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Major News and Events of 19 January 2016

What Happened on 19 January 2016


Reliance Jio Infocomm to raise Rs 15000 crores via rights issue

Mukesh Ambani-owned Reliance Jio Infocomm ltd (RJIL), which is gearing up to unveil its 4G services, said the company will raise Rs 15000 crores via rights issue to its existing shareholders. In a notice the company said, the rights issue has been approved in a meeting held on Monday.

Jhanvi Gadkar's license revoked

The driving license of Jhanvi Gadkar, a corporate lawyer and accused in a drink driving case, has been revoked by the Mumbai Road Transport Office. As per media reports, Jhanvi, who was driving under the influence of alcohol, crashed her Audi into a taxi. The accident, which occurred in June last year on the Eastern Freeway in Mumbai, resulted in the death of two people, while four others were injured. Jhanvi, who was been out on bail since August 5, 2015, has been booked for culpable homicide, not amounting to murder. She carries a punishment of up to 10 years in jail.

Jayalalithaa launches Amma Call Centre

Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa, launched the Amma Call Centre on Tuesday. As per reports, the call center, which would work round the clock to receive calls from people, is an effort to make governance more accessible to the citizens of the state. The call centre would be run by 138 people in the initial phase and would receive around 15,000 calls on a daily basis made through the toll-free number 1100.

Goa police investigating ISIS letter threatening to kill Modi, Parrikar

Goa police is investigating a letter that has allegedly been signed by the ISIS and threatens to kill the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. As per reports, the letter has been circulated to all police stations in Goa. The case has been handed over to the ATS by the Goa police. The threatening postcard, which was received at the state secretariat last week, expresses anger over ban on cow slaughter in India. An official confirmed that ISIS was written at the bottom of the postcard

Arvind Kejriwal demands PM's apology over student's suicide

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has demanded an apology from Narendra Modi over the suicide of a student from the University of Hyderabad. As per reports, Union Minister Bandaru Dattatreya is being accused of a role in the suicide of the PhD scholar Rohith Vemula and interfering in the university. In a letter to Education Minister Smriti Irani in August, Bandaru Dattatreya rubbished allegations that he aided Rohith's suicide.

Hit and Run Case: Trinamool Activist Still Absconding

A Trinamool politician - whose son has been charged with running over and killing an Air Force officer – is still missing. Mohammad Sohrab along with his elder son Ambia Sohrab is nowhere to be found since the incident occurred on January 13. The accused Sambia Sohrab has been arrested. Police has issued a look out notice for the father-son duo. The interesting part is that Trinamool has denied party links with Mohammad Sohrab though photographs of him wearing Trinamool shawls and campaigning for the party have been found. 

Debate over Jaipur Lit Fest Venue

DiggiPalace, the location where the world renowned Jaipur literature festival is held, is in controversy after the police issued security concerns on grounds that overcrowding to lead to a stampede-like situation. However, the state government did not pay heed to the police warnings, following which a petition was filed. It is set for hearing on January 20. According to police sources, last year the festival saw a footfall of 35,000 when the venue can only accommodate 2000 people. The report also mentioned threat perception to the festival as it ropes in some of the best writers of the world. The police officer who raised these concerns was transferred last week.

Sensex and Nifty open higher

The Sensex on Tuesday opened higher, gaining over 100 points. The Nifty, too, saw a rise of almost 40 points and stood at 7393.50. However, the shares of HCL Tech fell by 3 percent on profit booking. Among the top gainers in the Nifty were NTPC, Axis Bank, Bharti Airtel, Tata Power, Tata Motors. They saw a rise between 1.5 – 3 percent.