Major News and Events of 24 February 2016
What Happened on 24 February 2016
India face Bangladesh in Asia Cup tournament opener
Sensex and Nifty fall amid weak global cues
Hyderabad becomes the #1 Indian city to live in
Smriti Irani confronts Mayawati over Vemula suicide
JNU student Kanhaiya Kumar's bail plea postponed till 29 Feb
2 missing JNU students surrender to Delhi Police
Jat quota stir kills 4 non-Jats
Angry lawyer Yashpal Singh gets bail
An air traffic controller and two pilots of Air India have been suspended by the directorate general of civil aviation (DGCA) after the Boeing they were operating hit a light pole at the Mumbai airport. Although the incident didn’t cause any causalities or any serious damage to the Boeing 777-300ER, the aviation safety regular paid heed to the matter because the Newark-bound aircraft was carrying a total of 447 people on board.
Today, India kicked-off its Asia Cup campaign against the Asia Cup hosts Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Dhaka. It is for the very first time that the Asia Cup won’t be played as a 50-over competition, but as a 20-over affair. Both, India and Sri Lanka have emerged successful in winning the title five times each.
Both Sensex and Nifty fell with the former ending 321 points lower to close at 23,089 and the latter declining by ninety one points to close at 7,019. Reeling under continuous selling pressure, Sensex and Nifty had the deals intensified with the European markets opening on a negative note. With the metal stocks being hit the worst, the BSE metal index closed at 2.62 per cent lower.
Hyderabad has been crowned as the best Indian city to live in by the Mercer’s Quality of Living rankings 2016 for the second consecutive year. Though the City of Nizams has slipped by one place in the world rankings- from 138 to 139, it continues to top the chart within India, all thanks to the city’s ‘lower crime rate’, ‘lesser air pollution’ and ‘improved options for international and reputable English speaking schools’.
Today, on the first working day of the Budget session of Parliament, HRD Minister Smriti Irani clashed with Mayawati over the JNU agitation as well as the suicide of Hyderabad-based Dalit PhD scholar Rohith Vemula. While the Lok Sabha has shown its interest in taking up for discussion of Jawaharlal Nehru University controversy and suicide of Vemula; the BSP has demanded that at least one member of the Vemula suicide investigation committee must be from the Dalit community.
With the arrest of two more JNU students on sedition charges, the Delhi Police has informed the high court they would seek fresh remand of JNU issue’s prime accused Kanhaiya Kumar. JNU student leader, Kumar’s bail plea hearing has now been deferred till 29 February. In his bail plea, Kanhaiya has claimed he “never raised any seditious slogans” and no charge under Section 124A of the IPC could have been made out against him.
During the wee hours, Delhi Police arrested two JNU students viz: Umar Khalid and Anirban Bhattacharya after the two left the JNU campus and surrendered voluntarily. Later, the cops drove around for almost 10 Km in an attempt to escape the media before taking the two JNU students to the South Campus police station. Today, the students would be produced in the court.
Out of the six shops located at Chhavani Mohalla in Jhajjar, the Jat protestors have just left one shop un-touched. The remaining five, belonging to Sainis and Nais were allegedly set ablaze by the Jats. In addition to this, at the Jhajjar civil hospital, seven post-mortem examinations have been conducted so far with four being killed over the weekend, each having a name, address and caste.
Yashpal Singh, the lawyer who was caught on camera attacking teachers, students and journalists at the court hearing in the JNU case has been released by the police on bail. The lawyer’s arrest and prompt release came soon after a sting operation was aired by India Today news channel in which three lawyers including Yashpal Singh were heard bragging that they thrashed JNU student leader Kanhaiya Kumar for almost three hours while he was taken under police custody.