Major News and Events of 21 November 2015
What Happened on 21 November 2015
West Bengal Opposition Leader Surjyakanta Mishra faces TMC's Ire in Own Turf
Indian Academia including IISc, IIT-B, and AIIMS gets Rs. 56 Crore Grants from Infosys
Vijay Mallya gets Willful Defaulter tag from SBI, ED to Investigate Money Laundering Charges
PM Modi says India and Asean Countries are Natural Partners
Home Minister Rajnath Singh takes up Chinese Construction in PoK Issues with China
At the end of Track Asia Cup cycling championship, which took place in New Delhi’s IG Sports Complex, India finished at the third spot by winning 11 medals. India won 3 gold, 3 silvers, and 5 bronze medals in the event. India made a great come back on the final day of the event as it won 2 gold and 3 bronze medals. In the medal tally, South Korea finished at the top followed by Uzbekistan and India. While South Korea won 6 gold, 3 silver, and 3 bronze medals, Uzbekistan won 3 gold and 4 silver medals.
West Bengal Opposition Leader Surjyakanta Mishra faced ire of ruling Trinamool Congress Party’s workers in West Midnapur district’s Narma, a place in Mishra’s own Narayangarh assembly constituency. The attack took place at a time when Mishra was leading a Left rally at Narayangarh’s Narma to Madanmohan Chawk. Report says that the attack was led by local TMC President Saktipada De on the pretext of Mishra’s absence from local development. De along with 40 TMC supporters shouted “Go back” slogan and pushed Mishra back. Surjyakanta Mishra, who is also a politburo member of CPIM, has been winning this assembly constituency since 1991. Mihir Chandra, Narayangarh TMC’s Block President, refused the allegation but acknowledged that they sent Saktipada De to the spot to control the situation. Left Front Chairman Biman Bose, Congress’s West Bengal President Adhir Chowdhury, and senior Congress leader Manas Bhuiyan condemned the incident.
Science and Technology
Infosys Foundation has committed granting Rs. 56 crore to eight academic institutes of India. These institutes are Indian Institute of Science (IISc), IIT (Bengaluru), AIIMS, IIM (Ahmedabad), Presidency University, Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), Chennai Mathematical Institute (CMI), and Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology (IBAB). Statement of Infosys Foundation said that the fund is granted for research and development in the fields of cancer treatment, rural development, biology, technology, mathematics, economics, agriculture, and obstetrics and gynecology. The 11 Infosys Chairs in these eight institutes will promote R&D, support student as well as faculty exchange programmes, and provide advanced training.
Vijay Mallya (the promoter of now defunct Kingfisher Airlines) and United Breweries Holdings have been demarcated by State Bank of India (SBI) as willful defaulters. This development comes after grievance redressal committee rejected arguments put forward by the legal representatives of Vijay Mallya. Enforcement Directorate (ED) is all set to start money laundering investigation against both Kingfisher Airlines and Vijay Mallya. Reports say that ED has asked for the FIR copy of CBI, filed against Mallya and KA, under Prevention of Money Laundering Act. It is alleged that majority of the Rs. 4,000 crore loan received by KA from nationalized banks have been siphoned off to tax havens like Mauritius and Cayman Island.
While addressing Kuala Lumpur’s Asean business and investment summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) and India as natural partners. He also said that it is the time of India to contribute to the resurgence of Asia and make twenty-first century the century of the Asian countries. He also praised his government by saying that India is currently doing better, which is evident from all economic indicators. While stressing on hopeful figures projected by World Bank and IMF, Modi invited businesses of other countries to check out the changing wind in India. Pm Modi also invited ASEAN Nations in joining Paris’s International Solar Alliance during climate discussion.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh met Communist Party of China’s head of Central Committee’s Commission for Political and Legal Affairs, Meng Jianzhu in Beijing and discussed on multiple issues including cross border terrorism from Pakistan, Chinese construction in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK), improved coordination between India and China, and many other issues. New Delhi and Beijing stressed upon boosting security cooperation between the two countries and agreed on setting up dedicated communication channel between the two neighbours. Reports say that Singh will meet top CPC officials in Shanghai’s eastern metropolis and will deliver speech in Indian Association of Shanghai’s meeting.