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Major News and Events of 27 January 2015

What Happened on 27 January 2015

Indian team wins Google Lunar Xprize worth $1Million

Google has awarded Lunar Xprize to five teams with total prize money amounting to $5.25 million. A team from India named Indus has won $1Million as prize money. Milestone Prizes are given by Google for successfully making a robot land on moon. Nine awards are given by Google in the categories: Landing systems, Mobility, and Imaging. $1 million was won by the Indian team in the Landing systems category. Rahul Narayan led the Indus team.

Mary Kom 'Surprised' as Obama Named her as one of the Indian Achievers

Indian ace boxer from Manipur, M C Mary Kom, told media that she felt proud and at the same time pleasantly surprised after US President Barack Obama acknowledged her contribution and regarded her as one of the achievers of India during his address at the Siri Fort auditorium. Mary Kom also said that she never thought that the US president will mention her name. She was in New Delhi for promoting Tourism Authority of Thailand. Kom has been chosen as the Thai Boxing ambassador.

Leander, Sania take India forward in Australian Open Mixed Doubles

India’s ace tennis players Leander Paes and Sania Mirza qualified for the quarterfinals with different partners. Partners Sania Mirza (India) and Bruno Soares (Brazil) beat Santiago Gonzalez- Abigail Spears duo by 7-5, 6-7 (3), 10-8. In another match, Leander Paes, who partnered with Martina Hingis, cemented his place in the quarterfinals after cruising to victory over Anabel Medina Garrigues-Pablo Andujar duo in straight sets (6-3, 6-1). It took them 51 minutes to win the match.

IB's Special Director appointed as Cabinet Secretariat's Security Secretary

Union government has appointed Divya Prakash Sinha, Special Director with Intelligence Bureau (IB) as the Cabinet Secretariat's Secretary (Security). This position was earlier held by Yashovardhan Azad, who has been appointed by the government as information commissioner. The post, which was lying vacant since November 2013, got filled after a hiatus of two months The new incumbent, Divya Prakash Sinha, is Manipur-Tripura cadre IPS officer (1979 batch).

All India Radio to broadcast recorded Modi-Obama Joint Address at 8pm on 27 January

All India Radio is all set to broadcast the recorded version of Modi-Obama joint address to the nation at 8pm IST on Tuesday, 27 January through the Mann ki Baat program of the Prime Minister. Announcement of this joint address was done by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on 22 January. Sources have reported that the program will highlight discussions between NaMo and Obama along with answering of selected questions sent by Indians till January 25 through Twitter with the hashtag #AskObamaModi.

Legendary Cartoonist RK Laxman passes away; Maharashtra government to give state funeral

R K Laxman, the legendary cartoonist who gave billions of voiceless people of India their voice through his cartoon character ‘Common Man’ passed away in Pune due to multiple organ failure. He was 94 years old. President Pranab Mukherjee today condoled the legend’s death by referring him as ‘conscience keeper to the nation’. Entire Bollywood fraternity including Amitabh Bachchan, Anil Kapoor, Anupam Kher, and others mourned the loss. It has been learnt that Maharashtra government has decided to give R K Laxman a state funeral, where CM Devendra Fadnavis will be present.

Campaigns for Delhi Assembly Elections gain momentum

With polling date approaching near, the campaigning by all major political parties in Delhi has started gaining momentum. Indian National Congress is bringing Vice-President Rahul Gandhi to deliver speech at Kalkaji’s Transit Camp to give their campaign the required impetus. BJP’s CM candidate Kiran Bedi has made it a point to highlight successes of just-concluded Modi-Obama meet during campaign trail. She has also accused his arch rival AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal for playing the victim card for not being invited to witness Republic Day parade. In order to woo young voters, BJP has launched innovative ‘Selfie with Modi’ campaign.

China warms up to Pakistan as Modi, Obama deepen India-US ties

As Indo-US strategic partnership reached a new high during Barack Obama’s 3-day India visit, China referred to Pakistan as a trusted ‘all-weather’ friend. China’s strong reaction comes after US and India, in a joint statement, condemned Beijing for trying to establish its dominance in the South China Sea through threats, intimidation and force. Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, referred to Pakistan as an ‘irreplaceable' friend during his meeting with Raheel Sharif, Army Chief General of Pakistan, in the Chinese capital.

US President flies off to Saudi Arabia after Successful visit to India

US President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama successfully completed their 3-day India visit and left for Saudi Arabia to pay respect to the Royal Family following King Abdullah's death. His short trip would include a meeting with the new monarch King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz Al Saud followed by dinner with Saudi officials. Before leaving, Obama stressed upon the need for maintaining religious harmony in India to help the country progress rather than falling apart on religious lines. He also highlighted Article 25 of the Indian Constitution that stresses upon Right to Freedom of Religion.

India-US Nuclear Deal: CEOs wait for fine print on liability clause

CEOs of equipment suppliers for nuclear plants are cautious about commenting on the breakthrough achieved in the long pending nuclear deal between India and the US. Danny Roderick, the CEO of Westinghouse Electric, said that his company will think about building nuclear power stations in India only after thoroughly going through the clauses that would be included for proposed $122-million insurance pool, which is meant for shielding liability of suppliers in case of accidents. As there is no clarity on how the process would work, the nuclear component suppliers including GE have adopted a wait-and-watch policy. They will wait for the plan to take the final shape before venturing into the Indian market.

Business gets Priority during Obama's visit to India

US President Barack Obama's 3-day visit to India ended with both the countries pledging to enhance economic engagement. Obama's promise of setting up of Indian Diaspora Initiative and finance facilities worth $4 billion were among the other announcements made to enhance bilateral business relations. Sources reveal that during US-India Business Summit, business commitments to the tune of $4 billion were made to India’s renewable energy sector by three US government agencies. After US and India agreed to increase engagement on IPR (Intellectual Property Rights), US Health Groups such as Treatment Action Group, Health Global Access Project, amfAR, Oxfam America, etc. wrote to the US President for supporting India in the latter's quest to provide high-quality generic medicines at low cost.

Modi, Obama Jointly Address CEOs of India and US

Indian PM Narendra Modi assured US President Barack Hussein Obama that he will personally monitor all the big projects through PMO while addressing a CEO meet consisting of corporate honchos from both the US and India. During India-US CEO Forum, NaMo pitched for increasing economic growth as well as purchasing power of Indians by resorting to large-scale investment in agriculture (largest public sector employer in India) and infrastructure. The US President stressed upon ‘natural convergence’ between the two countries and advocated 'smart regulation' so that the trade ties between the two countries get a fillip. Discussions also gave significant emphasis on creation of the 'right' environment for enhancing bilateral cooperation and making ‘Make in India’ initiative a success.

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