Major News and Events of 09 January 2014
What Happened on 09 January 2014
Centre accepts its mistake in coal blocks allocation before the SC
Anti-corruption helpline number in Delhi gets overwhelming response
CAD will come down to $50 billion in the current fiscal: Mayaram
All eyes on New Zealand series also for ICC rankings
Sholay stickers on Facebook chat
Death toll in Goa building collapse has risen to 24 after three more bodies were recovered. The incident happened in Canacona and now the rescue operation is in the final phase. The rescue operation was shifted to manual mode after the drilling led to tilting of adjoining buildings raising fear that this may lead to collapse of those buildings as well. The demolition of these buildings may begin soon as they are constructed by the same promoter and the builder. 40 people were inside when the building whose construction was not completed caved in on Saturday afternoon. 16 people were saved from the rubble. Prakash Bandodkar , the Deputy Town Planner was arrested by the police on Monday night and Ajay Desai, the Municipal Engineer as well as three directors the Bharat Realtors and Developers, the realty firm are still absconding.
The Centre agreed to the fact that something went wrong in the coal blocks allocation and that even though the decisions were taken in good faith but things did not turn up well and that there may have been wrong steps which have to be rectified. The Center so to say virtually accepted their mistake before the Supreme Court and representing it the statements were given by Attorney General Goolam E Vahanvati to the apex court bench headed by Justice RM Lodha and comprising three judges. This happened after the Supreme Court bench observed that the process could have been executed in better manner to which Vahanvati agreed to. SC bench had earlier asked the Attorney General about Centre’s stand regarding deallocation of certain coal blocks. To which Vahanvati replied that this would be done by next week. In September 2013 Vahanvati in his capacity as AG had stated that coal blocks allocation was only a letter of intent and did not entail to any right given to the companies pertaining to the natural resource and that it was to be exclusively decided by the state government. It was only the first stage and there were various processes to be followed and the companies had the right on colas only after that and when they started mining. This is in contradiction to the statement made by the states like Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Odisha, Jharkhand, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh and Chhattisgarh who have claimed the Centre had the full authority and their role was minimal.
The new anti-corruption helpline number which was launched in Delhi yesterday had overwhelming response as there were 300 calls in 3 hours. Termed as the 3rd promise of AAP after providing free supply of 650 liters of water and reducing the electricity charges to half for those who had the consumption of up to 400 units. If anyone asks for a bribe in the capital it can be reported at 011-27357169. It is believed that this would lead to fear psychology among those indulging in such activities. Later on a 4 digit number easy to remember will be launched. At the same time it is being felt that people should leave the habit of asking favors and should desist from giving bribes.
Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram has stated that the CAD or the current account deficit in India will dip to about $50 billion in the current fiscal spurred by the growth in imports and slump in gold imports.The CAD reached highest mark that of $88.2 billion or 4.8% of GDP in 2012-13. Mayaram stated that exports scenario was good and barring small changes it will be static line and won’t dip down. This has boosted confidence that CAD will be around $50 billion. The trade deficit which is the difference between export and import, has reduced to $9.2 billion in November, from $10.6 billion in October. In April to September CAD was $26.9 billion that is 3.1% of GDP. Gold imports dipped to 1.2% in second quarter compared to 4.9% in first quarter. In November it slumped to 19.3 tons from 162 tons in May.
India’s ICC rankings are at stake what with the dismal performance in the recent series. Now the team needs to defeat New Zealand in the upcoming series to retain its position as the leading team in the ICC rankings for the ODIs. This is because Australia and England are just round the corner waiting to topple the Indian team from its position. Australia is at 2nd position with 114 rating points while India has 120 rating points whereas England has 111 rating points and is at number 3 position. Australia reached the top slot in July 2012 when it was overpowered by England who retained the position till December 2012. Now it all depends on India’s performance how these two teams are ranked in the table. The New Zealand series starts from January 19 in Napier. In the ICC rankings Virat Kohli enjoys the top spot in the batsmen category whereas Sikhar Dhwan is on 10th place in the same rankings. Ravindra Jadeja is at 6th slot while R Ashwin is at 16th in the bowler’s slot. Jadeja has 5th position in the all-rounders' list.
Science and Technology
Film marketing is adopting new forms recently and to add to the innovations is the movie stickers which can be exchanged by the people on Facebook. There are now stickers of classic Hindi movie "Sholay", which hit the theaters recently in 3D. The craze for the movie continues on Facebook. The stickers designed by Hungama Digital Media Entertainment and Sholay Media Entertainment will be there in the form of Gabbar, Jai, Veeru, Thakur, Basanti and Radha. They convey the common emoticons like love, sleep, tears, heartbreak and action. Recently the Facebook stickers are quite popular and to use this as a form of movie marketing was the idea behind the Sholay stickers. It has to be noted here that the Krrish stickers are already there on Facebook chat.