Major News and Events of 23 May 2015
What Happened on 23 May 2015
Sports Ministry Requests IPC to Allow Para-Athletes Compete under National Flag despite Ban on National Body
Coal and Power Minister woos Investors at U.S. India Business Council Investment Round-Table
PM chaired Panel Meeting fails to Appoint CVC and CIC; Final Decision on Meeting in June
Arun Jaitley holds Press Conference to Mark One Year of Modi Government
Jayalalitha Sworn in for the Fifth Time as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu
Science and Technology
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After IPC (International Paralympic Committee) gave permission in Sports Data Management System to Indian para-athletes for participating in the competitions under IPC flag, Sports Ministry has requested IPC to allow the players participate under their own national flag. The Ministry told media that the letter sent from them to IPC CEO Xavier Gonzalez thanked him for his support provided to the para-sports as well as para-athletes despite the fact that the national body of the games in India is banned. The letter also mentions that the para-athletes will be demotivated if they are not allowed to participate in the upcoming games without their national flag. The letter went on to say that in such a case, it will be a huge setback for the Union Government in its quest to promote para-sports in India.
Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Piyush Goyal, chaired USIBC (US India Business Council) investment round-table conference in Washington DC. While addressing the business persons and dignitaries, Goyal said that Narendra Modi led government is not only striving to keep the country corruption free but also creating foundation for ease of doing business. While stressing on the importance given by his government on energy sector and the self imposed target of increasing renewable energy production by five times to 175 GW in coming seven years, he invited businesspersons to participate in the $250 billion power sector opportunity in India. In the conference, he had a telephonic conversation with Ambassador Michael Froman (US Trade Representative) and also met Penny Pritzker (US Commerce Secretary) and Dr Ernest Moniz (US Energy Secretary).
The selection committees, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, met today at PM’s residence to appoint the heads of the Chief Vigilance Commission and Chief Information Commission, the key positions that are currently lying vacant for last several months. The decision to fill up the important posts comes after INC President Sonia Gandhi accused Modi government of keeping the CIC post vacant to weaken RTI Act and thereby compromise on containing corruption. The selection committee panel includes Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, MoS PMO Jitendra Singh, and others. Reports say that 12 people have been shortlisted from 530 applications. However, the selection committees failed to select chiefs for the important positions. Sources say that the final decision will be taken in a meeting to be held in first week of June.
During a press conference in Delhi commemorating Narendra Modi-led NDA government’s one year in office, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that his government’s achievements during this period is satisfactory. He went on to add that good governance must be blended with clever politics. Jaitley stressed upon Modi government’s success in delivering transparent and corruption-free governance along with passage of all bills except GST and Land Acquisition bills. He assured to tax corporate profits at competitive rates and implement new national sales tax in future. Jaitley put his faith on judicial procedure for resolving FII’s complaints on unresolved MAT issues. He weighed in favour of simplifying ITR forms. The Minister regarded inflation containment as important positive achievement of Modi government. When asked about Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi's remark on beef, Jaitley said that these kinds of comments will not affect his government’s policies.
AIADMK supremo and re-elected legislative leader of the party J Jayalalithaa has been sworn in as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu by Governor K Rosaiah. This is the fifth time she was sworn in as CM. Reports say that she will hold other important portfolios such as home, district revenue officers, general administration, public, police, and all India services. 28 ministers also took oath with Jayalalitha at the oath-taking ceremony organised in the Madras auditorium. O Panneerselvam, confidante of Jayalaitha who was handed over the CM’s position during her eight months absence due to conviction in asset disproportionate case, is reported to have got charge of finance ministry, second most important portfolio. Dignitaries who were present during the grand function were Superstar Rajnikanth, Sasikala (close aide of Jayalalitha), Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, ICC Chairman N Srinivasan, and others.