Major News and Events of 28 February 2016
What Happened on 28 February 2016
Ex-Home Secretary drops a bombshell by naming Chidambaram over Ishrat Jahan Controversy
DIPP data shows FDI increased 40 per cent in April-December 2015
Government asks Google to choose Telecom Partner in India for Balloon based Loon Project
Virat rescues India and beats Pakistan in Asia Cup Twenty20
JNUSU President Kanhaiya accuses Police of Inaction, Bail Petition to be Heard Tomorrow
Prime Minister Narendra Modi started his 17th edition of “Mann ki Baat” by expressing his support for the students who are appearing for crucial examinations in the coming months. PM Modi invited cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar and Chess Grand Master Vishwanathan Anand. Modi asked the students to get adequate sleep, lead a disciplined life, and follow a strict schedule. PM Modi introduced “National Science Day” which revolves around science and technology driven innovations and Make in India. Vishy asked students to remain confident, never set expectations too high, maintain balance, and not be pessimistic. Sachin Tendulkar asked to set targets first and never get stressed on expectation of others.
Former home secretary, G K Pillai, revealed that P Chidambaram personally overseen, in the capacity of Home Minister, the controversial changes in the Union Government’s original affidavit (August 2009) regarding gunning down of Ishrat Jahan. In the original affidavit, Ishrat was referred as part of LeT’s sleeper cell. A month after Chidambaram asked for the file from joint secretary citing need of reworking. The revised affidavit in September 2009 said IB’s comment on Ishrat Jahan’s LeT links were not backed up by conclusive proof (IB inputs don’t require proof).
Data released by Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) show that during April-December 2015 Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in India increased by 40 per cent from $21.04 during same period in 2014 to $29.44. During April-December of current fiscal, highest FDI inflow was in computer hardware and software segment ($5.30 billion), followed by services ($4.25 billion), trading business ($2.71 billion), automobile ($1.78 billion), chemicals ($1.19 billion), etc. Largest FDI source to India was Singapore ($10.98 billion) followed by Mauritius ($6.10 billion).
Science and Technology
After Google wanted to conduct Loon project experiments on scarce and expensive spectrum bands (700 Mhz or 800 Mhz bands) in place of the BSNL-held 2,500 Mhz band, Union government has asked Google to choose a telecom operator partner for testing Loon Project (a balloon-based Internet technology). Official sources say that this approach will end the roadblock to certain extent. Success of Loon Project in India can lead to direct signal transmission on 4G mobile phones, thereby replacing mobile towers.
A brilliant, calm, responsible, and classic batting by Virat Kohli rescued Indian cricket team from a humiliation in Asia Cup Twenty20 match against Pakistan in Bangladesh’s Mirpur and clinched a 5-wicket win over the age-old rival. Pakistan batted first but bundled out at a paltry 83 runs in 17.3 overs. With 84 runs to win, India lost three quick wickets with just 8 runs on board. Virat scored 49 runs in 51 balls. India scored 85 for 5 in 15.3 overs.
Kanhaiya Kumar, President of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union, claimed before Supreme Court appointed team that he was beaten up (almost disrobed) by a bunch of lawyers on February 17 at Patiala House Court premises in presence of police. He accused police of inaction and said that police didn’t allow him lodge a complaint against the attack. In a video released yesterday, the police officer present was really finding it tough to answer the lawyers. Kanhaiya’s bail plea will resume tomorrow.