Major News and Events of 04 April 2014
What Happened on 04 April 2014
Suriyanelli gang-rape case accused gets life term by the Kerala HC
All-women booths in half of 19 districts of West Bengal
4 officers in Odisha transferred by Election Commission
Sensex dips by 149.57 points
India reports maximum bugs on Facebook
BJP would not like what happened today but the sting operation by Cobrapost has brought back memories of December 6, 1992. The BJP would have liked to let that be in the pages of history now and look forward. What has emerged is that the Babri Masjid demolition was a planned attack and for this a journalist toured across India and interviewed 23 people among whom were Uma Bharti, Jai Bhagwan Goel, Kalyan Singh, Vinay Katiyar, Sadhavi Ritambhara, Champat Rai, Mahant Avaidyanath. The attack was named 'Operation Janambhoomi'. Shiv Sena and Vishwa Hindu Parishad carried on the planning separately. RSS had the suicide squad “ Balidani Dasta” while Shiv Sena had the Laxman Sena for the3 operation. UP Chief Minister Kalyan Singh and the PM P V Narsimha Rao had the inkling what was going to happen. Dynamite sticks were also taken at the site for the demolition to be used if need was there.
BJP has stated this sting operation has been carefully timed so as to be released when the 1st phase of voting is due. It has asked the Election Commission to stop the broadcast of Cobrapost.
The prime accused in the Suriyanelli gang-rape case which shocked everyone, was given life term by the Kerala High Court after a period of 18 years. The court also upheld the sentence of 23 other accused. The victim was a minor when the horrific crime was committed in which she was taken to places in Tamil Nadu and Kerala and travelled 3000 km in a span of 40 days. She was raped by 40 men and was set free on February 26, 1996. Out of the 36 accused five were dead and 7 were acquitted. The convicts were given a term of 5-13 years and were imposed fine as well. The bus conductor Raju who was the prime accused and second accused Usha, were given 13 years of rigorous imprisonment as they were responsible for bringing in the girl and then giving her to other persons. The accused had contended that the girl did not try to run away. This was dismissed by the court which stated that the girl was terrorized.
In West Bengal 19 districts half of it will have all-women polling stations. There will be four women personnel designated for each of these booths. There has been marked increase in the number of such polling stations than what was there in Assembly elections in 2011. That time there were only a few such polling booths. The districts like South 24-Parganas, North 24-Parganas, Hooghly and Howrah are undertaking this initiative. There will be adequate security arrangements. More details on this will be available when the Election Commission officials will come here on April 5. The state will have 1st phase of polling on April 17.
Three collectors and another senior officer were transferred by the Election Commission when there were complaints by the opposing parties against them. The collectors who were transferred were Ratnakar Rout of Kendrapada, Niranjan Sahu of Khurda and Shyam Sunder Nayak of Nabrangpur and they have been replaced by Nitin Bhanu Das Jawale, Shalini Pundit and Mohammad Sadique Alam respectively. Along with them Amitabh Thakur, the Deputy Inspector General of Police Southern Range was called back and Inspector General of Police (Crime Branch) Sushant Nath was asked to handle the affairs at Berhampur in Ganjam district. This was after there were complaints from the opposition parties like BJP and Congress regarding violation of Model Code of Conduct. In Odisha polls will be held for 21 Lok Sabha seats on April 10 and on April 17 for 147 assembly seats.
Sensex slipped by 0.6% after there was drab poor performance of auto, power, IT and technology stocks. There was profit booking at earlier record levels which slowed the markets. BSE slumped by 149.57 points or 0.66% and ended at 22,359.50. NSE dipped by 41.75 points or 0.62% and closed at 6,694.35. all the indices except metal, realty and consumer durables were in the red. Auto index dipped by 1%, IT by 0.95%, technology by 0.92% and power 0.83%. Realty index was up by 3.37%, metal by 0.25% and consumer durables by 0.21%. The major five gainers were Cipla, SBI, Tata Steel,Coal India and Hindalco. The ones who lost were BHEL, NTPC, Bharti Airtel, NTPC, Tata Motors and GAIL.
Science and Technology
India had accounted for largest number of bug reports in Facebook bounty programme last year. India has 93 million users on Facebook. There were as many as 14,763 submissions reported in 2013, of which among these 687 bugs are eligible for rewards. The bug leads to malfunction of software or a hardware mostly occurring when there are different softwares running in a cycle and there is a conflict. Facebook had made a payment of $ 1.5 million last year to people who are termed security researchers to report about bugs on the social media platform. From India 136 bugs were reported and the average reward given was $1,353. Facebook had reported though that the severe issues have not come this year.