Major News and Events of 03 August 2014
What Happened on 03 August 2014
Tension prevails in Kurukshetra over gurdwara control
Two Indian officials arrested for separate charges in Glasgow
Bihar government issues flood alert
Air India to overhaul to target international aviation market
Delhi is all set to join Criminal Tracking Network System
Landslide in Malin village of district Pune, Maharashtra is the worst ever landslide. Till now it has caimed 82 lives out of which 42 were women, 10 children and 30 men. As per official data near about 130 villagers are still under debris, but hope of their survival is very less as no one has been dug out since Friday. Rescue work is being carried out by the teams of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) and other agencies. Landslide because of heavy rain had almost buried the entire village Wednesday. Apart from this there were more than two dozen students who took shelter in the village temple. They are believed to be washed away in the nearby flooded river. Rescue operations to trace them are also going on and will continue till Sunday.
Leaders and supporters of the newly-constituted Haryana Sikh Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (HSGPC) blocked a gurdwara leading to a tense atmosphere in Kurukshetra, Haryana. The supporters and leaders marched towards Gurdwara Chatti Patshahi and made efforts to control gurdwara, which is the biggest in the state. Police was deployed to control the situation but then also crowd broke two barricades put in their way. Members of the task force and other volunteers of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) were standing inside Sikh shrine and tried to resist the entry of HSGPC. SGPC still controls the gurdwara in Haryana.
Two India officials have been arrested in Glasgow on separate charges. Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary general Rajeev Mehta has been arrested for drunken driving and wrestling referee Virender Malik for suspected sexual assault. They will be presented in court Monday. As per media report IOA President N. Ramachandran said that wrestling referee was not part of IOA and further clarification can be given after Monday once they are brought to court.
The Bihar government has issued a flood alert because of an extreme rise in the water level of the Kosi River and a massive landslide in Nepal. Thousands of people have been evacuated and more than one lakh are expected to be evacuated living along the embankment of the river. The condition has been reviewed in the three meetings of the National Crisis Management Committee chaired by Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth. The Centre will provide every kind of possible help and gave assurance to Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi.
Air India, a national carrier is making changes in its system to take Air India to the next level in the global aviation market. Pankaj Srivastava, director (Commercial) and a board member of Air India said this while celebrating the first anniversary of Air India’s re-launching flights to Birmingham Airport in the UK Air India. He added that opportunities and challenges will be utilized out of the Star alliance that counts 27 member airlines. Fate of Air India and Indian aviation sector can be changed with the young convoy of Dreamliners and the world-class Delhi airport.
Science and Technology
To improve its crime-fighting competence Delhi Police along with West Bengal, Jharkhand and Maharashtra is ready to join the Criminal Tracking Network System (CCTNS). CCTNS is a cyber highway of criminal records data. These states are at initial stage of implementing the project which was started by the central government 2009 with an aim to assist the gathering, storage, recovery, analysis, transfer and sharing of data and information among police station, headquarters in the state and the central police organization all over India. An integrated system will be created by CCTNS whereas e-governance will augment the efficiency of policing.