Major News and Events of 21 February 2016
What Happened on 21 February 2016
JNU issue: Ex-servicemen take part in unity march
Nepal PM on an Historic India Tour says No Difference between the two Countries
Jat protest turns violent in Haryana, Government Institutions Attacked
Rs. 251 selling Smartphone Company under Government Scanner
Petroleum Minister urges farmers to produce Green Energy Biofuel from Agricultural Waste
Bhupathi-Bhambri Wins Delhi Open Doubles Tennis Tournament
Government-Opposition agree to take up Rohit Vehmula death Issue, Allow RS Functioning
Pakistan today suspended the Lahore-Delhi Dosti bus service indefinitely. As per media reports, the bus service was suspended on India’s request following the violence during the Jat agitation in Haryana. At least ten people have been killed and around 150 injured. Col (retired) Khalid, Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation Manager, said the bus service will resume after the Indian government gives clearance.
Ex-servicemen and people from all walks of life on Sunday took part in a unity march that was held against the alleged anti-national slogans shouted on the campus of JNU. According to media reports, the march was held under the banner of ‘March for Unity to Save the Country.
After prolonged tension between India and Nepal over road blockade by madheshis along Indo-Nepal border, Nepal Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli’s India tour seems to be sweetening with India pledging $250 million for restructuring earthquake plagued Nepal (that caused 9,000 death in 2015 in the Himalayan country). PM Modi asked his Nepalese counterpart to adopt an all-inclusive constitution amicably. 9 agreements have been signed by the two countries. Nepalese PM Oli said that “misunderstanding” between India and Nepal no longer exists.
Pro-reservation protest by Jat community in Haryana has taken an ugly turn yesterday when the warring protesters torched a police station, 7 railway stations, government offices, and buses. Death toll reached 9 since Friday as army retaliated with open fire after the protesters attacked an Army column. Till now more than 80 people are reported to be injured. In Rohtak and Jhajjar, houses of ministers Captain Abhimanyu and O P Dhankar have been attacked. More than 800 trains cancelled. Union government has asked Haryana to deal with the violence firmly (despite BJP being sympathetic to Jat reservation cause).
Ringing Bells, Noida based company claiming to provide customers with Rs. 251 priced smartphone (cheapest phone worldover), has come under government scanner after allegations of wrongdoing. While I-T and excise departments are checking out financial structure of the company including documents from Registrar of Companies, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has asked Aruna Sharma (Department of Electronics and IT Secretary) to closely look at the Rs. 251 offer. Ringing Bells has stopped of bookings of Freedom251.com due to heavy demand.
Science and Technology
Dharmendra Pradhan, Union Oil and Petroleum Minister, while speaking at Orissa University of Agriculture and Technology during a review meeting by Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh, has urged farmers to produce green energy bio-fuel from agricultural waste. He also said that Odisha farmers can themselves earn Rs. 500-Rs. 600 crore through biofuel production from agricultural waste. Urging Odisha government to send a proposal to the central government on production of biofuel, Pradhan said that Odisha produces around 3 crore litres of ethanol every year.
Mahesh Bhupati teamed up with Yuki Bhambri to defeat Saketh Myneni-Sanam Singh pair, defending champions, in a three set duel (6-3, 4-6, 10-5) and win Delhi Open Men's Doubles tennis tournament. This is the first title win for Bhupati in 3 years time after his return to competitive tennis (absence caused due to a knee injury). Bhupati’s last major win was in March 2013 when he teamed up with Michael Llodra to win Dubai ATP event.
Union Government and Opposition agreed that Rajya Sabha will be allowed to function during the Budget parliamentary session that starts February 23, 2016. It has been agreed upon that before taking up the bills, debate will be allowed on death of Rohit Vehmula and JNU crisis. The agreement was reached during an all party meeting called by Hamid Ansari (Chairman of Rajya Sabha and Vice president of India). GST, real estate, and bankruptcy bills will be taken up this session.