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Major News and Events of 05 January 2015

What Happened on 05 January 2015

High Level Meeting at Home Ministry on Border Issues with Pakistan and Intelligence Matters

A top level meeting took place at home ministry today, attended by chiefs of Research and Analysis Wing (RAW), Intelligence Bureau, and many other officials. The meeting is reported to have discussed on multiple issues including internal security as well as situation persisting along Pakistan border. The meeting comes at a time when bilateral relation between Indian and Pakistan has hit another low with both sides resorting to cross border firing and retaliatory firing.

Intel Tip-off Warn about Kandahar-type Hijack Attempt of Air India Flight

Intelligence agencies have warned about possible hijacking attempt of Air India flights, similar to infamous 1999 Kandahar-hijack during first NDA regime. Per the tip-off, possible attempt could be made to hijack Air India flight and take it to Kabul, Afghanistan. High security alert has been issued in all the airports in India. It is reported that Afghan terrorists have heightened their movements to disrupt peace in South Asia, especially before the visit of US President Barack Obama to India, scheduled later this month.

Mamata's Nephew Slapped in East Midnapore

TMC MP Abhishek Banerjee, who also happens to be nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister and TMC Supremo Mamata Banerjee, was slapped by a youth named Debasish Acharya, an engineering student, yesterday during a public meeting in East Midnapore district. After the incident, the 25-year old youth was severely beaten up by TMC workers and is now battling for his life. Though reasons behind the Slap are not yet clear, rumour mills are pointing at widening rift within TMC as probable reason. Unconfirmed reports also suggest that Debashish was brainwashed by RSS worker named Tamal Pallab Biswas.

102nd Indian Science Congress witnesses New Trends, Controversies, and Bomb-Defusing Robots

Indian Science Congress is witnessing some new trends during the 102nd session. While, on one hand, it has discussed on Science and Technology of SAARC countries, on the other hand, controversial claims have been made on ancient sciences. This is the first time in ISC’s century old history, discussion was organised that delved with ancient science of engineering application, architecture, aviation, and methods of surgery. Per symposium on ‘Ancient Sciences through Sanskrit’, presented by Captain Anand Bodas, existence of interplanetary aircraft was claimed between 6 and 7000 BC. A robot called ‘Daksh’ was showcased at ISC that was capable of defusing bombs.

Redmi 2 Unveiled; Soon to Hit Indian Market

After the roaring success of Redmi 1S, Xiaomi has unveiled its latest entry-level smartphone named Redmi 2. It comes with Qualcomm 410 quad-core processor (64-bit), RAM of 1GB, 4.7 inch display, screen resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, dual 4G SIM, 8MP primary and 2MP secondary camera, and 8GB ROM. Redmi 2 is priced at 699 yuan (Rs 7,100 approximately) and will be available in Chinese market from January 9. This affordable handset is expected to hit Indian shores soon.

Virat Kohli to Lead India as Permanent Test Captain

Virat Kohli is all set to lead Indian cricket team as permanent test captain for the first time from tomorrow as Sydney gears up to host the final Test match between Australia and India at Sydney Cricket Ground, starting on Tuesday. The new test captain has reportedly said that MS Dhoni’s sudden retirement had shocked every member of his team.  He also said that he is going to rectify some of his mistakes he made during his ad hoc captaincy at first Test match of this series, played in Adelaide.

Air India Targeting Rs 750 crore revenue in FY 2015-16

National carrier of India, Air India, is targeting to earn revenues to the tune of Rs 750 crore in the coming fiscal 2015-16. The lofty projection comes after DGCA (Directorate-General of Civil Aviation) approved Air India’s MRO (Maintenance, repair, and Overhaul) unit. This unit will act as a fully owned subsidiary of Air India and will be known as Air India Engineering Services (AIES). Decision of setting up AIES is believed to be a part of revival plan of the national carrier, approved by the Union Government.      

Prospect of Opening Haldia Petrochemicals Brightens

Haldia Petrochemicals, one of the pioneering industries of West Bengal, is set to reopen soon after lenders and banks of the petrochemical behemoth agreed to infuse fresh funds in HPL. The lenders have responded positively after The Chatterjee Group’s Chairman Purnendu Chatterjee gave consent to invest a margin amount of Rs 100 crore. The main lending banks of this ailing behemoth include SBI, IDBI, Industrial Finance Corporation of India, ICICI Bank, and Punjab National Bank.

MMDR Act to be approved through Ordinance for Doing away with Supply Bottleneck for Aluminum and Steel Industries

Union Government is all set to approve Ordinance on Mining that will incorporate Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2014 (MMDR Act). Sources indicate that approval of the bill will help central government to allocate mining projects of minerals other than coal through auction route. Available information also indicate that mining lease transfer will be possible if MMDR Act gets approval. This move is expected to do away with the supply bottleneck of raw materials for aluminum and steel industries.

Indian Defence Minister Points out Terror Link with Intercepted Pakistani Boat

Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister of India, has made it clear that the intercepted boat near Porbander coast of Gujarat had terror links and it was not a smuggling attempt. The minister’s statement is similar to the statements issued by Naval coast Guards of India. Parrikar specifically mentioned that it is very suspicious why a boat will be blown up, when intercepted by coast guards, if it at all had smuggling materials. It is reported that security cover has been enhanced along Gujarat coastline.

EC expected to Announce Delhi Assembly Election Tomorrow

Election Commission sources revealed that Delhi Assembly election will be held by mid-February 2015. V S Sampath, Chief Election Commissioner, is expected to make formal announcement of Delhi Assembly election dates tomorrow. 100 companies of Central Para-Military Forces are expected to be deployed during the election where Aam Aadmi Party and Bharatiya Janata Party are expected to battle it out for the 70-seat Assembly.  

Mamata Banerjee Prepares to Take Saradha Battle to SC

Chief Minister of West Bengal and TMC Supremo is all set to take Saradha Chit Fund scam battle to an entirely new level with allegations of CBI misuse by central government. Sources within Trinamool Congress point out that the ruling party of WB is going through all available options for moving to Supreme Court with the allegation of misuse of the empowered intelligence agency by Modi government. The possible action comes after many top leaders of TMC have either being questioned or jailed on charges of alleged involvement with the multi-crore chit fund scam.  

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