USA Freedom Act Passes
- The Senate adopted the Law on Freedom USA today 67 to 32, marking the first time in over thirty years that the two houses of Congress approved a bill imposing actual restrictions and surveillance powers monitoring of the National Security Agency.
- The bill puts an end to a system described by former National Security Agency contractor (NSA) Edward Snowden. The spy agency collected and searched the records of phone calls in search of terrorist tracks, but was not allowed to listen to their contents.
- The new legislation would require companies such as Verizon Communications Inc. and AT & T Inc., to collect and store phone registers the same way they do now for billing purposes.
Snowden granted freedom of expression rates in Norway
Former security contractor Edward Snowden won a Norwegian Prize for freedom of expression.
- The Norwegian Academy of literature and freedom of expression said the former fugitive 31 years Bjornson had won the award named after a Norwegian Nobel Literature “for his work in protecting privacy and for shine a critical light on the surveillance of US citizens and others. “
- The academy has sought assurances from the Norwegian government that Snowden would not be extradited to the United States if he traveled to Norway to receive the 100,000 kroner ($ 12,700, € 11.500) prize money.
- Snowden received the Right Livelihood Award in Sweden in 2014, but chose to accept it by video link rather than leave his exile in Russia.
Sepp Blatter has resigned
- The outgoing president of FIFA, Sepp Blatter, is now part of the corruption probe by US prosecutors.
- Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro has appointed Diego Maradona for the job.
- Jordanian Prince Ali bin al Hussein will stand in new elections for the presidency of the governing body of world football.
- FIFPro welcomes the decision of FIFA president Sepp Blatter to resign because it creates a unique opportunity to delay and reform the governance of football.
2004 Nobel chemistry Irwin Rose dies
- Irwin Rose, a biochemist who shared the Nobel Prize for chemistry in 2004 for discovering a way that cells destroy unwanted proteins base for the development of new therapies for diseases such as cervical cancer and cystic fibrosis death. He was 88.
- Rose had a “great intelligence and curiosity flawless on the fundamental biological and chemical processes that are the foundation of life.
- Rose, with the Israelis Aaron Ciechanover and Avram Hershko, won the Nobel Prize for discovering how plant and animal cells labeled proteins and damaged old with a “kiss of death” to the polypeptide ubiquitin molecule.
- Rose was born in Brooklyn, New York, July 16, 1926, and spent much of his career as a researcher at Fox Chase Cancer Center in Philadelphia.
Jaipur Metro begins operations
- Jaipur Metro, presented as one of the fastest metro systems built in the country, was thrown open to the public today.
- Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje pointed out the inaugural train over 6 km long route from Mansarovar to Chandpole.
- Jaipur Metro started its regular business operations of all 9 stations– Mansarovar, New Market, Aatish, Vivek Vihar, Shyam Nagar, Ram Nagar, Civil Lines, Station, Sindhi Camp and Chandpole.
- To encourage people to travel on the underground, up to 15 percent discount was offered on smart cards, which can be recharged using Jaipur Metro website or ATMs installed in all stations.
Government notifies FDI policy easing to NRI
- Non-repatriated investments by NRIs, PIOs and the BC will be treated as national investment and will not be subject to a cap on foreign direct investment.
- It was decided to amend the definition of NRI contained in the FDI policy and also provide that, for purposes of FDI policy, investments from NRIs under Schedule 4 of the regulations of FEMA be deemed to be domestic investment at par with the investment made by residents.
- The government also reported increased power to recommend FIPB Foreign investment proposals of up to Rs 3,000 crore from Rs 2,000 crore earlier.
US Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter arrives in India
- Having delivered the opening speech at the crucial dialogue Shangri La in Singapore, US Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter arrived in India.
- He will hold meetings with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval. During her visit.
- The two countries will sign the Defence Framework Agreement (DFA) which will define the cooperation of defense of the US-India over the next decade.
- During the visit under Carter, the two sides will assess the progress made in these next-generation Minis pathfinder Raven drones, roll-on roll-off kits for C-130, the source hybrid portable power supply and uniform protection integrated increment Ensemble.
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