Major News and Events of 19 June 2014
What Happened on 19 June 2014
India wins ODI series by 2-0, rain stopped third match
More than 200 pilgrims and businessmen from UP trapped in Iraq
40 abducted Indians in Iraq are safe – Sushma Swaraj
A systematic failure in releasing water into the Beas River led to the tragic death of 24 students of an engineering college of Hyderabad and a tour operator on 8 June. Within an hour the water discharge in spillways was raised from 20 cumecs (cubic metres per second) to 450 cumecs. No prior warning from the dam was made accompanied by insufficient warning systems, as per a magisterial inquiry report. Divisional Commissioner Onkar Sharma, who was asked to meet the court in person, submitted the report to the Himachal Pradesh High Court. The court called this a case of callousness and grave negligence.
Heavy rain did not let the players of India and Bangladesh to play the third match of the three match series. India won the series by 2-0. The match was being played at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Bangladesh, when rain interrupted it. Match was cut short to 40 overs when rain first halted the match. India at that time was on 37 runs for four wickets in 12.3 overs. Because of heavy rain pour the third match was then completely washed out. India won the first match by seven wickets and second by 47 runs.
More than 200 people from Uttar Pradesh are trapped in war stricken Iraq, as per media reports. Out of 200, 150 are pilgrims who went to Iraq to visit Karbala for 'ziyarat' in the holy Muslim month of Shabaan. More than 36 people who were on business trip are stuck in Tikrit, Karbala, Najaf and Baghdad. The return of pilgrims was on 22 June, whereas the businessmen were to come back later in the month. Government officials in India are constantly in touch with the Ministry of External Affairs. UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, has asked the central government to ensure the safety of the trapped people from the state and their safe return to India.
All the 40 kidnapped Indian construction workers in Mosul Iraq are safe, as per media reports. A delegation of families of the seven kidnapped men accompanied by Punjab Chief Minsiter Prakash Singh Badal and Manjit Singh G K, President of the Delhi Sikh Gurudwara Management Committee came to meet the External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who assured them that government is taking all sorts of measures to free the workers once the situation gets normalised. She added that she is personally considering all the possible options. Blank passport and tickets would be issued to them, to bring them back to India after their release.