Major News and Events of 24 April 2016
What Happened on 24 April 2016
PM Modi to address 3000 Panchayat Representatives at Panchayati Raj Sammelan
India-France launch Solar Programme for Developing Countries, To Facilitate over $1 trillion investment
India along with 174 Countries sign landmark Paris Climate Change Deal
Salman Khan chosen as Goodwill Ambassador of India at Rio Olympics
Liquor Baron Vijay Mallya's Passport revoked by Ministry of External Affairs
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today started his address to the nation by talking about the heat wave in several parts of India, need of water conservation, and the effectiveness of sprinkler and drip irrigation. PM Modi referred an Ahmednagar village where farmers changed cropping pattern to conserve water during summer. He also said there’ll be a good monsoon (106-110 per cent rainfall) this year. Prime Minister stressed upon the need of cleaning Ganga River and importance of Panchayati Raj that propagated democratic values in Indian villages. He informed that 1 crore families have willingly given up LPG subsidy. Modi stressed upon quality education, skill development, and importance of technology in learning. PM Modi also talked about tourism development and urged upon Kumbh Mela photo competition.
PM Narendra Modi is all set to address around 3,000 Panchayat representatives (from across the country) during Panchayati Raj Sammelan in Jharkhand’s Jamshedpur today. Though it was UPA government that started celebrating Panchayati Raj Day (April 24, 2010), PM Modi will decentralize the celebration from Delhi to all over India. The event will be streamed live from JRD Tata Sports Complex to every (2,58,000) Gram Sabha across India. National Panchayati Raj Day will henceforth be celebrated under “Gram Uday Se Bharat Uday Abhiyan” and PM will release Ministry of Panchayati Raj’s mandate and Devolution Index Report today.
India-France launched a solar finance programme for facilitating development of solar energy potential of developing countries. The facilitation works will be two-pronged – lower finance cost and facilitate investment flow of over $1 trillion to ISA (International Solar Alliance) members. The announcement was jointly done by Indian Power minister Piyush Goyal and French environment minister Segolene Royal. Another programme was signed by over 25 countries at ISA meeting that aims providing solar technology to farmers for harnessing “energy of the future”.
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Environment Minister of India Prakash Javadekar along with representatives of 174 other countries signed the landmark Paris climate change agreement, which Javadekar regarded as “triumph of collective wisdom” for saving the world. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon reminded that it is “a new covenant with the future” where every party needs to meet the signed promises. Reports say the agreement will come into effect later this year once 55 countries contributing at least 55 per cent global emission joined it formally.
Indian Olympic Association (IOA) chose Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as goodwill ambassador of Indian team for Rio Olympics from a list of 3 names, other names being Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan. IOA reportedly reasoned that Salman was chosen as he is a youth icon and inspiration for fans of body building. India’s legendary sprinter “Flying Sikh” Milkha Singh demanded revision of this “unprecedented” decision and favoured choice of a sportsperson in place of a movie star.
Spokesman of Ministry of External Affairs, Vikas Swarup, said that liquor baron Vijay Mallya’s passport has been revoked by the ministry under S.10(3)(c) & (h) of Passports Act 1967 after closely assessing the facts tabled by ED (Enforcement Directorate), Non Bailable Warrant issued by Special Judge Mumbai under PMLA Act, 2002, and replies given by Mallya to the show-cause notices. The move comes after MEA said they have started the process to bring Mallya back to India.