Major News and Events of 21 February 2015
What Happened on 21 February 2015
WhatsApp Rolls Out Internet Calling Feature on Android Phones
Delhi will Get Wi-Fi in a Year: CM Arvind Kejriwal
Communist Leader Govind Pansare Passes Away
BJP and PDP Draft Common Minimum Programme (CMP)
Virat Kohli is the Most Talked About World Cup Player
One more coal mine block goes into the kitty of Hindalco Industries that is aggressively bidding in the coal auction. Companies like Balco, ACC, Jayaswal Neco Industries, Godawari Power and Ispat, Rungta Mines and SKS Ispat and Power also participated in the auction. Hindalco has won total of three coal blocks, two in Chhattisgarh (GareIV/5 and Gare Palma 4/4 mine) and one in Jharkhand (Kathautia mine). The auction of mines in the first lot will end on Sunday and the auction for second tranche will commence on February 25.
Science and Technology
Mobile messaging service WhatsApp is rolling out the internet calling functionality to wider range of users. Many WhatsApp's Android app users confirmed the activation of voice calling feature. To activate the feature, user need to get a call from a user who had already turned on these services. But all the users are not able to use this invite system. The feature in not available on the iPhone and not working on Windows Phone handsets.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at the inaugural ceremony of the annual Garden Tourism Festival in Saket said that his government is working on electricity and water rates and a good news regarding a reduction in rates can be expected soon. He added that his government is following the same governance model that they followed during their previous 49-days' tenure. Kejriwal added that his government is also working to provide free Wi-Fi in the capital but it will take almost a year to extend this facility.
Veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare (84) passed away in Breach Candy hospital in Mumbai. He was shot in Kolhapur last Monday by two bike-born assailants in which he suffered a head injury. He was airlifted from a private hospital in Kolhapur to Mumbai for better treatment. 20 teams have been formed by the Maharashtra police to investigate the murder. Pansare's family and friends are stating that he was also receiving threats from right wing activists.
The BJP and PDP are all set to form a coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir. It is expected that the parties have drafted “Common Minimum Programme (CMP)” for governance in which controversial topics like Article 370 and the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) have been discussed in detail. As per media reports, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and PDP chief Mufti Muhammad Saeed are expected to meet on February 23.
As per a survey conducted by the networking site, Virat Kohli is the most talked about World Cup player on social networking site Twitter. Apart from him, players from India and Pakistan are frequently mentioned on Twitter. Match between India and Pakistan was the most mentioned match, followed by Australia vs England game.