Major News and Events of 25 June 2015
What Happened on 25 June 2015
HTC Launches One ME dual-SIM Smartphone at Rs 40,500 in India
CMs Sub-Group of NITI Aayog on Swachh Bharat Mission to Submit Report to Government by August 15
Looming Threat of yet another Flood in J&K as Flood Alert Sounded in Kashmir
Congress files Complaint against Maharashtra Minister Pankaja Munde in alleged Rs. 206 crore Scam
PM Modi to Launch Three Urbanisation Projects Today
Union Finance Minister urges US Investors to Invest in India without Delay
United Nations Report says India maintained Lead in FDI Inflow in South Asia
40 Years of 'Emergency' in India: PM Modi calls it "One of India's Darkest Periods"
Vasundhara Raje's Signed Documents helping Lalit Modi get UK Permit Stumps BJP
Trouble Brewing for HRD Minister Smriti Irani as Delhi Court accepts Petition Questioning her Educational Degree
Team India wins final ODI by 77 Runs
Science and Technology
Bhaskar Pramanik, Chairman of Microsoft India, said that his company is all set to commission three hyper scale data centres in India by on-going year, which are expected to serve hyper sensitive sectors including financial services as well as government sectors. To emphasise on the usability aspect, Pramanik went on to add that it will not only be cost effective but also flexible and advanced technology driven if government wants to address 1.2 billion citizens all at the same time. They will be commissioned and ready for testing in three months time and will be ready for launch by 2015-end. He also said that in the coming year they will concentrate on two products - cloud business as well as Windows10.
Science and Technology
HTC has launched its new higher mid-range smartphone model One ME dual-SIM at a price of Rs. 40,500 in India. Reports say, it will be available in India from June-end. It took just few weeks for HTC to launch the phone in India after early June release in China, indicating rising importance of Indian smartphone market to global players. HTC One ME comes in two colour variants, Rose Gold and Meteor Grey. This dual SIM mobile handset runs on latest Android Lollipop 5.0 version and is powered by a 64-bit Helio X10 chip processor clocked at 2.2GHz speed. Other important features of this new HTC smartphone are 5.2-inch Quad HD display, 20MP front faced camera with LED flash, 4-ultra pixel rear camera, etc.
Reports say that Chief Ministers’ sub-group of Niti Aayog on Swachh Bharat Mission is likely to submit its detailed report to the Union Government by 15 August 2015. Andhra Pradesh’s Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu, who is heading this Niti Aayog’s sub-group, told media in Bangalore that they are trying to submit the report before Independence Day this year. He also said that the next meeting of the sub-group will take place in New Delhi. If the need be, ministries and departments of the union government (such as rural development, urban development, central electricity commission, power ministry, and finance ministries) will be roped in the concerned meeting as incentive schemes and tax sops may have to be factored in.
Jammu and Kashmir is again on the verge of another flood and a flood alert has been sounded after water level of Jhelum River crossed danger mark in multiple areas. Met department has said that continuous rain has taken place in Kashmir since yesterday and is expected to continue incessantly till today evening. A high flood alert has been sounded in both Anantnag district’s Sangam and Srinagar City’s Ram Munshibagh as river water level at both these places were 26.80 feet and 19.80 feet respectively, which are way high above danger mark. People living in Kulgam district (south Kashmir) have already left their villages because of reported flash floods destroying many of their houses, coupled with flood waters pouring in from local Vessu River.
Pankaja Munde, daughter of late Gopinath Munde as well as Women And Child Welfare Minister of Maharashtra, is accused by Congress of flouting rules and giving away 24 contracts for purchasing daily usage items (such as books, dishes, mats, and chikki) required by government-run schools, amounting to Rs. 206 crore, without tender. As per government rules, any purchase done by a government entity, above Rs. three lakh, has to be done through e-tender floating. However, Pankaja has denied all charges against her by saying that she didn’t flout any rule. Prithviraj Chavan, ex-CM of Maharashtra and senior Congress leader, asked for a probe either by CBI or ACB and went on to seek explanation from both CM Devendra Fadnavis and PM Narendra Modi.
PM Narendra Modi today launched three ambitious urbanisation projects for developing cities and towns “as new engines of growth”. These projects are “Housing for All” (renamed Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana), AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation), and “Smart Cities Mission”. The total investment worth of these three projects is Rs. four lakh crore. PM said the Smart Cities Mission aims to enhance quality of life for 100 identified cities/towns by service improvement through applying smart solutions, and providing sustainable/clean environment. PM Modi said that there is a housing shortfall of around two crore units and the government wants to provide houses to all by 2022, the year when Indian Republic celebrates 75 years of independence.
During a roundtable conference in San Francisco, organised by Indian industry body CII with Kotak, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley assured investors in US that the government’s lack of majority in Rajya Sabha will not delay impending important legislations (such as indirect tax regime reform) indefinitely. He went on to urge investors to invest in India without delay. He promised them a globally compatible business climate in India and went on to vouch for the absolute necessity of land, labour and tax reforms. In a significant move, Jaitley promised foreign investors of setting up a permanent consultation mechanism for addressing their concerns. While addressing the steps undertaken by Narendra Modi government regarding Black Money, one of their major poll promises, Jaitley said that they are taking steps for compressing “flow of black money” and added that they are trying to weed out the root causes.
A report by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), named World Investment Report 2015, has observed that inflow of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in South Asia has increased to $41 billion, which is an increase of 16 per cent. The report says that most of the FDI inflow has taken place in India itself (amounting to $34 billion), thereby leading the chart of countries in South Asia attracting maximum FDI. Report says that rate of FDI inflow has jumped by 22 per cent in India in 2014 in comparison to previous year. Last year, FDI outflow from India has also picked up and touched $10 billion, which is a five-fold increase since 2013. UNCTAD report notes that most of the greenfield investment projects in South Asia during 2013-14 went to India (12 projects amounting to a total of $100 million).
Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembered the dark days of Indian democracy when in 1975 Emergency was imposed by the then PM Indira Gandhi. He said no one can forget June 25-26 of 1975 when emergency was imposed on Indians “for lust of power 40 years back” and turned the country into a jail. He called it one of India's darkest periods” when “political leadership trampled over our democracy. He went on to say that liberal and vibrant democracy is the key towards progress and called for strengthening ethos and ideals of democracy so that such dark periods never come back. PM Modi also took on Twitter to remember his learning from a wide array of leaders during anti-emergency movement. Interestingly, he remembered renowned political strategist and socialist Jaiprakash Narayan, who unified the opposition and rallied them against the then government.
Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh told media that the document (dated 18 August, 2011), signed by Vasundhara Raje, which supported ex-IPL boss Lalit Modi’s immigration application before UK government, is out in the open. In the signed document, Raje claimed before UK immigration that the expansive probe against Lalit was politically motivated. Though BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra avoided any comment on Congress’s claim of removing Raje from Rajasthan CM’s position by saying authenticity of the document is yet to be verified, sources claim that central BJP leadership has sought clarification from her. However, Rajasthan BJP has denied it. Vasundhara Raje on 16 June denied existence of such document but after the revelation it became a facepalm for BJP. New revelations say that Vasundhara was part of an August 2011 BJP delegation to UK for popularizing BJP among expats but she stayed back and signed the concerned document.
A Delhi court accepted the case that alleged HRD Minister Smriti Irani gave false information about her educational qualifications in her poll affidavits. Cognizance of the complaint was accepted by Metropolitan Magistrate Akash Jain and the pre-summoning evidence recording will be heard on August 28. Jain observed that Aug 28 is fixed because “present complaint case is filed under limitation”. Smriti Irani’s lawyer has said that the complainant has been asked by the court to prove the allegations and went on to opine that the court shouldn’t have taken up the case as “her educational qualifications are not false”. Ahmer Khan, the complainant, told media that the court has taken the matter seriously and he will present evidence before the court. In her 2004 poll affidavit, she declared her educational qualification to be BA but changed to B.Com Part-1 in the 2011 and 2014 affidavits.
Indian cricket team dodged the humiliation of 3-ODI Banglawash as they won the third and last match of the ODI series in Bangladesh by 77 runs. The game was played in Dhaka, Mirpur’s Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. India batted first and piled up a commendable score of 317 runs at the loss of 6 wickets. However, chasing a target of 318 runs, Bangladesh crumbled and were all out at just 240 runs in 47 overs. Most successful Indian bowler was Suresh Raina who took 3 wickets by giving 45 runs. The other bowlers who bowled well are Dhawal Kulkarni (2 for 34 runs) and R Ashwin (2 for 35 runs). Suresh Raina was Man of the Match and Mustafizur Rahman Man of the Series.