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Major News and Events of 19 November 2014

What Happened on 19 November 2014


PM Emphasises on Tech Savviness

Indian PM Narendra Modi is visiting last stopover in his recent 10-day foreign tour, Fiji. While addressing an audience at Fiji National University he emphasised upon the importance of education coupled with tech-savviness as the two main things that youth need today for taking on the world. While pressing on the technological needs, Modi pressed on the Digital India initiative undertaken for bridging the widening gap between the digital and non-digital India.

Motorola Nexus 6 Pre-Order Opens in India

Motorola has announced that their new Nexus 6 smartphone will be available in India through Flipkart soon. These handsets can be pre-ordered through the leading e-commerce brand in India. While the 32GB handset has been priced at Rs. 43,999, 64GB one is priced at Rs. 48,999. This well-awaited handset will be available to the Indian mobile lovers from 2nd week of December.

Cricket Brings 2 Nations Closer

Diplomatic relation between India and Australia reached a new high with Tony Abbott, Australian PM, meeting Narendra Modi, Indian PM, at Melbourne Cricket Ground. Earlier in the day, Abbott had said that citizens of both the countries associate with one another through this game. Modi wished good luck to Australia for hosting Cricket World Cup of 2015. Important delegates belonging to the cricketing fraternity present in the programme were Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, VVS Laxman, Steve Waugh, Glen McGrath, Alan Border, and others.

PM on a Drive to Push Land Act through Consensus

Narendra Modi government doesn’t want any contention with Congress and other major opposition parties on the issue of new Land Act. That’s why the government has initiated discussions with INC so that they can push the act through consensus. However, the government is open to Ordinance route too. Sources reveal that Union Government may table this Act during Winter session of the Lok Sabha, starting on November 24.

Transfer Pricing Case: Government Loses to Shell

Government’s Income Tax department loses second case on transfer pricing against a company. While the first time it was Vodafone, this time it is Shell. Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s Indian subsidiary Shell India Markets Pvt Ltd was slapped Rs. 18,000 crore tax by the Indian Tax department for financial years 2007-2008 and 2008-09. However, this tax order has been quashed by Bombay High Court.

Godman's Men vs Police

Hisar witnessed a war between an engineer turned guru’s disciple and policemen literally. Rampal, the self styled Godman, is charged with rioting and sedition charges. On November 18, 2014 police personnel had to combat thousands of his disciple. Till now 5 bodies have been recovered from the controversial Ashram, among which one is that of an infant. RAF has been deployed in the area.

 

Article 370 is Not the main Issue of BJP in J&K Anymore

BJP and RSS seem to have understood public mood in the hard way. After news circulated in the media in the last few days that in J&K BJP is all set to include demand of repealing Article 370 in their election manifesto, many BJP candidates in the state voiced against it. Ailing Farooq Abdullah had to issue statement against such move as he feared that may lead to unrest in the already tensed state. After this both RSS and BJP have toned down this demand, at least for now.

JMM Leaders Play Safe

Most important and senior JMM leaders in Jharkhand seem to be selecting constituencies from their bastion – Santhal Pargana, which includes districts such as Jamtara, Dumka, Pakur, Sahebganj, Godda, and Deoghar. Senior JMM leaders have a special aspect in mind while selecting these seats. Even strong Modi-wave during May 2014 parliamentary election, BJP lost 2 out of the 3 seats in Santhal Pargana. This makes this region safer for the JMM leaders to contest during this assembly election season.

PDP Patron Accuses BJP of Playing Divisive Politics

Patron of People's Democratic Party, Mufti Mohammad Sayeed, has alleged that the ruling saffron party at the centre is trying to gain popularity by creating sectarian division with the Muslim-community itself. However, he went on to say that his party will fight tooth and nail to stop the divisive elements from disturbing harmony in the already disturbed state.

BPO Chief of Infosys Sacked

Infosys has always stressed upon its Model Code of Conduct (MCC) and this time it was the turn of BPO subsidiary’s CFO Abraham Mathews to feel the heat. He has been sacked by the company for not complying with the MCC. Industry reports point out that Mathews was unable to report financial irregularities at one of the outsourcing centres. However, the concerned CFO was not involved in the concerned financial irregularities personally.

Vice Chairman of Aurobindo Pharma Unhurt after Kidnapping Attempt

K Nityananda Reddy, Vice Chairman of Aurobindo Pharma, faced kidnapping attempt at around 7am in Jubilee Hills of Hyderabad. It is reported that an unidentified person got into Reddy’s car’s rear seat and pointed AK-47 at him to kidnap for ransom. A scuffle took place between the two and the gun went off smashing wind screen of the car. The kidnapper panicked as Reddy’s brother came along for rescue and ran away.    

OECD Revises their India's Growth Projection from 5.7 to 6.6 Per cent

Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has revised their earlier forecast about the project growth rate of India in the coming year. The Paris based think tank has revised its earlier estimate of 5.7 per cent to 6.6 per cent for the year 2015. For the year 2016, they expect Indian economy to grow at the rate of 6.8 per cent.