putin has said in an interview with an Indian media house that his country has decided to support India’s application for becoming the member of NSG (Nuclear Suppliers Group). The revelation comes just days before the start of NSG club members’ meeting starting on June 20, to be held in Seoul. He further added that during the Seoul meeting NSG membership of other applicant countries will also be taken up. In another development, Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar has made a hush-hush trip to China and has reportedly met Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi to get China’s backing on India's NSG membership.
After Supreme Court lawyer Suren Uppal complained PMO about non-commissioned phone tapping by Essar Group, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has asked Home Ministry to start an immediate investigation in the alleged matter, ascertain full facts, and file a detailed report. Reports say thorough inquiry will be done by Intelligence Bureau whether unauthorised tapping of VVIP phones were indeed carried out and if top corporate really manipulated government decisions. Home Ministry has said that a probe has already being initiated 10 days back and a report will be submitted to PM Modi once the investigation is complete.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with President of Sri Lanka Maithripala inaugurated a state-of-the-art Duraiappah Stadium (named after late Alfred Thambirajah Duraiappah, ex-mayor of Jaffna) in Jaffna. India had provided Sri Lanka more than Rs. 7 crore in renovating the stadium. PM Modi in his address assured that “India will walk side by side with Sri Lanka” as India progresses. He also harped on the fact that relation between the two countries is not restricted within the confines of governmental ties but runs deeper in forms of shared “culture, art and language”.
Science and Technology
ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) is all set to launch 20 satellites in a single mission on India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from Sriharikota’s (in Andhra Pradesh) second launch pad of Satish Dhawan Space Centre on June 22 at 09:25 hrs IST. PSLV-C34, which will be making its 36th flight, will carry a Cartosat-2 series satellite for earth observation (weighing 727.5 kg) along with 19 other satellites (weighing around 560 kg at lift off). With solid strap-on motors, it’s going to be 14th flight of PSLV in ‘XL’ configuration.
After reports surfaced that Indian High Commissioner in UK, Navtej Sarna, attended a book publishing event (organised by London School of Economics) where absconding liquor barron Vijay Mallya was present, Ministry of External Affairs cleared the air that the Indian envoy attended because the controversial business tycoon’s name was not present in the invitee list. In the statement ministry also said that London School of Economics and Political Science written to the Indian high commissioner that “Mallya was not on their list”.