Major News and Events of 01 June 2014
What Happened on 01 June 2014
Idea Cellular announces 3G services for Punjab
AAP falters as key figures resign
Indian Oil raises diesel prices by 1%
Kolkata and Punjab clash for the IPL 2014 final today
Putting an end to the Congress' style of leadership, the Modi government has abolished all the existing Group of Ministers (GoM) and Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM). This will reduce administrative overhead on the government, allowing it to take key decisions swiftly. The PMO said in a statement, "The ministries and departments will now process the issues pending before the EGoMs and GoMs and take appropriate decisions at the level of Ministries and Departments itself." As per media reports, these GoMs and EGoMs seldom achieved the end towards which they were constituted, instead service to act only as devices buy more time.
Science and Technology
According to leading media reports, the mobile operator Idea Cellular is now offering 3G internet services in Punjab. For now, the service will be limited to Chandigarh, Ludhiana, Nawanshahr, Jagraon, Malerkotla and Nabha, with 170 more towns targeted by the end of March 2015. It is noteworthy that Punjab did not have any 3G service provider prior to this. The company has also signed agreements with Vodafone and Airtel to allow them to use circle-to-circle connections and provide 3G services to their users.
The testing times are here for the Aam Aadmi Party. After facing a lacklustre performance in the Lok Sabha election, the party is now battling serious internal problems. According to leading news publications, Yogender Yadav and Naveen Jaihind have resigned from all key posts of the party. The party, however, has yet to accept their resignations, and is expected to meet on the matter by the first week of June.
The resignations couldn't have come at a worse time. Last week, another key member, Shazia Ilmi had quit the party, alleging that it was hardly a democratic congregation and that she had received very little support from the party during the elections.
The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOC) has increased diesel prices by 1%, in what is the first price hike after the new government has come to power at the centre. The price rise is effective from today. The firm had reportedly delayed the announcement because of the Lok Sabha elections. Along with IOC, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum are likely to announce the same shortly.
The mega event of IPL 2014 is coming to an end as the Kolkata Knight Riders will face off against the Kings XI Punjab in the final today. While Punjab has gone from strength to strength and would like to maintain the momentum, Kolkata would want to capitalise on their newfound vigour. The KKR holds advantage in the bowling department, while the KXIP is known for its destructive batting lineup. Virender Sehwag, who slammed 122 off 58 in the last game, is the man to watch out for.