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Major News and Events of 19 December 2015

What Happened on 19 December 2015


Sonia and Rahul Gandhi get bail in National Herald Case

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi today appeared before Patiala House Court for the scheduled hearing of National Herald case. The case in favour of Sonia and Rahul were argued by noted lawyers and Congressmen Kapil Sibal and Abhishek Manu Singhvi. Though the petitioner, BJP leader Subramanian Swamy, asked the court to impose passport restrictions on both Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi, the court refused to entertain the plea. Gandhi family members along with leading Congress leaders such as ex-PM Manmohan Singh, Kumari Selja, AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, and others were present at the courthouse.

Law Minister says implementation of Uniform Civil Code duty of Government

While answering to a written question in Rajya Sabha, Union Law Minister Sadanand Gowda said that it’s government’s duty to implement Uniform Civil code. He went on to say that as per Directive Principles of the Constitution’s Article 44, uniform civil code’s implementation has been regarded as “duty of the state”. However, he quickly added, considering sensitivity of the issue, that any decision on this will be taken only after consulting various stakeholders. Gowda also said that the issue is currently being examined by the central government. During early December, Supreme Court made it clear that uniform civil code’s implementation must be done by the parliament instead of the judiciary.

Indian Men beat England 3-1 to win 20th Avadh Commonwealth Table Tennis Championship

Indian campaign at 20th Avadh Commonwealth Table Tennis Championships has been commendable as Indian men won gold, followed by a silver win by the women’s team. It has been a historic moment for the men’s team because it is only the second time in twenty editions of the championship that India won gold. The first time India won gold in this championship was back in 2004 under Sharath Kamal in Malaysia. However, this year, Soumyajit Ghosh’s brilliant win helped India secure gold by winning 3-1 over England. In the women’s final, Singapore easily beat Indian eves 3-1.

IIA and Microsoft come together to enable around 20,000 MSMEs in UP with Cloud

MSMEs’ (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises) apex body, Indian Industries Association, has come together with Microsoft for enabling around 20,000 MSMEs in Uttar Pradesh for adoption of cloud technology. Reports say that the MSMEs can easily adopt modern technologies and thereby increase their productivity as well as profitability through support from a leading system integrator of Microsoft, Pentacle IT Solutions. Government of India’s 4th Census of Ministry of MSM points out that there are thirty one lakh MSMEs across verticals throughout UP. In a report published by Boston Consulting Group, it has been said that the SMBs successful in adopting IT solutions grew faster than the ones that didn’t.

Modi Government notifies Rules for UPA II passed Land Acquisition Bill 2013

Rules of 2013 Land Acquisition Bill have been notified by the Narendra Modi government. In the rules of Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act 2013, it has been notified that land purchased by private companies over 100 acres (or 40 hectares) or over 50 acres (20 hectares) would involve rehabilitation and resettlement of the affected families and individuals, as mentioned in the act. Earlier UPA II government had struck off this limit, which the current government has reintroduced and may turn out to be contentious as central government can’t set any limit for the states.

Home Minister says ISIS trying to make its presence felt in India

While speaking at annual conference of Directors General of Police and Inspectors General of Police, near Gujarat’s Bhuj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the dreaded terrorist organization ISIS is making its presence felt in many parts of India. He stressed on the need of enhancing coordination between the central and state agencies for checking ISIS threat in India. During the programme, inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi, Home Minister said that ISIS is trying to expand its fangs not only in Afghanistan and Bangladesh but also in India.




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