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Major News and Events of 01 January 2015

What Happened on 01 January 2015


32 Websites Blocked by India; Social Media Outrage Witnessed

Communications and Information Technology ministry has confirmed that 32 websites have been blocked in India on November 15 on specific request by Mumbai’s Anti Terrorism Squad. As per government’s news release Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate had issued the order on 10 November 2014 and urged blocking of websites urgently.

Some of the websites blocked are DailyMotion, Vimeo, Weebly, GitHub, Pastebin, archive.org, one project of SourceForge and others. Social media outrage is witnessed after the ban. Analysts opine that targeted blocking such as central DNS URL filtering should be used by government instead of blocking entire site in cases of problematic content.

Planning Commission to become 'Neeti Ayog'

The restructured Planning Commission of India will be known as ‘Neeti Ayog,’ according to media reports. Sources indicate that the new body will comprise 4 Union Ministers along with 5 Full-time members, who will be experts from different fields. To give a final shape to the new planning body, PM held discussion with chief ministers of various states during early-December 2014.

Though disagreements surfaced on various aspects, but consensus was reached on strengthening federalism as well as more flexibility for states to implement programs.  

Home Minister Expects Pakistan to Come on Track

Rajnath Singh, Home Minister of India, expects Pakistan to come on track either today or in the coming days as Indian diplomats initiated talks with their counterparts in Pakistan regarding ongoing ceasefire violations along International Border and LoC. Currently, the troubled neighbours are in a diplomatic tussle as 1 BSF personnel and 4 Pakistan Rangers have died yesterday over ceasefire violation.

Pakistan has lodged protest over cross border firing by summoning Deputy High Commissioner in Pakistan. Reports indicate that Pakistan Rangers first targeted a patrol party of BSF and the latter retaliated strongly, killing 4 Pakistani Rangers.

'Gyan Sangam' of Bankers and Encouragement for Investment to be major theme of 2015

Chiefs of the major financial institutions in India are all set to meet at 'Gyan Sangam' from January 2 to January 3, 2015, according to media reports. This program will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, and Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. M&A of PSU Banks are expected to be the main theme of two-day program.

On New Year’s Eve, Arun Jaitley through a Facebook post said that encouragement will be given to both private and public investment in manufacturing as well as infrastructure sectors in 2015.

Sales Figure of Maruti Suzuki Improves

Maruti Suzuki posts better sales figure than expected in December 2014, according to media reports. While analysts expected sales of 1.02 lakh cars in December, Maruti Suzuki actually sold 1.09 lakh cars last month. In fact, sales has increased by 20 per cent. Major boost for sales came from exports, which surged by 171 per cent. Domestic sales increased by a moderate 13 per cent. Maruti Suzuki India’s Chairman, RC Bhargava, has said that his company expects the demand for automobiles to increase in 2015.

Dhoni Missed Australian PM's Tea Party

Mahendra Singh Dhoni conspicuously missed tea party given by Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia. After this sudden absence of the ex-skipper Australian media was abuzz with the news of Dhoni returning back to India even before the final test match between India and Australia starts on January 10. However, BCCI Secretary has dismissed all kinds of media reports and confirmed that MS Dhoni will be there along with the team till the last match, to be held at Sydney, ends. It is reported that Virat Kohli adorned spotlight during the afternoon tea party given by Tony Abbott.




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