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Major News and Events of 23 April 2016

What Happened on 23 April 2016


Over 2.5 lakh village panchayats in India to get broadband network by 2018

Telecom Secretary J. S. Deepak, while speaking at Global Exhibition on Services at a venue in Greater Noida said that Union Government is looking forward to roll out broadband network to all village panchayats throughout India (estimated over 2.5 lakh panchayats) by 2018. He went on to say that all these panchayats will be connected through fibre optic network and the rolling out will be done under the Bharat Net programme. Deepak said that internet-equipped panchayats will further help in boosting connectivity.

Narendra Modi Government nominates six new names for Rajya Sabha

Narendra Modi government nominated six personalities to the Rajya Sabha to fill up seven vacant positions. No nomination is done yet for the seventh position but the announcement is expected to done soon. The six renowned personalities already nominated by the government are senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, Lok Sabha member Navjot Singh Sidhu, senior journalist Swapan Dasgupta, former National Advisory Council member Narendra Jadhav, renowned female boxer Mary Kom, and Malayalam actor Suresh Gopi. Names surfacing for the 7th position are Anupam Kher and TV personality Rajat Sharma.

SC stays Uttarakhand HC verdict on President's Rule till 27 April

The SC bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh stayed the Uttarakhand HC order on revocation of President's rule due to technical ground (unavailability of written judgement). After a high-pitched battle between advocates (Mukul Rohatgi and Harish Salve) representing union government and that of the Congress (Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi), SC said that the case will be argued again on 27 April and asked the Centre not to take any undue advantage over favourable ruling.

India says USA's stance on Solar Trade 'unfortunate'

The Union Minister of Power, Coal and Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal, has reportedly accused US of practicing double standard when it comes to solar trade. After the WTO said that India's efforts at promoting only Indian-made products in solar power industry were "inconsistent" with a range of global trade regulations, the Goya said that the US continues to purchase solar equipment giving preference to domestic manufacturers and on the other hand, chooses to go against the developing world. 

 

PM Modi to visit Iran and Qatar with focus on Oil Deal

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is all set to visit Iran and Qatar in May and June respectively for increasing engagement with both oil-rich nations. Both the countries are important for India because of their strategic positioning – concerning both Persian Gulf and the Arab world. Specific dates of visit are yet to be finalised but the Qatar visit is expected to be in early June. Reports say that energy deals, diaspora issues and regional challenges are expected to rule the agenda of visit.

India grants visa to Chinese Dissident leader after China's Masood Azhar gamble

India granted visa to Chinese dissident leader Dolkun Isa. According to reports, the Germany-based Uyghur activist will visit India to attend a pro-democracy conference that will also be attended by Buddhist spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. Dolkun reportedly said that India’s move has angered China and India must guarantee him security if he visits the country. China regards Dolkun responsible for terror activities and put him in Interpol red corner notice in 1997. With MEA spokesperson Vikas Swaroop saying India is ascertaining facts on Isa’s visit to India, the report seems to be India’s payback for China’s veto to India’s proposal at UN on militant group JeM’s founding leader Masood Azhar.