Major News and Events of 19 May 2015
What Happened on 19 May 2015
2015 Tata Nano GenX Model Launched
ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini Launched in India at Rs. 16,999
Air India Airbus makes Emergency Landing
BJP-PDP divided on Issuing Passport to Hurriyat Hardliner Syed Ali Geelani
Arun Jaitley and Delhi Opposition Parties Slam AAP Government
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw and Adi Godrej Disappointed with Congress's Stalling of Reform Bills
Modi calls for Unity among Asian Countries in Seoul during Last Leg of his Three-nation Tour
Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to meet President Pranab Mukherjee today
PM Narendra Modi woos South Korean CEOs
Credit Card Base crosses Pre-Crisis Level due to significant eCommerce Expansion
Nitin Gadkari unveils Plan for Major Road Construction Projects
India’s cricket legend, Sunil Gavaskar, while weighing his support in favour of former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, said that Ganguly should get involved with coaching Team India, if he has time to do so. He went on to say that no matter what the role be, whether it is of High Performance Coach, Team Director, or Head Coach, Sourav can be valuable to Team India in any of the mentioned roles. Gavaskar is also of the view that this is the best time to coach India as most of its upcoming matches and tournaments are scheduled in India. In fact, he went on to say that Indian team will need no more coaches if Saurav becomes Team India coach.
Science and Technology
The 2015 Tata Nano GenX has been launched in India today and the Delhi ex-showroom starting price of the model has been fixed at Rs. 1.99 lakh. However, the ex-showroom Delhi price of AMT (Easy Shift) version starts at Rs. 2.69 lakh. Tata Motors is trying to renew the Nano brand by replacing the ‘cheap’ or ‘affordable’ car tag to “smart city car”. The refurbished hatchback now comes with openable hatch, automated manual transmission, bigger fuel tank, slightly updated engine (624cc, two-cylinder MPFI petrol engine comes with aluminium block and cylinder head), and better looking cabin. 5-speed AMT (Easy Shift) comes with unit found in Tata Zest diesel AMT version.
Science and Technology
ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini was launched today at a price of Rs. 16,999. This is the first ever Nubia series smartphone ZTE has launched in India. This model will be exclusively available for sale on Amazon India from today. ZTE Nubia Z9 Mini comes with full-HD IPS display of 5 inches that is equipped with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. While it runs of the latest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop operating system, it has been packed with Nubia UI 2.8, 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, LPDDR3 RAM of 2GB, 16MP primary camera (having Sony IMX234 Exmor RS sensor, f/2.0 aperture, and LED Flash), and 8MP front faced camera. It supports 4G LTE connectivity and comes with 2900mAh removable battery.
An Air India Airbus (AI-873 Airbus 321) that was carrying 169 passengers today made emergency landing at Lucknow airport at 12.37 pm IST after a crack on the windshield at backside of the nose was noticed. Reports say that the first contact with Lucknow Airport was done by the plane’s crew when the Airbus was flying close to Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. Reports say that the pilots asked for emergency landing permission from Lucknow’s Air Traffic Control at 11:54 AM. Airport director S.C. Hota told media that all the passengers are safe now. The flight was travelling from Delhi to Bhubaneshwar.
After separatist Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani sought passport from Government of India for visiting his ailing daughter, Farhat Jabeen Geelani, in a hospital in Saudi Arabia, PDP-BJP coalition partners in J&K Government are at loggerheads on the issue. While most PDP leaders are reportedly in favour of giving passport to Geelani on humanitarian grounds, BJP has asked Geelani to apologise for his “anti-national” activities done in the last 25 years. In a statement, BJP spokesman Khalid Jehangir said that passports are given to citizens of India and not to those who don’t believe in the democratic set-up of the country. He went on to say that Indian government will consider his demands only when he vows not to further indulge in anti-India activities.
Arvind Kejriwal-led Delhi Government was today slammed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley who said that governance is not a political agenda of AAP. He said this while pointing out the bureaucratic impasse Delhi is passing through due to conflict between Delhi Government and Lt. Governor of Delhi Najeeb Jung. Jaitley also said that Delhi people’s choice is turning to be costly for them. BJP leader Vijender Gupta called Arvind Kejriwal incompetent to run the government and referred locking of Principal Secretary (Services) Anindo Majumdara’s room a “disgraceful act”. Congress’s Ajay Maken advised Kejriwal to abandon the politics of opposition and instead seek solution to innumerable problems plaguing Delhi. Swaraj Abhiyan, a group floated by dissident AAP leaders, opined that democratically elected government’s choice should be respected but condemned “petty" political fight affecting bureaucracy.
Chairman and MD of Biocon Limited, Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, has regarded Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi’s 'suit boot ki sarkar' comment as 'petty rhetoric' and 'immature political tactics'. She also opined that she does not agree with Gandhi scion’s attack on Narendra Modi government and associated ‘mud-slinging’ as it is the time to focus on development. Biocon’s MD also showed her disappointment with the Congress over stalling and delaying passage of important GST and Land Acquisition bills, which she termed as Congress’s 'partisan politics' and ‘hypocrisy’. Her comments come a week after she criticised Modi government for delaying implementation of reforms. Adi Godrej, another renowned name of India Inc., has expressed displeasure with Congress for holding back GST, as erstwhile UPA government embraced the concerned bill.
While addressing the sixth Asian Leader's conference in Seoul, Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only called South Korea a “pillar of democracy” but also called for unity among Asian countries, debunking the attitude of each country thinking itself from the perspective of regional fragments. He reminded the audience that a united Asia will help reshape the world along with reforming global institutions including UN and its Security Council, in terms of governance. While vouching for Asian century, Modi said that it is India’s turn for sustaining success of Asia and to that end his government is trying to translate hope into confidence and promise to reality. Indian PM stressed on collective task of the Asian countries in dealing with natural disasters, trans-national crimes, terrorism, and diseases.
With prominent signs of escalating tussle between Delhi Government and Lieutenant Governor of Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is all set to meet President of India Pranab Mukherjee at 6pm IST today at Rashtrapati Bhavan over the row on appointment of Shakuntala Gamlin as acting chief secretary. Reports say that Supreme Court lawyer Rajeev Dhawan has also been consulted by Delhi government, who in turn has reportedly said that Lt. Governor Dr Najeeb Jung has no right to interfere on the pretext of right to receive information. A directive to the bureaucrats, ordered by Delhi CM, has said that all the orders from L-G’s office must first be consulted with either CM or Minister in-charge.
While addressing South Korean CEOs in Seoul, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his government has restored position of India in global sphere in three major aspects – economy, governance, and politics. He also promised them of working incessantly for “ease of doing business” in India along with putting a more predictable and stable taxation system in place. He also announced putting in place a dedicated mechanism known as Korea Plus for helping South Korean business entities perform business in multiple major sectors such as shipbuilding, housing, railways, steel manufacturing, electronics, and IT. Modi also told the CEOs that outlook of foreign investors have changed significantly, evident from 39 per cent increase in FDI inflows during April’14-February’15.
Data published by Reserve Bank of India shows that improvement in banking system infrastructure, along with significant expansion in eCommerce and online shopping, has helped in expanding credit card base in India to 20.29 million in December 2014. This is the first time since February 2010 that the credit card base has reached such a level. Reports say that banks are expecting further increase in the credit card base due to spurt in online shopping. A private bank’s head of retail has said that the tie-ups the banks have forged with some online sites (offering additional discounts on cards) along with increase in online facilities such as booking of movie seats online, online bill payment facility, and online recharging has helped increase credit card base in India.
Union minister of Road Transport, Highways and Shipping, Nitin Gadkari, has said in an interview that his government is going to award around Rs. 3,00,000 crore projects in the coming six months through three models - Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC), hybrid, and PPP. He has also acknowledged that adopting PPP model is a compulsion for the government to channelise government resources to rural and agriculture sectors. He went on to add that in the last one year, pace of road construction has increased from 2km per day during previous government to 12km per day. By the end of May’15, he expects it to increase by 14km per day. Gadkari also informed that Chaar Dhaam Yatra project, involving construction of 1,000km road at the cost of Rs. 11,000 crore, is due to start during Dusshera.