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Major News and Events of 15 January 2017

What Happened on 15 January 2017


Jharkhand: Tata Steel's mines to have 1st drone application monitoring

Steel giant Tata Steel's Noamundi Iron-ore Mine in West Singhbhum, Jharkhand/ is soon going to become the first mine of the nation which will launch 'Drone Application in Mine Monitoring' (DAMM).

Noamundi Iron Mine will become the first Mine to launch DAMM on January 16, revealed a press release by Tata Steel. Balvinder Kumar, Secretary, Ministry of Mines will launch the DAMM.

Under the 'Make in India' by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, there has been an emphasis on role of Space Science in order to achieve good governance. Based on the Prime Minister's vision, Ministry of Mines has conceptualized and launched Mine Surveillance System on October 15, 2016.

MSS is a satellite-based monitoring system through automatic remote sensing detection technology to have responsive mineral administration by curbing illegal mining and public participation. Other dignitaries to mark their presence at the event are R K Sinha, Controller General, Indian Bureau of Mines, A B Panigrahi, Controller of Mines (CZ), Indian Bureau of Mines, Rajeev Singhal, Vice President, Raw Materials, Tata Steel, Pankaj Kumar Satija, General Manager (OMQ), Tata Steel and Manish Mishra, Chief (Regulatory Affairs), Tata Steel.

Jallikattu: Oppose, protests and police crackdown in Tamil Nadu

In Palamedu of Tamil Nadu, the residents have observed 'black pongal' and hanged black flags outside houses marking a protest over ban on Jallikattu. The city came to a standstill despite being ‘Pangal’ and citizens shut shops and establishments as a mark of their protest against Jallikattu not being allowed.

However, despite the ban by Supreem Court, a political party Naam Tamizhar Katchi organized Jallikattu with 24 bulls in Thanjavur, In Palamedu people were seen rallying with black flags. The situation worsened when bulls were taken through the Vadivasal - the entrance through which the bulls are let out in Jallikattu.

It was when the animals started running haywire, leading to chaos, police resorted to lathi charge. People displayed posters in favour of Jallikattu and against the supreme court and the Center government at venues that were initially marked for this event.

Apart from Jallikattu, Coimbatore residents organised a bullock cart race – Reckla, that has also been banned. Also, people tore off posters of actress Trisha who had supported the ban on Jallikattu, as a mark of protest.

The public is of the opinion that this ban on Jallikattu is an attempt by the authorities to take away the right of a community practicing their tradition. Having said that, people still have their hopes intact and believe that the centre will soon pass an ordinance to allow Jallikattu.

Ranji Trophy: Gujarat lions beat 41-time winner Mumbai at Indore Stadium

In one of the most beautiful and memorable Ranji matches ever, Gujarat has beaten up its opponent and 41-times winner Mumbai at the finals held at Holkar Stadium, Indore. While the credit goes to selfless performance by Parthiv Patel, no one can rule out the contribution of coach Vijay Patel who has lost a Ranji trophy to the same opponent, at the same Stadium 14 winters ago. And now was the time when his boys were taking home that finely crafted piece of silverware.

This was perhaps the most beautiful backdrop of Gujarat’s historic triumph. Gujarat’s Skipper Parthiv Patel scored 143, scoring a century under tremendous pressure and being on the crease for most of the time. Gujarat lions chased the target of 313 at a loss of 5 wickets while beating their rivals, or the arch rivals, by five wickets on Day 5 of the final.

This is the first Ranji Trophy title claimed by Gujarat lions.41 times champions, Mumbai managed 412 in their second innings, credits to half centuries by Abhishek Nayar and skipper Aditya Tare. Post the tea session, Rujul Bhatt and Parthiv Patel started dealing in boundaries when they were just 13 runs short from victory.

It was when Gujarat needed 11 runs to win, Patel was knocked out and Chirag Gandhi took over. What followed was back to back boundaries by Bhatt and Gandhi that made Gujarat lift its maiden Ranji trophy. 

Bihar boat tragedy: PM offers ex-gratia of Rs 2 lakh

Expressing grief over the Bihar boat tragedy, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has offered an ex-gratia from the PM National Relief Fund of Rs 2 lakh to the family of those deceased in the horrific incident. Also, PM has offered Rs 50,000 help for those seriously injured in the incident. At least 21 people drowned when two boats upturned in river Ganga near NIT ghat at Patna, Bihar on Saturday.

During the incident, around 40 people were returning back after participating Kite festival. This festival was organised by the state government on occasion Makar Sankranti. National Disaster Response Force(NDRF) teams have been roped in for relief and rescue operations.

Meanwhile, Nitish Kumar, the Chief Minister of Bihar has ordered inquiry into the boat tragedy. A three member team has been constituted to probe into the matter, which will be headed by Principal Secretary of State Disaster Department Pratya Amrit.

Also, the state government has offered Rs 4 four lakh ex-gratia payment to the kin of each of the deceased. As per NDRF Director General R.K. Pachnanda, 21 bodies have been recovered so far. Meanwhile the rescue operation is underway and the death toll is feared to increase.




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