Indian news on March 19, 2016

Saturday, March 19, 2016

  • Rio Olympics – 10 Army men qualified:: Under the Army’s Mission Olympics, 10 soldiers have till now qualified for the Rio Olympics to be held in August. The training of the qualified sportspersons is being carried out through a scientific approach at the Army Sports Institute, Pune and the Army Marksmanship Unit, Mjhow, among other institutions.
  • Election Commission takes up hate speech issue:: The Election Commission met representatives from national and regional parties on Saturday to discuss a range of issues form the need to maintain a high level of conduct in election speeches to that of protecting the secrecy of how votes are cast at a particular booth. Hate speeches and personalized attacks in poll campaigns came up for discussion with parties agreeing tha this needed to be addressed.
  • ‘No privacy fear about Aadhaar law’, says Nilekani:: Nandan Nilekani, former chief of the Unique Identification Authority of India heading Aadhaar project for the then UPA government said it was time to acknowledge that a good policy idea could be truly bipartisan and that fears of the new Aadhaar Bill would violate privacy were unfounded. He said that the new Bill had incorporated several safeguards with regard to privacy as highlighted by the A.P.Shaw Committee report. He added that the Committee report was on privacy law. It put together some of the best practices so to speak with regard to protection of privacy. The new Aadhaar Bill has incorporated some of those suggestions and it has robust provisions for protection of privacy, he said.
  • BMS urges government to reconsider interest rate decision:: The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, a trade union affiliated to the BJP has urged the Union Government to reconsider its decision to lower interest rates on small savings schemes such as the PPF. The BMS said that a market economy was not appropriate for India and lower interest rates would hit deposits in banks as well reducing their ability to lend.
  • MUMBAI- Jewellers call off strike:: Jewellers on Saturday called off their 18 days old strike demanding rollback of proposed excise duty on non-silver jewellery after the government assured them that there will be no harassment by excise officials. All India Gem and Jewellery Trade Federation, the India Bullion and Jewellers Association and the Gems Jewellery Export Promotion Council has decided to call off the strike after meeting the Finance Minister Arun Jaitely on the one per cent excise duty proposed on jewellery in the budget.
  • Dalit JNU scholar writes to National Commission for Scheduled Castes:: Anant Prakash Narayanan, a Dalit Ph.D scholar at JNU who was recently debarred by the university administration in connection with the February 9 Afzal Guru event on campus has written to the National Commission for Scheduled Castes. He said in his letter that he had been subjected to a ‘media trial’ and specifically named a television news channel for it. He asked the commission to take action against the channel.

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