Major News and Events of 24 July 2016
What Happened on 24 July 2016
Sushma slams Pak PM on Kashmir, Gets Cong Support
India expels 3 Chinese Journos on Intel Concerns
Neeraj becomes First Indian Athlete to Set World Record
PM Modi says Sports can become Instrument for National Integration
IAF AN-32 Aircraft still Untraceable as Massive Search Op enters 3rd day
Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh today chaired high level security meeting, met Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti along with delegations of political parties (including ruling PDP and opposition NC) to bring an end to the ongoing Kashmir unrest. Congress boycotted meeting Rajnath. Former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has urged Rajnath to solve the Kashmir problem politically. CPI-M leader Mohammed Yousuf Tarigami met Rajnath and asked him to open an unconditional dialogue with all stakeholders especially the voices of dissent for bringing peace in the valley. Rajnath Singh in a press meet negated the need of involving 3rd party for improving current situation in Kashmir and went on to emphasise that union government wants emotional relationship with Kashmir and not a need based one. He also asked Kashmiri youth to avoid getting engaged in stone pelting.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj hit out at Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif criticising his recent comment where he hoped for Kashmir becoming a part of Pakistan. In a press conference, with MoS Retd. Gen V.K. Singh and M.J. Akbar by her side, Sushma said that Pakistan’s dream and design of capturing Kashmir will never come true and went on to ask Pakistan not to lecture India on matters of military and police as it itself was involved in using weapons against its own citizens. She also asked Pakistan to desist from fuelling violence in Kashmir. Congress has supported Sushma Swaraj's statement.
India has decided to expel 3 senior Chinese journalists, who were employed with China’s official Xinhua news agency, following reports from Indian intelligence agencies about the trio’s suspicious activities, beyond their official works. The three Chinese journalists - Wu Qiang, Lu Tang and She Yonggang – were flagged by Indian intelligence agencies because they were found to visit restricted facilities under assumed names and also impersonated other people. The three Chinese journalists are asked to leave India by July 31.
18 year old Neeraj Chopra, India’s javelin-thrower hailing from Haryana’s Panipat district, created history by throwing javelin at a record distance of 86.48 m, breaking previous record of 84.69 m held by Latvia’s Zigismunds Sirmais. He achieved the feat during his third attempt at the Under-20 IAAF World Championships in Poland’s Bydgoszcz. After winning gold, Neeraj said that he never expected to throw at such a long distance. With this feat, Neeraj Chopra became the first Indian ever to create a world record in athletics.
While digitally launching country’s largest multi-city school and college sports competition, Reliance Foundation Youth Sports initiative, Prime Minister Narendra Modi called for the need of promoting sports in India. He also highlighted how sports can help in national integration. PM Modi said that “sports should be an integral part of our everyday life” and not merely a way “for physical well-being”. He said that “sports are important for overall development of an individual”. PM also underscored that sports help persons become fighter and help them learn “to deal with defeats”.
The massive hunt for the Indian Air Force A-32 aircraft has entered third day as stormy monsoon weather is making it difficult for 16 ships, 1 submarine, and 6 aircrafts to trace any wreckage. In Vishakhapatnam, Eastern Naval Command chief Vice-Admiral HCS Bisht told media that they have sought satellite information on where about of the plane with which control room lost contact over Bay of Bengal. Bisht also said that the search operation is going on a 24-hour basis.