Major News and Events of 25 January 2015
What Happened on 25 January 2015
Xiaomi to sell Mi 3 on Republic Day
Penalty against e-retailers in Kerala
Yoga guru Ramdev's and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar's no to Padma award
Sania, Srikanth, Kashyaps enter into final of Syed Modi Grand Prix
US President Barack Obama arrives India, PM Modi welcomes President and the First Lady
US President Barack Obama paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi at Gandhi's memorial, Rajghat after receiving the ceremonial welcome at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He bowed with folded hands and placed a wreath at memorial. The officials of the memorial presented a replica of Gandhi's 'charkha' to the US President. President Obama then planted a sapling of Peepal tree and wrote on the visitor's book.
Science and Technology
Xiaomi, Chinese smartphone manufacturer has announced a sale of its popular smartphone Mi 3 on this Republic Day. Customers have to register online before 2pm IST on Monday to buy the phone. For registration customer has to like the Mi India Facebook announcement post and then share it with at least three friends, visit the promotion page to enter the email ID register with Flipkart. Because of limited stock selling will be based on firstcome-first-serve basis.
Kerala state department has issued a penalty of up to Rs 54 crore against e-retailers viz Flipkart, Jabong, Vector E-commerce for not paying sales tax in 2012-13 and 2013-14. Flipkart faced the harshest fine of Rs 47.15 crore whereas penalty against Jabong is Rs 3.89 crore, against Vector E-commerce it is Rs 2.23 crore and fine against Robemall Apparels is Rs 36 lakh. As the provision of cash on delivery (COD) mode was banned by Kerala's commercial taxes department, Jabong, Myntra, Flipkart and Snapdeal were not delivering to cities in Kerala. They resumed their services for a brief period. As per media report, a senior official stated that online retailers do not have showrooms so their websites will be regarded physical showrooms. All regional taxes will become applicable in case products from these websites are sold to local customers.
Yoga guru Ramdev and spiritual leader Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said no to Padma award. Government decided to honour these leaders on the Republic Day with the second highest civilian award. Baba Ramdev in a letter to Home Minister requested the government to give this award to some other deserving person and leave him as he is an “ascetic”. He should be left to serve the country selflessly. On the other hand Sri Sri Ravi Shankar had sent tweet to inform about his decision regarding this.
Indian shuttler and World number three Saina Nehwal defeated fourth seed Nichaon Jindapon in straight games and reached finals of the Syed Modi Grand Prix. In finals she will face world number seven Carolina Marin and compete for the title. K. Srikanth also registered a win against H.S. Prannoy. The pair of Manu Attri and K Maneesha has also defeated the Russian duo of Evgenij Dremin and Evgenia Dimova and reached the finals of the mixed doubles. In women's doubles Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa lost to Malaysian duo of Amelia Alicia Anscelly and Fie Cho Soong. In men’s doubles both Indian pairs are out of the tournament.
US President Barack Obama with his wife Michelle Obama have arrived in India and welcomed by PM Narendra Modi. Union Minister Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries were also present to welcome the President. Thousands of security personnel and approximately 15,000 security cameras will keep a tight vigil on Delhi. Near about 165 cameras have been installed on Rajpath. On Sunday President Obama will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other business leaders. He will also be a part of PM Modi's radio talk.