Major News and Events of 24 May 2015
What Happened on 24 May 2015
Tussle between Union Government backed Lt. Governor and Delhi Government escalates as Kejriwal calls Emergency Assembly Session
Congress Launches Multi-Pronged Attack on Narendra Modi Government on Eve of its 1st Year Anniversary
NSA Ajit Doval calls Bangladesh Most Important Neighbour of India before PM's Visit to the Country Next Month
ISRO all set to Test Aeroplane-shaped Small Reusable Launch Vehicle coming July
Indian Boxers had a Great Day at Doha International Tournament and AIBA Women's Junior World Championships
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, during second press conference highlighting success of Narendra Modi government’s one year in office, said that they are successful in bringing inflation within control “to a great extent” in last one year. In comparison to last one decade, overall inflation is at a better situation now, he added. Jaitley emphasized that the factors that led to bringing down WPI and CPI from their peak of 11 per cent include fall in international crude oil and commodity prices, coupled with adequate government measures in the last 1 year to control food inflation. Congress’s Kapil Sibal hit back at Arun Jaitley by claiming that he is naïve of the ground realities on food inflation and questioned whether he has at all visited the market. Sibal claimed that expense of necessary food items including pulses, vegetables, and fruits have soared.
Aam Aadmi Party government in Delhi has up its ante against the Lieutenant Governor and Union Government as it called a 2-days emergency session of Delhi assembly on May 26 and May 27. Arvind Kejriwal called this emergency session to discuss on the issue of Home Ministry giving absolute powers of appointing bureaucrats to Lt. General with the option of consulting Chief Minister of Delhi on issues such as public order and police on Najeeb Jung’s discretion. Though Assembly session was originally scheduled to start in June for passing state budget, a cabinet meeting chaired by Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal yesterday took the decision of calling the emergency session. When Union Minister Kiren Rijiju was asked about his response, he said that Kejriwal always resorts to “drama” but his government at the centre believes in governance.
Indian National Congress has opened multiple fronts against Narendra Modi government on the eve of the latter’s one year completion in office. Congress called the Union Government as "a one-man government" and referred Modi as “Murder of Democratic India". While presenting Congress’s report card on the works done by the current NDA government at the centre, senior INC leader Jairam Ramesh attacked PM Modi by calling him "Super Gagan Vihari", thereby taking a dig at PM’s frequent foreign visits. National Spokesperson of INC, Abhishek Manu Singhvi, accused the current government of compromising national security by reducing defense sector spending significantly. Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan told media that the decision to purchase 36 Rafale fighter jets deal is a non-transparent one as it bypassed defence procurement procedure, especially when inter-governmental agreement with France is absent.
Ajit Doval, National Security Adviser, told audience at Sixth India Bangladesh Friendship Dialogue’s concluding session that India and Bangladesh must exploit full potential of bilateral cooperation and went on to regard Bangladesh as most important neighbor of India. The statement comes days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits Bangladesh in coming June. He also credited Modi for ratifying long pending Land Boundary Agreement between the two countries recently. Doval expressed satisfaction in the fact that the two countries now have a clearly demarcated border, both in terms of land and maritime. NSA went on to say that India is proud to have a neighbour like Bangladesh that is fully responsive to the security sensitivities (both counterfeit currency and insurgency) of India.
Science and Technology
Satish Dhawan Space Centre’s Director M.Y.S.Prasad from Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota told media that India is all set to launch its aeroplane-shaped small reusable launch vehicle, Indian Space Research Organisation’s important engineering experiment, during second half of July. ISRO officials have said that the plane-shaped launch vehicle will be mounted on a 9 tonnes fuel-loaded PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket’s strap-on solid booster. It will be separated from the rocket at 70km altitude and will glide back to earth at a descending speed of around 2 km per second. Fins on the machine will be used for controlling descent speed. The official also said that necessary protective tiles have been attached so that it doesn’t catch fire while descending. Official at Thiruvananthapuram’s ISRO unit vouched for the need of modern techniques for detecting faults even before a system failure takes place.
Indian boxers had a gala day as Indian men boxers at Doha International Tournament bagged 7 medals (4 golds, 1 silver and 2 bronze medals) and junior women boxers bagged 5 medals (3 golds and 2 silvers) on the final day of AIBA Women's Junior World Championships. Gold medals at Doha International Tournament were won by Manoj Kumar, Manish Kaushik, Shiva Thapa, and Devendro Singh in the 64kg, 60kg, 56kg, and 49kg men’s boxing categories respectively. While Gaurav Bidhuri won the silver medal at 52kg category, Mandeep Jangra and Vikas Krishan won bronze medals in the 69kg and 75kg men’s categories. In the AIBA Women's Junior World Championships, the three golds were won by Sakshi, Mandeep Sandhu, and Savita in the 54kg, 52kg, and 50kg respectively. Silver medals were won by Niharika Gonella in 70kg category and Soniya in the 48kg category.