Major News and Events of 31 October 2015
What Happened on 31 October 2015
Moody's rebukes increasing Intolerance in India, asks PM to Act
Facebook-BSNL to develop 100 Wi-Fi Hotspots in Rural India
Aviation Ministry releases Draft Civil Aviation Policy 2015 for Feedback
PM Modi flags off "Run for Unity" and Remembers Contributions of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis reaches Final of WTA Finals
Election Commission has given Ajay Naik, Chief Electoral Officer of Bihar, strong worded advisory for abstaining two controversial BJP Bihar election advertisements from publication in all newspapers and journals till assembly election process in Bihar gets over, starting from today. One of these controversial adverts say that Grand Alliance partners Nitish Kumar and Lalu Prasad Yadav are trying to take away quotas meant for dalits and ECBs and pass them on to the minorities. Another BJP advertisement, having strong communal undertone, said that Grand Alliance in Bihar is protecting the terrorists for appeasing vote banks of a particular community.
Global Analytics firm Moody's Analytics has warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that his government may soon lose global as well as domestic credibility if it keeps failing in reining on the uncontrolled members of ruling BJP. The report noted that constant provocation has raised ethnic tension among the minorities. However, it also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has mostly distanced himself from making rhetorical “nationalist gibes”. In the “India Outlook: Searching for Potential” report, Moody’s said that with increase in communal rhetoric, it will be far more difficult to pass reform agendas in the Rajya Sabha, where government is in the minority.
Science and Technology
Anupam Shrivastava, Chairman and MD of BSNL, has said that Facebook has entered into a joint initiative with Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. for creating one hundred Wi-Fi hotspots in chosen 100 villages in India. As per the understanding, Facebook is all set to invest Rs. 5 crore per annum, for three years in a row, that includes buying of bandwidth from BSNL as well as IT infrastructure services for equipment as well as fibre deployment from Quad Zen and Trimax. The initiative will take place on the basis of revenue-sharing model and Rs. 5 lakh will be allocated for every earmarked site each year.
Ministry of Civil Aviation, in order to increase domestic air passengers four fold to a whooping 300 million by the year 2022 and seven times by the year 2027 to an astronomic 500 million, has proposed a Draft Civil Aviation Policy 2015 that has been put on ministry’s website for feedback. The concerned draft has discussed issues such as safety concerns, airports, code-share agreement, regional connectivity, bilateral traffic rights, 5/20 rule, and many more. One of the major highlights of the draft is proposal of capping fares to Rs. 2,500 per hour per passenger in unserved or underserved local destination. Another important proposal of the draft is slapping of 2 per cent additional RCF (Regional Connectivity Fund) charge on major domestic routes from January 1, 2016.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi today, on the occasion of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel’s 140th birth anniversary, flagged off “Run for Unity” march in New Delhi. While recalling the life of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, PM Modi remembered the “Iron Man” of India’s contributions in uniting India and stressed upon his non-indulgence in dynasty politics. Prime Minister also stressed upon the three inter-related preconditions to development – “unity, peace and harmony”. While celebrating National Unity Day or “Rashtriya Ekta Diwas” to commemorate birthday of first Deputy Prime Minister of India, Sardar Patel, PM Modi administered pledge of unity to thousands who arrived at Rajpath today and announced soon-to-be-launched initiative called “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat” or “One India Best India”. Modi also remembered late ex-PM Indira Gandhi, at the beginning of his speech, on her death anniversary.
Indo-Swiss duo Sania Mirza and Martina Hingis today defeated Chinese pair Chan Yung-Jan and Chan Hao-Ching in the semi final match of BNP Paribas WTA Finals Singapore in straight sets 6-4, 6-2. It will be number 1 seeded SanTina’s 10th final appearance together this year. Out of the earlier 9 final appearances, Sania-Hingis pair won 8 titles and finished runner’s up in just one. Winning women’s doubles title at WTA Finals Singapore will help Martina Hingis win her fiftieth WTA doubles title. Dubai Duty Free’s Senior Vice-President of Corporate Communications, Salah Tahlak, presented Sania Mirza-Martina Hingis with number 1 spot trophy in doubles category of 2015 WTA Year-End ranking.