Major News and Events of 18 March 2014
What Happened on 18 March 2014
Kirron Kher gets eggs and black flags as welcome in Chandigarh
Exhibition to make voters aware of the elections
Sensex and Nifty touch record high, trades flat thereafter
Court puts a hold on media on doing reports against Dhoni related to match fixing, betting and spot-fixing
Fave people timeline will enable Twitter users to check tweets of favorite persons
Senior leader of BJP, Lal Krishna Advani will be contesting the elections the Gandhinagar constituencies. This announcement was made by the Gujarat unit of the BJP. This recommendation the Gujarat unit will be sending across to the party office in Delhi. It was also stated that the state unit also wanted Modi to stand from Gujarat as well though he will be contesting from Varanasi. Earlier there were reports that Advani may be asked to contest from Bhopal though he wanted to stand from the Gandhinagar constituency of which he is the representative now. BJP named Varanasi and Lucknow for Modi and Rajnath respectively after a detailed discussion. Now everyone is waiting for the next list which will reveal Modi’s 2nd seat. As per sources he may be standing from the Ahmedabad (East), or Baroda and Surat. On March 19 the 5th list will be declared in which the seats for Rajasthan, Gujarat, UP’s 22 seats and MP’s 5 seats will be finalized.
This may not be the welcome actor Kirron Kher would have expected when she reached Chandigarh for contesting the Lok Sabha polls. Black flags and eggs by a group of BJP disgruntled supporters was what she got. The activists who are not happy with her candidature and think her to be an outsider attempted to block her arrival at the BJP’s Chandigarh office. Eggs were hurled also at a car where her husband actor Anupam Kher was traveling though Kirron was not in the car. Kirron addressed the media unfazed with the incident and stated that she was from Chandigarh and those who were protesting also belonged to the same BJP family and they would be pacified. The reason for discontent was because BJP chose Kirron as the candidate from Chandigarh and in the process MP Satya Pal Jain, former Union Minister Harmohan Dhawan and Chandigarh BJP President Sanjay Tandon were ignored. Satya Pal Jain won the Lok Sabha polls in Chandigarh in 1996 and 1998 though Pawan Kumar Bansal of the Congress won against him in 2004 and 2009.
For awareness among voters exhibitions will be held in 450 places in the country by the information and broadcasting ministry. The first exhibition which will continue for 3 days was inaugurated in Agartala by Tripura Chief Electoral Officer Asutosh Jindal. These exhibitions aim to acquaint the voters with the details of election as well as make them aware of its history. Directorate of Advertising and Visual Publicity is the organizer of the exhibitions. These exhibitions will also be held in the three district headquarters of Tripura before April 7 when polling is due in West Tripura which is one of the two Lok Sabha constituencies in the state. The exhibitions will be held over a period of 3 days. In the exhibition demonstration of Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) will also be done.
Sensex traded flat today after soaring up to a new high of 22,040.72 points. This was spurred by intensive buying support initiated by the foreign funds. The 30 scrips BSE ended at 21,832.61 that is 0.10% or 22.81 points up. The Nifty also closed at 6516.65 that is there was an increase of 0 19% or 12.45 points.The consistent FII (Foreign Institutional Investor) infusion and enhanced macroeconomic data resulted in the new high for the market. The record high though could not be sustained due to careful trading prior to US Federal Reserve policy meeting. Maruti Suzuki, with a gain of 8% was leading the 17 other companies which gained today. Other names who were gainers included Bajaj Auto, Dr Reddy’s Lab., Coal India, ITC, SBI, Reliance Industries and ONGC. Tata Motors headed the 13 companies which suffered loss today. It was not only Sensex but Nifty also touched record high of 6,574.95 before slowing down to 6,516.65.
The Madras High Court put on hold on media channels broadcasting or publishing any news related to Mahendra Singh Dhoni being involved in activities like match fixing, betting and spot-fixing or any such news which affects his integrity and honesty. The news channels were given this order on Dhoni’s application in the court. The period is for two weeks in which the media has to restrain itself from sharing any information on this. In his petition Dhoni has stated he was distressed with the false reports doing the round which is defamatory in nature and intends to maligns his name. He had named two media houses Zee Media Corporation Limited and News Nation Network Private Limited in his suit. It is specified there that the process has started since February 11, 2014. Dhoni has even demanded Rs.100 crore as a compensation for maligning his name.
Science and Technology
Twitter is now delving in a new feature known as "Fave People", which will enable users to check tweets from few people on the timeline for “Fave People”. The feature is being tested in the alpha version of Twitter and then will be given to the beta testers and if all works well will be rolled out to everyone. The list of favorite people will be prepared by clicking on the star icon which will be there on the profiles. This will aggregate all the tweets from these persons at one place. The “Fave People” tab will be there along with the other tabs like Home, Discover, Activity etc. In fact this feature of checking tweets of favorite people was available for some users but now Twitter wants to make the most of it.