Major News and Events of 27 September 2015
What Happened on 27 September 2015
Shashank Manohar agrees to become next BCCI President
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari to visit Iran with over Rs. 1 Lakh Crore Investment Proposal
PM Modi hard sells Digital India Dream at Silicon Valley
India pitches for UNSC Reform and Permanent Seat along with other G4 Countries
Netaji Bose's Daughter urges PM Modi to Declassify Files
Science and Technology
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met the top IT leaders of the world including Tesla CEO Elon Musk, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Microsoft's Satya Nadella, Google's Sundar Pichai, etc. Infosys CEO Vishal Sikka said that PM Modi’s Digital India push is getting great support from Silicon Valley. While Cisco’s Executive Chairman John Chambers called Modi an "amazing Ambassador of India", Qualcomm's Executive Chairman Paul Jacobs announced his company’s decision of designing in India. Google CEO Sundar Pichai went on to regard India as world’s “fastest growing start up nation”. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella called for empowering “people from Nanyuki to Srikakulam” and revealed Microsoft’s plan of taking technology to 5 lakh Indian villages. While calling his meeting with PM Modi “terrific”, Apple CEO Tim Cook told Modi that late Steve Jobs got inspiration from India.
Ajay Shirke, President of Maharashtra Cricket Association, has confirmed that “Mr. Clean” Shahshank Manohar has agreed to become the next BCCI President after he became the “unanimous choice” of Sharad Pawar-Anurag Thakur alliance. When inquired about probable alliance of NCP chief Sharad Pawar with Tamil Nadu strongman and ex-BCCI chief N Srinivasan, Shirke dismissed them by saying Pawar will not do anything that is against board’s interests. Reports say Pawar-Srinivasan talks failed after Ajay Shirke and Niranjan Shah of Pawar faction opined against aligning with Srini. It will be Shahshank Manohar’s second stint as he served BCCI chief’s position during 2008-2011.
Union Nitin Gadkari is all set to lead a delegation to Iran with investment proposals to the tune of over Rs. 1 lakh crore. Currently, negotiation is going on between India and Iran on price of gas, to be delivered to a gas-based urea manufacturing plant in Iran’s Chabahar port SEZ. India is pressing on for lowering the natural gas rate from Iran’s proposed $2.95 to $1.5. Gadkari said that total investment in Iran projects (including development of ONGC’s gas discovery and partnerships in projects related to railways, highways, steel, and iron ore) can be more than Rs 1,00,000 crore but that depends upon oil price negotiations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi hard sold his “Digital India” dream before a large gathering of the IT business magnets at Silicon Valley in California. While calling the India-US partnership as a watershed moment, PM Modi said that “Digital India” initiative has the potential of transforming India at a scale that has not been witnessed anywhere else in the world in “human history”. He also stressed upon the need of true inclusive development along with his government’s commitment towards paperless transactions. PM Modi also promised more accountable and transparent governance. During dinner with 350 business honchos, Modi called Facebook-Twitter-Instagram new neighbourhoods. He also regarded social media as the platform for reducing social barriers, where people connect not on the basis of identities but on human values.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made a strong pitch in favour of reforming United Nations Security Council (UNSC) within a fixed timeframe and that’s too during the current UN General Assembly as the world has changed dramatically now from the time when United Nations was conceived. While hosting a summit of G4 countries (including Germany, India, Japan, and Brazil), PM Modi said that the time has come for UNSC to include the largest democracies of the world that drive the world economy for enhancing legitimacy and credibility of the organization. He also added that inclusion of the G4 countries as permanent members of UNSC will make the organization more representative of the current world order and will therefore help address the 21st century challenges more effectively.
72-year-old Anita Bose Pfaff, daughter of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, has appealed to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to declassify all the files, under union government’s jurisdiction, related to her father. She also believes that the government will be in a better position of asking the governments of Russia, Japan, and England to declassify their files once Indian government itself declassifies document on Subhash. When inquired about the recently declassified documents by West Bengal government, Anita said that she is yet to receive them. She also demanded DNA test of the ashes at Japan's Renkoji temple.