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Major News and Events of 06 February 2014

What Happened on 06 February 2014


Charges of murder on former IB officer in Ishrat Jahan case

 

A second chargesheet was submitted against former special director of Intelligence Bureau, Rajinder Kumar and 3 officers by the CBI in the fake encounter case of Ishrat Jehan. There are charges of murder as well as conspiracy on them. Former minister, Amit Shah’s name is not mentioned in the chargesheet though he was interrogated in the case by the CBI. Despite the law ministry having refused to give its approval for prosecution of the officers, CBI went ahead and named Kumar, M K Sinha, P Mittal and Rajiv Wankhede. Charges on them are under section 120-B (criminal conspiracy), murder, kidnapping, wrongful confinement, wrongful concealment. There are additional charges slapped on Kumar under Arms Act with allegations on him that he gave arms and ammunition to the one who killed Ishrat and other 3 persons. It had been alleged in the chargesheet that Kumar provided arms and ammunition to Tarun Barot not directly but through G Singhal, police officer from Gujarat and Nizamuddin Sayeed on June 14, 2004, a day before the incident took place. These were used in the shootout. A Ak-56 was also put in the scene to drive the fact home that the four killed were terrorists. What is the thing to note here is that even though Singhal has named Amit Shah but his name does not feature in the chargesheet. CBI has stated that the investigation is still on. CBI has also made a request for charge under Sec.193 of Indian Penal Code for fabricating or providing fake evidence in a judicial proceeding to be additionally put against J G Parmar, retired deputy superintendent of police who has already been chargesheeted. As per the CBI, Parmar tried to hide the information that the car in which 4 persons were killed that day, was with him. Ishrat Jehan was killed with three others by the Gujarat Crime Branch after getting alert from the Intelligence Bureau that they were terrorists and wanted to kill Narendra Modi. CBI had termed the incident as cold blooded murder. 

Delhi High Court rejects plea against ordinance on convicted lawmakers

The Delhi High Court rejected the petition which sought for quashing the decision of the government to bring an ordinance which will act as a support for the convicted lawmakers from losing their seats. The division bench of Chief Justice N.V. Ramana and Justice Manmohan, in their decision of offering relief to the legislators and the parliamentarians stated that if the right to stand for an election is removed from the convicted lawmakers then it may entail to "vendetta politics". The politician or the ruling party will just have to ask the police to frame a case and arrest its rival. The Representation of the People (Amendment and Validation) Ordinance, 2013 made by the Parliament enabled legislators who were convicted to be in office if their appeal was submitted in the higher court in 90 days frame and their conviction was stayed.

Both houses of the Parliament adjourned over Telangana

 

Separate statehood for Telangana led to various adjournments in both the houses of the parliament and then it was adjourned for the day. The question hour could not be held in the Lok Sabha due to disturbances and the lower house was adjourned till 12pm. After that when the house assembled again then there were protests from the members from Andhra Pradesh after which the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day by the Speaker Meira Kumar. Question hour was also lost in the Upper House as there was adjournment as soon as the house met for the day. At 12 pm when the house assembled again TDP members came near the podium of the chairman and started raising slogans. In Rajya Sabha also, question hour was lost due to protests, with the house being adjourned within minutes of meeting. No work was done except regular tabling of papers. It has been estimated that as much as 670 min were lost in the proceedings and Rs 6.75 crore of public money wasted.

GDP growth to be at 5.6% in 2014-15

 

India's economy will grow at 5.6% in 2014-15 from the growth which was projected at less than 5% in the current fiscal that will end in March. In the current fiscal the GDP will be in the range of 4.7 to 4.9% as per the report by the National Council of Applied Economic Research (NCAER). Industry growth may increase to 3.8% in the next financial year from what was projected for this fiscal at 1.6%. services sector will also be affected with the slow growth but the service exports may exhibit growth as the demand for IT services overseas is increasing. The projection for services sector growth is at 5.6%. The wholesale price index (WPI) inflation has been estimated to stay at 6.2% in the current fiscal and will smoothen a bit and stand at 6% in 2014-15.

New Zealand makes 329 for 4, Ishant Sharma grabs his 150th Test wicket

 

On the 1st day, 1st innings of the 1st test match against India, New Zealand was 329 for 4 at the Eden Park in Auckland. At stumps Captain Brendan McCullum was not out at 143 and Corey Anderson was at 42. Apart from these two Kane Williamson scored an elegant 113. This way the initial collapse was checked as New Zealand was 54 for 3 at lunch. Indian bowlers Ishant Sharma and Zaheer Khan took two wickers each. Ishant Sharma grabbed his 150th Test wicket when he dismissed opener Hamish Rutherford. This was his 54th Test. In fact Ishant also took the prized wicket of Ross Taylor in his 5th over.

Moto G goes out of stock after launch

 

Motorola Moto G smartphone was out of stock on the very first day of its launch. The official seller Flipkart has given assurance that fresh stock will be available soon. Moto G is positioned as budget smartphone with high end features at one third of the price.

Motorola Moto G has two variants - the 8 GB model at Rs 12,499 while the 16 GB version is available at Rs 13,999. Phone features include - multi-color back panels, 4.5 inch display with 1280x720 pixels resolution. The phone has 5 MP primary and a 1.3 secondary MP camera. The device has Quad-core 1.4 GHz, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean OS and 1 GB RAM. There is also Google drive 50 GB storage for 2 years. The phone has 2070 mAh non-removable battery.