Major News and Events of 18 February 2014
What Happened on 18 February 2014
7 Maoists killed in counter insurgency operation in Maharashtra's Gadricholi
Bill for Telangana passed in the Lok Sabha
Sensex soars 170 points up
India's 1st beach run to be held at Goa
Email miles to show the distance emails travel before being delivered
The death sentence of Rajiv Gandhi’s three assassins was commuted to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court as the court stated that a wait for 11 years delay in decision of mercy petition had dehumanising effect on the three of them. The Supreme Court bench led by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam said that the delay was not only prolonged but had no reason to be stretched for so long. The term of life imprisonment entails to spending the rest of their lives in jail. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated in 1991, the three assassins were convicted in January 1998 by a TADA Court and were given death sentence which got the confirmation of the Supreme Court in 1999. The court also dismissed the contentions given by Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati representing the union government and stated that even though there was no specific limit during which the decision on the mercy petition should be taken the government should have looked into the fact that it was decided at the earliest.
Seven Maoists lot their lives in a gun battle which ensued for two hours in Gadchiroli on the border of Maharashtra with Chhattisgarh. This region has been Maoist infested for many years and this incident can be termed as a huge success for the Maharashtra Police which has been involved in the counter-insurgency operations. The gun battle ensued in the dense forests of Bedhkati area around 11.30 p.m. late Monday and continued for two hours. Police later on recovered 7 bodies all in Naxal uniforms. Six of the bodies have been identified and their platoons as well. Large number of arms that included an army AK-47 assault rifle, hand grenades, three SLRs and live ammunition rounds. The operation was jointly handled by Gadchiroli and Gondia police factions. In the operation 4 policemen were injured.
The bill which will carve a separate state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh was passed in the Lok Sabha. It was earlier moved by the Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde amid chaos where the house witnessed two adjournments after the bill was moved for consideration. There was an adjournment in the house in the morning and after it assembled again members protesting for the separation of Telangana came near the podium of the speaker. Some also were carrying placards. As soon as the papers of the day were laid on the table of the house, Shinde moved the bill. This triggered chaos and the house had to be adjourned till 12.45 p.m. The protests went on when Shinde was reading his speech and the house had to be adjourned till 3 pm. Finally the bill was passed by a voice vote. Leader of the YSR Congress, Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, termed this a "a black day" in the history of India and has called for a general strike in Andhra Pradesh tomorrow.
Sensex ended at 170 points higher spurred with rally of bank, automobile and capital goods stocks. There was a positive mood in the market with the interim budget passed by the Finance Minister yesterday that mentioned excise duty cuts for capital goods and auto as well as infusion of capital in public sector banks. The 30-scrip BSE which started at 20,457.56 points ended trade at 20,634.21 points, rose up by 170.15 points or 0.83% from where it ended yesterday at 20,464.06 points. In the intraday trading Sensex touched a high of 20,685.02 points and a low of 20,436.48 points. The 50-scrip Nifty of the NSE ended at 6,127.10 points with an increase of 53.80 points or 0.89%.
The country’s first timed beach run will be hosted in Goa on February 23. This will also include a half marathon.The Nautica Goa Beach 2014 run will be organized on the South Goa coast which is dotted with a number of exotic beaches like Colva, Majorda, Utorda, Arrosim and Betalbatim. The event aims to inculcate the importance of fitness and running among the people of Goa. It also looks for creating awareness about the beaches and marine environment being kept clean. For this purpose there will be a workshop by The Energy Research Institute or TERI to spread awareness about how to keep the sea and beaches free of litter. In this beach run there will be 21.1 km half marathon, a 10 km run as well as fun segment of 5 km.
Science and Technology
With GPS now it will be accessed how many miles your emails travelled before reaching the intended mail box of the recipient. This technology known as Email Miles, calculates the distance using GPS and Internet tracking to access from where a message was sent and where it was delivered. The total distance then is calculated and shown on map. It will also display how indirect routes are also taken as stated by Jonah Brucker-Cohen, who invented this technology. The calculations are all done utilizing the internet and coordinate mapping system. The users see on the maps how the email crossed various countries and continents before reaching its destination.