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Major News and Events of 23 January 2015

What Happened on 23 January 2015


IMF Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti briefs Media on India's Growth Projection

Deputy Director of IMF’s Research Department, Gian Maria Milesi-Ferretti, has told media during a press meet in Beijing that global forecast about India is more or less remains the same. He added that economic activities in India are still below expectation but the aspiring superpower in South Asia has retained its growth projections mainly due to the tumbling international crude prices. He reminded the press that India is still a net importer of petroleum.

Uber to restart Operation in Indian Capital after introducing better Safety Measures

The spokesperson of Uber cab services has revealed that the US based online cab-hailing company is all set to restart its operations in Indian capital after introducing new and upgraded passenger safety measures. Uber was banned by Delhi administration after one of its drivers raped a young finance professional working with a MNC in Delhi. It is learnt from company sources that they have now improved safety measures by introducing dedicated response team to reported incidents, in-app emergency button, and thorough background check of drivers.    

Indian Bourses Continue its Epic Run to Reach New Highs

Positive global cues, especially after the announcement of stimulus to the extent of $1.15 trillion by European Central Bank, have led to robust start of Indian bourses. While BSE Sensex opened with a jump of 400 points, NSE Nifty rose by 100 points during early trade today. Indian Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, today regarded political opposition to ‘reform ordinances’ as 'obstructionism', thereby vouching for further reform agendas in his kitty and at the same time telling investors what they want to hear from Modi government. At 3.15 pm IST, BSE Sensex was trading at 29,287.35 (up by 281.53 points) and NSE Nifty was trading at 8,834.90 (up by 73.25 points).

Amit Shah Kick Starts Delhi Election Campaign after Announcement of Candidate

National BJP President Amit Shah, while addressing a meeting of East Delhi’s booth in-charges, said that Aam Aadmi Party is their main contender and regarded Congress as literally non-existent. He also asked the party workers to intensify door-to-door campaign and clear air on the ‘lies’ campaigned by AAP. Shah stressed on winning Delhi Assembly election because he believes this will prise open the opportunity to win every state of India. BJP party sources have revealed that 24 national level and important leaders of BJP will campaign in favour of Kiran Bedi during Delhi Assembly election.   

AAP goes on a Damage Control Mode as Bedi reaches Shanti Bhushan

With simmering revolt against autocratic functioning style of Arvind Kejriwal, AAP is trying hard to play down the praising comments of its founder member Shanti Bhushan on BJP’s Chief Ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi. While Kumar Vishwas tried to project Bedi as a sympathizer of the saffron brigade right from Anna Hazare’s anti-corruption movement, Prashant Bhushan said that he along with his party do not support his father’s comments on Bedi. Prashant has also called the ex-IPS officer opportunist. It is learnt from reliable sources that CM-nominee of BJP is eager to meet Shanti Bhushan and thanked the senior AAP leader for his praising.

Congress Campaign get Hi-Tech during Delhi election; Interesting times ahead of Prez Daughter

Delhi state committee of Congress has decided to up its ante against its rivals by taking help of technologies. In this end INC has flagged off forty five LED display-bearing vans yesterday that intend to spread words of achievements by its government done in the last fifteen years. These vans are expected to campaign in all seventy constituencies of Delhi. While Arvinder Singh, chief of Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee, is spearheading the campaign, former CM Sheila Dixit is conspicuously missing from the campaign. Sharmishtha, daughter of Indian President Pranab Mukherjee, is likely to confront a tough contest at Greater Kailash Constituency because of a triangular contest.

Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikant, Dilip Kumar, Advani, and Baba Ramdev, to get Padma Bhushan Award

Sources reveal that the original list of 148 names for Padma Bhushan awards have been cleared by intelligence, which consists names such as yesteryear's ‘angry young man’ Amitabh Bachchan, South Indian film superstar Rajnikanth, yesteryear senior actor Dilip Kumar, senior BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, yoga guru Baba Ramdev, and many others. The final list of persons who will be given this prestigious award is expected to go up to 136. Announcement of the final list will be done on January 25.

Manohar Parrikar drops a Bombshell; Alleges Compromise of Deep Assets by some ex-PMs

Manohar Parrikar, Union Defence Minister of India, has alleged that some ex-PMs compromised with national security related ‘deep-assets’. However, he stopped short of naming any specific former Prime Minister. Congress, main opposition party in the Lok Sabha, asked Parrikar to either come clean and reveal the names of PMs or apologise publicly for making the statement. It is learnt from sources that Union Defence Minister made this controversial comment while explaining why he is unable to reveal information on Pakistani boat, carrying suspected terrorists, which was blown up by Indian Coast Guards some days back.

India-US Nuclear Deal Faces Hurdles; Negotiators work Overtime to Narrow Differences

Sources have revealed that two important issues between the US and India regarding the long pending Nuclear Deal – the question of liability as well as US’s insistence of tracking usage of nuclear material supplied by America – have surfaced again as major hurdles in the finalization of Nuclear Trade between the two countries, especially before Obama’s India visit. Though negotiators from both countries are trying hard to narrow down their differences, India has made it clear that they will not make any change to the liability law.

India to become No. 1 in having Most Facebook Users on Mobile by 2017

Report published by eMarketer, a market research firm, has revealed that by the year 2017 India will have most number of users when it comes to Facebook users on mobile. In the coming 2 years the Indian users of this social media giant will cross the number that in the US, the current leader. Per the report, there will be 145.9 million users by the year 2017, who will access Facebook from their mobile devices. In the USA, the number will be 138.8 million by 2017.

Supreme Court verdict bars Srinivasan from Contesting BCCI Chief's Position

Supreme Court has said that BCCI’s chief-in-exile N. Srinivasan has conflict of interest as he held ‘commercial interest in cricket’ during IPL scam and at the same time was BCCI chief. In an unprecedented judgement, apex court of India has struck down the 6.2.4 and thereby asked Srinivasan to either contest for the position of BCCI President or remain owner of Chennai Super Kings. Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan are also being referred as guilty by SC in its 130 page order.

Shocker for India in Australian Open as Sania and Paes Crash out

Indian ace tennis player Sania Mirza crashed out of Australian Open’s double’s event when the Sania Mirza - Su-Wei Hsieh (from Cheinese Taipei) duo lost to doubles partner Alicja Rosolska and Gabriela Dabrowski in straight sets. The final score was 7-6, 6-4 against Sania-Su. In men’s doubles event, partners Leander Paes of India and Raven Klaasen of South Africa lost to Fabio Fognini-Simone Bolelli duo by 6-2, 4-6, 1-6. Though Paes-Klaasen duo won the first set but couldn’t maintain the momentum and crashed out of the Grand Slam event.