Major News and Events of 23 August 2015
What Happened on 23 August 2015
Aditi Ashok makes History by becoming First Woman Indian Golfer to win Ladies British Amateur Stroke Play Golf Championship
PM Modi announces Plan of Opening Space Station in Strategically Located Pacific Region Island Nations
Government Prepares Selling 10 Per Cent Stake of Indian Oil Corporation, Sets Floor Price at Rs. 387 per Share
Pakistan calls off Indo-Pak NSA-level Discussion at the Penultimate Hour
PM Modi Wraps Up UAE Visit, Marks Beginning of a Comprehensive India-UAE Partnership
Flood situation in Assam has worsened as 4 more reported deaths trickled in, taking the total tally of deaths to 12. Reports say 1,417 villages are affected due to incessant rains throughout Assam, thereby adversely affecting more than 6.55 lakh persons. Most of these villages are located in 17 districts of the state. Two worst hit districts are Bongaigaon and Kokrajhar. Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has reported drowning of 2 persons in Dhubri district’s Bilasipara revenue circle on NH-31. The other 2 reported deaths took place in Kokrajhar district. Crop areas over 57,500 hectares are currently under water.
Aditi Ashok of India has made history by winning Ladies British Amateur stroke play golf championship. She is the first female golfer from India to achieve such feat. At Moortown Golf Club in Leeds, the 17 year old golfer from Bangalore shot a total of 285 (71,73,70,71) in 4-stroke lead. During her dream win, Aditi carded five birdies and four bogeys in halves of 37-34, followed by one eagle on 16th on fourth day. After winning the championship, the overwhelmed youngster said that she is pleased with her performance but “could have scored better”.
Science and Technology
While announcing multiple initiatives for enhanced cooperation with strategically located 14 countries in the Pacific region during Summit of Forum for India-Pacific Island Conference (FIPIC), Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced setting up of a space station in any of these fourteen countries along with developing disaster management capacities. He also emphasized on capacity building as well as research collaboration with institutions in India. PM Modi went on to stress upon creating capacity in these island nations for dealing with natural disasters that includes space technology application for early warning system and development of human resource.
Union Government is all set to sell 10 per cent stake in Indian Oil Corporation through OFS (Offer for Sale) tomorrow. With this offloading of stake, central government is aiming to raise funds to the tune of Rs. 9,000 to 9,500 crore (US$1.4 billion). Reports say that the top state run refiner’s floor price for sale of shares has been set at Rs. 387 per share. Government wants to raise $11 billion through sell of stakes in multiple government run companies during ongoing fiscal for restricting planned fiscal deficit to 3.9 per cent of GDP in 2015-16.
Pakistan’s Ministry of External Affairs called off NSA-level discussion between India and Pakistan at the penultimate hour by issuing statement that the scheduled programme couldn’t be held on the two conditions laid down by the External Affairs minister of India Sushma Swaraj. In response, Indian government said that Pakistan government called off the meeting as strong evidences surfaced proving strong evidence of Pakistan’s involvement in multiple terrorist attacks. Available documents point out that prime accused of 1993 Mumbai serial blast, Dawood Ibrahim, is currently present in Karachi and has 9 residences throughout Pakistan, out of which one is present near son of ex-PM Benazir Bhutto’s son Bilawal Bhutto Zardari’s house. Sources say India is all set to take the evidences to international forum and urge Pakistan to respect Ufa agreement. USA has expressed disappointment regarding cancellation of proposed talks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wraps up his UAE visit in an upbeat note. During his 2-day visit, PM Modi met Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan (Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi) and Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum. Narendra Modi is the first PM to visit UAE in last 34 years. Both India and UAE agreed to elevate their comprehensive strategic partnership and came down heavily on the countries that sponsor terrorism. While addressing the business fraternity in UAE, PM Modi hard sold India as a business prospect by saying that currently there is immediate investment opportunity of around $1 trillion in India. While both countries agreed to set up infrastructure fund to the tune of $75 billion, they agreed promoting strategic partnership in the energy sector.