Major News and Events of 01 February 2014
What Happened on 01 February 2014
Ministers reacted over the list of corrupt politicians by Arvind Kejriwal
Karnataka to have the first ESDM in electronic sector
Harish Rawat of Congress a new Chief Minister of Uttarakhand
Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni won Round 1 in the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania
Cars fail the Global NCAP UN basic safety test
A student from North East and the son of Arunachal Pradesh Congress legislator Nido Pavitra, Nido Taniam was beaten up pitilessly at a Lajpat Nagar market. Next day after the incident he was found dead in his bedroom. Taniam was just 20-year old and belonged to Arunachal Pradesh. He came to visit his friend at Lajpat Nagar. Unable to find the address he asked the shopkeeper about the same. But the shopkeeper along with some other men mocked at his hair style and color. Because of this Taniam broke one glass item at the shop. An altercation broke out and Taniam was beaten up with iron rods and sticks by around seven men. Police came to intervene and negotiated a compromise. Taniam paid for the glass item he broke. But next day he was found dead in his room. His body was taken to AIIMS for postmortem. The actual reason of death will be clear only after autopsy report. Taniam’s cousin said that he saw injury marks on Taniam’s neck and his lips were worn out. The place where Taniam was beaten up may see a protest today. Friends and family of Taniam are saying that racism is the cause of his death. They also alleged that Taniam died because of internal injury. The detailed report is expected to come on Monday though doctors have found external injury marks on his body.
Delhi Chief Minister, Arvind Kejriwal has announced the list of corrupt politicians that includes the name of top politicians. He said that the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will target these in the national election. Reacting over this, union minister GK Vasan and Nitin Gadkari of the opposition BJP whose names are also there in his list said that Kejriwal must apologize as it is defaming their names. They threatened to sue him for this act. The BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad said that Kejriwal should also include his own name in the list. But Kejriwal seems to be least bothered from threats and legal action. He announced the name of corrupt politicians in a public meeting of the AAP workers. The list also includes the name of Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and senior ministers like Kamal Nath, Farooq Abdullah and Kapil Sibal. ‘Corruption’ is still the main agenda of the party who will contest for 350 out of the 543 Lok Sabha elections. The AAP stated that it is planning to put up strong candidates against corrupt politicians. With such a huge success in Delhi election, the impact of the AAP can be seen in the other parts of the country but opinion polls are predicting that the party will not get more than a dozen of seats in the parliament. The AAP has now also added the name of Congress president Sonia Gandhi and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in the list of “corrupt leader”.
The first ESDM (electronic system design and manufacturing) cluster development in Bangalore will be set up as the Union Government has given its approval for the same. ESDM is the part of the ICT (information and communication technology). It the fastest growing part and expected to become $400 billion industry by the end of this decade. Karnataka government is working towards it and developed a state level Karnataka ESDM (K-ESDM ) policy. The main aim of this is to get 10% share of the ESDM market in India in the coming six years. Government is also targeting to capture 20% of the country's total ESDM exports by 2020. The worth of the same is estimated to be $80 billion. The project will be built with an investment of about Rs 85 crore and on a 1.16-acre land. The project will generate 2.4 lakh new jobs and with this 5,000 new patents are expected to be filed. At present India exports quite a big number of electronics and ESDM is an effort to strengthen the domestic designs and manufacturing base. S R Patil, the state's IT & biotech minister said that it is an effort for making Karnataka the most favored investment destination in the sectors such as defence, telecommunication, consumer products and automotive. To reap the benefit of this policy, companies first of all have to register as K-ESDM companies. Till now eight companies have registered with K-ESDM (Tejas Networks, Saankhya Labs, Signalchip Innovations, Cerium Systems , Bydesign, Sparr Electronics and Aristos Electronics). Nine engineering colleges in tier 2 and 3 cities have been finalized to promote entrepreneurship.
Congress leader Harish Rawat is the eighth Chief Minister of Uttarakhand. He today sworn in as a CM. Vijay Bahuguna the Chief Minister before him was asked by the Congress to step down owing to the structural changes for the coming Lok Sabha elections. Harish Rawat along with 11-member Cabinet took the oath of office given by Governor Aziz Qureshi. The 11 Cabinet members are from the previous Bahuguna government. Earlier Harish Rawat was elected as a Congress Legislature Party leader and presently he was working as the Union Minister for Water Resources. He said that his immediate work will be towards the rehabilitation work. The floods in June last year had created so much devastation in the state. Bahuguna resigned yesterday. He was under pressure from Congress party because of careless rehabilitation work done for the flood stricken. That major natural disaster in Uttarakhand took the lives of 1000 people and still 4000 are reported missing.
Rohan Bopanna and Saketh Myneni won the Davis Cup Asia/Oceania Round 1 tie at the Indore Tennis Club by 3-0. They played a match against Hsien-Yin Peng and Hsin-Han Lee from China. They won the match by 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-3, 7-6(2). Rohan Bopanna praised the debutant Saketh Myneni and said that Myneni played so well and helped them to win the game. Bopanna said that he had played against him as well and he is a superb player. He further added that together they played well. With this victory the team is now in Round 2 and will play a match against South Korea on April 4-6. Somdev Devvarman earlier won tough single by 2-0 against Ti Chen. Devvarman said that such a win was possible because of great team effort. Chen was kept at the baseline by Devvarman. At last Chen made an error and the game of more than two days came to a conclusion. Devvarman also said that it is advantageous to have an experienced captain like Anand Amritraj as a mentor who kept motivating him and delivered a superb speech which acted so well in the morning. Winning the match has relieved him.
Science and Technology
All the five cars i.e. Suzuki-Maruti Alto 800, Tata Nano, Hyundai i10 and Volkswagen Polo have something in common – these fail the basic crash test of Global NCAP UN (New Car Assessment Programme). These cars failed the test as not fitted with air bags, the basic safety equipment that every car must have. All the cars received zero in the rating for frontal crash at 64km/h. Volkswagen Polo cleared the test because it is now giving the safety feature in all its variants. Because of this hike in the price by 2.7% has been seen in Volkswagen with effect from 1st February 2014. The basic crash test is a front impact test at a specific speed. It is followed by most of the car manufacturing companies across globe. Only Ford Figo because of its design and structure cleared the test though does not have a driver airbag. India is the leading manufacturer of small cars but not bothered about the safety features.