Major News and Events of 23 December 2014
What Happened on 23 December 2014
Shocker from Suspended TMC MP on Saradha Scam
Rajya Sabha disrupted Again
PDP emerges as the Single Largest Party in J&K, BJP becomes the Biggest Gainer
CNR Rao emphasises on the need of more Investment in Science for India to become a Superpower
Hearing on SEBI Cases against Ramalinga Raju of Satyam on 20 Jan
Shocking Intelligence Facts Revealed on Terror Attack in Mumbai and Peshawar
Railway Minister Ropes in Ex-CAG Vinod Rai
AIBA Chief bats for Boxing India's Affiliation by IOA
Vishy asks his Fans not to Write Him Off
PM concerned over Continued Spicejet Distress
All Entities including Consumers and States to benefit from GST, says Arun Jaitley
BJP is likely to form the next government in Jharkhand as it is headed towards a decisive win. According to current reports, BJP has won 35 seats and is leading in 7 seats, taking the tally to 42 seats. JMM is at a distant second by winning 18 seats. CM Hemant Soren has won from Barhait constituency but is trailing from Dumka. While ex-CM Madhu Koda of Jai Bharat Samanta Party has lost from Majhgao seat, Arjun Munda of BJP lost from Kharswan. Amit Shah, BJP’s National President, has said that his party will provide a good government to people of Jharkhand.
Kunal Ghosh, suspended MP of TMC, has claimed that the biggest beneficiary of Saradha Media is incumbent Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Banerjee. Kunal Ghosh, who is now in jail for Saradha Chit Fund scam, alleged that both Mamata and her lieutenant TMC General Secretary Mukul Roy have direct involvement in the multi-crore Chit Fund scam. He also made indirect scathed attack on transport minister of West Bengal, Madan Mitra, by saying that the minister is enjoying himself at hotel (with obvious reference to SSKM’s Woodburn section having VVIP arrangements) while he is put behind bars.
Rajya Sabha was again disrupted today by Janata Dal (United) and Samajwadi Party leaders. They allege that Narendra Modi led government at centre has stopped many workers of both the parties from participating in a programme called up by the united Janata Parivar parties at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar. JD-U and SP leaders also sought apology from the government on the alleged act. After the ruckus, the house was adjourned twice by the Chair, first till 12pm and then till 1pm. Naresh Agarwal of SP first raised the issue during Zero Hour today.
Jammu and Kashmir got a hung assembly as all the political parties failed to get a majority. Just before publishing the news, PDP had won 22 seats and was leading in 6 seats (secured 32 per cent votes). However, the biggest gainer was BJP, which won 24 seats and was leading in 3 seats (secured 31 per cent votes). While ruling NC was leading in 15 seats, INC was leading in 12 seats. CM Omar Abdullah lost from Sonawar but won from Beerwah. BJP said they are not inclined in tieing up with PDP.
Science and Technology
CNR Rao, Bharat Ratna as well as renowned scientist of India, has said that the coveted dream of India becoming the next superpower will remain a dream until and unless it makes more investment in fields related to science, helping them to excel. While receiving ‘Sivananda Eminent Citizen Award 2014’ Rao said that India cannot witness a major change in its current state until and unless it consolidates its position in science, thereby helping manufacturing sector.
Hearing on two cases filed by Securities and Exchange Board of India against erstwhile IT major Satyam’s Chief Ramalinga Raju is going to take place on January 20. The charges on which the hearing will be done include violations of the norms related to insider trading, on one hand,and prevention of fraudulent and unfair trade practices norms, on the other.
Edward J Snowden’s leaks of classified documents reveal that British, Indian, and US intelligence officers were spying on online activities of Lashkar-e-Taiba’s technology chief Zarrar Shah long before he was plotting terror attack in Mumbai and the US had also informed Indian security agencies about this. Shivshankar Menon has acknowledged that no one was able to analyse the entire story before hand. It is reported that written intelligence warnings were sent days before the recent Peshawar attack to the government departments of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province in Pakistan.
Suresh Prabhu, Union Railway Minister, has reportedly asked ex-CAG Vinod Rai, to head a Railway Board committee for suggesting ways to Indian Railways for more transparency. Vinod Rai has become a well known figure when he helped unearth some of the biggest scams in India in recent times, including 2G Spectrum and Coal allocation scams. It is learnt that the committee’s terms of reference are still to be finalised.
Dr Ching Kuo-Wu, President of International Boxing Association, has told IOA that not recognising Boxing India is similar to going against Olympic Charter. He has also asked IOA to recognise the India body of boxing. He made this comment recently while speaking to the representative of a renowned sports website. IOA earlier refused affiliating Boxing India.
While speaking to an audience at an event organised by NIIT Nguru MathLab Impact Study programme at a 5-star hotel, Indian Chess grand Master Viswanathan Anand asked his followers not to write him off. He also said during the event that he likes to earn half a point in a hard fought game rather than settling for 3-point that comes through sheer luck.
Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, has expressed his concern on the on-going Spicejet impasse, which has till now cancelled 2000 flights in December itself. Sources say that PM has also called on Ashok Gajapathi Raju, Union Aviation Minister, and discussed the matter. Though Ajay Singh, co-founder, of the troubled airliner, is all set to take over major share of SpiceJet again, he has asked for 2 to 3 weeks of time from the aviation secretary for finalising investment. With Spicejet’s continued distress, Jet Airways and IndiGo have steadily increased their shares in the aviation sector.
Arun Jaitley, Finance Minister of India, while speaking at Parliamentary Consultative Committee said that all the entities including manufacturers, industrialists, states, consumers, and central government are going to benefit from GST from the very first day because of increased revenue collection, higher GDP growth, better compliance, and more transparency. Jaitley specifically mentioned that the skeptical states are going to benefit from GST because of the increased revenue collection, resulting from higher growth rate of the economy and increase in trade volume. Consumers are expected to benefit from it due to reduced tax-on-tax.