Major News and Events of 05 July 2014
What Happened on 05 July 2014
Congress may approach the Court if not given the Leader of Opposition post
Karnataka requests central government to help in increasing iron ore production
Kedarnath restoration is expected to be completed by October
Air India aircraft carrying 46 nurses from Iraq reaches India
Hydropower project inaugurated by PM does not have licence:J&K Minister
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa requested Prime Minister Narendra Modi to speed up the matter related to the issuance of the Digital Addressable System (DAS) licence to Tamil Nadu Arasu Cable TV Corporation (TACTV). In her letter to Prime Minister, she emphasised that post-licence to TACTV, the state government can provide economical and quality Cable TV services to the people of Tamil Nadu. It is alleged that TACTV’s application for licences was kept pending by the previous UPA Government as it wanted to help some specific private business interest.
The Congress may go to the court in case the post of Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha is not given to the party. As per media reports, although the party will wait and watch, the option of going to the court cannot be ruled out. The Congress has discussed the issue but no final decision has yet been taken in this regard. By winning 44 seats in the recent Lok Sabha elections, the Congress became the second largest party. It is still short of the requisite number of seats to be eligible for the post of Leader of Opposition (a party needs at least tenth of the total House strength of 545, which comes to 55 MPs).
Karnataka government has asked for the support of the central government to increase the production of iron ore. The additional output is required to fulfill the needs of the steel plants in the state. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has requested the union ministry of mines to file a case in the Supreme Court to raise the production of iron ore from 30 million tonnes to 40 million tonnes per annum. The State government has also filed a petition with the apex court in this context. Mining of iron ore and other minerals was banned because of a multi-crore mining scam in the state. The Court on April 18, 2013 had re-opened the category A and B mines and put a limit of 30 million tonnes on the mining of iron ore.
The restoration work of the Kedarnath temple complex which was devastated in the landslides in Uttarakhand last year is expected to be completed by October. The temple’s conservation task was given to the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) after the tragic devastation of the temple. Bad weather hampered the work at the start of the season but now the work is progressing fast. As per the government version, if the weather conditions remain favourable, the task will be completed by October 20. Stuffing the missing stones, doing wooden flooring inside the temple, interior exterior cleaning, renovation of support and stone steps and preservation of stone surfaces are some of the major temple restoration tasks.
A special Air India flight carrying 183 people including 46 nurses freed by insurgents in Iraq and three crew members landed safely in India. The plane reached the Kochi airport, providing a sigh of relief to the Indian government and much worried parents. Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy thanked External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for putting in efforts to bring back the nurses from Iraq to India.
Jammu & Kashmir’s Health and Medical Education Minister Taj Mohiuddin has claimed said that hydropower project inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Baramulla district is without a licence and hence illegal. As per media reports, Mohiuddin said that PM must not be aware of this reality. But he added that he had written to the former prime minister’s office that the formalities of issuing an operating licence have not been completed by the NHPC and hence the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh should not accept the request of NHPC to inaugurate it. As per the J&K Water Resource Act, it is mandatory for all such hydro power project to get a licence from the state government.