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15-Apr-2014
Politics
Sonia, Rahul, Advani and Rajnath to campaign in Bengal

 

With the polling rolling from tomorrow in West Bengal in 5 phases the parties are now diverting their energy to the campaign trail here in the state. The state will see Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, L.K. Advani and Rajnath Singh all here to address rallies and attend party meetings. On Wednesday Rajnath Singh, the party president of the BJP will host three rallies in Rampurhat in Birbhum, Raiganj in North Dinajpur and Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur. Advani will be addressing a party meeting in Hooghly district’s Bhadreswar. Chandan Mitra from Hooghly and Bappi Lahiri from Sreerampore are in the fray for the party here. Rahul Gandhi will be campaigning in Murshidabad and North Dinajpur districts on April 21. Next day Sonia Gandhi will be addressing for the first time in the state in Malda and North Dinajpur districts.

Reference: IANS

15-Apr-2014
Politics
5 phases polling in Bengal begins from tomorrow

 

The election focus now shifts to West Bengal where polls in staggered 5 phases for 42 Lok Sabha seats kick starts tomorrow. The questions are many ranging from whether Trinamool Congress will be able to strengthen its stand further here and gain prominence in national sphere or the Left will check its downward journey or this time BJP will get into the scenario like never before. 6.24 crore voters will decide the fate for the candidates in fray in 19 districts for the 42 parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal. Tomorrow polling will be held in Darjeeling, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar. Darjeeling will provide an interesting battle with TMC and BJP pitching here and GJM offering all support to the BJP. It has to be noted here that the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha or GJM helped Jaswant Singh gain the seat here in 2009. Bengal’s elections will see candidates ranging from actors, singers, doctors, magician to football player all contesting from various constituencies.

Reference: IANS

15-Apr-2014
Politics
BJP will not be able to contest from Nilgiris

BJP unit in Tamil Nadu is fuming as its candidates failed to file the nomination papers on time in Nilgiris. The supporters and party leaders enraged with the outcome wants the party to delve deeply into why such a thing happened and make those failing to do so accountable. The damage has been done and it will hurt more as Nilgiris was considered a seat which can be won. S. Gurumurthy, the candidate in question stated that he could not reach on time as his car broke down though he has no takers for this reason. What is more surprising is the fact that the standby candidate too had the same story and could not file the nomination paper. Now the tussle will be between AIADMK and DMK leader, A. Raja on April 24. The party will now contest in 7 constituencies in place of 8. An enquiry has been called to look into the issue.

Reference: IANS

Business Current Events

15-Apr-2014
Business
Inflation rises to 5.7 percent on high food, fuel prices

 

New Delhi: India's wholesale price based inflation rose to three months' high of 5.7 percent in March from 4.68 percent in the previous month following sharper increase in food and fuel prices, government data showed Tuesday.

The country's main inflation figure based on the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) stood at 5.65 percent in March a year ago.

Build-up inflation rate in the financial year ended March 31, 2014, was 5.7 percent compared to a build-up rate of 5.65 percent in the corresponding period of the previous year, according to data released by the ministry of commerce and industry here.

WPI inflation data for January is revised upward at 5.17 percent from 5.05 percent announced earlier.

Food prices jumped by 9.9 percent in March as compared to 8.12 percent in the previous month. Fuel and power inflation surged to 11.22 percent.

An economist at Angel Broking, Bhupali Gursale said the March inflation data is disappointing and is much higher than the markets' expectations of 5.3 percent.

“This rise can be largely attributed to higher inflation in perishable food items as well as components of fuel such as coal, LPG and diesel,” Gursale said.

There was a sharp increase in vegetables, fruits, milk, egg, meat and fish prices.

Potato became costlier by 27.83 percent during the month under review year-on-year. Fruits prices jumped by 16.15 percent. Milk became costlier by 9.47 percent and eggs, meat and fish prices surged by 11.19 percent.

Core inflation also inched higher to 3.5 percent in March from 3.2 percent in the previous month.

Source:IANS

14-Apr-2014
Business
Bihar's agriculture and food industry can touch Rs.1 lakh crore by 2015: Assocham

Assocham has stated in a study that in Bihar the agriculture and food industry has the potential to touch Rs.1 lakh crore by 2015. There are number of factors contributing to it right from abundance of cattle, prices being competitive, water resources being present there coupled with an active industrial policy. The cereals like rice, maize, wheat, fruits and vegetables, production of which touches 15 million tonnes attract global brands. If the logistics and infrastructure is developed it would boost this sector in Bihar. It would also enable the state to have an edge in both domestic and overseas market. 80% of the state’s workforce is deployed in this sector and it entails to 50% of the GSDP or gross state domestic product. What is needed is specialized training, skill development and employing rural workforce in this sector.

Reference: IANS

11-Apr-2014
Business
103311 vehicles to be recalled by Maruti

Maruti Suzuki has informed it will be recalling 103311 vehicles, which includes brands like Swift hatchback , DZire sedan and the Ertiga MUV so that a faulty 'fuel filler neck' which may leak can be replaced. In the process 47237 units of Swift, 42481 units of DZire and 13593 units of Ertiga that were made in the period between November 12, 2013 and February 4, 2014 will be recalled. The fault may lead to fuel smell and even leakage if the tank is filled till the fuel cap above the 'auto cutoff level'. The fuel filler neck will be replaced without any cost and Maruti will get in touch with the dealers for the said vehicles. This fault emerged when the regular quality test was being done.

Reference: IANS

Science and Technology Current Events

14-Apr-2014
Science and Technology
44% of Twitter users never woke up

As per a report by a firm specializing in analyzing usage of Twitter as many as 44% of the profiles there on Twitter have not tweeted. That is almost 50% of the 974 million active users never posted a single tweet. Some also believe in stalking that is reading only others tweet without stating their presence. Then 30% have only 1-10 tweets while only 13% have tweeted 100 times. 47% of the users do not have a DP or the profile picture. That is they never uploaded one. 1.5 billion users signed in for Twitter and of which 500 million were removed as they were spam profiles or violated any condition.

Reference: IANS

12-Apr-2014
Science and Technology
Agni-I ballistic missile undergone a successful trial

Surface-to-surface Agni-I ballistic missile has successfully undergone a trial at night. The trial of the missile took place from a military base in Odisha. The Strategic Forces Command launched the missile from Wheeler Island. It is located off the coast close to Dhamra in Bhadrak district and at a distance of about 170 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. Test range director M V K V Prasad called this a routine user trial. Agni is already a part of the army. In this missile solid propulsion booster and a liquid upper stage is used. It has been made from the country’s own ballistic missile Prithvi. Test of these missiles does not require specific weather or time and thus can be tested as per the choice of the user. The first trial of Agni was done on January 25, 2002 from the same base.

Source:IANS



11-Apr-2014
Science and Technology
Kudankulam atomic power plant will now begin commercial operation in May instead of April

Kudankulam atomic power plant will launch its commercial operation in May as informed by Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL). The project was 99.85% completed as of March 2014. This is a 1000 MW unit and the 2nd unit of the same capacity will begin operation in December 2014. This project is at completion stage of 97.03%. Earlier it was stated that the 1st unit will start operation in April. The two Russian reactors are being set up by NPCIL at a cost of Rs.17,000 crore. The 1st unit reached the criticality stage in July 2013. In Agust 2013 it received the approval for generation of 50% or 500 MW by the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB). Later on the nod was given for generation of 75% of the capacity.

Reference: IANS

Sports Current Events

14-Apr-2014
Sports
Advani loses to Williams after taking a lead of 7-3 in World Professional Snooker Championship

The snooker champion Pankaj Advani lost in the qualifier of World Professional Snooker Championship against Robbie Williams even though he had taken a 7-4 lead. He then lost the match 7-10 with Williams punching six frames consecutively. Another Indian player Aditya Mehta lost the match 5-10 against Jamie Jones. Advani was behind with 3-4 but then he posted a 7-4 advantage and the match seemed secure for him but then Williams snatched the win from him. Mehta was also matching his opponent but then the match slipped out of his control when Jones won 5 frames one after the other to take a lead of 7-3.

Reference: IANS

13-Apr-2014
Sports
IPL style Indian Super League (ISL) football

The Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament is ready to be announced today and the most probable owners of the teams would be the former cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and Ranbir Kapoor and Salman Khan Celebrities from Bollywood. It is most likely that Sameer Manchanda of Den Cable will own Delhi whereas Tendulkar will get Kochi, Ganguly will get Kolkata and Ranbir Kapoor may get Mumbai franchises. Salman Khan showed a keen interest to get Pune franchise. Sun TV, which also has the franchise of Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League (IPL), may get the Banglaore franchise in ISL. Whereas Dempo and Salgaocar, the mining giants are looking for the Goa Franchise. There were about 30 corporates who showed interest in the new IPL style football league but only eight got short listed. The bids were evaluated by an audit firm Ernst and Young. This is a two months tournament which is going to start in September. IMG-Reliance will manage the ISL and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is its commercial partner. Star India is the partner to hold the league. In ISL yesteryears stars like Hernan Crespo, Robbie Fowler, Thierry Henry will also take part.

Source: IANS

07-Apr-2014
Sports
Sri Lanka, the ICC T20 Champions

It was finally Sri Lanka which lifted the ICC World T20 cup and took their sweet revenge of the World Cup defeat over India with a six wickets victory. India was sent to bat when Sri Lanka won the toss and made 130 for four in 20 overs. For India, Kohli was the star performer as he compiled 77 runs off 58 balls but his efforts were wasted at the end. Yuvraj Singh’s batting came under criticism as he could muster 11 runs off 21 balls. It was the last T20 match for Kumar Sangakkara and Mahela Jayawardene and they were the main architect of Sri Lanka’s victory with Sangakkara making 52 from 25 balls and Jayawardhane giving him good support by scoring 24 off equal number of balls. Sri Lanka reached the target with 13 balls to spare. With this the zinx is broken for the team as it was on 4 occasions Sri Lanka reached the finals but did not win the tournament.

Entertainment Current Events

12-Apr-2014
Entertainment
Gulzar to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013

The ministry of information and broadcasting has declared the name veteran lyricist, poet, director, producer and screen writer Gulzar for Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013. He will be awarded for his priceless contribution in the growth and development of Indian cinema. Gulzar whose real name is Sampooran Singh Kalra is a very talented personality and with this award he will become the 45th recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Gulzar was born in Punjab in 1934 and started his career in 1956. Bimal Roy's "Bandini" is his first film as a lyricist. After this there was no looking back. He worked with all the top most composers. Though his every work is admired but Gulzar’s work with Rahul Dev Burman, A.R. Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj is really impressive. "Mirza Ghalib" and "Tahreer Munshi Premchand Ki" are his small screen work. He gave lyrics to many small screen serials like Jungle Book. Gulzar was honored with the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004. He is also the recipient of 20 Filmfare Awards and numerous National Film Awards. “Jai Ho” song written by Gulzar won the Academy Award for the best original song at the 81st Oscars in 2009.

Source: IANS

15-Apr-2014
Others
Transgenders hail SC verdict, seek respect from society

New Delhi: Transgenders are elated at the Supreme Court judgment Tuesday recognising them as a "third gender", but are afraid that the social acceptance will take longer because of the stigma and discrimination associated with them.

"The judgment is good in terms of recognising us as the third gender, but the discrimination will continue in (the society)," Shaila Jaan, a transgender, told IANS.

"Though it is a step towards development, but things will only change if the mentality of people towards us changes. So social awareness and change in the education system, along with acceptance will definitely bring change," she added.

The apex court bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice A.K. Sikri said that transgenders should be considered as people from socially and economically backward classes.

It also ordered the centre and the state governments to include them for reservation in jobs and education.

"It is wonderful to know that we would be getting equal opportunities and better job prospects. But, the question is how will people treat me? Will they ridicule me or will they make an effort to know and be friends with me?" asked Chandni, a transgender.

This judgment has given hope to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The verdict "is important on a global level and India is one of the few countries to give this landmark judgment. This clearly shows that the Supreme Court is progressive in its approach. Now there would be no discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation", Leslie Steven, a gay rights activist, told IANS.

Filmmaker and gay activist Onir too welcomed the judgment.

"It is a landmark judgment by the Supreme Court and should have happened many years back. Nevertheless, it is a significant judgment that has given equal rights to the transgenders like any other citizen of India," Onir told IANS.

"This judgment also means hope to the LGBT community and we are hopeful to win that battle too," said Onir, who has directed movies like "I Am" and "My Brother Nikhil".

Source:IANS

15-Apr-2014
Others
Show dying declaration of Delhi gangrape victim: SC

 

New Delhi: The Supreme Court Tuesday asked Delhi Police to show the dying declaration of the Dec 16 gangrape victim as it extended its interim order putting on hold the execution of death sentence of Mukesh and Pawan Gupta who were convicted of the crime.

The apex court bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice J. Chelameswar asked Additional Solicitor General Siddharth Luthra to produce the dying declaration as counsel M.L. Sharma appearing for Mukesh and Pawan expressed his inability to produce it before the court.

Justice Chelameswar observed: "If dying declaration is convincing, then we don't think why this court should interfere in the matter."

Mukesh, Pawan, Vinay Sharma, Akshay Thakur and Ram Singh along with a juvenile were accused of gang rape and assault on a 23-year-old paramedical student inside a private bus. The victim and her friend were thrown out of the bus after the crime.

The victim died of grave intestinal injuries Dec 29, 2012, at Singapore's Mount Elizabeth Hospital where she was airlifted to for specialised treatment.

The apex court bench of Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai and Justice Shiva Kirti Singh at a special sitting March 15, 2014, suspended the execution of the death sentence of Mukesh and Pawan till March 31. This was extended by Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice J. Chelameswar by a week till April 7, 2014, as court wanted to look into the trial court verdict.

The suspension of the sentence was once again extended by a week April 7, and the court asked Mukesh and Pawan's counsel to place before it the post-mortem examination report of the Singapore hospital where the victim was treated and died of her injuries.

Mukesh and Pawan have contended that the prosecution's story that the victim's end came because of heavy bleeding on account of serious injuries to her intestines was not confirmed by the post-mortem report by the Singapore hospital.

They have contended that their trial was not free and fair, and the trial that started Jan 21, 2013, was under "public/political pressure" with "object to hang the petitioners (Mukesh and Pawan) and other accused people".

Describing the entire trial as "miscarriage of justice", the petitioners have contended that they were represented by a state-appointed advocate.

On March 13, the Delhi High Court bench of Justice Reva Khetrapal and Justice Pratibha Rani upheld the death sentence of Mukesh and Pawan along with two other convicts.

Source:IANS

Other Current Events

14-Apr-2014
Others
Gun battle at Koraput district between Maoists and police, leads to death of one Maoist

In Koraput district of Odisha a Maoist was killed in a gun battle which ensued between the Naxals and the police. The Maoist, Puno Uluka aka Khatru was killed in the firing which went on at Narayanpatna late night on Sunday. This was informed by Yaswant Jethwa , the Inspector General of Police (South Western Range). Uluka a member of the banned Communist Party of India-Maoist, was active in terror activities and had played a prominent role in a series of murders as well as other heinous crime in Bandhugaon and Narayanpatna areas. 30 districts of Odisha are infested with Maoists ]. Koraput district which is at a distance of 500 km from Bhubaneshwar is regarded as their prominent center for operation.

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