Major News and Events of 12 May 2014
What Happened on 12 May 2014
Last phase of polling begins in Uttar Pradesh
Hinduja brothers listed as richest men in Britain
Re-polling at 11 polling stations in UP
Congress' Ajay Rai violates election law by wearing party symbol
Kolkata Knight Riders beats Kings XI Punjab
Imphal in Manipur and Mandalay in Myanmar may soon have a bus connectivity, to develop cross border relationships. As per media reports, Anil Wadhwa, Secretary (East) in the External Affairs ministry said that Economic Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) grouping would meet by the end of the year, and by then a free trade agreement (FTA) on investment and services would be prepared. Efforts to build the trilateral highway connecting Moreh in India to Mae Sot in Thailand through Myanmar, are being made.
The last phase of voting began in Uttar Pradesh for 18 Lok Sabha seats, today. The most talked about is the seat of Varanasi, where BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, is fighting against AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal, and Congress’s Ajay Rai. Mulayam Singh Yadav, Chief of Samajwadi Party is contesting from Azamgarh. Popular Bhojpuri actor, and a Congress member Ravi Kishan, is fighting Lok Sabha elections from Jaunpur. More than three crore voters will cast their votes for 328 candidates.
In the 2014 Sunday Times Rich List, Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja, India born Hinduja brothers have been listed as the richest men in Britain. Their net wealth is 11.9 billion pounds. They own the Hinduja Group, which saw an increase in fortune by 1.3 billion pounds, during last year. Lakshmi Mittal of ArcelorMittal is third in the list, with a net worth of 10.5 billion pounds, as per media reports. Britain has 104 billionaires, with a total worth of more than 301 billion pounds. In Britain, the number of billionaires has increased three times in a decade.
Earlier, many observers had filed a complaint of booth capturing at 11 polling stations in Uttar Pradesh, due to which the decision for re-polls was taken. Re-polling in Muzaffarnagar, Firozabad and Badaun parliamentary constituencies will take place on 13 May. Under the Peoples Representation Act – 1951, the earlier votes from these constituencies have been stated null and void. Even the BJP and Bahujan Samaj Party had blamed the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) for detaining the booth. Dharmendra and Akshay Yadav, nephews of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav are contesting elections from Badaun and Firozabad constituencies.
The attire of the Congress candidate Ajay Rai, contesting from Varanasi, has initiated a fresh controversy today. He came to vote at a booth in Ramnagar, wearing the party symbol badge. As per election laws, the display of a party symbol is not allowed within the vicinity of 100 metres of the polling stations. Officials state, that the law has been violated by the Congress. Ajai Rai also spoke to the reporters within 10 metres of the polling station, which is also against the election laws.
The Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by nine wickets, in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Friday, at the Barabati Stadium. Kings XI Punjab scored 149/8, and the Kolkata Knight Riders made 150 runs in 18 overs. Skipper Gautam Gambhir scored an unbeatable 63 runs. Virender Sehwag of Kings played a fabulous match by scoring 72 off 50 balls, including 11 wonderful boundaries and a six. The Knight Riders openers Robin Uthappa and Gambhir started the match in a wonderful tone and kept it on the winning side from the beginning.