Major News and Events of 21 January 2014
What Happened on 21 January 2014
Sunanda Pushkar died due to poison
Kejriwal states protests to be indefinite, PILs filed against him
Philips launches pain relief products
India will bounce back: Ross Taylor
WhatsApp now handles 50 million messages per day
The death sentences of 15 convicts were commuted by the apex court as there were delays in their execution and the sentences were changed to life imprisonment. The three judge panel headed by Chief Justice Palanisamy Sathasivam gave the verdict and the panel opined that delays as well as mental illness and solitary confinement can be the grounds for commuting death sentence. 15 people have challenged the death sentences and have specified in their petition of the delay in answering their mercy petition by the President. These include Sajiv and Sonia, the couple from Haryana who have charges of murdering 13 of their relatives as well as aides of Veerappan- Meesekar Madaiah, Simon, Gnanaprakash and Bilavendran,Devinder Pal Singh Bhullar from Punjab, who was instrumental in car bombing that led to death of nine people in 1993 as well as Rajiv Gandhi's assassins Arivu, Murugan and Santhan. The court also stated that all the convicts facing death sentence will be considered on these grounds and there has to be no differentiation based on whether the charges were of terror or for any other reason. The court also stated that there should be at least 14 days gap when the mercy petition is rejected and the same is communicated to the family members of the convict and when the death sentence is executed. The court in its verdict also stated that the condemned prisoners should be allowed to meet their family members before death sentence is executed, he/she has the right to legal aid, and there should not be solitary confinement of death convicts as well as other prisoners.
The sub divisional magistrate stated after receiving report from AIIMS that Sunanda Pushkar died of poisoning. The SDM did not reveal much but have ordered a probe. It was also specified that until and unless viscera report is not received nothing can be said conclusively regarding whether she took poison or the drugs acted as that. There was also injury marks found in the upper parts of her body which is being termed results of a scuffle. Alprax drug was found from her hotel room which is said to cause harmful effects to the brain if consumed in large quantity and may lead to comatose situation. Pushkar had few days back argument on Twitter with the Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar that she was stalking Shashi Tharoor. There was also joint statement released by the couple that they were happily married and that there was no tensions in their marriage and facts were being distorted.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has stated his protest will con continue and that he was not ready for talks. He wanted the government to adhere to his demands. He also specified that initially he had said 10 days of protest but now it seemed it had to be carried on an indefinite period. He also warned that if his demands were not heard by January 26, AAP will crowd the Rajpath by its supporters. The rains also failed to deter the mood of the CM and other supporters. They are asking for suspension of five policemen. Kejriwal also said that the home minister should not be telling him where to protest, as being the CM of Delhi he had the right to decide that. Shinde had asked him to shift the protest to Jantar Mantar as now the roads are blocked in the heart of the city with the protests staged outside the Rail Bhavan. In fact there have been two PILs against Kejriwal for the protests causing hardship to the people. Supreme Court will be hearing these PILs on Friday. Kejriwal stated that the area has been unnecessarily barricaded and the building closed. He said the treatment which was being meted out to them seemed they were not from India but Pakistan.
Philips launched pain relief products known as "pain management" in its consumer lifestyle division today. The two products “InfraPhil” and “InfraCare” helped in relieving pain in muscle and joint aches. Chronic pain in India occurs in 30% of the population and there is number of incidence of musculoskeletal cases due to unhealthy lifestyle, poor posture, stress and, ageing and other related factors. The InfraPhil (150 watt) and InfraCare (200-watt and 650-watt) will offer relief in aches and pains by providing deep and focused warmth. These can also help in reduction of the intake of pain killers and the associated side effects of those as well. Infra red technology is believed to be more helpful than balms, sprays and pain killers as it hastens the healing process. The products are designed to be used at homes and offices.
The former skipper and New Zealand’s batsman, Ross Taylor has stated that India will bounce back in the second ODI which will be played on Wednesday. He stated that India after losing by 24 runs will come out as much stronger team. He said the Indians being the No. 1 team will now be well prepared and more competitive. There were no warm-up matches before the series started in New Zealand. Further the conditions at the Seddon Park will be favorable for the Indians. The venue has a slower track than what was there at the McLean Park and it assist Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja.
Science and Technology
WhatsApp is getting popular day by day and its success story is written in the figures. It handles 50 billion messages, on an average every day. WhatsApp which is cross platform app has now 430 million users up by 30 million users this month than what it was in December. Now WhatsApp is in direct competition with SMS and experts believe that it may have surpassed SMS already. What works for WhatsApp is the ad free messenger it offers and nominal fee of Rs 50 after it crosses the first year of service. Their main focus is messaging and they have stuck to that rather than other gimmicks as the CEO Jan Kuom states, like games and photos.