Major News and Events of 04 May 2014
What Happened on 04 May 2014
Passenger train derailes near Mumbai, 9 killed and 30 injured
Gujarat is safer for women than West Bengal - Modi
Indian Engineer honoured by the University of Florida for his work in rural development
Hard for Congress to win even 100 seats in Lok Sabha elections - Modi
Victims' relatives say no to bury dead in Assam
The Delhi Metro is a commendable project of the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) that celebrated its 20th foundation day. Awards were presented to 44 employees for their valuable role, by Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung, who was the Guest of Honour at the occasion, held at the Manekshaw Centre, as per media reports. The Delhi Metro is now in its Phase III, and the work that has been completed till now is equal to the civil work that took place during the Phase I.
The engine and four boogies of the Diva-Sawantwadi passenger train derailed in Maharashtra, killing nine passengers and injured 30 others. The accident took place at 9:40 am near Nagothane, located at a distance of about 100 km south of Mumbai. The injured have been taken to the hospitals at Roha and Nagothane in the Raigad district. As per media reports, rescue trains have also reached at the point of the accident and work to remove derailed coaches and engines has been started. Various long distance trains running on the Central Railway and Konkan Railway have been cancelled.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi spoke about the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, stating that crime against women in West Bengal had increased. He added that the state is among the three states known for violence and crime against women, and said that in spite of Banerjee being a woman she failed to curb such violent activity. As per media reports, Modi added that Durga puja in Bengal is similar to the Shakti worship in Gujarat during Navratri. But, during the nine days of festivity a woman could go anywhere even at 2:00 am in Gujarat. Mamata Banerjee had earlier called him a paper tiger.
Science and Technology
The University of Florida honoured Anil K. Rajvanshi, an Indian academician, for his pioneering work in the field of rural development. Rajvanshi has done commendable work in the field of renewable energy in India. With this Rajvanshi became the first Indian to receive the Distinguished Alumnus Award. It is the highest award given by the University of Florida to a graduate who has excelled in his or her field. Rajvanshi did his Ph.D from the University of Florida in 1979. Cammy Abernathy, Dean of the University's College of Engineering presented the award to Rajvanshi. As per media reports, Rajvanshi has been working for the past 33 years in the areas of water pollution, energy and income inequality for rural communities in India.
The BJP prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, said that the Congress party won’t even get 100 seats in the Lok Sabha elections. The party is fighting to cross the 100-seat mark in the Lok Sabha elections, the results of which will be declared on 16 May 2014. As per media reports, Modi did not make a statement about Priyanka Gandhi when asked, as he didn't want to comment on anyone who was not included in the electoral list. He even denied the allegations, that two of his ministers are facing charges and that his government was blamed for favoring an industrialist during the land allocation in Gujarat.
At least 28 people have been killed in violence in Assam, suspected to have been caused by the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) militants. People from Narayanguri and Khagrabari villages have declined to bury the dead, villages which have seen maximum deaths in this violence. They have demanded a visit by the Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, as well as an assurance of justice and compensation. Reports do not suggest a visit scheduled by the Chief Minister to the villages.