Major News and Events of 23 March 2016
What Happened on 23 March 2016
Bomb alert for Delhi-bound Indigo flight from Srinagar
Moto X Play receives Marshmallow update
Travel advisory issued for Indians travelling to Brussels
Gatimaan Express' trial run kills 2
Zika virus vaccine development work high in India
24-hour licence now available for Delhi bars & restaurants
Sensex slips by 100 points, banking shares sell
Delhi Metro to ply from 2:30 p.m. on Holi
Today, Delhi received a go ahead to host the upcoming World Twenty20 semi-final scheduled to take place on 30 March 2016. DDCA (Delhi and District Cricket Association) has got the requisite clearances for utilization of the controversial RP Mehta Block at the Feroze Shah Kotla Stadium. Earlier, DDCA had been offered an extended deadline for furnishing the clearance till 2:00 p.m. today.
After a hoax call received for the Jet Airways flight yesterday, a bomb alert has been issued for an Indigo flight from Srinagar to Delhi. The plane has landed at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International airport and is undergoing a security check. The flight 6E853 took off from Srinagar and was coming to Delhi via Jammu. Bomb warning for the flight was received at the call centre of Indigo’s Chennai branch.
Science and Technology
Moto X Play smartphone users in India can now enjoy the all-new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow update which is loaded with Google’s monthly security update. Available over-the-air (OTA), the Marshmallow update comes with Unicode 8.0 emoji support and a camera shutter tone switch. The update will consume a memory space of around 388MB and hence the consumers are recommended to download the OS update via a high-speed Wi-Fi connection.
After the triple blasts that rocked Brussels yesterday, India has launched a travel advisory wherein it has asked all Indian nationals living in Brussels or visiting the place to exercise caution and remain alert all the time. Additionally, the Indians in Belgium have been specifically asked to avoid travelling via public transport and visiting crowded places like city centres.
Gatimaan Express, India’s first semi high-speed train killed two children during the trial run at the Runakta station. The two children have been identified as 8-year-old Arvind and 10-year-old Chotu. According to the Sub Inspector of Police Chandresh Gautam, the two kids were crossing the tracks when the superfast train was undergoing a trial session. During the trial run, Gatimaan Express had developed a technical glitch and hence had to be halted between the Mathura and Baad stations for nearly one hour.
Science and Technology
India is among the five countries where the project of developing a vaccine for the Zika virus is underway. According to WHO (World Health Organisation) more than 30 companies are already working on or have actually developed latest diagnostic tests for detecting the mosquito-borne virus. Talking about the development of vaccine, 23 projects are already being worked on by 14 vaccine developers in countries including India, Brazil, France, Austria and the United States of America.
According to Delhi government’s proposed excise policy for 2015-16, all restaurants and bar can avail the flexibility of remaining open on a 24-hour basis. The policy proposes reduction in the annual 24-hour excise licence fees by 45 to 60 per cent for restaurants and bars operated within hotels or motels. In addition to this, there is also a proposal to get over with the prerequisites for a 24-hour excise licence in order to serve alcohol in restaurants.
Both BSE Sensex and Nifty edged lower in the opening trades due to advanced selling of the IT, pharma and banking shares. While the Sensex fell by 100 points to close at Rs. 25,230, Nifty dropped by 21 points to close at Rs. 7,693. The major losers included Sun Pharma, State Bank of India, ICICI Bank, Kotak Mahindra Bank, HDFC Bank, Axis Bank and Reliance Industries.
Metro Services will not be available till 2:30 p.m. on all lines of Delhi Metro, including the Airport Express Line. Instead of the usual 6:00 a.m. time, Delhi Metro services will start at 2:30 p.m. and continue normally thereafter. Additionally, no Metro feeder bus services will be available for the entire day on Holi.