Major News and Events of 13 June 2014
What Happened on 13 June 2014
Former MP and freedom fighter Shanti Patel expires
No more cycle maintenance allowance for Delhi Police constables and head constables
Yashwant Sinha falls from the chair in jail, suffers minor injuries
No plans to raise LPG cylinder price - Petroleum Minister
India is now a permanent member of Washington Accord
Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu announced the development of Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada and Tirupati as mega cities in new Andhra Pradesh. Giving a hint, Nadu said that the capital of new Andhra Pradesh will be built between Vijayawada and Guntur, using the development cost of Rs 4 lakh crore to Rs 5 lakh crore. State government will send a request to the Central government for extending the special category status to Andhra Pradesh up to 15 years. Previous Central government had given the same status to the state for a period of five years.
A well-known freedom fighter and former MP Shanti Patel, died of old age in Mumbai. He was 93 years old and is survived by his son Yatin and daughters Mrinal and Minal. For the past 62 years he had been a trustee of the Mumbai Port Trust, from which he resigned just two months ago. Till death and for more than 40 years, he was the President of the National Union of Seafarers of India (NUSI) as per media reports. During 1970-71 he served as the Mumbai Mayor, and in 1980 he became a member of Rajya Sabha from the Janata Dal party.
Constables and head constables in Delhi police will not receive the monthly cycle maintenance allowance of Rs 60 anymore. Under a drive launched a year before, these constables were motivated to patrol the neighbourhood areas in the city on cycles. But the drive failed to take off and hence, the Delhi Police has recommended the Central Government to drop the allowance. The allowance was just Rs 30 which was revised in the Sixth Pay Commission in 2008. It was meant for taking care of the bicycles used for patrolling.
Former Central Minister and senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha fell from a chair in the Hazaribagh jail, and received minor head injuries. As per media reports, he was reading the newspaper on the chair which suddenly broke, leading to his fall. He was then treated by jail doctors. Sinha’s arrest was made on 2 June after his demonstration against the power situation. He declined to furnish a bail bond because of which Sinha was sent to judicial custody.
As of now, the price of non-subsidised cooking gas (LPG) cylinders has not been changed and shall remain the same as before. Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said that the government is not working on any plan to increase the price of LPG.
17 countries of the world are a part of the Washington Accord, which is an international agreement with the contract to promote mobility and a guarantee of quality of engineers across the boundaries. As per media reports, India is now a permanent member of Washington Accord, which was announced after a meeting of the International Engineering Alliance of WA countries in New Zealand. This membership is expected to give a push to technical education and engineering programmes in India.