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Major News and Events of 18 December 2013

What Happened on 18 December 2013


Lokpal Bill passed by the Lok Sabha

 

The Lok Sabha passed the Lokpal and Lokayuktas Bill, 2011 a day after amendments were done in it in the Rajya Sabha. The Samajwadi Party staged a walk out and Mulayam Singh urged Sonia Gandhi the Congress President to remove the bill. Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also participated in the debate. Sonia Gandhi has asked for extending the session so that other bills for controlling corruption can be passed as well. Sushma Swaraj specified it was due to Anna Hazare’s demand for a strong Lokpal Bill for which he was on a fast this bill was today passed and she also hailed the people of India. In fact Lokpal Bill was the first bill which the Parliament passed in winter session. Anna Hazare ended his fast which continued for 9 days after the Lokpal bill was passed. He also called for vigil.

Chavan gets relief in Adarsh scam as Governor does not approve prosecution by the CBI

Ashok Chavan, the former Chief Minister of Maharashtra got relief when Governor K Sankaranarayanan did not accept the permission asked by the CBI to prosecute him in the Adarsh Housing Society scam though no reason has been given for the same by the governor. Chavan resigned as the Chief Minister in November 2010 after there were allegations on him pertaining to the scam. Chargesheet was later on filed against him by the CBI. But he being a former Chief Minister, Governor's permission was sought by the CBI in prosecuting him. In the 10000 pages chargesheet filed by the CBI before the session court’s Registrar the former CM’s name appears with 12 others. As per the CBI, Chavan as the Revenue Minister approved the allotment of 40% of the flats to the civilians whereas it was designated for the Kargil War widows and Defence personnel. Three of his relatives own flats in the society. Chavan has put the blame on the bureaucrats for this and refuted all the allegations.

Khobragade Issue: Maid's family had got visa, had flown to New York 2 days before her arrest

 

The controversy regarding the arrest and mistreatment of Devyani Khobargarde, the Indian diplomat is getting grimmer. It has come to fore that the husband and the two children of the maid who is absconding had already got the visa and had come to New York. This was two days before the arrest of Khobargarde. The maid Sangeeta Richard’s family had acquired the visas whereas New Delhi was constantly urging the US to trace her after she went missing in June. India has demanded that all the charges against the diplomat be dropped and she be allowed to return to India. This is the first time when the US government has filed criminal charges. This treatment meted out to the diplomat has created a furore in India and a slew of measures have been introduced like the US diplomats being asked to turn in their ids. Moreover Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi, Sushilkumar Shinde all refused to meet the US Congress delegates who have arrived here. Khobragade has been shifted to Permanent Mission in the United Nations and complete diplomatic immunity by the Indian government has been granted to her.

Congress Party Chief Sonia Gandhi asks the party to prepare for 2014 elections

Congress Party Chief Sonia Gandhi has asked the party members to gear up for the 2014 national elections and there was no need to be disappointed with the recent results. She said everyone should be prepared for the battle ahead in May 2014. She said the tasks they have to do are all defined. Congress suffered badly in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Delhi and Chhattisgarh in the recent assembly elections. Only saving grace was Mizoram where the party won. Gandhi said that even though there was all round growth in Delhi and Rajasthan and energetic campaign in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh the party had to suffer defeat. There was no unity which affected the party’s performance in Chhattisgarh she specified and discipline was missing in campaigns in Rajasthan and Delhi

Bank strike for two days

A nationwide strike of two days by nine bank unions began today. In this 100000 bank employees and 27 public sector banks’ officials are taking part. The banks include SBI, 12 private and 8 foreign banks. United Forum of Bank Unions which encompasses 5 employee unions and 4 officer unions of the public sector banks in the country have demanded for revision of wages on immediate basis. The unions which are taking part include -AIBEA, All India Bank Officers Confederation (AIBOC), All India Bank Officers Association (AIBOA), Bank Employees Federation Of India (BEFI), National Confederation Of Bank Employees (NCBE), Indian National Bank Officers Congress (INBOC), Indian National Bank Employees Federation (INBEF),National Organisation of Bank Officers (NOBO) and National Organisation Of Bank Workers (NOBW). The last wage settlement ended on October 2012 as per UFBU.

Kapil Dev to get C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award

 

BCCI has nominated Kapil Dev, the former India captain for the C.K. Nayudu Lifetime Achievement Award. He was the first cricketer in India who had created the record of the ‘double’ of 5,000 runs and 400 wickets in Tests. His career which started in 1978 and ended in 1994, he played in 131 Tests, grabbed 434 wickets, compiled 5,248 runs, in which he made eight centuries. Kapil Dev played 225 ODIs and had statistics of 253 wickets and 3,783 runs. He led the Indian team to lift the World Cup in 1983. He also was the skipper when India won '2-0' Test series in 1986. He had an injury in his thigh but despite that he clinched 5 for 28 against Australia at Melbourne in 1980-81 that led India to a win in the match and leveling the series. There are many more records of this famous cricketer. The C.K. Nayudu award consists of a trophy, citation and Rs.25 lakh cheque. This award was named after the first captain of India and is given to players whose contribution to the game both on and off the field is exemplary.Earlier the award has been given to:

  • Lala Amarnath in 1994
  • Syed Mushtaq Ali in 1995
  • Capt. Vijay Hazare in 1996
  • K.N. Prabhu in 1997
  • Polly R. Umrigar in 1998
  • Col. Hemachandra Adhikari in 1999
  • Subhash Gupte in 2000
  • Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi in 2001
  • Bhausaheb Nimbalkar in 2002
  • Chandrakant Borde in 2003
  • B.S. Bedi, B. Chandrasekhar, E.A.S. Prasanna, and S. Venkataraghvan in 2004
  • Nariman Contractor in 2005
  • Gundappa Viswanath in 2008
  • Mohinder Amarnath in 2009
  • Salim Durani in 2010
  • Ajit Wadekar in 2011
  • Sunil Gavaskar in 2012