Major News and Events of 20 December 2013
What Happened on 20 December 2013
US will not drop charges against Khobragade
AAP all set to form government in Delhi
Rupee records gain after 3 days of loss, Sensex closes at 371 points up
Saina Nehwal slips two places in women's singles rankings
The first indigenous light combat aircraft will get operational
A review petition was filed by the government against the Supreme Court's judgment to uphold Section 377 of the IPC which considers homosexual relations between adults an offence. In the petition which was filed by Attorney General GE Vahavati it was specified that verbal argument should be heard prior to the court disposing the review petition. In the review petition the Government specifies 76 points through which it contends that the judgment passed by the apex court has errors and contradicts the principles of law encompassed in Fundamental Rights under Articles 14, 15 and 21 of the Constitution.The union government has specified that it is deeply disappointed over the verdict and was delving in all the options so that the order passed by the Delhi High Court could be restored.
The diplomatic row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in US has spiraled further with Washington refusing to adhere to the demand of dropping key charges against the diplomat. Washington has said that it takes the “law enforcement seriously" and so it was not going to remove the visa fraud charges against Devyani Khobragade, who is India's deputy consul general in New York. It was also clarified that the State Department will not be implying any pressure on New York's US Attorney Preet Bharara as it was not under the purview of the State Department to do that and lay entirely with the law enforcement authorities. Khobragade has been shifted to India's Permanent Mission at the UN in New York to offer her full diplomatic immunity.
AAP will be forming government in Delhi. They were earlier apprehensive about forming the government and had sought for public opinion. In an interview to the media AAP chief ArvindKejriwal has stated that the referendum process is though still ongoing but the party will be in most probability will form the government on Monday. The final decision for this will be taken after the meetings in the weekend. The fact that Congress would be extending support from outside had led the party to think over it and then they went on to seek public opinion. The party got 10 lakh responses from Delhi and they will be doing so till December 22.
The rupee's value increased today reflecting the strong gains in the stock market. Rupee ended the week by 0.1% increase though the Federal Reserve has started its stimulus tapering. The partially convertible rupee ended at 62.04/05 per dollar in comparison to 62.14/15 thus putting an end to loss of three days in a row. Sensex too ended at 371.10 points, or 1.79% up. The reason cited was that Reliance Industries was allowed to quote higher prices for gas from April by the government, this lifted the market mood. Yesterday the Sensex lost 151 points after the announcement of $ 10 billion taper of bond buying programme by US Federal Reserve announced.BSE started at 20,792.37 points and ended at 21,079.72 points – that is an increase of 371.10 points or 1.79% from where it ended yesterday at 20,708.62 points. Intraday the Sensex reached a high of 21,117.99 intra-day and a low of 20,745.94 points. NSE ended at 6,274.25 points or 197.60 points or 1.74% up.
Saina Nehwal is not in her best of forms and now that is getting evident in her ranking. The Olympic bronze medalist has come down 2 places and is now positioned at No. 8 in the women's singles rankings that was announced by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). Saina’s place has been overtaken by Yeon Ju Bae of South Korea and Tai Tzu Ying of Chinese Taipei, PV Sindhu retained her spot at No. 11. Parupalli Kashyap also was able to retain his position at No. 14 in the men’s singles while Ajay Jayaram stepped up one spot and settled at No. 24. India does not feature in mixed rankings both for women and men.
Science and Technology
Tejas, the indigenous light combat aircraft on Friday after 30 years of conception received the operational clearance for its inclusion into the Indian Air Force. It is the lightest military jet in its class and can take a speed of more than 1,350 km per hour and is comparable to the Mirage 2000,Gripen fighter jets and F-16. The cost will be Rs.200 crore per aircraft initially, but gradually it will come down as there in increase in production. There will be two squardons of Tejas Mark I and four squardons of Tejas Mark II. Tejas will be replacing the MiG fleet which are very old aircraft of IAF. The development cost estimated of the aircraft is around Rs.10,000 crore.