Major News and Events of 09 December 2013
What Happened on 09 December 2013
Delhi has a hung assembly, Dikshit blames Congress for the debacle
Notice issued to Subrata Ray by Supreme Court
Sensex soars by 330 points, reaches all time high intra-day
2-0 lead by South Africa over India in 3 ODI series
Rs 4000 crore to be invested by Airtel for digital development in Punjab
The consolation factor after the debacle yesterday came for the Congress as it won 29 seats and was leading in 2 seats while the Mizo National Front (MNF) has won 5 seats and was leading in 3 seats when the reports last came in. The state which has over one million people went on with its support for the Congress party. Chief Minister Lal Thanhawla who is also state Congress chief stood from two constituencies and was victorious in both Serchhip and Hrangturzo seats where he defeated his opponents from MNF and Mizoram People's Conference (MPC). He has the record of being elected to the state assembly for nine times since 1978. He won against MNF’s C. Lalramzauva in Serchhip by a margin of 734 votes while for the Hrangturzo seat he defeated MPC opponent Lalthansanga by 1,628 votes. Congress will come to power for the 5th time in the state and second time in the row.
Delhi faces a hung assembly as BJP has grabbed 31 seats while AAP has got 28 seats and Congress could get only 8 seats. The interesting fact is that for the 1st time in Delhi none of the party wants to claim to form government and wants to sit in the opposition. AAP has stated it is not going to form an alliance with either the BJP or the Congress. It has to be seen what next comes up as Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung as per the rules will ask the single largest party that is BJP here to form the government while if the BJP refuses then he may ask AAP as well and if both refuse to do so then the matter will go to the President.
Sheila Dikshit who had served three terms as the chief minister in Delhi and had to suffer a debacle in the polls this time has put the blame squarely on the party. She said she did not get enough support from her party which she should have got. She talked about need of better coordination between different units of the party. She also went ahead and stated that Congress had not properly estimated the impact Kejriwal camp could have made in Delhi. Dikhsit lost to debutant Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi constituency by more than 25,864 votes.
The Supreme Court sent a notice to Subrata Roy, the Sahara Group chief asking him to specify why initiation of criminal contempt proceedings should not be done against him. This was regarding alleged interference in the probe related to money handling in 2G scam. A similar notice has been served to journalist Upendra Rai along with another person. The contempt notice was issued by the Supreme Court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi. The court upheld the contempt petition made by Enforcement Directorate official Rajeshwar Singh who had stated in his plea that they were interfering in his probe under a garb of journalistic questions. Four weeks time has been allotted for responding to the notice.
The Sunday sweep done by BJP in the assembly polls has had a massive impact on the markets. The Sensex ended at 21326 points that is a high of 330 points or 1.57% and it also reached its highest intra-day at 21,484. Its previous highest was 21,239 touched on November 3. 99 stocks touched their all time high at the Sensex today.Same was the mood visible in case of the rupee which started at 60.83 against the dollar and ended at 61.41. The investors view the return of the BJP in 3 states and emerging as the single largest party in Delhi as a positive outcome as it is regarded as a pro-reforms political party.
South Africa grabbed the three ODI series from India 2-0 as of now. In the second ODI South Africa again routed India with a 134 runs win at Kingsmead. They compiled 280 for 6 wickets in which Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock scored tons in a delayed match of 49 overs per side. The Indian batsmen again failed to face the pace and bounce and were bundled for 146 in 35.1 overs. Suresh Raina could make a gritty 36 before succumbing to Morkel, Ravindra Jadeja scored 26, Dhoni made 19 while Ravichandran Ashwin could only compile 15. What was interesting was that though the South African openers put up a huge total of 152 runs, 4 wickets were lost for 22 runs and India was able to restrict its opponent for 86 runs in the final 15 overs. This time it seems Skipper Dhoni will have less to say about the bowlers and will have to talk about the batsmen who failed to meet the pace challenge.
Science and Technology
In the coming 5 years, Bharti Airtel will be investing more than Rs.4, 000 crore in Punjab for the digital development in the state. An agreement was inked between the Punjab government and Bharti Airtel. Under this agreement the high speed 4G LTE services will be provided in the state by the service provider. A 10000 km long optic fiber cable will be laid all over the state for expansion of the 4G services thus providing huge impetus to broadband services in rural areas. This will facilitate e-governance, e-health and e-education. This will enable the people to have the information at the touch of the screen. Apart from 4G services there will be investment in 2G services, DSL Broadband, DTH, M-Commerce and Wire line.