Major News and Events of 06 January 2014
What Happened on 06 January 2014
Goa building collapse death toll touches 17, rescue operation stalled
10000 members for AAP in Jaipur
56 oil and gas blocks to be offered in 10th round of NELP
SC to hear BCCI's case for restraining Lalit Modi on Jan 17 if Modi wins
GSLV launched successfully
BJP opposed the proposal of referendum on the army deployment in Jammu and Kashmir as recommended by senior leader of AAP, Prashant Bhushan. BJP’s Arun Jaitley also specified that it was because of Jawaharlal Nehru’s "mismanagement" that problems prevailed in Kashmir. He also indirectly referred to Bhushan stating that he had two years back recommended for a plebiscite wherein the people would have decided whether they wanted to stay in India or not. He said these things cannot be decided in this way and for security reasons army had to be deployed in the region. Even Arvind Kejriwal said that these decions have to be taken based on the law and order situation and there cannot be any referendum for the same. He also added that the local sentiments should be taken into consideration. Bhushan had earlier rallied for removal of AFSPA in J&K as it was distancing the people by providing immunity to the army in cases where there was violation of human rights.
The death toll in the building collapse at Goa which took place on January 4 has risen to 17 and several people are still feared trapped inside. 12 people are still missing. The incident happened in Cancona of south Goa. Now the rescue was stalled this afternoon when two adjoining buildings tilted dangerously and there were concerns that they may cave in. There was impending danger from the debris so rescue workers were asked to stop operation. A compensation of Rs. 2 lakh to the family of the dead has been announced and a panel of three members have been formed to probe into the incident. Case has been registered against the builder and the contractor who are absconding. 16 residents who were injured have been admitted to Hospicio Hospital in Margao and Goa Medical College and Hospital close to Panaji.
10000 members have joined the Aam Aadmi Party in Jaipur.It implemented the mohalla sabha model here and the experimentation began in Malviya Nagar of Jaipur. Small rallies were hosted in the localities from Apex Circle in Malviya Nagar to Satkar Shopping Centre, Sector 10, Sector 1. These residential areas have doctors, bureaucrats and other people of the upper class of the society. The mohalla sabha was started at 10 am and went on till afternoon. People were eager to know what AAP leaders had to say but they had to do with same speech against corruption. People were enthusiastic to know how to join the parties and be a part of the party for the upcoming elections in 2014.
As many as 56 oil and gas blocks will be offered by the government in the 10th round of bidding. This is part of the New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP) which will be operational next week. Petroleum Secretary Vivek Rae had stated that January 15 may be the date when this bidding, which is touted as the largest since the inception of NELP in 1999, will begin. This is an initiative to rope in more investments in the production and exploration sector. In the 9th round of NELP 34 blocks encompassing and area of 88807 sq km that included 8 deepwater blocks, 7 shallow water blocks and 19 onland blocks were offered in the bidding which had ONGC,BHP, Bharat Petro Resources and Hindustan Petroleum as participants.
Supreme Court has kept on hold the return of Lalit Modi as the Rajasthan cricket chief. The apex court will be hearing the case on January 17. On that day the sealed envelope containing the results of RCA will be announced. The court has also stated it will hear BCCI’s objections only when Lalit Modi wins the election which was held last month. BCCI has moved the Supreme Court so that Lalit Modi can be restrained so that he could not sit on the President's post if he wins the election. The BCCI has in its petition challenged the Rajasthan Sports Act 2005 through which Modi could contest the RCA presidential elections on 19 December. The former IPL chairman has been banned for life by the BCCI. The Supreme Court had also appointed retired judge Justice N M Kasliwal as a principal observer to monitor the elections.
Science and Technology
The (GSLV)-D5 or the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle which had the cryogenic engine developed indigenously was launched successfully from Sriharikota. With this India gets into the group of nations which can launch heavy satellites on its own. Earlier there were two unsuccessful attempts for launching GSLV. Other countries which have expertise in cryogenic engine technology include US, France Japan, Russia and China. India was earlier depending on Russian technology for the GSLV launches. This way India’s dependency on foreign launch vehicles will be reduced and costs will half of what is spent now when launching vehicles by foreign space agencies like Arianespace. GSLV is of 49 m height, has carrying capacity of 415 tons. Cost incurred in launching this vehicle was Rs 350 crore. Today the first operation for orbit raising of the communication satellite GSAT-14 was completed. It is now 8,966 km perigee ( which is nearest to earth) and 35,744 km apogee (farthest to earth).