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Major News and Events of 30 January 2016

What Happened on 30 January 2016


3rd Consecutive Grand Slam Title Win for Sania-Hingis

Successful Indo-Swiss pair of Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis registered their 3rd consecutive Grand Slam title win (after winning Wimbledon as well as US Open in 2015) by winning the Australian Open yesterday. In the final, Sania-Hingis pair defeated spirited Czech women’s doubles pair Lucie Hradecka and Andrea Hlavackova in a 1 hour and 45 minutes duel in straight sets (7-6 (7-1), 6-3). It was Santina’s 36th match straight win, taking pair’s consecutive title win to 8.

Infosys Founder Murthy suggests Innovative Solution to help India take a Technical Jump

N R Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys, has asked India to forge agreement with US in sending 10,000 students every year to the US for coming 50 years for pursuing PhDs in most important areas such as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) with the clause that the students have to come back to India to serve country for at least one decade. While addressing Indo-American Chamber of Commerce Conclave 2020 in Bengaluru, Murthy said that it will cost India around $5 billion every year.

Business Climate Survey shows Slight Dampening Sentiment but continued Investment

Swedish Chamber of Commerce in India in association with Embassy of Sweden has conducted a Business Climate Survey. It found out that private companies are continuing their investment as well as expansion of both operation and manufacturing in India in spite of slight dampening of sentiment this year with respect to previous year. Harald Sandberg, Ambassador of Sweden to India, has said that findings of the survey are based on the views of 141 Swedish companies that are operating in India.

PM Modi vouches for Reform to Transform India

While addressing Economic Times Global Business Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi not only charted out his elaborate plan for a prosperous India but also boasted his government’s success in ending high-level corruption. He stressed on rationalizing subsidies, improving governance, and implementing reforms for transforming lives of every Indian citizen. PM Modi said, foreign direct investment in India has increased by 39 per cent and the share of India’s contribution to global growth has increased by 68 per cent in last 18 months.

Mass Hunger Strike at Hyderabad University against Dalit Scholar Rohit Vemula's untimely Death

A day when the now deceased Dalit scholar Rohit Vemula would have turned 27-years-old, his fellow protestors organized a mass hunger strike campaign along with a candle light vigil at Hyderabad University. Rahul Gandhi, Congress Vice President, also joined protesting students during midnight at the request of Vemula’s family and friends. Just hours before visit of Rahul Gandhi, Interim VC Vipin Srivastava was changed by the university and in his absence responsibilities were handed over to Prof. M Periasamy.

Government constitutes Technical Group for monitoring Zika Virus Situation after WHO's Warning

WHO yesterday warned India that Zika virus is spreading explosively. Zika virus originated in Africa but outbreak of the disease began last year in Brazil. It has now spread in 24 countries of America and also exists in Asia. WHO expects the disease to affect around 4 million world-wide. Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads Chikungunya and Dengue, spreads Zika virus too causing serious birth defects and other neurological problems. Union government has constituted technical group for monitoring the situation.