Major News and Events of 03 May 2014
What Happened on 03 May 2014
Split in JD-U over support to Kejriwal
A woman seeks divorce in Bihar, as husband did not construct a toilet at home
Rohtang Pass, a way to Lahaul valley reopens
Preparation for the Thomas and Uber Cup from May 7
Samajwadi Party supporters protest to lift ban against Azam Khan
Additional Sessions Judge of a fast track court, Vijaya Pol has directed the investigating officials of Goa Police Crime Branch to submit copies of evidence, including the CCTV footage in connection with the rape charges against Tarun Tejpal. Tejpal is former editor-in-chief of Tehelka. The court has ordered to furnish the evidence within 20 days. The victim had stated that she had been raped by Tejpal in the elevator during ThinkFest, an annual conference. Tejpal, who is in police custody for more than five months, has stated that the CCTV footage is the evidence of his innocence, which is why it needs to be handed over to him.
In a decision to support the AAP leader, Arvind Kejriwal in Varanasi, Janata Dal-United (JD-U), Bihar's ruling party has not been able to gain unanimity. Though, the party’s support to Kejriwal had been announced by senior JD-U leader and spokesperson, K.C. Tyagi; the party's President, Bashishtha Narayan Singh stated that he was not aware of the decision and none of the party leaders would support Kejriwal. He added, that Tyagi had taken this decision is haste, without consulting other party members. As per media reports, Bihar's Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar, has still not revealed whether he will support the AAP leader or not.
Open defecation poses as one of the major problems in India. A woman who lives in the Sadeshopur village near Bihta town in Bihar, has demanded a divorce from her husband Alakh Niranjan for not having constructed a toilet at home. She called the women's helping, asking for assistance to file for a divorce stating that he failed to keep his promise, which forced her to go to an open space to defecate, that too in the dark. She also stated that she was physically abused by her husband when she demanded for a toilet at home. Out of 10.5 crore people living in Bihar, 2.19 crore do not have access to a hygienic toilet facility, despite the many promises made by the Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar.
The Rohtang Pass, after remaining closed for more than five months during winters, has been reopened. The Rohtang Pass connects the Lahaul and Spiti valleys of Himachal Pradesh to the Kullu valler. The Pass is located in the Pir Panjal mountain range. Heavy snowfall during winters often leads to the closure of the pass. As per media reports, state-run buses have now started plying between the Manali and Keylong towns.
The Thomas and Uber Cup Finals are scheduled to be held in India, from 18 May to 25 May 2014. A special camp for the Indian Badminton team has been organized from 7 May, under the Chief National Coach, Pullela Gopichand, a former Badminton player. A 30-member group will be given training at the Siri Fort Sports Complex. As per media reports, the Indian men’s team has been grouped with South Korea, Malaysia and Germany, whereas the women’s team with Hong Kong, Canada and Thailand, in the Thomas and Uber Cup.
The Election Commission of India has banned the Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan from holding any kind of public rally in Uttar Pradesh. 2,000 party supporters held protests against the decision of the EC. Party members in Delhi also gathered at Jantar Mantar around 9:30 am, demanding the ban to be lifted by the EC. In various instances, Azam Khan has made many religion-based hate speeches and also spoke against the army. He is also known to have made spiteful remarks against BJP's Narendra Modi.