Major News and Events of 29 November 2015
What Happened on 29 November 2015
Pak PM says ready talking to India without Preconditions
Minister Goyal says Govt Planning to Create $1 Billion Private Equity Fund for Renewable Energy
India announces $2.5 million aid for 31 Small States in Commonwealth to Combat Climate Change
PM Modi to take Final Call on Indo-Pak Series
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha calls for Mature Statesmanship from Indo-China Leadership
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today addressed the nation through his 14th edition of “Mann ki Baat” on All India Radio. Highlighting the unprecedented water-logging in Tamil Nadu’s Chennai, PM Modi underscored the importance of remaining prepared for all kinds of disaster. He stressed upon the need of disaster management and preparedness by all SAARC countries and the increasing need of working together. PM Modi emphasized on the fact that it is everybody’s business in saving environment and opined that the recent floods were the outcome of climate change. While stressing upon the courage of disabled persons, he announced that India will celebrate “International Day of Persons with Disabilities” on December 3. Modi also talked about the importance of organ donation, solar energy, energy conservation, MUDRA Yojana, small entrepreneurs in the economy, and remaining fit.
Reports say that Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that it is ready for all kinds of dialogues with India without any kind of precondition. It is learnt that Pakistan PM made this statement while meeting British PM David Cameron at the sidelines of Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM). As more and more documents show Pakistan’s involvement in supporting or training militants in PoK and sheltering terrorists in Pakistan, it is important to note that Pak PM said during the meeting with Cameron that his country condemns all kinds of terrorism. British PM reportedly appreciated Pakistan’s efforts to eradicate extremism as well as militancy.
With UN Climate Change Conference in Paris (COP21) to start from tomorrow (November 30 to December 11), Union Minister of Power and Coal Piyush Goyal has said that Indian government is planning to create a private equity fund of US$ 1 billion for renewable energy sector, which will be seeded in the initial phase by the government companies. He made the announcement during “Talkathon” event on Paris conference. He also said that his government is in the process of creating a clean energy fund in the coming 3 to 4 years by collecting US$ 4 billion per year.
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External Affairs Ministry Spokesperson Vikas Swarup has said that for helping 31 small states in the Commonwealth in combating climate change, India has announced aid of US$ 2.5 million. Swarup also said that India has played its role in the 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), especially regarding pledge of financial assistance to the group’s island nations. 53 nation Commonwealth has committed itself to work towards a "legally-binding" as well as "ambitious" climate deal and vouched for the need of assistance by the developed countries to vulnerable ones for combating climate change issues.
Reports say that BCCI may not get clearance of India-Pakistan match anytime soon. BCCI officials have reportedly said that the Union Government is yet to say anything on the matter and they are speculating unlikelihood of the Indo-Pak series. Some reports have claimed that restoration of cricketing ties is not possible yet because the atmosphere is not conducive towards the same. It is learnt that PCB has received clearance from its government of playing with India in 3 ODIs and 2 T-20 matches from December 15. BCCI’s letter asking for central government’s consent is currently with Prime Minister’s office.
Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha, while talking to media in Hashimara of West Bengal’s Alipurduar district, said that both India and China have common interests and the former should not look at its neighbour as adversary anymore. While calling for mature statesmanship from both the countries, Air Chief Marshall said that for developing the region both the countries should coordinate and cooperate. He empahsised on the fact that friendly stance between the two economic and military powerhouse in the same region may not be adversarial in nature and can actually coexist. He also acknowledged that increasing military relationship of China with Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka is China’s strategic move for containing India. Raha also admitted lapses in security measures in the bordering areas of north east India.