Major News and Events of 11 September 2014
What Happened on 11 September 2014
Students in Public Funded Institutions to be Taught by Scientists
Alstom Faces Allegations for Bribes to Get Delhi Metro Projects
Union Information and Broadcasting Minister hit out at Telangana CM
Terror Suspect Sri Lankan Youth Arrested from Chennai
Charges Filed by UP Police against Yogi Adityanath
Court Empowers Most Transferred Officer of Tamil Nadu
Complaints of Delay in Rescue Operations in J&K Flood Hit Areas
Secretary General of Hockey India accuses Sports Ministry of Double Standards
Court Returns UP Police Chargesheet against Amit Shah on Technical Grounds
SC Cites Gujarat Example of Alcohol Prohibition
Aircel-Maxis deal case: CBI Accuses Dayanidhi Maran of Pressure Tactics
Science and Technology
Extremely popular social networking application, Whatsapp, is becoming the preferred tool of citizens in Uttar Pradesh in checking crime. UP police have started getting numerous complaints through this app. Some of the most popular complaints are related to corruption, traffic violations, and many more.
Science and Technology
The Union Government has decided to field scientists to impart education to students studying in public funded colleges and schools throughout the country. In an academic year, 5000 scientists will have to provide 12 hours of lectures. Some of the scientists also belong to the renowned Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
UK’s anti-fraud unit, Serious Fraud Office, has alleged that turbine maker Alstom had bribed to the extent of around $8.5 million to win transport contracts in Tunisia,Poland, and India for a period of 6 years. One of the allegations against Alstom relates to the bribes given to get infrastructure orders pertaining to Delhi Metro.
After Chief Minister of Telangana, K Chandrashekhar Rao, threatened media channels yesterday, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Prakash Javadekar hit out at Rao by saying that no one will be given the slightest leeway in playing with the freedom of media. He went on to refer to the freedom of media as the ‘soul of democracy’.
The National Investigation Agency has nabbed a Sri Lankan youth on the charges of spying for Pakistan and taking photographs of high security zones. The accused posed as a business person. The intelligence officials are concerned that terror elements are planning an attack in South India, quite similar to 26/11 attack.
The Uttar Pradesh police has filed a case against controversial senior BJP leader, Yogi Adityanath, for defying orders of UP government against holding a rally in Lucknow. However, the 42-year-old leader retorted by saying that he violated the order of UP administration because he wanted to fight against the undemocratic and dictatorial ways of UP government’s functioning.
Meanwhile, the Election Commission will examine the video recording of BJP's public meeting and action will be taken only after the scrutiny is done.
A court in Tamil Nadu has asked 52-year-old U Sagayam, a senior IAS officer in Tamil Nadu, to investigate illegal granite mining in the southern state. This IAS officer was transferred twice in quick succession, in a period of 48 hours, for standing up to a minister of Tamil Nadu. U Sagayam was earlier the chief of Co-optex, cooperative society of weavers run by the State Government, for two years. The court has also asked the reasons for the officer’s quick transfers. In the last 23 years, he has been transferred 24 times.
Minister of State in Prime Mnister's Office Jitendra Singh has reached Jammu and Kashmir for coordinating rescue and relief operations in flood hit areas. There are compaints of delay in relief reaching the people stuck in flood-ravaged areas. While some complained about ineptness of the J&K government in controlling the crisis, others complained about the living conditions prevailing in the temporary camps.
Narinder Batra, Secretary General of Hockey India, has accused Sports Ministry of double standards. He has pointed out that the process of selecting the contingent team for Asian Games is flawed. While the name of former Indian captain and assistant coach of Indian hockey, Jude Felix, was struck off from the contingent list, names of Tennis stars Sania Mirza, Rohan Bopanna, and Leander Paes are still there in the list when they have actually opted out of the tournament itself. There are many other such instances, he pointed out.
A court in Uttar Pradesh has returned the chargesheet filed against BJP president Amit Shah on the grounds of technicalities associated with filing the same. The police had earlier filed chargesheet against Shah regarding a hate speech he delivered in the month of April, before 2014 Lok Sabha election. When asked by response, senior police officials said that they are in the process of studying comments of the judge.
The Supreme Court has not only asked Kerala Government to hold on till September 30, 2014 from shutting down bars in Kerala but also questioned the government’s decision of allowing alcohol in 5-star hotels. SC wants to hear the case of the bar owners who dragged the Kerala government to court. The apex court cited the example of Gujarat and asked them to implement complete ban on alcohol.
CBI has told a special court, dealing with Aircel-Maxis deal case, that Dayanidhi Maran, former Telecom Minister, forced and pressurised C Sivasankaran to sell his stakes in Aircel as well as in two subsidiaries in 2006 to Maxis Group, a Malaysian firm. On August 29, the central investigative agency filed a chargesheet against Dayanidhi Maran, Kalanidhi Maran, and six others in which four firms are included.