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Major News and Events of 18 July 2015

What Happened on 18 July 2015

Sports Ministry planning to Confer Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to Sania Mirza

Sources say that sports ministry is mulling the idea of conferring Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna to Sania Mirza, after she won Wimbledon doubles tournament of 2015 with Swiss partner Martina Hingis. Though the usual norm for getting the award is to apply for it, sources say Sania has not yet applied for the award. However, it is learnt that sports ministry is looking into the prospects of nominating Sania Mirza for the coveted award, keeping in mind the performance she gave in recent times. When inquired, Ajit Sharan (Sports Secretary) said that commenting on the issue right now will be too early. Though Khel Ratna award is conferred to a single sportsperson every year, rules have been relaxed in the last twelve years. Reports say that for getting  Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award, nine other players have already applied including Dipika Pallikal, PV Sindhu, and others.     

USA Appreciates Multi-Stakeholder Approach of India on Internet for Ensuring World Wide Web's Vitality

Under Secretary of State for Economic Growth, Energy and Environment, Catherine A Novelli, in a statement appreciated India’s support for multi-stakeholder approach on Internet. While appreciating the move, Catherine referred to Telecom and IT minister of India Ravi Shankar Prasad’s announcement, a few weeks back, of supporting multi-stakeholder approach on internet by Government of India at the meeting of Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). Novelli also said, while delivering speech at Internet Governance Forum-USA meeting, applauded Ravi Shankar Prasad’s stance of calling to “embrace all geographies and societies” within multi-stakeholderism. Ahead of Internet Governance Forum (IGF), to be held in Brazil this year, Catherine A Novelli vouched for creating a space where every global citizen can contribute to global decision-making regarding management of the common resource - internet. Novelli said that USA looks forward to continuing dialogue with India on this matter.

Indian Traveler to China arrested by Chinese Authorities for 'Terror Links' Released

Indian citizen, 46 years old Rajiv Mohan Kulshrestha, who was detained on July 10 by Chinese authorities on suspected ‘terror link’ along with a group of 20 foreign tourists in northern China, has been released last night. When media enquired about the detention, Chinese authorities said that the group of tourists was detained for allegedly watching propaganda ‘terror videos’ in hotel. While 11 among the group of tourists were deported earlier this week, Rajiv Mohan Kulshrestha along with 3 British and 5 South Africans were detained in Inner Mongolia without charge. Reports say that Kulshrestha was released after Indian embassy took the issue with China. Before the Indian national’s release, consular access to the Indian was given to the Indian authorities. Chinese officials vaguely said that they suspected one of the group members to have links with a suspected terrorist organization.   

NITI Aayog Vice Chairman expects India to become $8 Trillion Economy by 2030

Arvind Panagariya, Vice Chairman of NITI Aayog, while delivering his speech at Indian Institute of Banking & Finance organized 6th RK Talwar memorial lecture on “Growth, Poverty and Economic Transformation”, said that India has the potential of becoming $8 Trillion Economy by 2030. He also exuded confidence by saying that Indian economy can become the 3rd largest economy of the world within 15 years from now. He reasoned that during 2003-04 to 2012-13, the economy has increased at a rate of more than 10 per cent per annum in real dollars, taking real appreciation of rupee into consideration, and if the momentum is maintained the economy will quadruple in fifteen years from current $2 trillion. Panagariya said availability of lots of young population coupled with prospects of increasing savings rate to 35 per cent (from current 30 per cent) will push the economy to newer heights.

Iranian President seeks $8 Billion worth Investment from India, Asks India to Play Bigger Role in Strategic Port

President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani, has sought investment in Iran's infrastructural projects that worth $8 billion. Iran has asked India to expand its role in the development of Chabahar port, located in southern Iran.  Development of this port is strategic to Iran because this will open up its access to Central Asian countries. Iran's ambassador to India, Gholamreza Ansari, said that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s main policy revolves around connectivity, which coincides with that of Iranian government. PM Modi met Iranian President Hassan Rouhani at the sidelines of SCO summit in Russia, which was a part of Modi’s Central Asian tour. Reports say Iran is strategic to India’s international policies for increasing role of India in Central Asia. It is learnt that Iran's ambassador has asked India to move fast in developing Farzad B gas field as “the market will not wait”.

UNESCO asks Indian Authorities to Probe Mysterious Vyapam Scam Death of Reporter Akshay Singh

United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation’s (UNESCO) Director, Irina Bokova, has condoled the mysterious death of TV journalist Akshay Singh, while he was investigating as well as reporting on multi-crore Vyapam scam in Madhya Pradesh. The UN agency has asked Indian authorities to probe untimely and mysterious death of the journalist and also expressed condolences to family, friends, and colleagues of TV journalist Akshay Singh. While stressing upon defending freedom of expression, UNESCO Director has said that an atmosphere must be created where the journalists and reporters are “able to carry out their professional duties” safely. He went on to say that in case of any kind of crime being done against reporters, the culprits shouldn’t go unpunished. In another development, Delhi government has offered assistant manager’s (legal) position in Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation (DSIIDC) to deceased reporter Akshay Singh’s sister Pakshi Singh.

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