Major News and Events of 21 May 2014
What Happened on 21 May 2014
Jitan Ram Manjhi asks for special status to Bihar
Women-only cab service starts in Kochi
Two days of judicial custody for Kejriwal
145 IAS officers faced corruption charges in past 10 years
We are ready for struggle: Rahul Gandhi
Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister-designate, resigned as the Chief Minister of Gujarat. As per media reports, the Gujarat Assembly had its special session today for the farewell of the Chief Minister. The session was attended by Modi's close aide Amit Shah and Gujarat Revenue Minister Anandiben Patel, among others. Anandiben Patel will be the new Chief Minister of Gujarat.
Jitan Ram Manjhi, the new Chief Minister of Bihar, has asked Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi to grant special status to Bihar. As per media reports, Manjhi stated that a state that was being led by a Mahadalit should be getting a special status, and Modi should now be implementing what he has been saying all this while that he would do good for the backward and deprived section of the society.
A women-only cab service was launched in Kochi, as per media reports. Kochi is the second city after Thiruvananthapuram in India to have this facility. The "She Taxi" is projected as a women empowerment model and has even grabbed attention of the authorities in the UAE, as informed by the Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy.
Former Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was sent to judicial custody for two days when he was not able to furnish a personal bail bond of ten thousand rupees. He was required to furnish this bond in connection with a defamation case filed by BJP leader Nitin Gadkari. As per media reports, Kejriwal told the court he would not pay for the bond as the case was a political one and that he would appear at every hearing of the case.
As per media reports, in the past 10 years as many as 145 IAS officers have faced charges of alleged involvement in corruption by CBI and state government agencies. The charges on these officers have been of corruption, fraud and hoarding wealth disproportionate to their known sources of income. In India there are about 4619 IAS officers.
Rahul Gandhi, along with his sister Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, arrived in Amethi to thank the voters for their support, as per media reports. After the dismal performance of the party in the Lok Sabha elections, in which the party was able to retain only Rae Bareli and Amethi seats in Uttar Pradesh, Rahul stated that this was the time for struggle and that the Congress was ready for it.