Major News and Events of 18 October 2014
What Happened on 18 October 2014
Centre to provide aid to Andhra Pradesh farmers
Chief EC to hold discussions in Delhi for J&K elections
India will get info on suspected black money hoarders from Swiss bank
Sachin Tendulkar adopts a village
The All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) chief and former chief minister of Tamil Nadu J Jayalalithaa is out on bail and received a warm welcome by her supporters at Chennai airport. They shouted slogans 'Long Live Amma'. She spent 21 days in the Bangalore Central Jail. She has been convicted of having assets disproportionate to her sources of income. Along with her bail to her aide Sasikala Natarajan and two others have also been granted. High security was arranged at the Chennai airport by deploying 500 police personnel.
Cyclone Hudhud badly affected Andhra Pradesh and damaged its infrastructure, crops, building and much more. But farmers can take a sigh of relief as Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh during his conversation with the Civil Aviation Minister P Ashok Gajapathi Raju said that the Centre will provide all assistance to the farmers for damaged crops. Singh has even spoken to AP Chief Minister Chandra Babu Naidu over phone and said that ministry is waiting for the formal assessment which will be done by the state Government. As per media report Singh added that his government is working to rehabilitate farmers and all their related activities.
Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath had a day long discussions in the state over the Assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir with stakeholders. He said that he will discuss the matter in Delhi and added that even if the polls are scheduled on time it will not affect relief and rehabilitation work in flood stricken Jammu and Kashmir. Election Commissioners Harikrishna Brahma and Syed Nasim Ahmad Zaidi also participated in the discussions. The ruling National Conference recommended not to hold elections this time because of large scale destruction caused by floods in the state. Whereas the decision to hold elections was backed by ruling coalition partner Congress and opposition parties, including PDP.
To bring back black money deposited by Indians in foreign banks was one of the main agendas of PM Narendra Modi's government. Indian government has recently achieved a breakthrough in this regard as Switzerland has agreed to disclose and share information on Indians who have illicit money in Swiss banks. Switzerland will assist the Income Tax Department of India in its investigations on unaccounted money and tax evasion. In August, Switzerland made some changes in its domestic laws. Under these changes other countries can now make a group request to get information about individuals who are suspected black money hoarders.
Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar adopted a village Putramrajuvari Kandriga in Nellore district under the Saansad Adarsh Gram Yojana. Sachin Tendulkar met Prime Minister Narendra Modi a day before and expressed his desire to adopt a village. As per official report the village has 150 families and it is expected that Sachin will visit the village around November 16.