Major News and Events of 18 April 2015
What Happened on 18 April 2015
Mukesh Ambani-led RJIL plans to launch 4G services
52 percent polling in Kolkata Municipal Corporation polls
Police say security forces violated SOP
CBDT eliminates the need to post paper acknowledgment of I-T returns
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi to meet farmers
Skipper JP Duminy's brilliant all-rounder performance helped Delhi Daredevils to win against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam. For Delhi Daredevils it is the second win of the season. Daredevils made 167 for four and Duminy scored 54 off 41 balls. Sunrisers started well but were restricted to 163 for eight.
Science and Technology
Reliance Jio Infocomm Limited (RJIL) is planning to provide fourth generation (4G) services. Mukesh Ambani-led telecom firm will do this through integrated system and use LTE (long-term evolution) in 800MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,300MHz bands. RJIL has pan-India Unified Licence and the only private company to have Broadband Wireless Access in all the 22 telecom circles of India. 4G services will provide really fast internet connectivity.
Around 52 percent voting took place in the first six hours of polling for the 144-ward Kolkata Municipal Corporation. A few incidents of violence were reported. Opposition party is blaming the Trinamool Congress (TMC) for adopting violent ways but ruling party is denying any such activity and stated that the polling was peaceful. As per media reports, a state Election Commission official said that many acts of violence have been reported and they are verifying these complaints. In these civic polls, a total of 3,742,019 voters, including 17.52 lakh women, will use their right to vote across 4,704 polling stations.
Police killed a teenaged boy Suhail Ahmad Bhat, a student of class 9, in Jammu and Kashmir in a firing to disperse demonstrators protesting the arrest of separatist leader Masarat Alam at Narbal in north Kashmir. Police later said that that boy was killed because the security personnel violated the standard operating procedure (SOP). As per the guidelines, security forces are allowed to use only non-lethal weapons and use of any lethal or live weapons is prohibited to control crowd.
The Central Board of Direct Taxes (CBDT) added an ease to taxpayers as they no longer have to send the paper acknowledgment by post if they have Aadhaar card. As per a new authentication system, the document will be authenticated by an Aadhaar-based electronic verification code via a One Time Password. A new column in the I-T returns for 2015-16 has been introduced by the IT department.
Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi will meet a delegation of farmers from different states a day before the Congress’ 'Kisan-Khet Mazdoor' rally on Sunday. In the meeting, Rahul Gandhi will hear the views of farmers regarding changes in land law made by UPA government. This meeting is being held to galvanize protests against NDA’s land acquisition law.