Major News and Events of 28 November 2015
What Happened on 28 November 2015
PV Sindhu in the Final of Macau Open Badminton Tournament
CSE vouches for Global Initiative for Farmers' Safety due to Extreme Weather Conditions
GST Bill likely to be passed this Winter Season, Market Reacts Positively
India leads the Climate Change Concerns of Developing Nations at CHOGM
PM Modi reaches out to the Opposition, likely to end Parliamentary Stalemate on Key Issues
After acknowledging the looming threat of ISIS attack in India, Union Minister of State for home Kiren Rijiju has said that ISIS may carry out “lone wolf” attack in India, which involves single person to carry out terrorist attack mayhem. While accepting ISIS as a threat in India, Rijiju has said that challenges are there in tackling the erupting problem but certain steps have already being undertaken. The minister made the comments while replying to a query on 2008 Mumbai terror attack’s 7th anniversary. In an interview, MoS (Home Affairs) has said that youths from 5 southern states - Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, and Kerala – are getting more attracted to ISIS.
The lone Indian badminton player in Macau Open, PV Sindhu, is going great guns as she reached the finals of the tournament. Sindhu defeated Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the semi final match today in a three set battle 21-8,15-21, 21-16. Though Sindhu snatched the first game in just 14 minutes, Yamaguchi bounced back quickly to wrest the next set from the Indian shuttler 21-15. However, Sindhu held her nerve and won the third set 21-16. Meanwhile, world number 2 Saina Nehwal and world No.8 Kidambi Srikanth have qualified for prestigious BWF World Superseries Finals, to be played from December 9 in Dubai.
Science and Technology
Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) vouched for the need of global action for safeguarding interests of farmers from the extreme weather events’ consequences. This decision was adopted at National Consultation on Crop Loss Estimation, Relief and Compensation’s final day of discussion. CSE believes that the climate talks of Paris should not only focus on the damages as well as losses taking place due to climate change but also on the woes of the farmers. During the event, eminent agricultural scientist MS Swaminathan released the “Lived Anomaly” – the CSE report. CSE has warned that depopulation of rural India may take place due to agricultural unviability, caused by climate change.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, while meeting press outside PM Modi’s official residence at 7, Race Course Road, that meeting between the Prime Minister and Congress President Sonia Gandhi yesterday evening was optimistic and hopes that the well-awaited Goods and Services Tax bill is likely to be passed during this Winter Session. Reports say that both sides reached consensus on two crucial points and only a few issues are needed to be smoothed out. JDU Chief Sharad Yadav has said that they hope both Congress and BJP come on the same page for passing the GST Bill. It is learnt that more discussions are likely between government and opposition parties on the issue. With positive cues on GST coming from sources, the market ended the lull and bounced back by 170 points and BSE closed at an over three weeks high of 26,128.20.
In the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), India took lead in putting forward the concerns of the developing countries regarding the climate change issues, before the COP 21 in Paris. Sources said that the Indian officials attending the meeting said that pre-judgement of the negotiations should not be done. They also reportedly said that rich nations’ commitment to poor countries as well as small island nations must rise above the prevailing level. The Indian officials stressed upon the need of developed countries transfer finance as well as technology to the developing countries to help the latter meet their carbon emission targets.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reached out to the opposition parties yesterday evening by inviting Congress party Chief Sonia Gandhi and ex-PM Manmohan Singh to his 7, RCR residence for discussion. Analysts believe that PM Modi’s outreach will help break the impasse Parliament has been witnessing on many sessions now in the last one and half year of Modi government. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said, after the meeting that the meeting on GST Bill was a “good beginning”. While stressing on the importance of GST Bill, the minister said that the Congress party wants “a few changes” and expressed his optimism.