Major News and Events of 29 May 2015
What Happened on 29 May 2015
Abhinav Bindra becomes 4th Indian Shooter to Secure Quota Slot in Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games
Union Government Prepares to Launch "Digital India Week" coming July
Ex-Servicemen to go on Nationwide Protest on 14 June against Delay in Announcement of One Rank, One Pension Scheme
Indian Navy chief says India is Monitoring Chinese Navy Activities Closely
Supreme Court seeks Reply from Kejriwal Government on Union Government's Plea of Staying HC Order
Ex-CM of Bihar Jitan Ram Manjhi meets PM Modi fuelling Tie-Up Speculation with BJP
West Bengal CM to accompany PM Narendra Modi during Bangladesh visit on 6 June
Morgan Stanley Report expects Domestic Investors to Pump in $300 Billion in 10 years
Dun & Bradstreet ranks TCS, RIL, ITC as top 3 Companies in India
Science and Technology
Largest indigenous smartphone manufacturer Micromax has launched yet another budget device in the Unite series of phones – Micromax Unite 3. This will be available in the market at a price of Rs. 6,999 and has a unique feature of translating text with just a swipe. Micromax has pre-loaded this Unite 3 smartphone with ten regional languages and you can transliterate text in any of the languages with a swipe by using Unite Messaging Service. With the help of this smartphone you can change phone’s menu, chat, or type in the preferred language (out of the pre-loaded ones). Reports say that Micromax Unite 3 comes with 4.7-inch WVGA screen, Corning Gorilla Glass 3 cover on display, quad-core processor clocked at 1.3 GHz speed, Android 5.0 Lollipop OS, dual camera (8MP primary and 2MP secondary), multiple connectivity options (Wi-Fi, 3G, GPS, and Bluetooth), and others.
Abhinav Bindra, ace shooter and India’s only Olympic gold medallist in individual capacity, became the fourth shooter to secure quota slot in the upcoming Rio 2016 summer Olympic Games. The feat was already accomplished by Apurvi Chandela, Gagan Narang (by winning bronze medal in Fort Benning World Cup’s men's 50m prone event), and Jitu Rai (by winning silver in the 50m Free Pistol event during World Championships in Spain’s Granada) in earlier World Cups. Bindra got the quota slot after finishing 6th in the International Shooting Sport Federation’s final of 10m Air Rifle event. As per a release, Abhinav got selected for the final when he achieved a score of 627.5 during the qualification round, organised earlier in the day. Abhinav Bindra secured quota along with Russia’s Stevan Pletikosic (finished 7th) and Ukraine’s Oleh Tsarkov (finished 3rd).
Science and Technology
While celebrating one year in office Narendra Modi government has decided to step on the gas regarding the coveted “Digital India” programme by making a big ticket launch of “Digital India Week” in coming July. The main aim of this week-long programme will be to take technology to block levels and villages by promoting various initiatives including hackathons, distribution of merchandise, organising games, etc. Reports say that Department of Electronics and Information Technology’s National e-Governance Division (NeGD) is working closely with Prime Minister's Office since February for a big-ticket launch of Digital India Week programme. Sources say that NeGD has already given specific responsibilities to different agencies for printing and merchandising, gamification, messaging campaign, rural outreach advertising, formulation of creatives, and social media campaign. It is learnt that Digital India Week programme will be the flagship programme of Modi government’s second year in office.
Ex-servicemen are going on a nationwide agitation on 14 June against Union Government’s alleged slow stance on announcing One Rank, One Pension (OROP) mechanism. The demand took momentum after Prime Minister Narendra Modi didn’t announce the coveted scheme during Mathura rally, marking first anniversary of Modi government, after much hyped anticipation. 25 lakh-strong ex-servicemen’s community has decided to hold “maha rally” in New Delhi on 14 June. Admiral RK Dhowan has asked ex-servicemen to be patient as he claimed that much progress has taken place on the OROP issue but quickly added that the government has to take a decision soon. Dhowan also hoped for an earlier announcement. Political analysts believe that the agitation may take a political turn if announcement on OROP is not done soon as Rahul Gandhi already met ex-servicemen some days back and listened to their demands.
Indian Navy chief Admiral R K Dhowan told media after Naval Commander's conference that they are monitoring naval activities of the Chinese Navy closely. He went on to add that the Chinese Navy ships along with some submarines are present in the Indian Ocean since 2008. For maintaining security along the coastline and protect Indian Ocean, aircraft carriers and ships of Indian Navy are always placed on alert. Though there has been speculation of rising Chinese prowess in the Indian Ocean region after the information of Chinese Navy’s white paper on defence (saying gradual shift of focus from land defence to naval activities, giving Chinese Navy more prowess) became known, Dhowan downplayed the concerns. He said that every Navy formulates its own plans.
Supreme Court today gave Kejriwal-led Delhi Government three weeks time to reply on Union Government’s plea of staying High Court judgment that termed the 21 May notification of Ministry of Home Affairs “suspect”. In the concerned notification, MHA said that in terms of public order and police, Lt Governor can take independent decision on transfer/posting of bureaucrats without consulting Delhi CM. The notification also restrained Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) of Delhi government from acting against the officers in criminal offences. The vacation bench of Justices AK Sikri and UU Lalit observed that they will look into the matter after getting reply from the AAP government and for now they are not issuing stay of the Delhi High Court’s 25 May judgement. The bench also asked the Delhi government to reply within 6 weeks on Union Government’s appeal against judgement of High Court.
Jitan Ram Manjhi, former Chief Minister of Bihar and bête noire of Nitish Kumar, met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and discussed about the possibilities of tie-up between Manjhi’s Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM) and Bharatiya Janata Party. However, when Manjhi was asked about the summary of the discussion, he avoided by saying he had some “political talks” with the PM. Sources say that Narendra Modi didn’t give any “solid assurance” to the HAM leader. BJP is learnt to be keen to come together with Jitan Ram’s party for tapping the “Mahadalit” vote bank in the caste-ridden Bihar politics. Reports say that Hindustani Awam Morcha asked for contesting 50 seats (instead of its earlier demand of 70 seats) during upcoming Bihar election. When asked about the talks, spokesperson of HAM (which is in the process of becoming a political party) termed the discussion “very positive”.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has agreed to accompany Prime Minister Narendra Modi during his two-day Bangladesh visit, starting on 6 June, West Bengal CM’s confidante and Minister Partha Chatterjee told media. Reports say that Mamata assured Modi about her representing India to Bangladesh when they met on 10 May in Kolkata. This development is in sharp contrast to ex-PM Manmohan Singh’s Dhaka visit in 2012 because of her opposition to Teesta treaty. Analysts believe that India and Bangladesh are all set to sign the dotted lines on two important international treaties between the two neighbours, including Land Boundary Agreement and Teesta Water Treaty. However, when asked about proposed Teesta water sharing agreement, Chatterjee told media about his ignorance on the matter but added that Mamata will not object to it until and unless it comes in the way of Bengal’s interests.
Morgan Stanley, globally renowned investment banking and research firm, has estimated that domestic investors in India will become major players in the capital market as they are expected to invest $300 billion in the coming one decade. The firm also said that in the last one decade investment made by the FIIs (Foreign Institutional Investors) were $135 billion, almost triple of investment done by the domestic investors (a paltry $50 billion). In the report titled “India's domestic liquidity supercycle” (which is co-authored by Sheela Rathi and Ridham Desai) Morgan Stanley has observed that the newer generation of investors are willing to make investment in the equity market, unlike the trend witnessed earlier. The report also said that people are parking their money more in equities because of decrease in number of risk-averse persons, more favourable demographic and regulatory framework for investors, and enhanced investors’ education.
Dun & Bradstreet-compiled list of top 500 companies shows that, in terms of market capitalisation, Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) is the top most company in India. In the top 10 list, TCS is followed by Reliance Industries (RIL), ITC, ONGC, Coal India, Infosys, HDFC Bank, HDFC, Hindustan Unilever, and State Bank of India (SBI). While presenting the report, Kaushal Sampat (Dun & Bradstreet’s India President and Managing Director) said that in the last 12 to 18 months, there has been a significant rise in optimism not only on India but also on its economic prospects. However, he also observed that the pace of growth of top 500 companies has been a concern for D&B in spite of the ongoing recovery since 3rd quarter (April 2014-December 2014). Growth of these 500 companies slowed down from 11.7 per cent in FY13 to 8.7 per cent in FY14.