Major News and Events of 02 August 2014
What Happened on 02 August 2014
Andhra Pradesh plans to construct 14 ports and three international airports
Separatists call for shutdown in Srinagar
Indian paddlers win silver medal in men's doubles
Average election expenditure of MPs amounts to Rs 4.3 million
President Mukherjee calls for efforts to boost jute industry
The Akhilesh Yadav government in Uttar Pradesh completely denied the reports claiming the CM’s proximity with Saharanpur violence accused Moharram Ali aka Pappu. The picture of the accused with Akhilesh Yadav was published in newspapers and broadcasted by TV channels. Reacting to this, a government spokesman clarified that the CM meets hundreds of people daily and no such allusions can be drawn on the basis of pictures. In the picture, Ali is standing along with CM Akhilesh Yadav at his 5, Kalidas Marg official residence. The spokesman described such news as both baseless and misleading.
To utilise the hidden potential of ports in trade and related activities, the Andhra Pradesh government proposes to develop 14 ports and three international airports. Under the plan, construction of Kakinada, Krishnapatnam, Gangavaram and Kakinada SEZ ports is already going on smoothly and the government has asked for a report on the development of the remaining 10 ports. These activities are the result of a meeting chaired by Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu who said that development of state is directly related to the ports. The government will also study the Naval Act introduced by Tamil Nadu and Gujarat to implement it in the state.
Separatist leaders called for a shutdown in Srinagar to oppose the pronouncement of pilgrimage by Kashmiri Pandits. The shutdown obstructed the normal life in the city as all shops, public transport and many businesses remained closed. On the other hand, government offices, banks and post offices worked normally. Constraints were imposed in areas such as Khanyar, Nowhatta, Rainawari, M.R. Gunj and Safa Kadal. Also in many areas like Srinagar City, Baramulla, Sopore, Anantnag and other towns security personnel were deployed. The protest was called by hardline separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the announcement of the Kausa Nag Yatra.
Indian paddlers Achanta Sharath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj lost a match to Singapore's Hu Li and Ning Gao to win silver medal in the men’s doubles in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The match was played at Scotstoun Sports Campus. The bronze medal was also won by Zi Yang and Jian Zhan, another pair of players from Singapore.
In an analysis done by the National Election Watch (NEW) and Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) it has been found out that the newly elected MPs of the 16th Lok Sabha spent about Rs 4.3 million on an average during election campaigns. For the analysis, election expenses filed by 537 MPs with the Election Commission were considered. Expense by 277 MPs of the BJP came to approximately Rs 4.18 million whereas that of 44 Congress MPs amounts to Rs 4.16 million. For every constituency in the bigger states such as Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal and Karnataka the expenditure limit this year was increased from Rs 4 million to Rs 7 million and for constituencies in smaller states such as Goa it was increased from Rs 2.2 million to Rs.5.4 million.
President Pranab Mukherjee stressed on the use of jute as a packing material for food grains and sugar. Besides the need to develop jute sector, he called for steps to cut down its cost of production. While inaugurating the International Conference on Natural Fibres which concluded the platinum jubilee celebrations of the National Institute of Research on Jute and Allied Fibre Technology (NIR-JAFT), President also emphasised on the use of the latest machinery to ensure quantity as well as quality. He added that different types of jute bags must be manufactured to compete with other packing material such as lighter synthetic bags.