Major News and Events of 12 April 2014
What Happened on 12 April 2014
Mulayam Singh Yadav's remarks on rape received mass criticism
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa charged centre government for not taking action against illegal import of Chinese fireworks
Agni-I ballistic missile undergone a successful trial
Gulzar to receive Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013
Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh killed six polling official and five troopers
The Election Commission has banned Azam Khan of Samajwadi Party and Amit Shah of BJP for holding a public meeting or road show in Uttar Pradesh. Both the leaders have been charged for making extremely provocative speeches and for that the EC has ordered the state government to lodge First Information Reports (FIRs) against the two. The poll panel also blamed the Akhilesh Yadav government of the state for not taking strict action against its cabinet minister Khan and for being ‘soft pedalling’. Shah in his speech has said that voters must vote to take revenge for the Muzaffarnagar riots whereas Khan said that credit of Kargil war victory should be given to Muslims soldiers. Despite receiving the notice from the Election Commission Khan was still violating Model Code of Conduct. The poll panel also made it clear that no FIR has still been lodged against Khan.
During his election rally in Moradabad city, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav made a comment on rape and said that rapists should not be scaffold as "young boys make such mistakes". His remarks created an outrage and were immensely condemned by the political parties, celebrities, women activists as well as father of the Dec 16, 2012 rape victim. Nirbhaya’s father said that people should not vote for him as he has dishonored the women. He further said that there is no security to women in Yadav’s governance. In case he would have thought of providing security to the women he would not have made such comments. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) senior leader Satish Chandra Mishra said that such statements are unacceptable and encourage rapists and criminals. Such remarks and statements are not expected from a person who has been the chief minister for three times and a former defence minister. His remarks have been called dangerous by the Bharatiya Janata Party spokesperson Nirmala Sitharaman. Sitharaman also claimed that Samajwadi party is not able to provide protection to its women and such statement by Mulayam Singh Yadav is just to hide his shortcomings. Women rights activist Ranjana Kumari has said that Samajwadi Party is totally against women and their upliftment. Mulayam Singh’s statement has also been criticized by Bollywood divas Vidya Balan and Dia Mirza.
Chinese fireworks are low in quality and affecting the domestic industry. Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa charged the central government for not taking any action against the illegal trade of Chinese fireworks. Also no action has been taken so far against the sharp rise in the various license fees. This is a serious violation of the model code of conduct. She wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stating that firework industry in India is getting affected by the smuggling of Chinese fireworks into India and above that government is not taking any action. Chinese fireworks are also unsafe as low quality raw material and a banned chlorate is used to make these. The import of Chinese fireworks is not only affecting the domestic industry but also the environment in India. She also added that this behavior of the centre is against the domestic manufacturers of fireworks in India most of them are from drought prone areas of Tamil Nadu. Also she spoke against the increase in the license fee for storing 200,000 kg of fireworks from Rs.15,000 per year to Rs.400,000 per year. The renewal of foremen license fee has been increased from Rs.100 to Rs.3,000. She called this a very sensitive issue as 80% of the fireworks in India is supplied by Tamil Nadu and providing employment to many in the state.
Science and Technology
Surface-to-surface Agni-I ballistic missile has successfully undergone a trial at night. The trial of the missile took place from a military base in Odisha. The Strategic Forces Command launched the missile from Wheeler Island. It is located off the coast close to Dhamra in Bhadrak district and at a distance of about 170 km from state capital Bhubaneswar. Test range director M V K V Prasad called this a routine user trial. Agni is already a part of the army. In this missile solid propulsion booster and a liquid upper stage is used. It has been made from the country’s own ballistic missile Prithvi. Test of these missiles does not require specific weather or time and thus can be tested as per the choice of the user. The first trial of Agni was done on January 25, 2002 from the same base.
The ministry of information and broadcasting has declared the name veteran lyricist, poet, director, producer and screen writer Gulzar for Dadasaheb Phalke Award for 2013. He will be awarded for his priceless contribution in the growth and development of Indian cinema. Gulzar whose real name is Sampooran Singh Kalra is a very talented personality and with this award he will become the 45th recipient of Dadasaheb Phalke Award. Gulzar was born in Punjab in 1934 and started his career in 1956. Bimal Roy's "Bandini" is his first film as a lyricist. After this there was no looking back. He worked with all the top most composers. Though his every work is admired but Gulzar’s work with Rahul Dev Burman, A.R. Rahman and Vishal Bhardwaj is really impressive. "Mirza Ghalib" and "Tahreer Munshi Premchand Ki" are his small screen work. He gave lyrics to many small screen serials like Jungle Book. Gulzar was honored with the Sahitya Akademi Award in 2002 and the Padma Bhushan in 2004. He is also the recipient of 20 Filmfare Awards and numerous National Film Awards. “Jai Ho” song written by Gulzar won the Academy Award for the best original song at the 81st Oscars in 2009.
In a recent two separate Maoist attacks in Chhattisgarh six polling officials and five troopers got killed on Saturday. The first attack took place near Ketulnar village and the second one in Bastar district. For both the blasts landmines were used by the Maoist. In the first blast the bus was blown up to bits with landmine killing six polling officials on the spot. Near about 12 polling officials were coming back in a bus in Bijapur district after polling got over on Thursday. In the second blast the ambulance carrying five Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers was blown up in Darbha valley. Nothing can be said with certainty about the driver of the ambulance. Two day before Chhattisgarh's Bastar constituency saw polling for Lok Sabha. Polling for three constituencies of Chhattisgarh will take place on April 17 and for other seven on April 24.