Major News and Events of 23 February 2014
What Happened on 23 February 2014
Electricity bills in Delhi may see sharp hike from April
Haryana Government is creating troubles for the AAP's rally in the state
Finance Minister is happy with G20 meet
Somdev Devvarman won Delhi Open
Italian marines case will be handled as per Indian laws – Defence minister
BJP and Congress are the two big political parties which keep finding faults in one another. Senior BJP leader and leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj put all blames of turbulent Parliament sessions on Congress. She said that the last few sessions of Lok Sabha working on the issue of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh were disturbed by the Congress MPs. Sushma Swaraj defended the same behavior of BJP in Lok Sabha by saying that in case BJP leaders such kind of behavior is to expose the scams of the government. She further added that in every session new scam comes up. Because of protests on Telangana three sessions could not happen. These sessions were interrupted by the government members. Sushma Swaraj showed satisfaction as well as sadness over the work of Parliament in the last five years. She said that many new legislations have been passed but work could have been done with more efficiency in the absence of these disruptions. She even blamed Rahul Gandhi, Vice President of Congress for his new attachment to anti-corruption measures. She added that Rahul is a late entrant in the fight against corruption. Arun Jaitley, senior leader of the BJP also attacked Rahul Gandhi for the delay.
Delhi residents who are enjoying the low electricity bills in the recent months will no longer have the benefit of this subsidy. The electricity bill are going to raise acutely from April this year as no subsidy has been announced by the Central government in this interim budget. The Parliament has also approved the budget. The present subsidy will be applicable till March 31st after which the figures in the bills are going to double. Government run by Sheila Dikshit provided subsidy in two slabs. Families with usage of less than 400 units were benefitted the most. Arvind Kejriwal after coming to power further slashed down the price. He announced 50% reduction in the tariffs for the usage below 400 units. As per the sources no subsidy will be given as it is not announced in the budget. Probably Delhiites will again have to pay those hefty electricity bills.
The Aam Aadmi Party is gearing up for the coming Lok Sabha elections. Party chief Arvind Kejriwal will hold a rally in Rohtak, Haryana as a part of party’s election campaign. This campaign will be a part of party’s national campaign in which Arvind Kejriwal, senior AAP leaders Yogendra Yadav and Manish Sisodia will address the public. Haryana is ruled by the Congress and Deepender Singh Hooda is the face of the Congress party from Rohtak. He is the son of Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. On the other side Kejriwal also hails from Haryana. So the AAP wanted to increase its base in the state. Rajeev Godara, chief AAP spokesman for Haryana added that common man is unhappy with all the price rise, corruption, inflation, scams etc. People are now looking for a change and seeing hope in AAP. The Aam Aadmi Party is also stating that Congress-led government is causing problems ahead of their rally. Congress party is playing different tricks to disrupt it. Chief Minister Hooda has ordered to remove all the posters of the AAP. Also the auto drivers campaigning for the party are being fined. Trouble is also coming from the Haryana Urban Development Authority. Party is going to use their ground for the rally. Senior party leader Yogendra Yadav is the face of the AAP from Gurgaon.
India’s major concerns in G20 meeting were pulling out US stimulus and the necessity to speed up the IMF quota reforms. Both of these reforms have been taken up seriously by the board in G20 meeting. Finance minister P Chidambaram is happy with this outcome. After the meeting of G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors he told that deputies have drawn the communiqué. The communiqué also consists of our apprehensions. The Finance Ministers of US, Japan, Australia and France along with representative from the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and European Central Bank have attended the conference. Chidambaram said that emerging economies had listened to the advice of IMF during economic crisis in 2008. Now the developed countries must cooperate with developing countries whenever they pass through the phase of economic crisis. He laid stressed on the need of great infrastructure especially in the developing countries. Because of this they fully support the proposal of the World Bank to create global infrastructure facility. G20 has completely acknowledged the concerns of the emerging economies. He even asked to complete the BEPS (Base Erosion and Profit Shifting) project and automatic exchange of information within stipulated time period.
Somdev Devvarman won his third ATP Challenge by defeating Aleksandr Nedovyesov. The score in the final ONGC-GAIL Delhi Open was 6-3, 6-1. Beginning of the game was very challenging but as the game progressed Nedovyesov chances to win the game started to diminish. After winning the game Devvarman said that Nedovyesov played really well and made the game very tough for him. He wished him all the best. He used this occasion to thank his fans who turn out in great number to watch the match. Nedovyesov said that he cannot make any excuse for not winning the game and added that Devvarman is a good player. Devvarman played very well. Nedovyesov wished him good luck for the next games of the season. Devvarman won the semi final against Russia's Evgeny Donskoy. His flawless game made India proud.
Government will not follow any middle path and there will be no negotiation in the Italian marines case. Defence Minister A K Antony said that case will go as per Indian laws and there will be no change in this. He even counter the news reports related to the Union government and its decision of invoking the SUA (the Suppression of Unlawful Acts). Antony further clarified that as the case is being handled by home and external affairs ministries so he does not know much about the day-to-day development of the case. Many international agencies like International Maritime Organisation (IMO) have been asked to take proper preventive measures while passing ships through Indian waters. The coastal line of India will have 38 more static coastal radars for close watch. 46 radars had been put in in the first phase. 36 are installed in the mainland, six off Andaman Islands and four off Lakshadweep. On the objection of environmentalists, one of the radars in Andaman has not been installed. They said that setting up radar would affect the birds from the extinct species. He also said that he is completely satisfied with his job as a defence minister.