Major News and Events of 04 August 2014
What Happened on 04 August 2014
Flipkart is likely to sell 15,000 handsets of Xiaomi Mi3 on Aug 5
SC issues notice on plea of Campa Cola society residents
40 trawlers go missing in the Bay of Bengal
India hockey team to tour Bangladesh
65,000 evacuated in Bihar after flood alert
Syndicate Bank CMD sent to police custody
Congress terms Kejriwal's rally as a 'damp squib'
Top seven telecom companies penalised for unverified customers
Gwalior additional judge resigns after sexual harassment by HC judge
The arrested Indian officials in CWG 2014, Rajeev Mehta, secretary general of the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) and Virender Malik, senior international wrestling referee, will be produced before the Glasgow magistrate today. Both the officials have been arrested on separate charges – Mehta was arrested for driving in an inebriated state and Malik for alleged sexual attack. The entire incident has caused embarrassment to India and the Indian High Commission has issued a statement in London saying that it is closely monitoring the case.
Science and Technology
Xiaomi is ready for yet another round of sales on the online shopping portal, Flipkart. The Chinese handset making company has sold around 20,000 handsets of its Mi3 model in India so far. On July 22, the flash sale offered by Xiaomi witnessed the sale of 10,000 handsets in a short span of 39 minutes. In the second round of sale, 10,000 handsets were sold in just few seconds. On 5 August, the company is going to offer another round of sale; it has already advertised on Facebook that it will put 15000 handsets for sale.
The Supreme Court of India has issued a notice to the Brihan Mumbai Municipal Corporation and Maharashtra government on the plea of the residents of the Campa Cola society. The notice was issued to seek a chance and negotiate with the municipal body so that their flats could be saved. The bench headed by Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya has issued this notice stating that there is a provision by which the unauthorised constructions can also be regularised by paying fines and penalties.
About 40 trawlers carrying 640 fishermen are reported to be missing from Kakdwip in South 24 Parganas district in the Bay of Bengal. The official from the Fishermen Association have said that each trawler is carrying 16 fishermen which went missing since late night’s storm. Jaykrishna Halder, secretary of the Association said that the contact broke down between the trawlers and the communication unit of the association after the storm.
After bagging the silver medal in the Commonwealth Games, the Indian Men’s Hockey team is ready to undertake Bangladesh tour to participate in the three-match series. It is expected that the series will provide exposure to the players before the Asian Games which are scheduled to be held from September 19 to October 4. The team will be leaving for Dhaka on August 5 for the matches on August 6, 8 and 9. They will come back on the next day of the final match.
As per reports, about 65,000 people have been evacuated after a flood alert in Bihar. The alert was given after a rise was reported in the water level of Kosi river. Thanks to the initiatives taken by the Bihar government, people residing in the embankments of Kosi river were shifted to safer places. The evacuated population has been moved to 123 relief camps in Madhepura, Araria, Supaul, Madhubani, Purnea and Darbhanga regions.
Syndicate Bank Chairman and Managing Director Sudhir Jain has been sent to a four-day police custody by a Delhi court. Jain was arrested by the CBI on the case of accepting bribes. According to a CBI spokesperson, Jain and five other accused have been sent for interrogation in the case related to bribery after they were produced in the designated court. Jain has been charged for taking bribe of Rs 50 lakh for enhancing the credit limits of two companies, bypassing rules.
Congress has termed the Aam Aadmi Party’s rally at Jantar Mantar,New Delhi as a ‘damp squib’. It says that AAP Chief Arving Kejriwal is trying to mislead the people to attain power after his failure in the Lok Sabha polls. Mukesh Sharma, a Congress leader from Delhi, said that the Jantar Mantar rally by Kejriwal was a complete failure. He added that there were only AAP’s volunteers from Delhi and neighbouring states who took part in the rally while citizens of Delhi did not support him. During his rally, Kejriwal has given a week’s time to the Centre to dissolute the Delhi Assembly and arrange for fresh polls.
According to a report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India, around 4.59 crore SIM card users in the country are unidentified. In 2008, in a wake of a series of bomb blasts in India, the telecom companies were asked to scrutinise the identity of all its users. But, the companies have failed to do so which raises a question of security concerns for the nation. As per CAG, the top seven companies have been penalised for about Rs 4200 crore due to the non compliance rates which vary from 4-54 per cent. Reliance Communication, found to be the biggest violator in this case, has been fined with Rs 918 crore.
A woman additional judge in Gwalior has alleged that she was sexually harassed by a judge of the Madhya Pradesh High Court and had to resign. In her complaint to the President, the Chief Justice of India and the Union Law Minister, she alleged that she was asked to “dance on an item song” and the said judge influenced her transfer to a remote location. According to Chief Justice of India RM Lodha, he hasn’t received the official complaint yet.