Major News and Events of 14 February 2016
What Happened on 14 February 2016
Delhi Government orders Magisterial Investigation in JNU Anti-National Slogan Fiasco
PM Modi promises Easy Clearance, Stable Tax Regime & More during "Make in India Week" Speech
President Mukherjee says India to draft Science and Technology Policy by 2020
Gold Rush continues for India in South Asian Games
Tharoor Grilled again in Sunanda Pushkar Murder Mystery
Delhi Police Finalises Sexual Harassment case against RK Pachauri
A massive fire engulfed the entire stage at a mega cultural event being held as part of Make in India event in Mumbai, this evening. All the VVIPs of the state of Maharashtra were present at the high-profile event. The Governor, the CM and several other MPs and Ministers were safely evacuated.
Apart from political who's who of Maharashtra, the world-class event was being attended by Amitabh Bachchan, Aamir Khan, Hema Malini and several other Bollywood icons. The stage was set-up at Girgaum Chowpatty, Mumbai, after special permission was taken from the Supreme Court of India. No injuries have been reported so far. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been in touch with the CM of Maharashtra and investigations have started to find out the cause of the fire.
After a delegation of political leaders including CPIM GS Sitaram Yechury, CPI leader D Raja, Janata Dal (United) MP K C Tyagi, and others met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on the issue of JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar’s arrest, Kejriwal has ordered a magisterial level investigation on the alleged anti-national sloganeering by a group of JNUSU’s leaders and students. Meanwhile, JNU’s high-level inquiry team decided not let 8 students, including arrested Kanhaiya Kumar, to attend classes as prima facie evidence points to "objectionable sloganeering".
While delivering his inaugural address of “Make in India Week”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that this is right time for the companies to invest in Indian manufacturing as Union Government is in the process of carrying out reforms. He assured that his government will ensure a “transparent, stable and predictable” tax regime and would not resort to retrospective taxation. He assured business community about simplification of processes, rationalisation of environment, security clearances and licenses, setting up of IPR regime and company law tribunal.
Science and Technology
President Pranab Mukherjee honoured winners of Infosys Science Prizes and said that the current “Science, Technology and Innovation” policy was finalised 3 years back. He said union government will begin the consultation process so that a science and technology policy can be formulated by 2020 to strengthen self reliance of India. The policy seeks to develop effective technologies and also promote scientific research. Scientific research in future will revolve around finding solutions to waste management, water scarcity, clean energy, etc.
India maintains its dominance in 12th South Asian Games (SAG) by winning 268 medals (156 Gold, 85 Silver, and 27 Bronze). Sri Lanka is a distant second with 163 medals (including 25 Gold, 55 Silver, and 83 Bronze medals). Pakistan holds a distant 3rd position by winning 81 medals including 9 Gold, 27 Silver, and 45 Bronze. India won gold in women's 50m rifle 3 positions (Anjum Moudgil), women's 25m pistol (Rahi Sarnobat), and men's 10m air pistol (Omkar Singh).
Delhi Police grilled Congress MP Shashi Tharoor for 5 long hours in connection to mysterious death of his wife Sunanda Pushkar. AIIMS medical board’s final report (prepared after FBI report came in Nov’15), said that Sunanda’s untimely death was caused due to Alprax (anxiety drug) poisoning. FBI found presence of lidocaine (a drug taken to get relief from skin inflammation, itching, etc.) in Pushkar’s viscera. Delhi Police Commissioner BS Bassi said necessary information will be made public once investigation gets over.
Reports say that Delhi Police has finalised sexual harassment case against TERI’s (The Energy and Resources Institute) former chief 75 year RK Pachauri on the basis of a complaint filed by a 29 year old female employee, over a year back. Sources say that filing on the case will be done next week. The report also says that RK Pachauri has been found guilty in sexual harassment crimes by Delhi Police and will be charged within 2 weeks.