Major News and Events of 21 July 2014
What Happened on 21 July 2014
Short film on Sudarshan Pattnaik enters Sundance Fest
Mohammad Kaif to lead Andhra in Ranji Trophy
Bodies of all 24 students recovered in the Beas river tragedy
ABVP protests over the rape of a minor girl in Bangalore
Indian scientists to decode the blueprint of wheat
Arvind Kejriwal meets LG over government formation
PCI Chairman alleges corruption in Indian judiciary
AirAsia launches Bangalore-Kochi flight with fare as low as Rs. 500
J&K: Congress and NC to contest alone in assembly polls
Rajendra Arlekar, Speaker of the Goa Legislative Assembly, has said that the proceedings for the Goa assembly polls will be virtually paperless, which begins with the monsoon session from 22 July 2014. He also added that the session will be 95 percent paperless, which is expected to have over 2500 questions. He said, “It is an endeavour to make it an e-assembly in tune with the times. Nearly half the questions have been sent by the MLAs online, without using any piece of paper”.
A short film “Dreaming With Sand” by documentary maker Raj Sampad, based on the inspiring story of sand artist Sudarshan Pattnaik has gone to the Sundance Film Festival. The film will compete with many other films and will be premiered at the 2015 edition of the festival, which is scheduled for 22 January 2015, if it wins. This year, the theme of the fest was to make inspirational stories showcasing the life of an individual or a community which has overcome poverty or hunger.
Mohammad Kaif will captain Andhra Pradesh in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season. The veteran has signed a two-year deal with Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) and ended his 16-year old association with Uttar Pradesh. Kaif said “It's the end of the road for me at Uttar Pradesh. Now we should give a chance to young players from the state. When players like Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar and Piyush Chawla joined the UP team, we helped them learn the ropes of international cricket”. He also added that although he has informed the UPCA about his move, he will be available for the state whenever a need arises.
Bodies of all 24 B.Tech students who drowned in the Beas river in Mandi district on June 8, 2014 have been recovered. The longest-ever search operation came to an end after the bodies of two more students, Dasari Srinidhi and Kasarla Rishita Reddy were recovered by the search team. Their bodies were seen floating in the Pandoh Dam reservoir. Only the body of a co-tour guide Prahlad is yet to be recovered in the search operation. The operation lasted for 44 days and was conducted by 600 men of NDRF, Navy, Police, ITBP and Army.
The members of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) protests in front of Vibgyor School,Bangalore, where a six–year old girl was recently raped inside the school. There was a scuffle between the police and the protesters after the protesters broke the police barricades. The incidence of rape took place on July 2, when two gym instructors raped the minor when she had gone to the washroom. The incident was followed with protests by the angry parents and the residents of Bangalore, demanding justice for the girl.
Science and Technology
The International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium (IWGSC) in collaboration with the Indian agricultural scientists will decode the genetic blueprint of wheat, which will help the breeders in the production of better quality cereals. The Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) said that scientists from Delhi University, Punjab Agricultural University and National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology have collaborated with IWGSC and have published a chromosome-based draft sequence of the ‘bread wheat genome’. Earlier the Indian scientists had also helped in cracking the genetic code of rice and tomato.
Aam Aadmi Party chief, Arvind Kejriwal today met Delhi Lt. Governor, Najeeb Jung. He told Jung that the delay in dissolving the Assembly in Delhi has encouraged horse-trading. After the meeting, he tweeted that the LG will call the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to discuss about the strength required by them to form the government, if they claim so. Manish Sisodia, AAP leader said that none of the parties are ready to support the other in the process of government formation. The meeting was held after a day when BJP declared that it was ready to form government or to contest fresh elections in Delhi.
Markandey Katju, Chairman of the Press Council of India (PCI) and former Supreme Court judge has made allegations of corruption existing in judiciary. In this context, he has highlighted the Direct appointment of a District Judge in Tamil Nadu. In a blog written by him over this issue, he has also dragged an influential political leader in this controversy. He has also said that he has requested Ramesh Chandra Lahoti, former Chief Justice of India, to carry a secret enquiry in this matter against the judges.
The domestic arm of AirAsia, AirAsia India has launched daily flight service between Kochi and Bangalore, adding Kochi to its network. The airline has started its service from Bangalore to Chennai, Goa and Kochi. For the Bangalore-Kochi route, it has offered promotional seats for Rs. 500, inclusive of all fares. Mittu Chandilya, India Chief Executive said, “We have done a complete analysis on our third destination and we are confident we will be able to reach out to more first-time fliers”.
The Congress and the National Conference (NC) have ended their partnership in a bitter way and have claimed that they both will be contesting the assembly elections in J&K on their own. The elections are important for these parties as they have recently experienced defeat in the Lok Sabha polls. Ambika Soni, AICC General Secretary and J&K in-charge, announced the decision of the Congress. J&K Chief Minister and working President of NC, Omar Abdullah also declared that there will be no pre-poll alliance between the parties in the state.