Major News and Events of 02 July 2014
What Happened on 02 July 2014
16-member women hockey team announced for CWG
Mizoram CM seeks Rajnath Singh's intervention to resolve border dispute
1,127 unmanned railway crossings in ECR
Tension heightens over Modi's visit to Kashmir
Minimum export price of onion increased by 67%
Following the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) doctor Sudhir Gupta’s assertion that he was pressurised to manoeuvre the autopsy report of Sunanda Pushkar who was found dead in her hotel room in Delhi on January 17, the Central government has asked the premier medical institute to submit a detailed inquiry report.
In his statement, former union minister and Sunanda Pushkar’s husband Shashi Tharoor requested the authorities for a complete, transparent and rapid investigation into the case. The Pushkar family has also supported his views and assured their full cooperation.
Hockey India has announced its 16-member women’s hockey squad for the Commonwealth Games 2014. The team will perform under the captaincy of Midfielder Ritu Rani whereas defender Deepika has been selected as the vice-captain of the team. The selection trials took place at the National Institute of Sports (NIS),Patiala. The Games will take place in Glasgow from July 23 to Aug 3. The team will play its first match on July 24 against Canada, followed by matches against New Zealand on July 27,Trinidad and Tobagoon July 28 and a match againstSouth Africaon July 30 in Scotland.
Mizoram Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla has called for Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh’s intervention to solve the border dispute with Assam. During the BJP’s election campaigns for the 2013 assembly polls in Mizoram, Singh had stated that in case the Bharatiya Janata Party came to power at the Centre, efforts would be made to resolve the Assam-Mizoram boundary dispute.
As per a recent official data, 1,127 railway crossings in the five divisions of the East Central Railway (ECR) in Bihar and Jharkhand are unmanned. This becomes alarming in view of the fact that daily thousands of people in India put their lives in danger and violate the Motor Vehicles Act (section 131) by crossing unmanned railway crossings. Against the backdrop of increasing rail accidents and recent derailment of Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express, top officials are concerned about the security and maintenance of tracks but need to pay more attention to unmanned railway crossings.
As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is slated to visit the state of Jammu and Kashmir this Friday, separatist leaders have called for complete shutdown in the Valley. Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani said that the protest is not against a person but against the PM of the country “that crushed Kashmiris”. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah has also made a critical statement saying that the problem of Kashmir cannot be resolved with economic packages and no attempt should be made to revoke Article 370 of the Constitution that gives special status to the state.
High onion prices have tested the nerves of every government at the Centre. In order to improve the domestic supply of onion and discourage its export, the present government has decided to increase the minimum export price of onion by 67 per cent, that is, $500 per tonne from $300 per tonne earlier. According to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, high inflation was one of the major challenges for the government ahead of the budget next week.