Major News and Events of 15 August 2014
What Happened on 15 August 2014
Ashoka Chakra to be awarded to Major Varadarajan posthumously
30 seats reserved for Bengal girls in vocational courses
Reconnect smartphone launched by Reliance Digital
India's foodgrain production touches 265 MT in 2013-14
Delhi's Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung announced the establishment of four new polytechnics in the capital to promote education in his Independence Day address at the Chhatrasal Stadium. To uplift the weaker section of society, he announced a 'Technical Education Community Outreach Scheme' which will be launched in the coming months. He said that students of Delhi are doing extremely well in education but youth must stick to positive thinking and focus on achieving greater role in life. He mentioned the spectacular success of students in Class 12th examination. Jung also announced new buildings for Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies and Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College which will come up by the end of 2014.
Major Mukund Varadarajan has been awarded the Ashoka Chakra, the Peace Time Gallantry award for killing three terrorists while heading an anti-terrorist search operation in Qazipathri village in J&K before he shot dead. Major Varadarajan displayed extreme courage, leadership skill and swiftness during the operation. He killed three major Hizbul operatives. Major Varadarajan was the officer from the 44th battalion of Rashtriya Rifles. In total 55 gallantry awards have been approved by President Pranab Mukherjee that includes 12 Shaurya Chakras, 39 Sen a Medals, one Nao Sena Medal and two Vayu Sena Medals.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee made the announcement of reducing the fee for girls at entrance tests for polytechnics or ITI vocational courses to half and reserved 30 per cent seats for them in vocational training programmes. She announced it while addressing the official function to observe the first "Kanyashree Dibas"in the state. Also girls aged between 13 to 18 years (class eight to 12) will be given annual scholarship of Rs 500 to continue their studies provided they are unmarried and the annual income of their parents is less than Rs 1.20 lakh. In case of orphans and physically challenged income restriction is not applicable. If an unmarried girl continues her studies till the age of 18 years, she will be granted Rs 25,000. The money will be in the form of one-time grant and deposited in her bank account.
Science and Technology
Reconnect Quad Core 4.7" dual SIM 3G smartphone has been launched by Reliance Digital. The smartphone is priced at Rs 12,999 and equipped with features like proficient media processing for power-saving. 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery has been put into place for great multimedia experience. User can enjoy uninterrupted eight hours of music, four hours of video playback and six to seven hours of talk time. The phone runs on Android 4.2.2, Jelly Bean operating system and has a 4.7 inch HD IPS display. Total weight is 132.8 gm. Available in Black and White colour and one year warranty, the smartphone has a 1GB RAM.
For the year 2013-14, India produced 264.77 million tonnes (MT) of foodgrains as compared to 257.13 million tones in the previous year because of good monsoon. Total production of wheat stood at 95.91 MT as compared to 95.85 MT in the previous year. At the same time, production of rice has also gone up from 106.29 MT to 106.54 MT in May. But the total sown area this year is less than previous year. As on 14 August, total sown area is 876.70 lakh hectare as compared to 928.03 hectare on the same date in the previous year.