Major News and Events of 20 June 2014
What Happened on 20 June 2014
Kerala's Chief Minister Chandy, the most talked about Congress leader on Facebook
No funds allotted for UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s projects
Manufacturing capacity of electronic goods must be increased - Patil
Restrictions imposed in Srinagar to prevent rally
Telangana government plans to double budget for Healthcare Sector
Clashes between two religious groups in Lucknow over Iraq violence
Every Indian language is important and must be promoted - Home Ministry
A squad of a civic agency accompanied by Mumbai police was sent back by the beleaguered residents of the Campa Cola Housing Society in Mumbai. The squad went to demolish the 140 illegal flats in the society. The dozen-strong civic demolition squad was resisted by residents of the society by locking the gates of the society, making long human chains of children and women and by performing pujas and havans. The civic agency had earlier said, that it would cut power, water and gas supply, and won’t use force to vacate the place. The Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), asked the residents to vacate the place peacefully, as per media reports.
Science and Technology
Today every political leader is on Facebook and other social media. Recently the Facebook page of Kerala’s Chief Minister Oommen Chandy, crossed the half-a-million mark of likes, leaving behind the former India Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in social media. He is now the most talked about Congress leader on Facebook, and is included in the list of the top 20 politicians in the country. Total likes on his page are close to 5,01,500, while the likes on Singh’s page are 4,63,011, and on Rahul Gandhi’s Facebook page total likes are 3,60,454.
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s projects of distributing free laptops to 10+2 pass–outs, and an unemployment allowance, have not been allotted funds in the 2014-15 State Budget. Yadav cited the focus of the government on infrastructure development as the reason for not allotting funds to these schemes. He added, that the state is aware of education needs and has launched other schemes, such as e-books and e-library. As per media reports, senior party leaders feel that the scheme is not doing any good for the party, as the Samajwadi Party (SP) won just five out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, in the Lok Sabha elections.
Karnataka IT and Biotechnology Minister S R Patil asked the Hardware Sector to repeat the success of the software sector, by increasing the manufacturing of electronic goods. He said that if the manufacturing capacity was not increased, then the country may have to bear the result. The import bill would be huge and it is expected that bill of components including processors, motherboards and semiconductors (chips) would touch $400 billion in 2020. As per media reports, 65% of electronic goods and their parts are imported in India to meet the growing demand.
The moderate Hurriyat group headed by Mirwaiz Umer Farooq plans to hold a rally in Srinagar, which was a part of the 50-year celebration of the creation of the Awami Action Committee (AAC). To prevent the rally, restrictions were imposed in certain parts of Srinagar including Rainawari, Khanyar, Nowhatta, M R Gunj and Safa Kadal. Due to this, normal life in Srinagar was affected as many banks, schools and institutes, and shops remained closed. Whereas many tourist spots like Gulmarg, Pahalgam and Sonmarg remained unaffected, as per media reports.
To accelerate the Healthcare Sector and Public Health Delivery services, the Telangana government is planning to double the budget for these sectors, said the IT Minister K Tarakarama Rao, while inaugurating the Indo-Global Healthcare Summit and Expo 2014 in Hyderabad. There is an urgent need to improve the Healthcare Sector, as 85% of the population of the newly formed state depends upon it, as per media reports. Because of less healthcare facilities, people from inner parts have to travel 200 km to Hyderabad to use the services. Every 'mandal' and 'taluqa' headquarters will have primary health centres and area hospitals.
Fight between two religious groups broke out at Lucknow’s Sadatganj area, over conducting peace prayers for Iraq violence. A group was performing a pray for peace in Iraq. People were gathered on the roof tops of their houses for the late night prayers. But this was objected by other sect, leading to a clash and stone-pelting between the two groups. Administrative officials and residents were taken by surprise by the incident. Soon high security was arranged to control the situation and to avoid any rise of further conflict.
The Central Government has recently asked its employees, and those working in central undertakings and banks, to promote Hindi by using the language along with English in the official websites and various social media. Later on Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, sent a tweet on his new ministry handle emphasising the importance of every language and commitment of the Ministry to encourage every language of the country. DMK President M Karunanidhi said that using a language is a personal wish and it is just the initiation of imposing Hindi.