Major News and Events of 20 March 2014
What Happened on 20 March 2014
Khushwant Singh passed away at the age of 99
IAF and army pitches in to douse fire in Tirumala Forests
Meghalaya storm kills 4, injures 27
Crisis in BJP continues, senior leaders try to pacify Advani
Twitter's popular topics can now be checked at Nuzzel
The five accused in the gang-rape of the photojournalist and a telephone operator at central Mumbai’s Shakti Mills last year were convicted by a city session’s court. The court will announce tomorrow the quantum of their sentence. Mohammad Qasim Shaikh, Vijay Jadhav, and Mohammad Ansari were convicted in both the gang-rape cases. Siraj Khan was convicted in the gang-rape case of the photojournalist on August 22 whereas Mohammad Ashfaque Shaikh was found guilty in the gang-rape case of the telephone operator in the same premises on July 31. Along with them there are two minors who will be tried under the juvenile justice act. A 362 pages chargesheet was presented by the crime branch on October 8, 2013 regarding the gang-rape case of the telephone operator. In the other case 600 page chargesheet was submitted September 19, 2013. There was a lot of criticism regarding the functioning of the police machinery when these incidents occurred to which the state home minister RR Patil had ordered for the trial to be completed soon. The trial was held on a day to day basis.
Eminent writer and columnist Khushwant Singh died at the age of 99 on Thursday March 20, 2013. As per reports he will be cremated at 4pm at Lodhi Crematorium on Thursday. Singh who was born on February 2, in Pakistan was known for his witty style, secularism and love for poetry. He penned down classics like “Train to Pakistan", "Delhi" and "I Shall Not Hear the Nightingale". In 2002 Penguin books published his autobiography, "Truth, Love and a Little Malice". Singh had his stunt in politics too and was an MP from 1980-86. He returned the Padma Bhushan he was awarded in 1974, in 1984 as a mark of protest when the Indian Army stormed the Golden Temple in Amritsar in the Operation Blue Star. Khushwant Singh was awarded Padma Vibhushan in 2007. He penned down the novel “The Sunset Club” at the age of 95.
Indian Air Force’s four choppers as well as 100 army men have launched the operation of controlling the blaze in the Seshachalam forest which is on for three days now. IAF has flown 2 Mi-17 and 2 C130 helicopters which took off from Reniguta Airport near Tirupati. The fire has broke out just 3 km from the famous Balaji temple perched on the Tirumala Hills. Water and chemicals were sprayed to douse the fire. Before this an aerial survey of the region was done by the director general of the fire services, Sambasiva Rao. Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanam (TTD), looking after the operations of the temple has stated they are doing whatever possible to put off the fire considering the fact that summer has set in which makes it more risky. The fire has already ravaged 5000 hectares of forest. The pathways to the temple have been closed. As per the reports the fire was not controlled at the right time which led to it now assuming a massive proportion. Even when a minor fire was spotted no action was allegedly taken by the forest department.
Cyclonic storm has created havoc in Meghalaya. Four people have lost their lives and among them six-month infant was also there. The storm has injured 27 people as well in the West Khasi Hills district. The storm which had high speed winds along with thunder and lightning as well as torrential downpour left many homeless, brought down trees and snapped electric and telephone wires. The four people who lost their lives died on the spot when their house was damaged in the cyclone. Their names are Edmund Nongsieg, Phibanroi Marngar, Pynibor Nongsieg, and a 6 month old baby. The inured have been admitted to the government hospital and 15 are said to be in critical condition. 7 have been released after given first aid. Relief camps have been set up to accommodate the villagers. The families of those who were killed in the storm will get a payment of Rs 1.5 lakh each from the government.
BJP should be engaged in planning for the election but instead of that its leaders are now engaged in doing away with the crisis situation where the veteran LK Advani is displeased with being offered the Gandhinagar constituency. Modi was not able to pacify him, and even senior leader Sushma Swaraj went and met him but Advani did not change his mind or desire to contest from Bhopal. Modi had a meeting with Advani at the veteran leader’s residence for 40 minutes in the morning. Advani is also reported to be not too happy with the fact that his name did not feature in the 1st list on February 27. The sources reveal that Advani wanted to send message loud and clear that he did not need Modi’s support for winning a Lok Sabha seat. The party on the other hand thinks it will not be proper to shift constituencies.
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