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Major News and Events of 04 July 2014

What Happened on 04 July 2014


PM Narendra Modi inaugurates a train between Katra and Udhampur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today inaugurated a rail link between Katra and Udhampur by flagging off a train. With this rail link, the Vaishno Devi shrine has been connected with the rest of the country. Prime Minister regarded the inauguration an auspicious event because of ongoing Amarnath Yatra and the holy month of Ramzan. The train is not only for Jammu and Kashmir but for the entire country and countrymen who wish to come to Mata Vaishno Devi, he added. After inauguration, J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah requested the Central government to improve the Jammu Railway Station and wished that the train must be extended to the rest of the Valley.

Freed Indian nurses in Iraq to reach India on Saturday

All 46 Indian nurses captivated by Sunni insurgents in Iraq have been freed and will travel back to Cochin, India in a special aircraft on Saturday. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy has confirmed the news. He added that an Air India flight carrying one official each from the Kerala and the Central government would leave from New Delhi Friday evening to Ebril, the capital of Kurdistan. The nurses will board the plane at Ebril and the plane will reach Kochi at 7 am tomorrow.

 

Indian entrepreneur develops device to detect hearing inability in babies

Neeti Kailas, a Bangalore-based woman entrepreneur, has designed a non-invasive device to detect hearing inability in babies. This battery operated device can detect hearing inability by measuring auditory brain-stem response (ABR). Strap it on to the baby’s head just like a headband and it will read responses from the auditory system of the brain when activated. The product is indigenous and cheaper than many hearing-loss detecting devices presently available in the market.  Kailas, director and co-founder, Sohum Innovation Lab, has also won the 2014 Rolex Award for Enterprise. The product is expected to be marketed by 2016.

As per available medical data, around 150,000 hearing-impaired babies are born in India. If the hearing inability is detected well on time then difficulties in learning speech, language and cognition can be prevented to a great extent.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh meets Najeeb Jung to curb price rise

Home Minister Rajnath Singh held a meeting with Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and senior officials of the Delhi administration to keep a check on the increase in prices of some essential food items. He asked the Delhi government to increase the number of mobile vans from 60 to 200 to make sure that onions and potatoes remain available at reasonable price. He also suggested that these essential food items should be sold through 300 shops in government premises. He added that the Modi government would mount all-out efforts to control prices. Apart from this, he ordered raids to check hoarding. As per media reports, his ministry will also talk to NAFED (National Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Federation) and discuss the ways to increase procurement of onions and potatoes for Delhi.

 

Stone pelting by BJP supporters injures Moradabad DM

A group of BJP workers pelted stones at officials and policemen in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh seriously injuring the district magistrate of Moradabad, He was taken to the hospital where his condition was said to be serious but out of danger. BJP supporters and workers fought with police when they heard that three of their MPs and a legislator had been stopped by the administration to hold an event in a village and detained on the way. Soon the situation went out of control. Crowd even stopped trains and police had to use baton charges and firing in the air to scatter the crowd. As per media reports, the meeting was banned by the Akhilesh Yadav government to stop the spread of communal tension in the city.

 

Police detains BJP leaders en route to communally tense Moradabad

Three BJP MPs, Kanwar Singh Tanwar from Amroha, Nepal Singh from Rampur, Satyal Saini from Sambhal and MLA Sangeet Som from Sardhana were detained by the police on their way to Kanth village in UP’s Moradabad district. The place at present is going through communal tension. They were heading towards the village to hold a "maha panchayat" which has been banned by the government. As per media report, the Akhilesh Yadav government has imposed ban as a preventive measure to stop the spread of communal tension in Kanth village which began when members of two different communities started fighting with each other over the putting in a loudspeaker at a religious place. Administration removed the loudspeaker and put ban on holding any meeting.