Major News and Events of 23 July 2016
What Happened on 23 July 2016
Kohli's maiden 200 with Ashwin's Ton puts India in Command in Test 1
Vedanta-Cairn India Merger Deal Sweetened to appease Minority Shareholders
National Leaders across the Political Spectrum visit Una on Dalit Row
Defence Minister visits Chennai and Monitors Search Op for Missing IAF Plane
Rajnath to visit J&K Today, Rules out Engagement with Separatists
External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj today tweeted that the 40-year-old-Judith who was abducted in Afghanistan’s Kabul on 9 June 2016 has been rescued. Judith D'Souza, who is a senior technical adviser at Aga Khan Foundation, was kidnapped by alleged militants from Kabul over a month back. After the abduction, Judith’s family residing in Kolkata, wrote to PM Narendra Modi, asking him to secure her release. Judith was working as a goodwill ambassador for well being of Afghan people and also participated in “developmental programmes” of Afghanistan.
Indian test captain Virat Kohli continued his stellar performance by hitting his maiden test double century against the mighty West Indian pacers on second day of the first test against the Caribbean team at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium of Antigua’s North Sound. Ravichandran Ashwin’s third test century, along with Wriddhiman Saha’s brisk 40, helped Team India to reach 566/8 and declare their first innings. By the end of Day 2, West Indies was struggling at 31/1 and was trailing by 535 runs.
Boards of Vedanta and Cairn India met yesterday to revise final terms for their merger deal to make it more attractive for the minority stakeholders, who termed the earlier deal unfair. The merger terms have been sweetened by promising each minority stakeholders of Cairn India 1 equity share along with 4 redeemable preference shares (having face value of Rs 10) in Vedanta. The preference shares can be redeemed after 18 months with an option of redeeming them within 30 days of allotment.
With Gujarat’s Una surfacing as the face of Dalit atrocity going on across the country and Gujarat Chief Secretary G R Aloria calling to stop hooliganism “in the name of self-proclaimed gau raksha samitis”, national leaders across the entire political spectrum are making a beeline in the west Gujarat town to express solidarity with the dalits. A day after Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel visited family members of the victims who were mercilessly beaten up by the so-called 'cow protectors', national leaders including Congress’s Rahul Gandhi and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal have visited Una. CPI's D Raja, CPIM’s Lok Sabha member P K Biju, senior JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav, and BSP supremo Mayawati will visit Una tomorrow. TMC’s senior leaders and grandson of Baba Saheb Ambedkar, Prakash Yashwant Ambedkar, are also expected to visit the dalit victims’ families. Meanwhile reports of dalit atrocities in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district also surfaced.
Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar today visited Chennai and monitored the search and rescue operation (carried out jointly by the IAF, Navy and Coast Guard) of the missing IAF AN-32 aircraft. The Antonov-32 transport aircraft, en route to Port Blair from Chennai, went missing yesterday with 29 people (17 military personnel, 4 officers, and 8 civilians) onboard. 18 warships and vessels, 3 Dornier aircrafts, 2 Poseidon-8I, and one C-130J Super Hercules have been deployed for the search and rescue operation in the probable crash zone. Parrikar carried out aerial survey over Bay of Bengal under rough weather conditions. Reports say, the missing IAF aircraft suffered 3 technical snags earlier this month even after undergoing life-extension, overhaul and upgrade refit not even a year back.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh today started his two-day visit to violence-torn Kashmir to take stock of the prevailing situation. Reports say he started his tour by holding a high-level security meeting in J&K capital Srinagar and was accompanied by top brass of ITBP and CRPF. He’s also scheduled to meet J&K Governor Narinder Nath Vohra and CM Mehbooba Mufti separately. Rajnath will also hear out civil society groups (including NGOs and rights activists), political parties, local businessmen, media representatives, state government officials, and security agencies. However, Union home minister will not engage with Kashmiri separatists such as Hurriyat Conference, who were seen hobnobbing with Pakistan for stalling Indo-Pak dialogue.