Major News and Events of 17 January 2014
What Happened on 17 January 2014
Proposal for SIT for Madhyamgram case headed by Damayanti Sen by WB Government
Rahul Gandhi tries to inspire Congress workers with his speech
RIL record a net profit of Rs. 5,511 crore in Q3
Mary Kom expresses concern on women's safety in India
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The legendary Bengali actress Suchitra Sen, who mesmerized people with her looks and grace, passed away at a south Kolkata nursing home after a massive cardiac arrest. She was 82 years old and is survived by daughter Moon Moon Sen and grand-daughters Raima and Riya. She breathed her last at 825 am and was admitted to the hospital for 26 days for severe respiratory problems. She dominated Tollywood with her breathtaking look and stellar performances from 1950s to 1970s. She was the second actress to receive best actress after Nargis in the Moscow Film Festival for the movie "Saat Pake Bandha". She also acted in the Hindi movies like "Devdas", "Mamta" or "Aandhi". Sen acted in 52 Bengali and 7 Hindi movies.
The West Bengal government has submitted a proposal before the Calcutta High Court for a special investigation team headed by the IPS officer Damayanti Sen to investigate the murder and gangrape of a 16 year old at Madhyamgram. Damayanti Sen is credited with solving the Park Street rape case and is now DIG CID. Advocate General Bimal Chatterjee informed the court that the investigation in the gangrape case is over and trial had started on Friday. The court directed the state to take into consideration the consent of the officer concerned and the matter will be up for hearing on Monday. The girl’s father had contended that the police was not doing its job and had urged for a CBI investigation of the case before the high court. It was contended that police failed to provide security even when they shifted to a new area. The accused in the case have been arrested.
Rahul Gandhi in his address to Congress workers and senior party leaders stated they were like warriors and will fight the battle with their heads held high. He as the campaign chief was trying to instill enthusiasm among the party workers who seemed to be down with the news that he was named as the prime ministerial candidate, this was the decision of the Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Rahul further stated that Congress was not an organization but a philosophy respecting the rights and dignity of everyone. He went on to target Modi by saying that communal fire won’t be lighted by the Congress. In his direct attack to Modi he stated that the opposition had the marketing expertise of not only selling combs but also hair cuts to the bald.
Reliance Industries (RIL) recorded a net profit of Rs. 5,511 crore in Q3 which was much above the estimates as it had stable margins in its core business, refining. As per the polls analysts have pinned the net profit of Rs. 5,273 crore in Q3 and RIL had registered a net profit of Rs. 5,502 crore in the similar period last year. Its revenue increased to Rs. 1.06 lakh crore whereas it was expected to rise to Rs. 1.03 lakh crore. In Q3 the average gross refining margin (GRM) was $7.6 per barrel compared to the expected GRM average of $7.5 a barrel. It has to be noted here that last month the company was allowed to charge higher rates for gas from April after the offer of financial guarantees of settlement of any claims in the shortfall in its gas output from its Krishna-Godavari basin's D6 block. RIL shares soared by nearly 3.5 per cent since then.
Olympic medalist MC Mary Kom has expressed concerns over the safety of woman in India after the incident of rape of a Danish tourist. She stated woman should have some physical training so that they would be ready to save themselves from assault. She also stated that when she was 18 years old she was assaulted by a rickshaw puller while going to the church. She said she kicked and punched him as she was fit and strong she could overpower him. But she got a lesson to be alert all the time. Recently she had also unveiled an app which imparts training on self defence tactics.
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