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Major News and Events of 06 December 2013

What Happened on 06 December 2013


Nelson Mandela, the apostle of peace passes away

 

The iconic figure in anti-apartheid movement, Nelson Mandela passed away at the age of 95. He was South Africa's first black president termed by India as "a true Gandhian". A symbol of peace, Nobel Laureate Mandela was the president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was suffering from health issues recently and had a lung infection for which he had to be hospitalized many times. He was honored with a Bharat Ratna. His lung infection was contracted during his imprisonment for apartheid movement. For this he was there in the hospital for 85 days. The world is in mourning over the demise of this great leader. Five days mourning will be observed in India from December 6-10.

Normal life was paralyzed in Seemandhara with the shutdown

 

Normal life was paralyzed in Seemandhara that is all the 13 districts of Rayalaseema and coastal Andhra regions. The shutdown was called as a mark of protest against cabinet's nod to a draft bill for statehood of Telangana. 12000 buses of Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation were off the road and shops, offices, petrol pumps, schools and colleges were all sut off in the shutdown which was called by YSR Congress party and Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers Association. The TDP has also called for Telugu Desam Party (TDP) have also given a call for shutdown for 48 hours. People from different walks of life were instrumental in implementing the bandh and were on the streets. Total shutdown was seen in Visakhapatnam, Guntur, Vijayawada, Nellore, Kurnool, Tirupati and Anantapur. High alert was there since Thursday night when the bill got the nod from the Cabinet.

Preparation for Lok Sabha Polls begin

Preparations have started for the 16th Lok Sabha elections to happen in April-May 2014. The Chief Electoral Officers of all the states have been directed by the Election Commission to upgrade the data and electoral rolls. This was informed by the Chief Electoral Officer of Tripura, Ashutosh Jindal. The officers who would be handling the election procedure there details also need to be updated as per the direction of ECI. Added to this would be information about the location of the polling booths and the connecting roads information. The electoral roll will be updated after January 2014 as those who turn 18 on or before 2014 are eligible to vote. This time the voters will be getting coloured plastic Electors Photo Identity Card (EPIC) in place of the laminated ones to do away with forgery and duplication.Tripuar became the first state to implement this new EPIC which has the details of the elector coded in it. The updated electoral rolls will be published by January 6, 2014.

BJP accepts the fact that AAP may have captured some of their votes in the capital

 

December 8 is quite near and the results of the Assembly election for 5 states will be out. But what is being awaited with much interest is the result of Delhi Assembly Elections. BJP which had till now stated AAP as only a mere contestant in the election now admitted that they may take away some of the votes in the capital. The party also agreed to the fact that this time it was a triangular contest but only time will say whether it has affected anyone or not. On the other hand the state unit’s chief expressed confidence that the BJP will gain a clear majority as people wanted the issues pertaining to inflation, water, electricity and corruption to be removed. BJP is confident they would get 36 out of 70 seats in the assembly.

Recommendation of Rs. 7,200-crore bailout package for sugar industry

 

The Group of Ministers which was informally formed and was led by Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, has given recommendations for a number of incentives to the sugar industry. The incentives entail to 12% interest subsidy on Rs. 7,200-crore loan that mills can procure from banks only for the payment to the farmers. RBI norms to be followed in loan recasting, incentives for raw sugar production up to 4 million tons, creation of buffer stock are some of the other recommendations. There would not be any hike soon in the import duty of sugar. The 12% interest subsidy will comprise 7% paid from the sugar development fund and 5% from the Government of India. Repayment tenure of the loans is 5 years but they can avail a moratorium on repayment in the initial two years. Finalization of all these measures will be done by the Cabinet in the two weeks.

India suffers massive defeat in the 1st ODI, Dhoni blames the bowlers

 

When it came to foreign conditions the Indian team failed miserably to keep up to the standards they had set for themselves. A massive defeat of 141 runs is not acceptable from a team who has been winning ODIs and test recently but that is how the game of cricket is, a great leveler. The Indian bowlers gave away runs in plenty and South Africa amassed 358/4 whereas the Indian team was bundled up for 217 in 41 overs. Indian skipper Dhoni without naming anyone has out the blame squarely on bowler’s shoulder but the thought comes why the batsmen settled for such a low score? Dhoni stated the wicket was not which could have given 300 plus runs. A major thing which has been overlooked is the fact that India did not have any warmup matches and straightaway began the tour. The ODI series is of three matches and 2nd ODI will take place at Durban on December 8.