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Major News and Events of 11 June 2014

What Happened on 11 June 2014


Congress leader on hunger strike, Kejriwal wrote to PM over power crisis in Delhi

Residents of the Sultanpuri area in Delhi, along with the Congress legislator Jai Kishan protested against power cuts. Jai Kishan sat on a hunger strike, as the area is facing 10-12 hours of power cut with abrupt water supply. The AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, blamed the present BJP government for protecting discoms. In a letter, he has sought an appointment with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to discuss the issue of Delhi’s power crisis. He added that, as per agreement it is the job of the discoms to maintain their network and equipment for uninterrupted power supply. He also asked the Modi government to reduce the power tariffs by 30% as promised before the 2013 Delhi assembly polls, as per media reports.

Skill development to transform country from 'scam India' to 'skilled India'

Modi showed a dream of transforming the country to ‘skilled India’ from ‘scam India’. He said that for this kind of change, concentration should be towards the development of entrepreneurial skills among the Indian youth. Modi compared India to China and said that India is getting younger and China older, and now is the need of skilled youth. India must work towards providing skilled manpower to the world and change its image. Also the social status of skilled manpower must be improved as it has been done in Gujarat. Development must take the shape of a mass movement, he added while speaking for the first time in the Lok Sabha, as per media reports.

WB Government appeals people not to consume unripe litchis

Seven children in the Malda district in West Bengal, have been reported dead after eating unripe litchis. The West Bengal government appealed the people not to eat unripe litchis, as per media reports. The Minister of State for Health, Chandrima Bhattacharya, expressed his grief and called the incident very unfortunate, and added that the Malda Medical College and Hospital showed no sign of negligence while treating the children. He said that the toxin found in the unripe litchis is the cause of the death. The toxin is not present in the ripe fruit. No such case has been reported from Bihar's Muzaffarpur, which is known to be a mass producer of litchis.

World Bank grants $100 million development policy loan to Himachal Pradesh

The World Bank granted a $100 million development policy loan to Himachal Pradesh for managing its natural resources. The Board of executive directors of the World Bank approved the project on 16 May 2014, and an agreement was signed between the World Bank, the state government and the government of India, as per media reports. The Bank gave a statement, that the state can now formulate better policies and practices for the development of sustainable hydropower, to lessen the effects of climate change, to encourage better methods of industrial production, to empower local communities and to encourage environmentally sustainable tourism.

We will leave no stone unturned to fulfill the promises made by the President - Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi made his maiden speech in the Lok Sabha, and said that he and his government would take every step to fulfill the promises sketched out by President Pranab Mukherjee in his address. He said that doubts are obvious, but he gave examples of the 24X7 electricity in Gujarat, when he was the Chief Minister of the state. He called the President’s words as a tradition and divine address, and that it was their duty to fulfill those promises. He also added that before elections they were candidates, but now the MPs are "the messengers of the people's hopes," as per media reports.

Lt. Gen. Suhag’s appointment as army chief is final : Arun Jaitley

Congress leader Anand Sharma raised an issue in the Rajya Sabha regarding tweets posted by the BJP leader and former army chief, V K Singh on Lt. Gen. Dalbir Singh Suhag, and asked for V K Singh’s removal from the office. According to media reports, V K Singh wrote unacceptable and objectionable tweets, which were highly demoralizing. But Defence Minister Arun Jaitley clarified, that the appointment of Lt. Gen. Suhag as the next army chief was final, and must not be politicised by the opposition. Amarinder Singh raised the issue in the Lok Sabha, and said that no one can call an army chief, a criminal and dacoit.