Major News and Events of 17 August 2014
What Happened on 17 August 2014
AAP condemns the appointment of Yeddyurappa as BJP's new vice president
Punjab Youth Congress against screening of film based on Indira's assassins
India for more participation of Singapore in infrastructure projects
Udaipur will get the first skill development centre
Election Commission announces Assam bye-election dates
The Pakistan Army opened gunfire by violating the 2003 ceasefire in Jammu and Kashmir. Then both Indian and Pakistan troops exchanged gunfire on the Line of Control (LoC). As per media reports, the Pakistan Army opened fire at 8:30 by using small guns and automatic weapons in Hamirpur area. There is no report of any casualty or damage on the Indian side.
The Aam Aadami Party (AAP) has criticised the appointment of former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa as Bharatiya Janata Party vice president, as part of BJP's new team. Arvind Kejriwal-led party said that by appointing Yeddyurappa as its vice-president, the BJP has compromised on corruption and criminalisation of politics. Yeddyurappa in his affidavit for the Lok Sabha elections, had clearly mentioned the 14 cases of corruption against him. According to AAP, appointment at important positions are no longer internal to the party because these members will take part in all the important discussions of the party.
The Punjab Youth Congress (PYC) has opposed the permission regarding the screening of the Punjabi film 'Kaum de Heere'. PYC president Vikramjit Singh Chaudhary, in his letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has said that the movie praises the murderers of former prime minister Indira Gandhi. He even warned that if the permission is not taken back, the PYC activists will stage protests all across Punjab and won't allow the release and screening of the movie and the government will be fully responsible for any law and order issue.
In the projects related to connectivity and infrastructure, especially the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and the Chennai-Bangalore Industrial Corridor, India has sought a greater participation of the Island nation, Singapore. While inaugurating the "Year of India in Singapore", External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said that a "Little Singapore" or a virtual city can be developed along the industrial corridor. Singapore is India's largest trading partner in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as the largest source of FDI across the global.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje inaugurated the first skill development centre of India in Udaipur. The centre has been established under the Livelihood Skill Project. While inaugurating the centre, Raje said that her government is also working to generate more employment opportunities in the state. She urged people to fight against communalism, casteism and regionalism which are the major hurdles on the way of development. To make youth self-sufficient, the state government will impart skill-based education. For this, 200 such centres will be set up across 33 districts of the state.
The Election Commission announced the date for bye-elections in three legislative assembly constituencies in Assam. The elections are going to take place on Sep 13 whereas the votes will be counted on Sep 16. One seat each in the Silchar assembly constituency, the Jamunamukh assembly and the Lakhipur assembly got vacant when Congress legislator Sushmita Dev won from the Silchar Lok Sabha seat, All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) legislator Sirajuddin Ajmal won from the Barpeta Lok Sabha seat and legislator Dinesh Prasad Goala died earlier this year respectively. Aug 27 is the last date for filing nominations.