Major News and Events of 04 February 2014
What Happened on 04 February 2014
Three persons sent to judicial custody related to Arunachal student's killing
Modi's "chai pe charcha" campaign across the country
Government panel gives approval for road projects worth Rs.2,779 crore
Bharat Ratna conferred to Sachin Tendulkar
LG India unveils first curved phone in India at Rs 69999
The Supreme Court has reserved verdict on a petition by three of Rajiv Gandhi’s assassins. The plea seeks for commutation of the death sentence to life term based on the fact that there has been extraordinary delay of around 11 years to pass decision on their mercy petition. The government has offered its opposition to the plea and has urged the court to dismiss the plea as the three assassins were not subjected to any inhuman treatment in the time period. Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati informed the apex court that the plea does not come under the purview of Supreme Court’s January 21 verdict. He also specified that in those years the 3 assassins were part of the music shows, art exhibitions etc. while they stayed at the jail. In the petition they have stated that they have to undergo agony and torture which did not hold ground considering their activities. Also, Vahanvati added that in the mercy petition they did not show any signs of remorse.
The assassination of Rajiv Gandhi occurred in 1991. The TADA court convicted the assassins in 1998 and SC gave confirmation of their death sentence on May 11, 1999. Their mercy petition was rejected by the governor in 2012 and the date when they will be executed was also finalized. Then the Madras High Court stayed the execution of the death sentenced and later on the case was shifted to the Supreme Court from the Madras High Court.
Three persons arrested in connection with the death of Nido Tania, a student from Arunachal Pradesh, have been sent to judicial custody till Febuary 18 by a court in Delhi. The 19 year old was allegedly beaten up by shopkeepers in Lajpat Nagar area of South Delhi after there was a spat over his appearance and clothing. He succumbed to internal injuries at the hospital in January 30. Pawan Farmania, Sunder Singh and Farman were sent by the Metropolitan Magistrate Pawan Kumar to judicial custody. There have been arrested under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act. The investigations revealed there were 6 people including 2 juveniles involved in the case. The final autopsy report from AIIMS is due. A special investigation team is handling the case.
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will be launching “chai pe charcha" campaign across the country on February 12 prior to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. There will be "chai chaupals" at various points and 10-15 rounds of chai stops will be there in 1000 locations to promote the message of the BJP as per Sushma Swaraj. She also added that this is an entirely Indian concept. In this people can share their views, ask questions and give suggestions that will be spread to more than two crore people. Suggestions can be given by calling up or on social media while the event is on or even when it is completed. The campaign aims to spread the message of Narendra Modi amid the political discussions at local level and highlight the fact that he was a tea vendor himself.
“Empowered Institution” a government panel headed by Arvind Mayaram, the economic affairs secretary has given its nod for 6 road projects worth Rs.2,778.72 crore. The projects will be done under the PPP or public-private partnership mode. In the 52nd meeting of the Empowered Institution this decision was taken. The projects will include development of:
- Sikar-Bikaner bypass section of NH 11
- Road from Nelamangala to Chikkaballapura in Karnataka on state highway 74
- Construction of four lanes of Nagpur-Umred-Chandrapur road in Maharashtra
The panel has also given its nod in principle to road sector projects involving three from Maharashtra and one from Karnataka. Approval has also been given to gap funding of Rs.555.72 crore for these projects.
Bharat Ratna was conferred today to distinguished scientist C.N.R. Rao and legendary Sachin Tendulkar. The highest civilian award was given by President Pranab Mukherjee at a gala event at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in Delhi. Earlier 41 personalities have been conferred this award for the work they have done for the society. Tendulkar at the age of 40 is the first sportsperson to receive this award and also the youngest person to get this award. Tendulkar ended his magnificent career with series of records that includes 15,921 runs from 200 Test matches with an average of 53.58 and 51 tons. He compiled 18,426 runs from 463 ODIs at 44.83 average including 49 tons. Sachin was also the first batsman to score a double hundred in an ODI. Last year sportspersons were also included as a category for Bharat Ratna. For the Bharat Ratna award there was recommendation for the name of legendary hockey player, Dhyan Chand but Tendulkar’s name was selected.
Science and Technology
LG India has launched the curved screen smartphone, G Flex priced at Rs 69,999. This is the first phone having a curved screen launched here and is also the most expensive one. The device is available at online stores at Rs 69490 and Rs 69990. In the world this is the second smartphone with a curved screen. The first one was Samsung Galaxy Round. LG G Flex features include 6” flexible OLED screen, 3,500mAh curved battery, 55” HDTV display experience to be enjoyed from a distance of 1 feet as per LG’s claims, self healing technology used on the rear side of the phone which removes minor scratches, glass casing which does not allow bending the phone as you wish. You have to apply pressure then it bends. Technical specification are a 720 display, 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM and internal memory of 32GB, 13 MP camera, LED flash.