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Major News and Events of 23 July 2014

What Happened on 23 July 2014


Study says there is a gender pay gap of 20% in the IT industry

According to a study, “Monster Salary Index India IT Sector Report 2014”, conducted by online job portal Monster, Paycheck.in and IIM-Ahmedabad, female employees are paid up to 20% less as compared to male employees in the IT industry. As per the study, average hourly wage of a male non-supervisor is Rs. 255.32 while it is Rs. 206.28 for female non-supervisors. Similarly, in the supervisor category, male employee is paid an hourly wage of Rs. 461.89, while a female supervisor is given Rs. 375.29. Sanjay Modi, Managing Director of Monster India said, “It is surprising to see that the most modern sector of India is not only predisposed to a certain gender, but is also paying lesser to women employees than their male counterpart”.

Ten Thousand People Evacuated from Baitarani River in Odisha

About 10,000 people have been evacuated and moved to safer places from Baitarani river in Odisha. The river breached its embankment due to heavy rains in the Jajpur district of Odisha. A. K. Samal, District Collector said, “We have moved about 10,000 people to cyclone shelters, schools and other high-rise buildings. Efforts are on to rescue 10-15 people stranded on rooftops”. In the past weeks, rains have created havoc in the state which has resulted in the death of three people so far.

UP gets a new Governor

Former Union Minister and veteran BJP leader Ram Naik has sworn in as the new Governor of Uttar Pradesh. He was sworn in as the 27th Governor of the state by Allahabad High Court Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud. The ceremony took place at the Raj Bhavan. The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh was also present in the swearing-in ceremony along with some other ministers of the cabinet.   

Indian Basketball Players Face Discrimination in Asia Cup

The Indian basketball players faced humiliation and racial discrimination when the Sikh members of the team were asked to remove their turban before India’s match against Japan. According to media reports, two Sikh players namely - Amritpal Singh and Amyjot Singh - were prevented from wearing turbans. According to match officials, the article 4.4.2 of the rules states, “Players shall not wear equipment (objects) that may cause injury to other players”. Basketball Federation of India president RS Gill said “"This is a very serious issue. I will seek the manager's report immediately and will lodge a strong protest with the governing body, both Fiba Asia and World. I will also follow it up with the ministry of sports and see to it that this never happens again".

CWG 2014: Sachin Roby hit by Jaundice

Indian men’s 4X400m relay team player Sachin Roby has been diagnosed with jaundice. Sachin is likely to miss the 20th Commonwealth Games event. Raj Singh, Indian chef-da-mission told the media that Roby had to be hospitalised before returning to the Games Village. He added, “We have asked the team doctors to make a call on whether he can stand the travel back home, and based on their report, a final decision will be taken”.

Moushmi and Dev to get Bengal's top cine award

Veteran actress Moushmi Chatterjee and leading matinee idol from Bengal, Dev, will receive the Mahanayak Uttam Kumar Samman introduced by the government of Bengal. Deepak Adhikari, popularly known as ‘Dev’ is also a member of the Trinamool Congress and was featured in the most expensive movie of the Bengali cinema till date, “Chaander Pahar”. The announcement was made by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Mamata Bannerjee. The ceremony is scheduled to be held on 24 July 2014 at Nazrul Mancha.

School chairman arrested in Bangalore rape case

In a recent development in the rape case which has shaken the country,Bangalore police has arrested Rustom Kerrawala, Chairman of Vibgyor High School on the charges of destruction of evidence. He also failed to ensure the safety of children in the school premises. Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah said, "Investigations in the rape cases are going on. We will not spare anyone committing crimes against women.” As per media reports, the school has been instructed to employ more female security guards in its premises.

Infosys takes over operations of Daimler

Infosys has taken over the operations of the European data centers of the German auto major Daimler. Last year, both firms entered into a multi-year agreement. The second- largest IT firm of India will deliver its services from Bangalore for Daimler’s operations. Ruchir Budhwar, AVP and head of automotive European Infosys said, “Radically changing markets and customer demands are making manufacturers re-look at their technology backbones to seek solutions that enable rapid response at manageable costs and without disruption. Such solutions allow companies to react quickly, at low cost and without downtime".

 

Center warns J&K government of terror attacks on Amarnath pilgrims

Lok Sabha has been informed by the Intelligence Bureau that there are threats of terrorist attacks on Amarnath pilgrims. Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju has said that as per the intelligence inputs the terrorists are planning to target the Amarnath yatra. Earlier, the J&K government had also declared the route of the yatra as “highly prone” to terror attacks and instructed the security agencies to take the required steps for the safety of the pilgrims.

Center tells CBI to prosecute Dayanidhi Maran

According to media reports, Center has told the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) that there is adequate evidence to prosecute former telecom minister Dayanidhi Maran in the controversial Aircel-Maxis deal. Attorney General Mukul Rohatgi has told the CBI to proceed against Dayanidhi Maran and his brother Kalanidhi Maran in this case. In case CBI acts according to Rohatgi's advice, Dayanidhi will be the second minister of DMK in the United Progressive Alliance government (UPA) to be chargesheeted in the same case.