Major News and Events of 21 June 2014
What Happened on 21 June 2014
Palestine calls upon India to participate in the global campaign against Israel
Nepal to get priority in NDA's foreign policy
Centre to launch a campaign to control the spread of Encephalitis in Bihar
30,000 toilets for rural Rajasthan by Hindustan Zinc
Samajwadi Party protests against rail fare hike in UP
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, also the Minister for Communications and Information Technology, called the decision of the government to increase railway passenger fares right, as per media reports. He added that the Congress-led UPA government had done no good to the railway system and it is now in a very clumsy state, bearing a loss of Rs 900 crore every day. Though the decision to hike railway fare was taken by the UPA government in its February’s interim budget, but the hike will be effective during the present government. The minister justified the hike by saying that railway needs revenue for its survival and this was an important step.
Palestine's Grand Mufti Mohammed A H Hussein, and Parliamentarian Abdullah M I Abdullah asked the government and people of India to participate in the global movement "Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions" (BDS). The campaign is running against Israel for its persistent illegal occupation of Palestinian land. The campaign is getting support from the US as well as many European countries, and runs with a hope of ending the last colonisation of the 21st century.
Praising the efforts put in by the Nepalese government in restricting the circulation of fake Indian currency, BJP leader Tarun Vijay said that Nepal will surely get priority in the foreign policy of the NDA government. He added that Nepal is an important strategic partner, as per media reports. People of Nepal are positive and look up to India for resolving the issue of power crisis. For which there is a possibility of a joint venture or a Hydroelectric Power project. The government is also working on the issue of price rise.
Initiating the campaign from Muzaffarpur (Bihar) Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan, announced the launch of a campaign to provide 100% immunisation to children living in Encephalitis affected areas by the central government. Muzaffarpur district is the worst hit area by Encephalitis. The suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) has taken the life of near about 130 children mostly from Muzaffarpur, as per media reports. The request to launch a campaign towards this was made by Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi. Reports are stating the spread of disease in Vaishali, Samastipur, Sheohar, East Champaran, Sitamarhi, Begusarai, Bhagalpur and Gaya districts.
Poor families living in rural Rajasthan will have 30,000 new toilets, the contract to build which has been signed between Hindustan Zinc, a company doing zinc-lead-silver business and the Rajasthan government. Under this scheme named as the Nirmal Bharat Abhiyan, 80 villages will be covered in the period of three years. Hindustan Zinc will provide clean hygienic facilities to the people living below the poverty line (BPL). This is an effort to solve the problem of defecation in open in India, as per media reports. Cost of each toilet will be Rs 8,500 in which the government would contribute Rs 4,600, Hindustan Zinc Rs 3,000 and the beneficiary Rs 900. Around 8,000 toilets have been constructed so far in Bhilwara, Chittorgarh and Udaipur districts.
The Central government has taken the decision to increase the rail fares, reacting to this hundreds of Samajwadi Party (SP) cadres and supporters came out on streets across Uttar Pradesh. Protestors blocked traffic at district headquarters. They also burnt the effigy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Supporters were demanding to roll back the decision as soon as possible. The passenger fares and freight rates have been hiked by 14.2% in all classes, and 6.5%, respectively with effect from 25 June.