Major News and Events of 23 January 2016
What Happened on 23 January 2016
Mary Kom, Sarita Devi, & Puja Rani to Represent India at South Asian Games 2016
ISRO successfully launches IRNSS-1E
Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojana accounts witness spike in Deposits
PM Modi greeted with Protests at Ambedkar University, Condoles Scholar Rohith Vemula's Suicide
PM Modi declassifies 100 Secret Netaji Files on his 119th Birth Anniversary
Main accused Sambia Sohrab of the hit-and-run case in Kolkata’s Red Road during Republic Day parade rehearsal, killing Corporal Abhimanyu Gaud, on morning of January 13, has reportedly confessed that he was driving the brand new Audi on the fateful morning. A top Kolkata Police officer said that Sambia (son on ex-RJD MLA and now TMC leader from Barrabazaar area Mohammed Sohrab) ultimately confessed during strategic interrogation yesterday after misleading initially. The accused also confessed to drunk driving.
Three leading woman boxers MC Mary Kom, L Sarita Devi and Pooja Rani won their respective category’s final bouts to get selected for representing India at South Asian Games 2016. The twelfth version of the game is going to be held this year in India’s Guwahati and Shillong. While Sarita Devi defeated Soniya in the light weight category, Mary Kom defeated Sarjubala Devi in the fly weight one. Pooja Rani humiliated Aruna Mishra by 3-0 in the middle weight category.
Science and Technology
ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) successfully launched Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System (IRNSS-1E), India’s 5th navigation satellite on PSLV-C31 from Sriharikota space centre. While Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the scientists by saying that this successful launch has made India proud, President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated the team of scientists for their effort. ISRO’s Chairman S. Kiran Kumar said that positioning of this satellite will help India get positional accuracy for starting indigenous satellite navigation system.
Dispelling the apprehension that most of the 20.38 crore bank accounts opened till January 20 under Pradhan Mantri Jan DhanYojana will remain unutilized, recent available reports show that the actual number of zero-balance-maintained Basic Savings Bank Deposit Accounts have actually declined (from 76.81 per cent by September end of 2015 to around 32 per cent by December-end last year. Total deposit in these accounts has surpassed the Rs 30,000 crore mark, currently standing at Rs 30,638.29 crore or approximately $4.5 billion.
While PM Modi was delivering his speech at an event in Lucknow’s Ambedkar University, protesting Dalit students in the auditorium shouted “go back” slogan. Though Police was swift to make the protesters leave the auditorium, the incident made PM Modi condole suicide of PhD scholar Rohith Vemula at Hyderabad Central University. PM Modi acknowledged that the scholar was forced to take his own life. HRD ministry has set up a judicial inquiry on Rohith’s death. Congress called Modi’s condolence “crocodile tears”.
PM Modi kept his promise, made on October 14, by releasing digital copies of 100 secret files on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose on his 119th birth anniversary. National Archives of India (NAI) plans releasing 25 declassified files of Netaji Bose every month in digital format. However, Congress has reacted sharply on the release of these files. Anand Sharma doubted intentions of the central government and called it a “deliberate controversy”. Grand nephew of Netaji, Chandra Kumar Bose, welcomed release of the secret files.