Major News and Events of 24 October 2015
What Happened on 24 October 2015
Saina Nehwal loses in French Open Quarter Final Match
Apple Watch to be launched in India on November 6
Government at last Steps in to Control Spiraling Prices of Pulses
Jaitley retracts from "Tyranny of the Unelected" Comment and assures obeying SC ruling on NJAC
PM Modi hopeful of Launching a New Era of Partnership from India-Africa Forum Summit
After joint statement of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and US President Barack Obama assured adequate action against terror outfits including Lashkar-e-Tayyiba along with Haqqani network, India hoped that Pakistan delivers what it has promised. However, Lashkar-e-Taiba’s spokesperson Abdullah Gaznavi criticised Pakistan PM’s joint statement with US and went on to say that the move was aimed to gratify India. Reports say that Pak PM Sharif in a speech, delivered at Washington’s US Institute of Peace, tried to create a bogey by saying that his country will have to undertake “counter measures” against building up of arms by India. Pakistan Rangers targeted 9 posts in Samba sector, violating ceasefire pact, without any provocation from Indian side. BSF retaliated strongly.
India’s campaign at French Open Super Series badminton tournament ended after World No. 2 Saina Nehwal crashed out of the tournament in the quarter final match. Top seeded Saina went down to seventh ranked Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand in staright sets 9-21, 15-21. The quarter final match between Saina and Intanon, played at Stade Pierre de Coube, went on for 39 minutes. In the men’s singles match, India’s Prannoy lost to Hong Kong’s NG Ka Long Angus in the second round. The other Indians who lost in the second round match are Ajay Jayaram in the men’s singles and Jwala Gutta-Ashwini Ponnappa women's doubles pair.
Science and Technology
Apple Inc. is at last bringing its celebrated Apple Watch to the Indian shores, reports say. Apple India website has announced that Apple Watch is going to be launched in India on November 6. The Indian release of Apple Watch is almost after 6 months of its global launch. Though no announcement on its Indian price has been made, it is believed that base model of Apple Watch is going to cost around Rs. 30,000. Reports also say that three variants of Apple smartwatches will be available in India and they are Apple Watch Sport, Apple Watch Edition, and Apple Watch.
After retail pulse prices breached Rs. 200 per kg in some leading cities of India, Union Government at last took certain initiatives – both in terms of buffer creation planning and cracking down on hoarders. In a nationwide crackdown on hoarders, Union Government seized 50,000 tonnes pulses from ten states. A cabinet note circulated says that the central government has decided to create a buffer stock of pulses (amounting to around 500,000 tonnes) and the process of buffer creation will start from November itself. It also said that in November, 40,000 tonnes of pulses will be purchased through National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation of India.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jailtley retracted from making scathed attack on Supreme Court ruling over National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC). He assured, during a news channel debate, that his government will abide by the ruling of apex court on NJAC and there would be no confrontation between parliament and judiciary. At a time when sedition charges have been slapped upon Jaitley by Jhansi district court in UP for his earlier comment of “tyranny of the unelected”, union finance minister’s retracting assumes significance. However, during the debate he said that his government will abide by the orders of SC on NJAC, taken by the court rightly or wrongly, and stressed upon further requirement of debate on the issue for “an independent and credible judiciary”.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has hoped that 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit will mark the beginning of a new era of partnership between India and African countries. Talking to African journalists, PM Modi made it clear that the focus areas of India revolve around skill development, education, health, agriculture, clean energy, infrastructure, institution building, and human resource development. While interacting with the journalists, Modi took the opportunity to ask 54 participating African nations to join India’s campaign of overhauling structure of UN Security Council and make it more representative of the current world order, inclusive, and most importantly more democratic.