Major News and Events of 11 May 2014
What Happened on 11 May 2014
Scientists are the strength of India – Modi on the National Technology Day
State leaders blame each other over Mullaperiyar dam verdict
Foreign investors optimistic, in spite of recession
6 Indian children to be flag bearers at Football World Cup
BJP looks out for possible allies
The Congress blamed Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi for failing to guard the coastal regions of Gujarat. They have blamed that this lapse in security has led to narcotics smuggling. As per media report, the Australian Coalition Maritime Forces has seized 1,032 kg of heroin worth 289 million Australian dollars in a Gujarat-registered ship Laxmi-Narain. Haji Bashi alias Haza Bhai Kathiriyain from Gujarat chartered the ship in October 2013. He is the brother of a well-known leader of the BJP, Haji Ajij Kungda. The BJP has however, denied the allegations and said that the Coastal Guard is under the Central Government.
On the National Technology Day, the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi called Indian scientists as the strength of the nation, who will assist India in shaping her future in the present knowledge era. On this very day, India also performed the Pokhran tests in 1998. As per media reports, Modi called those tests as a conquest of technology and the strong willpower of our nation. The tests were conducted under the leadership of Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He also said, that the people who opposed the tests, eventually ended up developing strong ties with India.
The Supreme Court rejected Kerala’s demand for a new dam, and asked the water level in the Mullaperiyar dam to be kept low. After the court’s verdict, state ministers were found blaming each other, inquiring the honesty of a member who was appointed in the empowered committee on the dam. The Water Resources Minister of the state, P J Joseph questioned the honesty of the Justice (retd) K T Thomas, as he welcomed the Supreme Court’s verdict. Thomas was appointed as a member of the empowered committee. The dam’s water is shared by Tamil Nadu and Kerala, leading to constant fights between the two states.
Foreign investors show a positive outlook and expect more inflows, if a stable government led by Narendra Modi is formed, after the Lok Sabha elections. As per media reports, Sunil Prasad, Secretary General of Brussels-based, Europe India Chamber of Commerce (EICC), said that investors are positive, in spite of the ongoing economic recession. Last financial year 2013-14, saw a decline in foreign direct investment (FDI). Domestic investments also declined sharply during the same period. But, the entire world is now watching these elections, expecting a positive outcome.
Six children from Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore will carry the flag at the forthcoming Football World Cup, which is going to be held from 12 June to 13 July, 2014, in Brazil. Children have been selected on the basis of their passion, knowledge and skill for football. 350 children took part in Bangalore, out of which two were selected. All the six children will go to Sao Paulo for a pre-quarter-final match on 1st July, as per media reports. Names of the selected children were announced by the cricketer Virat Kohli, who praised Brazil and its connection with football.
In spite of its tall claims of forming a majority government, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is also looking out for possible associations. As per media reports, the BJP is in the favour of political alliance. As per experts, the party will not win with full majority, which is why it is checking for potential allies. Winning seats from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar is important, for a party to form the government. All these speculations and claims will be answered only on 16 May.