Major News and Events of 22 January 2014
What Happened on 22 January 2014
My mother was strong, can't end her life like this: Sunanda's son
Kejriwal hospitalized , protests ends, Delhi Police file FIR against AAP protestors
Sensex ends at record high of 21,337.67 points
India lose No. 1 ranking and the 2nd ODI to New Zealand
Facebook changes algorithm again
19 people were convicted by a special CBI in the fodder scam involving millions of rupees. Janata Dal-United (JD-U) MP Jagdish Sharma is among the convicts. The case pertains to illegal withdrawal of Rs.1.16 crore from the Godda district treasury. Charges were on 30 persons, 6 passed away during the trial, 2 became approver for CBI, 2 accepted their guilt and one is still evading the police. 7 have been given three years’ jail term among the 19 convicts. On January 24 the sentencefor others will be pronounced. Sharma was among the convicts for the fodder scam case in which Lalu Prasad was convicted as well. He had to give up his Lok Sabha membership when he was sentenced to five years of imprisonment. There are as many as 61 cases in the fodder scam which came to the fore in 1996. 54 were shifted to Jharkhand when it was separated in 2000 from Bihar. Judgments have been passed in 43 cases. Lalu and Jagannath Mishra’s names are there in the list of accused in five cases.
Sunanda Pushkar’s son from her second marriage, Shiv Menon, had stated that his mother was too strong to take her life. He also specified that Shashi Tharoor will not physically harm his mother and there was no possibility he may have taken her life. Menon stated that it was because of the too many stories doing the round in the media that he was speaking out. He also added that both were a happy couple very much in love. What happened was an unfortunate incident where too much of stress fanned by the media along with wrong medication led to her end. Sunanda Pushkar has been said to have died due to poisoning and it is being investigated whether it was a suicidal or was due to accident or it was homicidal. Though dozen scuffle marks have been found on her body.
Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal was hospitalized today as he had severe cough for some days. He was on a sit down protest at Rail Bhavan which he called off last evening. Kejriwal has taken ill as he had to spend two nights on the street in bitter cold, in fact past two days were the coldest in this season as it was raining. Delhi Police has filed an FIR against AAP protestors, though they have not been named in the FIR. Kejriwal called off his protest when the Lieutenant-Governor Najeeb Jung requested him to end his protest as Republic Day was round the corner and national security has to be kept in mind. Kejriwal informed the supporters of AAP that the Lieutenant-Governor had partially agreed to the demands. Two out of five police officers about whom the protest was to take action against them went on leave. Kejriwal’s demand that the city police to be brought under state government was not approved though.
Sensex closed at 21,337.67 points with a gain of 86.55 points. This record high close was due to buying in metal, pharma and banking stocks as rate cut by the Reserve Bank is expected. The 30 scrip BSE which is on a high for the third consecutive day edged past its earlier close of 21,326.42 points on December 9 when Assembly elections results were announced. In the previous two sessions Sensex had gained 187.50. RBI will be declaring its monetary policy on January 28. The 50 scrip National Stock Exchange index Nifty soared to 6,338.95 with a gain of 25.15 points , slightly away from the record high of 6,363.90.
India lost the 2nd ODI against New Zealand by 15 runs through the Duckworth-Lewis Method in the rain marred match at the Seddon Park. With this India also loses its world number one ranking, India was given a target 297 in 42 overs. Virat Kohli made 78 runs while and Mahendra Singh Dhoni compiled 56 and India had reached 277/9 in 41.3 overs as rain stopped the play for the third time. Following which victory margin was modified to 15 runs and went in favor of New Zealand. Earlier New Zealand had made 271 for 7in 42 overs when rain stopped play twice and that too for nearly two hours. India fielded the same team while New Zealand brought in Kyle Mills for the injured Adam Milne.
Science and Technology
Facebook has changed the news feed algorithm yet again and this time this change will result in lesser text-based status updates done by Pages, and more of the similar updates from users. At the same pages’ media or link posts will be distributed more by Facebook. Facebook is focusing on link share posts wherein the links shared will have the image texts embedded in them rather than when posts which have links embedded in it. Facebook considers them to be more attractive than text updates. All these changes being done by Facebook is being seen as an attempt to bring a Flipboard-like newspaper in future.