Major News and Events of 30 May 2015
What Happened on 30 May 2015
India Launches Virtual Memorial Wall to Honour Martyred Soldiers
Delhi Government Softens Stand; To Seek Lt. Governor's Nod on Transfers/Postings of Senior Bureaucrats
Sania Mirza and Leander Paes Advance in French Open with their Respective Partners
Finance Minister "Absolutely Sure" of India's Economic Recovery after Reports of 7.3 Per Cent Growth in 2014-15
Prime Minister Assures Ex-Servicemen about Government's Commitment over "One-Rank-One-Pension"
Science and Technology
Reports say that Union Minister for Earth Sciences Harsh Vardhan will dedicate a super computer named “Bhaskara” to the nation on 2 June that is said to have high-resolution regional models for boosting weather forecasting of India. This super computer will help meteorologists to conduct R&D for correctly making weather forecasts including those on cloud burst events, heavy rainfall, and tropical cyclone. A statement of Ministry of Earth Sciences said that Earth System Science Organisation’s High Performance Computing (HPC) facility will have highest “computing power of 1.14 petaflops” after commissioning of “Bhaskara” supercomputer. The statement also said that ESSO-NCMRWF’s HPC facility fructified after acquiring IBM iDataPlex Supercomputer that has highest computing power of 350 teraflops having aggregate memory of 67 terabytes.
A virtual Memorial Wall has been launched by India to honour soldiers who sacrificed their lives during UN peacekeeping operations. Asoke Mukerji, India's Ambassador to the United Nations, unveiled the virtual wall yesterday at a ceremony to mark International Day of UN Peacekeepers. The wall will have details of the 161 Indian peacekeeping soldiers who sacrificed their lives in the line of action while serving on behalf of 16 UN Peacekeeping Missions under the Blue Flag. Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations will have this virtual wall. Special Committee on Peacekeeping Operations recommended construction of the permanent memorial wall, which Special Political and Decolonisation Committee is considering as a part of draft proposals. Reports say that launch of the virtual wall is precursor to the eventual construction of permanent Memorial Wall on UN headquarters’ premises.
Delhi Government has softened its stand and conveyed to Delhi High Court that they will send posting and transfer decisions of senior bureaucrats from central government cadre to Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung for approval. They also conveyed that in case of disagreement the matter will be transferred to President. Political analysts believe that this stance conveyed to the Delhi HC is acknowledgement by Kejriwal government that the final call on bureaucratic posting and transfers rests with the Lt. Governor or Union government. While issuing notice to MHA, Justice Rajiv Shakdher said let the Lt. Governor have a look at the proposal, followed by referring it to council of ministers. If the need be, then the same will be sent to the President of India. HC didn’t issue stay order on the MHA notification that gave all the power of appointing senior bureaucrats in public order and police to L-G.
Both Sania Mirza and Leander Paes advanced to third round of French Open doubles tournament in Paris. Top seeds in women’s double tournament, Sania Mirza and Switzerland’s Martina Hingis defeated Stephanie Foretz-Amandine Hesse duo in straight sets in the 2nd round match, played in Stade Roland Garros’s Court 3. In the men’s doubles match, Leander Paes and Canada’s Daniel Nestor defeated Andre Begemann-Julian Knowle pair in straight sets 7-6(3), 6-2 in the second round. Eighth seeded mixed partners Leander Paes and Martina Hingis progressed to the 2nd round by humiliating Juan Sebastian Cabal-Alla Kudryavtseva duo 6-2, 6-3. Another Indian Rohan Bopanna progressed to the third round of men’s doubles with Romanian partner Florin Mergea by defeating A. Krajicek-D. Young in the second round match by 3-6, 6-3, 7-5. However, Rohan Bopanna- Yaroslava Shvedova pair crashed out of the mixed doubles in the first round itself.
Arun Jaitley, Union Finance minister, referred to the recently published official report by Central Statistics Office (CSO) and said that Indian economy is currently recovering. The concerned report showed that in the 2014-15 fiscal, India grew at a pace of 7.3 per cent. In 4th and last quarter of 2014-15, India grew at 7.5 per cent rate, thereby outpacing GDP growth rate of China (7 per cent) in the same quarter. Though the FY2014 GDP data missed the estimated rate of 7.4 per cent, it faired significantly well above 6.9 per cent of 2013-14. Arun Jaitley also rebut ex-PM Manmohan Singh’s claim that the Indian economy is in a fragile condition and said that the country which is growing at a faster rate than any other country in the world cannot be in a fragile state. He also referred to the manufacturing sector as the silver lining.
After ex-servicemen threatened to go on “maha rally” on 14 June in New Delhi followed by marching to Red Fort on 15 August to protest against delay in implementation of “One Rank One Pension” (OROP) mechanism, PM Narendra Modi assured ex-servicemen that his government is committed to the OROP proposal. The reaction comes a day after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that his government is still in the process of preparation in implementing the OROP proposal, which involved huge sum of money (Rs 22,000 crore, per reports). However, he also added that he is currently not able to give a particular date of implementation as there are multiple departments involved. Reports say that ex-servicemen feel let down by Narendra Modi government as Modi said during 2014 Lok Sabha election rallies that implementation of OROP would not have been delayed if Atal Bihari Vajpayee assumed power in 2004.