Major News and Events of 23 January 2014
What Happened on 23 January 2014
Will take responsibility if selected by MPs for PM post: Rahul Gandhi
Congress demands for action against Bharti
Sensex edges past the record high again
Saina slips to 9th, Sindhu retains 11th slot while Kashyap rise 2 places in BWF rankings
India asked Verizon to block sites
West Bengal governor MK Narayanan has condemned the gang rape of the tribal girl in Birbhum district. He further went ahead and stated that the culprits should be assigned corporal punishment. The 20 year old tribal girl was gang raped by 13 men on the orders of kangaroo court for her having an affair with a person outside her community. The girl was raped from Monday night till Tuesday morning and was grievously injured. She was first asked to pay Rs 50000 for her ‘crime’ and her boyfriend asked to pay Rs 25000, when they expressed their inability to do so she was made to undergo this ordeal. The girl’s family has stated that this happened when there was a meeting of the community leaders who punished her in this way. All the 13 men as well as the youth with whom the girl was allegedly having affair have been arrested.
Rahul Gandhi has stated that he would think of the prime ministerial post when his party comes to power and the elected MPs choose him for the post. This statement comes amid growing demands for naming him the prime ministerial candidate. On his two-day tour to Amethi, his parliamentary constituency the reporters asked him whether he was prepared to shoulder the responsibility. Rahul stated that in Congress the PM candidate is selected after the elections, and there is no process in the party of naming someone before that and that Manmohan Singh was chosen in this way only. He also specified that it was the right of the MP to select the PM, and that was the democratic process. In the recent CWC meeting, the demands of the leaders to name the PM candidate were not approved and Sonia Gandhi said the party did not follow that tradition.
The Congress has pressed for "strict action" against Somnath Bharti the Law Minister of Delhi for carrying out the campaign for a "sex-and-drug ring" which is said to have resulted in misery to the four Ugandan women. The Congress demand was conveyed by Arvinder Singh Lovely,Delhi Congress unit chief when he headed a party delegation to Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung. He informed the media that the governor has assured a fair trial will be held. He stated that the Congress wanted suitable action against the minister even if that entailed to his arrest. Bharti drew a lot of ire when he was trying to unearth an alleged sex-and-drug racket south of Delhi. In this attempt 4 women from Uganda were supposedly victimized. At the same time Lovely specified that Congress will continue to support the Aam Aadmi Party and would think over the support only when AAP fails to fulfil the 18 promises it made.
Sensex again set a record of highest close at 21,374 points on Thursday spurred by healthy buying observed in consumer durables and capital goods stocks. BSE started 21,319.69 points, ended at 21,373.66 points, soaring by 35.99 points or 0.17% from yesterday's end at 21,337.67 points. Yesterday it had set the record of highest end and today it surpassed that figure. In the intraday trade Sensex touched a high of 21,409.66 points and a low of 21,264.71. Before these figures it was on December 9 when the Assembly results were announced that the Sensex had set a record of highest close that of 21,326.42 points. NSE ended at 6,345.65 points with a gain of 6.70 points or 0.11%. Stocks of automobile,oil and gas, metal dipped today.
Saina Nehwal the Olympic bronze medalist has now slipped to 9th position in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings. This was after she suffered a 2nd round loss in the Malaysia Open Super Series Premier held last week. Saina though has a chance to rise up the rankings again if she reaches the semis or in the final of the India Grand Prix Gold being held in Lucknow. P.V.Sindhu though has retained her No.11 position in the BWF ranking and may be moving some slots up when the new rankings are announced next week. Parupalli Kashyap moved two places to No.18 while Ajay Jayaram climbed a place to No.21. Indians do not feature in the top 25 of men’s women’s and mixed double rankings.
Science and Technology
The telecom major in the US, Verizon was asked by India to block some websites in the country in 2013. Verizon is said to have received 320000 data queries last year from the US. The company had become the first to bring out a "transparency report" but at the same time it did not reveal which websites were blocked. It also informed India was among the five countries to put forward such a request. It also stated that such demands were not received from the US though. The company also stated that as per the law it cannot reveal the number of websites it was asked to block.