Major News and Events of 24 January 2014
What Happened on 24 January 2014
13 accused in the tribal woman's rape sent to police custody; apex court takes suo moto cognizance
Alagiri, Karunanidhi's son expelled from DMK
After two day's rise, Sensex dips by 240 points
Rs 1500 crores to be invested in hockey by Star India
Roaming to be free on BSNL and MTNL?
The Supreme Court has sent a notice to the centre acting on a PILwhich sought action against Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi for violation of law while he holds a constitutional position. The Supreme Court bench led by Justice R.M. Lodha sent notice through the home secretary to the Union government and also the state government at Delhi government after petitioner M.L. Sharma in his PIL has mentioned in his PIL that a law maker cannot break law. Justice Lodha opined that there cannot be dual role played by a single person that of a law maker as well as breaker. Kejriwal has organized a sit-in or dharna in the city centre against the Delhi police for not adhering to the orders of his ministers. The court also questioned why assembly of more people was allowed when Section 144 of Code of Criminal Procedure was in vogue. Court also wanted to know how the police responded to the unlawful assembly. Six weeks time has been allotted to the centre and the state to respond to the issue of constitutional importance, the other two questions which have been raised should replied by Jan 31, 2014.
The 13 accused in the gang rape of the tribal woman have been sent to police custody by a court here. This happens after a senior police officer was removed by the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee when the police department did not seek for the custody of the accused. They will be presented before the court on February 6. The police prosecutor Firoze K.Pal police had been busy in seeing to it that the tribal woman got the necessary medical treatment as she was in a critical state.The Bolpur sub-divisional court yesterday had remanded the 13 accused to 14 days' judicial custody as the police did not seek custody nor the public prosecutor appeared. It was said that the investigating officer was engaged in ensuring medical facilities to the victim which hampered the arrangement of the required documents to be submitted to the court. The CM ordered the removal of Birbhum Superintendent of Police C. Sudhakar when there was a public outcry over the brutal gang rape that happened on Monday night in Subalpur village in Birbhum. What acted as the catalyst for further action by the state government was the fact that the Supreme Court took suo motu cognizance of the incident and termed it as “very disturbing”. A notice was issued to the West Bengal government by the SC bench led by Chief Justice P. Sathasivam wherein the Birbhum district magistrate was directed to hold an inquiry of the matter and file report in 7 days. Women’s rights panel both at the national and state level has also taken cognizance of the matter.
DMK has made an announcement of the suspension of former union minister M.K. Alagiri, who is the son of party leader M. Karunanidhi. This further extends the sibling rivalry in the party. The suspension stated as temporary has been announced prior to DMK's state conference to be held in Tiruchirapalli in February though analysts are terming this as a permanent suspension. There was a statement by DMK general secretary K. Anbazhagan that Alagiri was instrumental in creating confusion within the party ranks and had also criticized the party’s disciplinary stance against some colleagues for indulging in activities detrimental to the party. It was stated that Alagiri being there in the party would hamper party’s discipline so he was "temporarily suspended". Alagiri is up against his brother M.K. Stalin, who was elected to the top position in the party. This rivalry was going on in the party for long with Karunanidhi trying hard to maintain peace.
Two days of setting new records was stopped abruptly today in the market when the Sensex plummeted by 240 points or 1.12%. the reason was stocks susceptible to interests like capital goods and banks had to endure heavy selling pressure as there were concerns regarding the RBI’s monetary policy review. Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which started at 21,289.15 points, ended at 21,133.56 points, dipping by 240.10 points from where it had ended at 21,373.66 points yesterday. In the intraday trade the high oof 21,333.66 points and a low of 21,123.99 was touched. The 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) ended at 6,266.75 points that is there was a decline of 78.90 points or 1.24%. The market’s mood was dampened when the RBI cautioned about high inflation levels when the monetary policy review is due on January 28.
Star India in the coming eight years will be investing Rs. 1500 crore on hockey. It would be an important component of India and the International Hockey Federation’s engagements involving India that includes the 2018 World Cup. The aim to popularize the sports is the prime motive which the company thinks could be done with the local league, holding international events in India and high class coverage of the events. Olympian Viren Rasquinha and Tahir Zaman, former Pakistan captain will be part of the commentary team to broadcast in English and Hindi. They stated HHIL can be called the largest professional league in the world as 60 Olympians will be taking part in it. Also they think the league will be able to bring out many role models in the sport. It was also observed that the games of the international events should be played in other parts of India as well and not only in Delhi.
Science and Technology
BSNL and MTNL as per reports are thinking of unveiling new national roaming plans wherein the subscribers will get free calls. This may be launched on January 26. MTNL has thought of making roaming free for its Delhi and Mumbai customers. BSNL customers can avail free on roaming plan for Re 1 a day. Airtel also had a plan announced some time back where the subscribers had to shell out Rs 5 per day to avail free calls while roaming. Aircel also had 'One Nation, One Rate' where free incoming calls during roaming was there and outgoing calls, SMS and data was charged on the rates which was there in the home circle. Videocon too had incoming calls free on roaming by default and did not require any special plans. This scheme was launched last year.