Major News and Events of 08 April 2014
What Happened on 08 April 2014
West Bengal government agrees to EC's orders on conditions
Two militants killed in an encounter at Kupwara district of Kashmir
Know your Lok Sabha candidate through Google
Mizoram polls postponed to April 11 from April 9
Windows XP support ends today
AAP chief, Arvind Kejriwal was slapped today during the campaign in North West Delhi’s Sultanpuri area. Kejriwal has put the blame on the BJP for this. The man got over and slapped Kejriwal when he was meeting his supporters. He was then detained by the police. As soon as the incident happened, AAP supporters got hold of the man and beat him up. He was an autorickshaw driver wearing the AAP cap. This is the second time Kejriwal has been attacked in the past 4 days. Earlier on Friday he was attacked by a 19 year old boy in South Delhi’s Dakshinpuri area. Kejriwal tweeted that why some people were after him he was not able to understand. He also stated that all this was not going to make him quiet. In the past there have been attacks on him like on March 28 a man attacked him and then in Varanasi ink was thrown on him.
A constitutional crisis in Bengal was averted when the CM Mamata Banerjee’s government agreed to adhere to the Election Commission’s decision to transfer 8 officers that includes police chiefs of 5 districts. Mamata Banerjee had dared the EC to take action against her as she said she would not comply with the orders but now the strict stance has been changed as EX gave time till 230pm to decide and if the order was not complied with, EC had said it will not allow elections to be held in West Bengal. 7 officers which included one DM, one ADM and 5 SP were to be transferred as per the orders of EC as they had been found to show favor to TMC recently. The state government had contended that there will be administrative crisis if these officials were transferred. The state government though has agreed to transfer the officials but was not willing to accept the officials named by the EC as their replacements. The EC had ordered the transfer without consulting the state government and Banerjee had stated in a rally that she will not remove a single officer.
A gunfight happened at night in the Kupwara district of Kashmir and continued till today morning. In this two militants and an army officer were dead. Also four policemen were injured. The army officer was a junior commissioned officer. A sub-inspector and three constables were injured among the policemen. The firing has stopped and search operation is on so that the area can be safe for the civilians. The militants have been identified. The intelligence report had come in that militants have been taking shelter in Zunrishi Village when the army officers and the special group of the state police encircled a house in the village. When the militants were asked to surrender they opened fire. Security round the house was then beefed up so that the guerillas cannot escape.
Science and Technology
A portal has been set up by Google which will enable the voters in India to get details about their Lok Sabha election candidates. The portal whose Url is www.google.co.in/elections will be helping the voters to gain information about the candidates, the constituency from which they have stood in the elections and the lawmaker who has been there for 5 years. The contestant’s details like education, financial information and their social media presence will be provided. Clicking on the Google map and zooming in to the locality will offer the said information. The database will be regularly updated from validated sources. The users will be able to know about the search trends, news, videos, Google+ hangout details.
The Lok Sabha poll in Mizoram was postponed to April 11 as a three day bandh has been called by student groups and NGOs. They have also asked for poll boycott. The elections were supposed to be held tomorrow that is April 9 but now it will be held on April 11. The date has been deferred considering the situation in Mizoram and the Election Commission notified about this on Monday night. Mizoram elects candidate for the lone seat in the Lok Sabha. Preparations are on now to hold the polls on April 11 instead of April 9. The polling officials were also not able to go to the different polling booths that are in the six districts as the 72 hour strike paralyzed normal life. 6 voluntary organizations and student groups have called for the boycott of polling on April 9 as EC allowed the Bru voters living as refugee in the relief camps in Tripura for 17 years, to cast their votes using postal ballots.
Science and Technology
The final security update of Microsoft Windows XP will be released today. After this the support for this version of Windows will end leaving those running it with host of security vulnerabilities. As per statistics one in five computers runs the 13 year old XP all over the world. It is not that the computers running this operating system will face any issues as such but the only thing is that the computers will be susceptible to cyber attacks. Each month Microsoft releases patches for security which henceforth won’t be released by the company. Windows XP even though has been there for 13 year has still vulnerabilities in it. The bug fixes over the year though have been done. With the recent news of Microsoft announcing the end of its support for XP the attacks have again increased which had died down after the release of Windows 7.