Major News and Events of 29 May 2016
What Happened on 29 May 2016
Finance Minister Jaitley reaches Japan on a 6-day Tour
Sales of Khadi Units increase by 14 Per Cent as India Inc Complains
ISRO to Scale New Heights by Launching 22 Satellites in Single Mission
CBSE Class 10 Results Announced, 96.36 Pass Percentage
New Classified PMO Files show British never labelled Netaji Subhas as War Criminal
Modi government celebrated its two years in office by organising a 6 hour long “Ek Nayi Subah” (A New Dawn) programme at India Gate yesterday where Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the successes achieved by his government. He took pot-shot at Congress by saying people who looted India during previous governments are now opposing current government’s developmental programmes. He differentiated opposition’s obstructionist agenda with their agenda of development. PM Modi also vowed to root out corruption and said corrupt persons will have to face difficulties for their past deeds. However, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi led a “mashal” procession, close to the India Gate event, of party workers yesterday and hit out at both central government and Aam Aadmi party led Delhi government.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley started his 6-day Japan tour today. Most noted scheduled meetings of Jaitley are with SoftBank CEO Masayoshi Son and Chairman of Suzuki Motor Osamu Suzuki for discussing investment opportunities in India. Jaitley will meet Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe tomorrow during Nikkei Inc organised 22nd International Conference on 'The Future of Asia'. Jaitley will then attend the conference on May 31, followed by his keynote speech at National Investment & Infrastructure Fund (NIIF) roundtable (from where India is eyeing to attract Rs. 40,000 crore investment), and meet heads of Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) and Japan Overseas Infrastructure Investment Cooperation for Transport and Urban Development (JOIN).
In a stark contrast with India Inc’s complaint of having weak rural sales in rural India due to poor rains, khadi and village industries are registering double-digit growth (14 per cent sales growth registered during 2015-16 reaching Rs. 37, 935 crore). Most of the 7 lakh privately-owned household units, funded through PM's Employment Generation Programme, have spiked sales in the last 2 years mainly through aggressive distribution push including bulk order from institutional buyers such as Indian Railways and Air India.
Science and Technology
ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) Chairman Kiran Kumar, while speaking at the sidelines of FKCCI (Federation of Karnataka Chambers of Commerce and Industry) organised event, has said that after the successful testing of reusable launch vehicle, they will launch a record 22 satellites in a single mission during June-end. Out of 22 satellites, 3 will be Indian and the rest commercial ones (from USA, Germany, Indonesia, and Canada). Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director K Sivan said PSLV C34 will be used by ISRO for the launch.
CBSE class 10 results were announced yesterday with an overall pass percentage of 96.21 per cent. Girls outperformed boys as pass percentage of the former (96.36 per cent) is more than 96.11 per cent. Total candidates registered for the examination was 14,91,293 and the most successful schools, in terms of categories, is Jawahar Navodyaya Vidyalayas (98.87 per cent) followed by Kendriya Vidyalayas (98.85 per cent). Interestingly, 1,68,541 students (85,316 boys and 83,225 girls) all over India scored a perfect 10 CGPA (Cumulative Grade Point Average).
New revealed classified documents on Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose show that British never labelled him as war criminal. 24 classified files, released recently, consist a correspondence between external affairs ministry and Permanent Mission of India in New York in 1999 that reveals that Netaji Bose’s name was not present in the Central Registry of War Criminals and Security Suspects (CROWCASS) of United Nations. This puts to rest the speculation that Netaji was wary of returning to India post-1945 due to that war-criminal tag.