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Major News and Events of 17 July 2016

What Happened on 17 July 2016


Margaret Alva's memoir alleges links of Gandhis with Agusta Westland Scam Kingpin

Senior Congress leader Margaret Alva in her autobiography “Courage and Commitment” claimed that Gandhi family has connections to Christian Michel’s (middleman of Agusta Westland scam) father Wolfgang Michel. She also said that it was she who raised voice against CPN Singh’s (ex-MoS Defence Production to South Africa and close aide of Sanjay Gandhi) infamous tank scam in the 1980s that led to his removal. The veteran Congress leader also mentions the deepening suspicion of Sonia Gandhi on erstwhile Prime Minister Narsimha Rao when his government appealed against a Delhi HC order that quashed Bofors Case linking Rajib Gandhi. However, Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala not only wondered about Alva’s sudden enlightenment after 30 years but also called it a ‘tool’ for popularising her book.

Pema Khandu to take oath as Arunachal CM Today

36 year old Pema Khandu today took oath as Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh after he was yesterday elected as the leader of Congress in the state assembly. The move comes after intervention of Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi through Kapil Sibal led to stepping down of Nabam Tuki as leader of the Congress Legislature Party. Chowna Mein today took oath as Deputy Chief Minister and reportedly said that young Pema Kahndu is very mature. With this move, Congress regained its majority with 45 MLAs in the 60-member Arunachal Pradesh assembly.

PM Modi reshuffles 6 Cabinet Committees, Smriti Dropped from CCPA

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reconstituted six cabinet committees, just a few weeks after the major cabinet reshuffle, and the major loser seems to be Union Minister Smriti Irani as she has been dropped from the position of special invitee to the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) after being shifted from HRD to Textile ministry. Some of the new faces who made to the CCPA include Prakash Javdekar and Anant Kumar. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, SS Ahluwalia, and PP Chaudhary have been included in the CCPA as special invitees.

Gadkari offers Tesla Land near major Indian ports to Make in India

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari has wooed US-based electric car major Tesla to set up its Asia manufacturing hub in India by offering land near major Indian ports so that they can export manufactured cars easily to South and South East Asian countries. With a view to introduce pollution-free road transport in India, Road Transport and Highways Minister Gadkari offered to promote joint ventures between Tesla and Indian automobile companies. Senior Tesla executive said that the Indian government’s offer will be considered at an appropriate time.

Vijender Singh wins WBO Asia Pacific Title

Indian boxing star in the commercial ring, Vijender Singh, clinched the WBO Asia Pacific Super Middleweight title after systematically dismantling 34-year-old Welsh-born Australian Kerry Hope in 10 rounds. Haryana’s Vijender became a unanimous winner after the score in his favour was 98-92, 98-92, 100-90. With this win, Vijender recorded 7 straight wins in the professional boxing circuit. Celebrities including M C Mary Kom, Virender Sehwag, Randeep Hooda, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, and Rahul Gandhi were present during the bout and cheered for Vijender Singh.

Kashmiri IAS Topper slams Media & Govt for "Breeding More Alienation" and Maiming Citizens

Shah Faesal, topper of civil services examinations who hails from Jammu and Kashmir, has hit back at Indian media by saying that the “propaganda and provocation” propagated by the TV Channels is “breeding more alienation and anger in Kashmir” especially at a time when Kashmir is mourning its dead. The popular IAS officer also threatened to quit his job if the “sadistic propaganda machine” by Indian media continues. Faesal also blamed J&K government for maiming citizens.




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