Major News and Events of 07 January 2014
What Happened on 07 January 2014
One policeman killed, three injured in Sopore encounter
800 Jal Board officials transferred by AAP in Delhi
Sensex plummets 5th day in a row
7 over cricket league to be played in UAE
Micromax launches LapTab that runs on Android and Windows 8
The parents of the teenage girl from Madhyamgram who was gangraped and allegedly set ablaze in Kolkata, had a meeting with the President Pranab Mukherjee in Delhi urging for a CBI investigation into the case. The family stated they have got the assurance from the President. They also met chief of National Commission for Women, Mamata Sharma. The family in its writ petition has asked for financial compensation from the West Bengal government. They have also raised doubts regarding the investigation which the Kolkata police was doing. A letter was also sent to the West Bengal Governor MK Narayanan in which complaint was made against police and hospital authorities for not giving them required facilities. The 16 year old girl was gangraped twice and when the family moved to Kolkata she was allegedly set on fire and eventually she died on December 31, 2013 in Kolkata. The police have specified it was not suicide but she was murdered. As per the police the accused poured kerosene over her and burnt her when she did not agree to withdraw the rape complaint. The two accused were actually the landlords of the house where the girl’s family stayed. The girl was raped on October 25 by 6 men and she had to face this ordeal again two days later. All the accused have been booked and are behind bars.
In the gunbattle which ensued for 3 hours between the militants and the police, a policeman died and three others were injured in North Kashmir’s Sopore zone. Anti-militancy operation was launched by the police along with the Army in Chanakhan which is at the distance of 55 km from Sopore. This was when information was received that there were militants present in the place. The security cover round the house where the militants hid was tightened and that is when the grenade was hurled at the policemen and the militants opened fire. In this incident an assistant sub inspector lost his life. The operation was jointly managed by the Special Operations Group (SOG), Rashtriya Rifles and the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).
800 officials of the Delhi Jal Board were transferred on Monday night by the AAP in what can be termed as a huge reshuffle. This was done to increase efficiency and delivery. At the behest of the CM Arvind Kejriwal who is also the chairperson of the Delhi Jal Board this decision was taken. In fact the CEO of the board Debashree Mukherjee was transferred the very day Kejriwal took office. The officials who have been in the same place for more than 3 years have been shifted. Three officials were suspended too when in a sting operation by a TV channel showed them accepting bribe. Last week the Delhi residents were given the facility of 667 liters of free water if they had proper water connections and authentic meters in their houses installed by the Jal board. The initiative of shifting the officers is part of the crackdown on the "tanker mafia", instrumental in creating artificial shortage of water in different parts of Delhi. They are believed to be aided by the Jal board officials. Delhi relies very much on raw water from UP and Haryana as its demand is that of 1100 million gallons per day while the Jal Board supplies around 800 mgd water.
Sensex plummeted on the 5th day in a row and lost 500 points in 5 sessions. Nifty ended at 6,130 levels. BSE had soared by 8.9% in 2013 and had touched a record high and there was 20 billion worth of stock buying. Software stocks dipped as a measure of precaution with results of earnings in Oct-Dec to be announced on Friday. The stocks of Infosys fell by 1.7% while TCS scored 1.5% less. Selling pressure was observed in energy, metal, power and realty stocks as well. Tata Steel dipped by 3.33% and incurred the biggest loss at Nifty while Tata Power dipped by 2.8%. The gainers were Maruti Suzuki which saw an increase of 2.1%, IndusInd Bank ended at 1.34% higher. Sensex ended at 20,693.24 points, recording a slump of 94.06 points, or 0.45% , lowest since December 17, 2013 when it ended at 20,612.14.
The Twenty20 cricket has given us all the excitement but now it seems there is much shorter version to be played. A 7 over cricket league will be played in the UAE. This tournament’s brand ambassador is Indian skipper MS Dhoni. This league will be known as 7PL and will be unveiled this week. The tournament will start in March 2014. The ICC has not recognized the tournament but has given its approval and same is the case with the BCCI. The seven teams which will participate will be representing seven Emirates Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Ras al-Khaimah, Ajman, Sharjah, Fujairah and Umm al-Qaiwain. The players will be from again seven countries — India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, South Africa, Australia, the United Kingdom and the UAE. Matches will be played both indoors and outdoors at Dubai.
Science and Technology
Micromax has unveiled LapTab, that runs on two operating systems, Android and Windows 8. In fact this is the first tablet powered by Intel and has a dual boot. The device will be launched in early February. The device has Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS and Windows 8 and it would only need a reboot to switch on to another system. The processor in this device is an Intel processor (Bay Trail-M). The device sports a 10.1” inch display, 2 GB RAM and 7400 mAh battery. There is a 2MP front camera and there is a brightness control technology which adjusts the monitor according to the environment. Internal memory is 32 GB and is expandable to 64 GB. Price of LapTab is yet to be announced.