Major News and Events of 11 March 2014
What Happened on 11 March 2014
Heavy snowfall in the Kashmir Valley, cuts it off from rest of the country
20 CRPF troopers dead in Maoist encounter in Chhattisgarh
India will be missing the export target for this financial year
Indian team to leave for Dhaka on March 14 ICC World T20 Championship
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There has been uproar in the Shiv Sena after Maharashtra Navnirman Sena or MNS, has taken the decision to extend support to the BJP in Maharashtra though decided it will not join the NDA. Shiv Sena has become strict in its stance when there was this development where Nitin Gadkari is said to have asked for MNS support openly. Raj Thackeray was also asked not to contest at the Lok Sabha polls. Raj Thackeray announced support to Modi and pitched Lok Sabha candidates opposite Shiv Sena in the state excluding Pune. To this Shiv Sena had maintained silence but it was enough to embarrass BJP which urged MNS to offer support to NDA in totality. Since then there was a public demand among the Shiv Sainiks to break the alliance which was 25 years old. After this BJP Chief in Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis had a talk with Uddhav Thackeray specifying that the present five-party NDA will not be hampered in any way in Maharashtra. In fact a meeting is scheduled between Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Uddhav Thackeray. Also Modi and Rajnath Singh called up Thackeray to give assurance that the alliance with Shiv Sena was for keeps.
Heavy snowfall in the Kashmir Valley has detached it from the rest of the country with the arterial Srinagar-Jammu national highway not functioning and the flights are not operating at the city airport. There were reports of heavy snowfall in the entire valley and even in Srinagar there was as much as one feet of snowfall since last night. The 294-km Srinagar-Jammu national highway is the only connecting point to the state and the rest of the country which remains open in all weather. Since the snowfall was still going on the roads could not be cleared. No flight had landed in Srinagar since this morning. Schools in Srinagar have been closed for two days and all exams of Kashmir University has been postponed which were supposed to be held today. MeT department has predicted over the next 24 hours, rain or snowfall in many parts of Kashmir.
As many as 20 personnel of CRPF were killed on Tuesday when there was a fatal attack by the Maoists in Chhattisgarh as per the authorities. The incident happened in dense jungles of Tongapal area in Chhattisgarh’s Sukma district which is at a distance of 500km from Raipur in Bastar region. As per the police the number of Central Reserve Police Force troopers who may have been killed can rise. Maoists attacked the joint team of CRPF and state police at 1030 am. As per the reports the firing is still going on. Choppers have been pressed into service to shift the injured personnel to the hospital who are large in number. There has been Maoist terror in this region in 1980s.
India will be missing its export target for this financial year as the exports headed towards the negative zone in February 2014. There was a marginal decline of 3.67% in exports that is $25.68 billion in comparison to similar period last year. This was due to slow global demand and loss of benefits to India under the European Union’s 'Generalised System of Preferences’ scheme through which goods can be exported at lower duties. At the same time there was a slump in the non-oil imports with the total imports dipping by 17.09% in February 2014 and stood at $ 33.81 billion. Trade deficit thus reduced and was at $12.8 billion in comparison to $17.99 billion last year.
The Indian team which performed miserably in the recently concluded Asia Cup in Bangladesh is all geared up to leave for the ICC World T20 Championship on Friday March 14, 2013. The tournament begins from March 16. India will be playing to defend their title which they won in 2007. India’s match is is against Pakistan, the arch rivals on March 21 at Mirpur. It is a Super 10 game. Before this there will be two warm up matches against Sri Lanka on March 17 and England on March 19. As per the sources the skipper and the coach Duncan Fletcher are not going to address the media before they leave for Dhaka and the press conference will only be there once they reach Dhaka.The team is: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane, Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Amit Mishra, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron and Mohit Sharma.
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