Major News and Events of 20 January 2015
What Happened on 20 January 2015
Signing of Business Treaty on the Cards during US President's Upcoming India Visit
TCS CEO and MD Speaks Out about Layoff Fiasco
Pre-Poll Surveys Show BJP Win; Kejriwal Still Ahead of Kiran Bedi on Choice of CM for Delhi Assembly
BJP projects ex-IPS officer Kiran Bedi as their CM-candidate for upcoming Delhi Assembly Election
Dalit-leader Krishna Tirath Defects to BJP from Congress
Tiger Count Increases Sharply in India
Delhi Police Quizzes Shashi Tharoor; Plans to Question on IPL Issues
New CBFC Chief and Other Members Appointed
India-England Faceoff during Tri-Nation Series Got Interesting
Twitter makes its First Major Acquisition in India
BCCI Officials given Clean Chit by Mumbai Police
After Indian Banks’ Association’s assurance of resolving the wage issue of the bank employees by February 2015’s first week, united platform of bank employees’ union called off the 4-day strike, earlier scheduled to start from January 21. United Forum of Bank Unions’ convener, M V Murali, issued statement that they will announce their next plan of going to a 4 or 5 days strike later in February if no satisfactory outcome is there by first week of February.
Diplomatic sources reveal that the US President Barack Obama, who is scheduled to visit India on January 26, will be pressing for signing Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement. Ministry sources have said that bilateral investment treaty will top the chart during negotiations between India and US. Sources point out that the US is putting pressure on NDA government to sign the treaty during Obama’s upcoming India visit. It is also being learnt that Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the US President will address a closed door meeting of CEOs belonging to both nations.
CEO and MD of Tata Consultancy Services, the largest IT Company of India, N Chandrasekaran announced that there are no plans of personnel restructuring as company is in growth mode. He also said that during the current fiscal TCS has planned to hire fifty five thousand people and till December-end they had already hired 52,700 people. Chandrasekaran also assured to look into why a ruckus started in the first place regarding rumor of large scale layoff when ‘involuntary attrition’ of low performing employees is a bi-yearly process. He also regarded social media outburst of some employees as a learning experience for him.
India TV–CVoter opinion poll survey expects BJP to get a majority by winning 37 seats (one seat more than the 36 seat majority mark), followed by AAP with 26 seats and Congress with 7 seats. Per findings of TALEEM Research Foundation, commissioned by Zee News, BJP is expected to win 37 seats, followed by AAP’s 29 seats and INC’s 4 seats. AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal was preferred by 47 per cent of the respondents to Kiran Bedi’s 44 per cent, according to AC Nielsen-ABP News poll survey, when it came to choice of popular CM candidate.
Parliamentary Board of BJP has announced Kiran Bedi’s name as their CM-hopeful of their party for the upcoming February 7 Delhi Assembly election. She will contest from Krishna Nagar seat of East Delhi, a comparatively safe seat according to analysts. AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal challenged the former IPS officer for a public debate. Kiran accepted the challenge but with a twist by saying that she is prepared to debate but within the Assembly house.
Delhi unit of Indian National Congress received a severe blow yesterday when Krishna Tirath, popular woman-dalit leader of INC and erstwhile UPA minister, joined BJP just a few days before Delhi goes to poll. Satish Upadhyay, Delhi-unit chief of BJP, welcomed Krishna Tirath while addressing a press conference. When asked about her defection, Tirath told media that she wants to work for betterment of people and stressed on the fact that “energy shouldn’t be wasted”. She not only vouched for dalit-rights but also pledged to make India Congress-free.
Prakash Javadekar, Union Environment Minister, has told media today that around 70 per cent of Tiger population in the world lives in the jungles of India. He went on to say that absolute number of tigers in the country has increased sharply from a mere 1,400 seven years back to 2,226 currently. Available statistics showed that most number of tigers can be found in Karnataka (446) and least in West Bengal’s Sundarban area (76).
BS Bassi, Delhi Police Commissioner, told media that Congress MP Shashi Tharoor was questioned for 4 hours yesterday night and he was reportedly cooperative during interrogation. It is first time since Sunanda Pushkar’s death, more than a year back, that Tharoor was questioned by the police. Sources reveal that the police asked Tharoor about the 15 injury marks found on his deceased wife’s dead body, empty Alprax tablets found in the hotel room where Sunanda was murdered, suffering from Lupus, and many more. Delhi Police plans to quiz Tharoor on IPL issues too.
Ministry of Information And Broadcasting has announced that new members along with chief for Central Board of Film Certification have been appointed. While Pahlaj Nihalani became the new CBFC chief, nine other members including Ramesh Patange, Vanio Tripathi Tikoo, Jeevitha, Syed Abdul Bari, Ashok Pandit, Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, S. Ve Shekhar, Mihir Bhuta, and George Baker have been appointed too with immediate effect.
India today won the toss and elected to bat against England during the 3rd one-dayer in the tri-nation series. India struggled to put up a big score on board. Indian cricket team was all out for 153 runs in just 39.3 overs. Two-digit score were put up by Stuart Binny (44), skipper M S Dhoni (34), Ajinkya Rahane (33), and Ambati Rayadu (23). While chasing a score of 154 runs, England lost its first wicket at just 25 runs when Binny took the wicket of Moeen Ali. At the end of 8 overs, England score was 54/1, requiring another 100 runs out of 252 balls.
Science and Technology
Twitter, the social networking and micro-blogging giant, has made its first major acquisition in India as the company announced acquisition of ZipDial, a Bangalore-based company that connects brands with target audience by using ‘missed calls’ Company has said that after ZipDial’s acquisition, Twitter will be more accessible to the world. Sources reveal that the acquisition deal was done at a cost anything between $30 million and $40 million (equivalent to Rs. 185 crore and Rs. 247 crore).
Mumbai police has reportedly cleared BCCI officials of the charges of their involvement in match fixing. Crime Branch of Mumbai Police told Mumbai court that they had not found any evidence against the BCCI officials that proves their involvement in the IPL match-fixing scam of 2013. Police also submitted a detailed report on the same, signed by property cell’s inspector Nandkumar Gopale. Police was conducting investigation on the complaint filed by a social activist named Naresh Makani against BCCI back in May 2013.