Major News and Events of 21 March 2014
What Happened on 21 March 2014
AAP removes two members for attempting to take bribes
Number of women entrants in the Lok Sabha on the rise
RBI has not delved in inflation targeting yet: Rajan
New feature of Google to encrypt mails for tackling snooping
India beat Pakistan by 7 wickets
The four out of five persons convicted in the gang-rape of the telephone operator at the deserted Shakti Mills compound in Mumbai were today awarded life term by a Mumbai court today. The four convicts’ names are Vijay Jadhav, Salim Ansari, Qasim Bengali and Ashfaque. The quantum of sentence for other gang-rape case of the photo journalist would be decided on March 24. Five persons including two juveniles were declared convict by the court and have 13 charges on them. They are gang-rape, unnatural sex, criminal conspiracy, assault, destroying evidence, criminal coercion, restraining in wrongful manner under Indian Penal Code and different other sections pertaining to the Information Technology Act. Three persons are convicts in both the cases. Police had arrested 7 persons altogether of which two are juveniles for the incidents which occurred in July- August 2013.
Two leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party were expelled as they attempt to allegedly offer tickets in return for money. Arvind Kejriwal the AAP leader requested the people who were seeking AAP tickets to not give money to any party member who gives them assurance of offering tickets. The members who were expelled were convener of Awadh region, Aruna Singh and Ashok Kumar who is the treasurer of Hardoi. Kejriwal also requested the media to inform any such incidents to him and do sting operations. These two members of the party were not able to take in the money, but they had a talk nevertheless for the bribe. This incident was reported by Rajesh who was looking for standing from Misrikh, Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha elections. He is said to have recorded the conversation that took place and brought it to the notice of the party.
Women’s entry in the Lok Sabha has increased. The Election Commission figures reveal that. The 15th Lok Sabha which is soon to be dissolved had the highest number of women members that is there were 59 members or 11% of the total strength. In 2009, 556 women stood in the elections. In the 14th Lok Sabha there were 45 women members whereas the count was 49 in the 13th Lok Sabha (1999-2004). In 1977 the number of women members was the least at only 19 comprising 3.5% of the total strength which was 544. From 1st-9th Lok Sabha women’s participation were 30 times less than men. In the polls for the 11th Lok Sabha there were the highest number of participants which was 599 women contestants. In 2009 it was 556 and then in 2004 it was 355. In fact the number edged past the 100 mark only during the 7th Lok Sabha (1980-84) elections.
Inflation targeting is yet to be taken up by the RBI, this was informed by the RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan. He also stated that the Urijit Patel committee has some suggestions but it is yet to be accepted by the RBI. The recommendations in the report need discussion with the government on some of its aspects. He specified that it has to be decided what would be the inflation target. In the report there were two vital aspects which may be beneficial for the RBI, Rajan stated. There should be more emphasis on Consumer Price Index (CPI) than Wholesale Price Index (WPI). The reason being CPI is what is visible to common man. The CPI has to be brought down which is 8% by this year end and 6% after two years. Inflation leads to increasing costs rather than benefits, Rajan opined. Bringing down the inflation in the short run hurts growth but in the long run is a positive aspect. CPI inflation was relaxed to 8.1% year on year basis, which was the lowest in 25 months compared to it being 8.79% in January.
Science and Technology
Google has come up with a new feature which may not be pleasing to the ears of any government or at least those who are indulging in snooping. The question is debatable how many nations’ governments do this but the search giant has come up with a solution for that. It has strengthened the security of Gmail through encrypting all the sent and the received mails. With this 450 million users who avail of Google's Gmail service will have their mails encrypted. Since four years the HTTPS was applicable on Gmail but till date no encryption was used. This development comes after the disclosure by the whistle blower of National Security Agency (NSA) Edward Snowden that the NSA could get through the Google's servers. With this new feature no one can listen to the mails even if one uses public WiFi or is logged on computer, tablet or phone.
India defeated Pakistan by seven wickets in the ICC World T20 2014 match between the arch rivals at the Shere Bangla National Stadium, Mirpur in Bangladesh. With this the record of beating Pakistan in all the World Cup matches remains static. This can also be called a sweet revenge given the fact India lost to Pakistan by 1 wicket in the Asia Cup few weeks back. Pakistan made 130 for 7 in 20 overs with most of its batsmen not rising up to the occasion except Umar Akmal compiling the score of 33. India made 131 for 3 in 18.3 overs. Kohli was the highest scorer with 36 runs. Among the bowlers Amit Mishra grabbed 2 for 22 in 4 overs. Ajmal among the Pakistan bowlers was the best, he got a wicket for 18 from 4 overs. India will now face West Indies in its next match on March 23, 2014.