Read about the latest development in the ICC world T20, the new bill cleared by the parliament, the 1st batch of women fighter pilots in the IAF and more ….
1) Pak team’s departure to India for World T20 put on hold:
- In a late night development, the departure of Pakistan team for India for the World T20 has been put on hold by the Pakistan Cricket Board.
- PCB Chairman Shaharyar Khan said the Interior Ministry will decide tomorrow on the team’s departure for India.
- The Pakistan team was due to depart at noon tomorrow from Lahore for New Delhi but some players also confirmed to PTI they had been told this plan was now on hold.
- Another official in the board confirmed that Shaharyar after discussions with the Interior Ministry had informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India that the Pakistan government has advised the team against playing in Dharamsala.
- The official said the BCCI had indicated to PCB that Mohali would not be the alternate venue since Pakistan was already playing two matches there and it could either be Kolkata or New Delhi.
- Another source in the PCB told PTI that the security delegation which went to India including Dharamsala to inspect security arrangements for the Pakistan team had raised three main objections in its feedback to the Interior Ministry.
2) Trump, Clinton win Mississippi primaries:
- Republican presidential aspirant Donald Trump and his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton have won their primaries in the US state of Mississippi, cementing their position as frontrunners in the White House nomination race.
- Trump, 69, was also leading in Michigan where Ohio Governor John Kasich initially gave him a tough fight.
- Clinton, 68, won the Democratic primary contest in Mississippi where she beat her party rival Bernie Sanders, 74.
- With Mississippi win, Clinton has grabbed 21 delegates at stake taking her total count to 1134. To win the party’s presidential nomination, she needs 2384 delegates of the total 4765.
- Before yesterday’s primaries, Trump was leading with 384 delegates. He needs to win at least 1237 votes out of a total of 2472 available delegates.
- Texas Senator Ted Cruz, 45, follows Trump with 300 delegates and Florida Senator Marco Rubio, 44, with 151 delegates.
- In addition to Michigan and Mississippi, presidential primaries are also being held in Hawaii and Idaho.
- On the other hand, Trump had support of 50.7 per cent of the votes last counted, followed by 37.3 per cent for Cruz.
3) Parliament clears Bureau of Indian Standards Bill 2015:
- Parliament has passed the Bureau of Indian Standards Bill 2015 with the Rajya Sabha approving it on Tuesday.
- The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha in last session.
- Replying to debate on the Bill, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan said it is in national interest.
- He said the government is trying to bring a Bill for Consumer Protection to protect their interests.
- The Bill extends the ambit of the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) to include services, processes and products while ensuring production of world class goods.
- The Bill also proposes to make BIS a national standards body, introduce mandatory hallmarking of precious metals, prevent misuse of standard marks and provides for recall of ISI marked products not conforming to relevant standards.
- Now, the Bureau of Indian Standards would also get the legislative backing to formally represent India abroad.
- At present, the BIS is not formally recognised as a national standards body of the country, though it has been representing India in various international bodies.
4) IAF to get first batch of women fighter pilots in June:
- On June 18, India will in all likelihood get its first women fighter pilots.
- Bhawna Kanth, Avani Chaturvedi and Mohana Singh are likely to create history as India’s first women fighter pilots if they put on the wings and are inducted into the IAF fighter stream. Who among the three, or all of them, make the final cut depends on them clearing the advanced stage training.
- This was announced by the Chief of the Indian Air Force Air Chief Marshal (ACM) Arup Raha on Tuesday while speaking on the occasion of the International Women’s Day.
- The three women trainees have volunteered to join the fighter stream. “They are under the second phase of their training. Once they complete their training and are on par with their male colleagues and the passing out parade is scheduled on June 18,” ACM Raha added.
- In October the Defence Ministry, in a much welcomed decision, had announced that women will for the first time be allowed in combat roles beginning with the Air Force. Soon the Navy followed suit saying that women pilots would be inducted except where staying overnight on board was involved.
- However Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh clarified in a written reply in the Parliament later that “government has accorded the approval to entry of women into the fighter stream of IAF on experimental basis for a period of five years.”
- Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar recently clarified that the induction of women in various combat roles would be done only in a “phased manner” as necessary facilities for accommodation and training need to be created.
- While this is the case contrary to the efforts of the government to promote more women in defence services, the number of women officers joining the forces shows a steep drop in intake last year compared to the last three years, a government reply to the Parliament has revealed.
- Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US later this month, India and the US have agreed to deepen their already close collaboration on several issues, including the fight against LeT and JeM blamed for a series of terror attacks in India.
- This was decided during Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar’s meeting with US National Security Adviser Susan Rice.
- “Rice and Jaishankar affirmed their commitment to deepening bilateral cooperation on climate change, trade and defence, and noted preparations for the upcoming Nuclear Security Summit,” Ned Price, spokesman of National Security Council, White House, said in a statement yesterday.
- LeT was behind several terror attacks in India, including the 2008 Mumbai attack. India has blamed JeM for the January 2 terror attack in Pathankot.
- Yesterday, Jaishankar met with officials at the State Department, Department of Commerce and US Trade Representatives here. He is expected to continue his meetings today.
- Modi will visit the US later this month to attend the Nuclear Security Summit to be hosted by US President Barack Obama. Jaishankar is on a two-day visit to Washington.