Major News and Events of 25 October 2015
What Happened on 25 October 2015
Whooping rise in abroad Remittances under RBI Scanner
Union Government to hold Online "MyGov Talk" on Climate Issues Tomorrow
Mixed bag of Success for India at Air Asia Open
Indian Air Force allows Women to become Fighter Plane Pilots
PM Modi to addressed nation Today through his "Mann ki Baat" Programme
As India-Nepal logjam continues amid Madheshi-led agitation in the southern parts of Nepal, China has committed to supply 1,000 metric tonnes of fuel to strategically placed Nepal. The announcement comes after China’s earlier commitment of the same, said press advisor of recently appointed Nepalese PM. Reports say that the Nepalese government has given a no-objection letter to private companies for importing oil from China, which was a monopoly of state operated Nepal Oil Corporation earlier. The announcement comes at a time when Nepal is facing acute supply shortage due to blockade of important trade points along Indo-Nepal border by Madheshi population. The blockade is continuing even after discussion about the issue between Nepal's Deputy Prime Minister Kamal Thapa and Indian PM Narendra Modi.
Reserve Bank of India is currently closely scanning the remittances sent by Indian residents abroad, after steep rise in the same has been witnessed in the month of July 2015. Outward remittances of Indian abroad increased from $90.2 during July’14 to $380 in July’15. When contacted senior officials of the apex bank said that they are in close contact with authorised dealers for better understanding the underlying dynamics of the steeply increasing remittances sent abroad by Indian citizens, mainly for maintenance of relatives as well as education. Reports say that RBI is suspecting dodging of US tax authorities by certain Indians in the US by using Liberalised Remittance Scheme (LRS).
Science and Technology
Union government will hold a 45-minute online panel discussion tomorrow called "MyGov Talk" for seeking public and expert views on climate change issues. During the discussion, public opinion will be sought on the recent proposals (Intended Nationally Determined Contribution - INDC) India submitted on green house gas curtailment issues. An environment ministry’s official statement said that one of the main issues to be discussed before the start of crucial UN climate change conference (Conference of Parties - CoP21 - to be held from November 30 to December 11, 2015 in Paris) is importance of INDC or voluntary emission cut in promoting clean energy.
India’s campaign at Air Asia Open was a mixed bag. While Saketh Myneni along with his men’s doubles partner Sanam Singh won the AirAsia Open $50,000 Challenger tennis event, 3rd seeded Saketh lost the single’s event in the men's singles semi-finals. In the men’s doubles final, Indian duo Saketh-Sanam defeated Indo-US pair Vijay Sundar Prashanth and John Paul Fruttero in a 3 set battle 5-7, 6-4, 10-2. While the Indian pair received the winner’s check of $3,100, the Indo-US pair had to be content with $1,800 cheque. However, in the men’s singles semi-final Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain defeated Saketh Myneni in straight sets 6-4, 6-4.
Sitanshu Kar, Spokesperson to Defence Ministry, said that the ministry has approved induction of women as pilots of fighter planes. The first batch of women pilots will fly the fighter planes from June 2017 and will be selected from the current batch of trainees at Air Force Academy. Reports say that in 7 months time, training of women fighter pilots will start in the academy. The ministry decision comes a month after Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha announced induction of women fighter pilots on 83rd Air Force Day. Ministry of Defence is currently undergoing comprehensive review on the issue of including women in different branches through Permanent Commission and Short Service Commission.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the nation through his bi-monthly “Mann ki Baat” programme on AIR. PM Modi started the programme by stressing on importance of organ donation and eye donation. PM Modi remembered Mahatma Gandhi and his influence on Africa to call upon the success of India-Africa foreign summit, to start tomorrow in New Delhi. He stressed upon the need of people from both African nations as well as India to forge ties for a better future. Prime Minister announced abolition of interview for non-gazette central government jobs (for Group B, C, and D), starting from January 1, 2016. Modi said that sovereign gold bonds will be available soon in the banks for Indian citizens to park their money at. While stressing on unity in diversity, PM announced holding Run for Unity on October 31. He wished the nation Diwali in advance.