Major News and Events of 15 January 2014
What Happened on 15 January 2014
SC notice acting on law intern's plea
AAP's promises and policies totally different: AAP Minister
Government sanctions Rs 760.73 crores of road project in Odisha
Yuki, Bhupathi reach 2nd round Divij crashes out from Australian Open
HP voice tablets to be launched from India
A Danish woman was allegedly gang-raped by a group of men near the railway station on Tuesday night at New Delhi. She took a flight to Copenhagen and has left India today morning. She did not go through the medical tests. The men involved in the heinous crime may be the vagabonds as per the police. The 51 year old victim also stated that they robbed her as well. She was staying in India for a week and had gone to Agra and then reached Delhi. She had gone to the National Museum and had lost her way on return and tried to enquire about the directions. It was then she was attacked by the suspects. She reached the hotel with great difficulty and then told the police and the Danish embassy about the incident. Six men have been detained by the police based on the details provided by the woman. A case of gang rape has been filed under Section 376 G (2) of the IPC along with that case of robbery has been registered as well.
A notice has been issued by the apex court acting on the petition of a law graduate to implement a procedure to respond to the cases of sexual harassment by sitting as well as former judges. The secretary general of the Supreme Court, Justice (Retd.) Swatanter Kumar, the centre, and Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati has been issued this notice. This is returnable by February 14. The law intern who had filed the petition has mentioned that apex court Judge Swatanter Kumar has sexually harassed her. The Chief Justice Sathasivam enquired when the alleged incident happened and when he was informed that it happened in 2011 on May 28, he raised the question why there was so much delay in reporting the incident by the law intern. The CJ said that the court has concerns that a situation may arise when a case is filed against a judge 20 years after his retirement when the judge turns 85. To this the senior counsel Harish Salve pointed out thatabsence of any mechanism to address to the issues like this was one of the reasons as the redressal committee is not equipped to respond to complaints against judges.On the other handJustice Swatantar Kumar has filed a petition to the High Court requesting to restrain the media regarding reporting about the case. He has also asked for a compensation of Rs 5 crore from English news channel and an English newspaper as they have defamed him.
MLA Vinod Kumar Binny of AAP has stated there is a huge difference in what the party had promised before election and the policies now. This has caused major embarrassment to the Aam Aadmi Party. Binny is said to be unhappy as he had not got a position in the cabinet in December. Binny has stated that he will reveal the details at the press conference to be scheduled tomorrow. Arvind Kejriwal when asked about this stated that Binny first wanted to be a minister and then wanted to contest for the the Lok Sabha polls. AAP has decided no sitting MLAs will contest the Lok Sabha polls. Kejriwal also added that Binny did not speak anything when there was a meeting of 70 members who had contested the Delhi elections. Binny has specified that he was not upset over not being considered for the position in the cabinet.
The union cabinet has sanctioned plans for enhancement of National Highway No.5 in the Jharpokharia-Baripada-Baleshwar section for the total cost of Rs.760.73 crore. This was sanctioned by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA). The upgrading that is the four-laning of the section of NH-5 in Odhisa will be done in this project. The upgrade will be done in DBFOT that is design, build, finance, operate and transfer pattern. The 80.6 km stretch of highway will be enhanced under (BOT-Annuity) or build, operate and transfer design. This would hasten the development of infrastructure in Odisha and shorten the time and cost of travel for heavy vehicles moving in this section of NH-5.
In their Grand Slam debut Yuki Bhambri and his partner Michael Venus from New Zealand posted a straight-set 6-2 7-5 win over Roberto Bautista Agut and Daniel Gimeno-Traver from Spain. The match went on for an hour and 11 minutes. Interestingly the duo had got wild card entry and will be now facing Horea Tecau and Jean-Julien Roger seeded 10 in the 2nd round. Mahesh Bhupathi and Rajeev Ram from America also reached the 2nd round by defeating Joao Sousa from Portugal and Santiago Giraldo from Columbia 4-6 6-3 6-4 in the match which extended for two hours and two minutes. They will now meet 2nd seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares. On the other hand Divij Sharan and his partner Yen-Husn Lu from Taipei crashed out of the Australian Open campaign in the first round losing 2-6 4-6 to Frederik Nielsen from Denmark and Johan Brunstrom from Sweden.
Science and Technology
HP has forayed in phablet-tablet zone with two Android devices equipped with voice calling. The 6” HP Slate6 VoiceTab and the 7” HP Slate7 Voice Tab have been developed in Asia and will be unveiled from India early next week. India launch is acceptance of the change in market preferences and role of India in the consumer market. The company thinks it is not correct to call the device a phone as it will be much intelligent than a smarphone. It has all the features of a tablet HP will not be classifying these as phablets. It would be called voice tablets. These would be 3G enabled dual SIM devices with a quad-core processor. There will be IPS panels and HD cameras. What’s more as the devices are 6” they can be carried around for voice calls as well. These would be available in the Indian market from next month.