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Major News and Events of 16 December 2015

What Happened on 16 December 2015


Delhi-Center Tussle Continues on CBI Raid

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal questioned the real intent of CBI raid and today released images of documents that he claims were seized by CBI. Kejriwal alleges that the real purpose of CBI's raid was to take away a DDCA file that he claims will expose Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s central role in a scam. When inquired about the charges leveled, Jaitley called them “rubbish”. Today CBI defended the raid by saying they will produce all the seized documents before the court. With all the political parties including TMC, CPIM, Congress and others condemning the CBI raid, Assam CM Tarun Gogoi said that union government should not be vindictive, which may harm centre-state relation.

Congress Leader Salman Khurshid digs up Pranab-Manmohan Tussle of 2004

Senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid has stirred hornet’s nest by saying that 2014's humiliating defeat of the UPA II government couldn't have happened if Pranab Mukherjee was chosen as the Prime Ministerial candidate back in 2004 instead of Manmohan Singh. He called the decision a surprising move for many at that time. Khurshid also called Manmohan a “game changer” during Narasimha Rao government as a finance minister. However, Khurshid pointed out that the ex-PM gave him considerable freedom to work as external affairs minister. With this statement, Khurshid has surely brought out the erstwhile Manmohan-Pranab tussle out in the open again.

India calls for snapping Political Convenience from backing Terrorism at Shanghai Cooperation

While speaking in a meeting of heads of governments in Shanghai Cooperation Organisation grouping, MoS for External Affairs VK Singh has said that international terrorism has become a serious threat to both pluralistic societies and peaceful nations. He also called for closer coordination of the member countries of Shanghai Corporation and stressed on the point that the time has come to stop political convenience as an alibi to back terrorism. The minister also asked the SCO member nations to be zero tolerant towards terrorism. VK Singh said that establishing peace and stability in Afghanistan without external interference is one of SCO’s main goals.

PAN to become Mandatory from Januray 1 on Various Transactions to Check Black Money

Union Government has made it mandatory for usage of PAN number for various transactions (effective from January 1 2016) including buying of foreign travel tickets, hotel bills, non-luxury cash transactions, bank accounts, and many more. Reports say that this step has been undertaken by the Finance Ministry to tighten disclosure norms so that domestic black money generation can be checked. PAN quoting will become mandatory to buy foreign travel tickets or pay hotel bills of Rs. 50,000. For non-luxury cash transactions of over Rs. 2 lakhs PAN will be needed. Immovable property purchase of Rs. 10 lakh will also require PAN quoting.

Finance Ministry says Banks to disburse Rs 1.22 lakh crore under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana

Finance Ministry said that credit amounting to Rs 1.22 lakh crore will be disbursed this fiscal under Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana (PMMY) to marginal and small entrepreneurs. The statement also said that the largest disbursement of the fund under PMYY will be done by the public sector banks (Rs 70,000 crore), followed by private and foreign banks (Rs. 30,000 crore) and regional rural banks (Rs. 22,000 crore). Statistics shows that till November 25, Rs 45,948.28 crore has been disbursed under PMYY scheme.

ISCA President says no Storytelling without Scientific basis will be allowed at Science Congress 2016

During 2015 Indian Science Congress (held in Mumbai), Indian Science Congress Association’s General President, Ashok Kumar Saxena, said that after confronting criticisms regarding promotion of mythology in the name of science he has resisted similar attempts this year. During 103rd Indian Science Congress 2016, any paper that does not have scientific base will not be allowed to be presented. Reports say focus of 2016’s ISC (to be held in University of Mysore) will be “Made in India”.

Apurvi Chandela and Chain Singh win Gold at 59th National Shooting Championship

Qualifiers of Rio Olympics, Apurvi Chandela and Chain Singh have respectively won gold medals in Women's 10M Air Rifle event and Men's 50M Rifle 3 Positions during 59th National Shooting Championship. While Apurvi collected 207.8 points to win the gold medal, Chain Singh collected 452.8 points in the final round to secure gold. In the Women's 10M Air Rifle event, silver and bronze medals were won by Geetakshi (206.8 points) and Anjum (185.7 points). Silver and bronze medals in Men's 50M Rifle 3 Positions were won by Gagan Narang (451.1 points) and Swapnil Kusale (441.7 points).

Rohan Bopanna wins Singles and Doubles Matches to Extend IPTL Domination of Indian Aces

Rohan Bopanna has won both his singles and doubles matches in the International Premier Tennis League to help Indian Aces win against Philippine Marvericks 30-17. Agnieszka defeated Ajla Tomlajanovic 6-4, thereby helping Indian Aces consolidate lead. In the mixed doubles, Sania Mirza and Ivan Dodig duo defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin and Jarmila Gajdosova pair 6-4. In the men’s doubles, Rohan Bopanna paired with Ivan Dodig but faced stiff resistance from Roger-Vasselin and Treat Huey but the Indian team raced past their opponents in the shootout 7-2. Indian team ended the contest on a winning note as Bernad Tomic defeated Ivo Karlovic 6-4.

Delhi Police nabs two Suspected Jihadi Operatives

Delhi Police’s Special Cell has nabbed two suspected Jihadi operatives, residents of Uttar Pradesh’s Sambhal district, who were allegedly planning to carry out mayhem in the national capital during Christmas and New Year celebrations. One of the operatives is Asif of Ayman al-Zawahiri's Al-Qaeda. These two operatives were under Police scanner for quite sometime. However, around 2 years back they disappeared and are suspected to have attended Jihadi training camps in POK (Lashkar-e-Taiba training camp) and Afghanistan. Reports say that the arrests are connected to the case registered by the Special cell early December that pointed out to the presence of two suspected LeT operatives in Delhi, planning to hit high profile leaders including PM Modi.




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