Major News and Events of 20 December 2015
What Happened on 20 December 2015
Indian Professional Boxer wins for the 3rd Consecutive Time in Professional Boxing
Juvenile Criminal of 2012 Delhi Gang Rape Case Freed Today, SC to hear Plea against Release Tomorrow
Centre-Delhi Government brouhaha makes BJP's internal Tussle Surface
BJP rebukes Congress on National Herald Protest
MoS Finance says Indian Economy to become US$ 5 Trillion in 10 years
Science and Technology
While interacting with the media after meeting IT and Telecom minister Ravishankar Prasad, co-founder of IT behemoth Infosys, Narayan Murthy said that people of India can derive benefits of the ambitious Digital India programme after 3 to 5 years. While calling Ravishankar Prasad the finest ever IT and Telecom minister so far, Murthy said that poorest people will be able to easily access Delhi with the help of Digital India only. IT Minister asked the IT czar to provide guidance in policy formulation. When asked about his views on doubling of “outsourcing fees” in the US, Murthy said that considering US corporations’ need of Indian IT services, additional fees will hardly come in the way of Indian IT companies’ growth.
Indian boxing sensation 30 year old Vijendra Singh has easily won his third consecutive match in the mid-weight professional boxing category. In the latest match, Vijendra Singh played against 29 year old Samet Hyuseinov of Bulgaria at Manchester Arena in Manchester and won the 75kg category match, having six rounds, easily. In the first two matches the feisty Indian defeated English boxers Sony Whiting and Dean Gillen respectively. After winning the match against mighty and more experienced Bulgarian, Singh said that he dedicates this win to his Indian friends and fans as a Christmas gift. He also expressed his willingness of playing a professional match in India.
Juvenile rapist of the 2012 Delhi gang rape case has been freed from jail and moved to an undisclosed location, under an NGO, for rehabilitation. Large numbers of protesters protested at India Gate. For avoiding violence, section 144 was imposed at India Gate. Police removed protesters including Nirbhaya’s parents, protesting against the release of now 20 year old juvenile culprit, from Rajpath. On Delhi Commission for Women’s plea of stopping release of the juvenile, CJI TS Thakur allocated the case to a vacation bench at 1am IST today but the bench refused to hear the case in haste and will instead hear it tomorrow.
With mounting pressure on Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on allegations regarding Delhi & District Cricket Association’s (DDCA) functioning irregularities, he clarified that his family members are not associated with a sports company against which complaints of irregularities are raised. Without naming anyone, Jaitley said that a member of parliament met Congress President Sonia Gandhi during UPA tenure and chalked out a plan of targeting him. Experts believe Jaitley stopped short of naming BJP MP Kirti Azad, signaling rift within the saffron party. However, players such as Gautam Gambhir and Virendra Sehwag stood besides Jaitley and praised him by saying that he used to be available to the players whenever needed.
Union minister and BJP spokesperson, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, has upped ante against Congress regarding National Herald case by saying that corruption and Congress are made for each other. BJP’s comment came as a response to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s allegation that union government is using its investigating agencies purposely for targeting political opponents. He went on to take jibe at Sonia and Rahul by saying that Congress put their court appearance in a glorious manner, making them look like freedom fighters. Naqvi also said that Modi government has nothing to do with the National Herald case as the summons are sent not by the government but by the court.
Jayant Sinha, MoS of Finance Ministry, has said that if Indian economy is able to sustain its growth rate at 7 per cent for the coming one decade, the economy will double to US$4 billion from the current US$ 2 billion. He went on to say that the economy has the potential of becoming a US$ 5 billion one if the rupee gets strengthened. Jayant Sinha made the statement while addressing FICCI AGM in New Delhi. MoS Finance also said that GDP per capita is currently US$ 1,600 and is expected to double to US$ 3,500 in next 10 years, thereby making India a middle income economy.