Major News and Events of 25 December 2013
What Happened on 25 December 2013
Devyani Khobragade case: US officials ID cards taken away
Arvind Kejriwal to be sworn in on Saturday at Ramlila Maidan
Indian economy recorded the worst slump in more than a decade
Videocon to bid for additional spectrum in Punjab and MP including Chhattisgarh circles
UP sports director suspended for delaying government projects
Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has blamed the Congress for betrayal as it did not pay heed to the state’s demand for special category status. Nitish stated that decision on the report of the Raghuram Rajan Committee was being delayed by the Congress on purpose so as to please its ally ahead of the Lok Sabha Elections in 2014. Bihar was defined as one of the "least developed" states and will be getting for its development additional funds pertaining to a new parameters to define backwardness even if not under special category status. The charge on Congress by Nitish also makes it evident he is no mood of an alliance with the party thus ending all the speculations that he may be allaying with the Congress after parting ways with the BJP. He had made it clear earlier too that JD-U will be offering support to the party which gives special category status to Bihar though earlier he was delving in teaming up with the Congress to counteract BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Now he has also gone ahead and said they may think to tie up with the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) of Ram Vilas Paswan in Bihar..
Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP chief will be taking the oath as the chief minister of Delhi on Saturday at the Ramlila Maidan. The party sent the request to the Lt. Governor that they would be taking oath on December 28 for which they have got the approval. This was informed by Kumar Vishwas, the AAP party member. Kejriwal will be sworn in at 12 noon. On that day Kejriwal and six AAP MLAs will be sworn-in. Ramlila Maidan was where Anna Hazare had the anti-corruption movement two years back. The ministers who would be sworn in are Manish Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Rakhi Birla, Girish Soni, Saurabh Bhardwaj and Satendra Jain. Kejriwal won over the former CM of Delhi by 25000 votes.
The diplomatic identity cards of the US consular officials were taken away by India. This was one of the warnings issued by India in retaliation to the Devyani Khobragade episode. On the other hand Washington is in the process of review of the papers pertaining to the diplomatic accreditation given to the Indian diplomat. Monday was the last day for the submission of the identity cards given to the US consular officials. US had requested for more time in this. In fact External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid had stated the deadline will be stretched till Thursday. But the cards were withdrawn on Tuesday along with the special passes given to US consular staff for entry into airport. New cards that would provide the US officials similar benefits to the same provided to the Indian diplomats in US.
Science and Technology
Videocon, the Mobile operator is planning to bid for additional spectrum in Punjab and Madhya Pradesh, in forthcoming auction on January 23. The company stated that keeping in mind its business patterns and growth plan and being committed to provide the customers with best of services they need additional spectrum for Punjab and MP that includes Chhattisgarh. With this Videocon becomes the first company providing confirmation of its participation. Earlier two spectrum auctions were held in November 2012 and March 2013, did not see much of participation. Videocon has plans to bid for 2 Mhz of additional spectrums in Punjab where it already has 4.4 Mhz spectrum and in Madhya Pradesh including Chhattisgarh telecom circle where it holds 5 Mhz spectrum at present. The additional spectrum will come at a price of about Rs 190 crore.
The UP sports director, Shailesh Kumar Singh was suspended with immediate effect for causing hurdles in project operation at the sports complex in Saifai in Etawah as well as number of other schemes. A world class swimming pool was to be constructed at the sports complex and the CM Akhilesh Yadav had expectations it will be completed and can be inaugurated before the Saifai Mahotsava. This is an annual event of Samjwadi Party which will start from December 26, 2013. But there were delays in the project. Singh supposedly did not release the files of assessment and estimation, though funds were earmarked he held back payments of the agencies who were working for the project though he was getting reminders from the government. He was suspended under the provisions of the All India Service Rules 1969 for being found guilty of negligence and anomalies which amounted to delays in government projects.
The Indian economy which is worth $1.8-trillion has experienced its worst slump in more than a decade where the growth hovered below 5% for four consecutive quarters. Though the experts believe that the grim days are over and economy will now progress further to a higher rate of expansion. The country’s GDP in the first 3 quarters increased below 5% that is 4.8%, 4.4 % and 4.8% respectively. In Oct-Dec 2012 it had shown 4.7% and the average growth in the 1st three quarters was 4.6%. This was lowest since 2002. The average growth registered in the past eight years was 8.2% while this year it was 5.36%. The growth projection was lowered by the government from 6.5% to 5%. IMF had slashed the growth projection to 3.75% whereas World Bank kept it at 4.7%.