Major News and Events of 25 February 2014
What Happened on 25 February 2014
Lalu Prasad puts blame on Nitish Kumar for orchestrating split in RJD
BJP ready to apologize for the mistakes of the past: Rajnath to Muslims
Computers which run on XP will entail to total cost of Rs. 1190 crore per year for Indian firms
IPL is 100% match fixed, tussle between Pawar and Srinivasan: Vindoo
Samsung launches Galaxy S5
Raj Bhavan in Mumbai which is the official residence of the governor in Maharashtra has earned the ISO certificate for excellent management process in place. This international level accreditation may have been awarded for the first time to a Raj Bhavan in India. Governor K. Sankaranarayanan received the ISO 9001:2008 certification. He stated this was only the beginning and officers and staffs involvement will be needed for maintenance of the standards. He also specified that Raj Bhavan should be spearheading in efficiency and service quality. The Raj Bhavan is located in south Mumbai on a sprawling green of 50 acres surrounded by the Arabian Sea on three of its sides and has a private beach in the complex. In the past it was a hunting lodge of the British rulers and then was transformed to a summer residence. With time it turned into the governor’s official residence. There are Raj Bhavans in Pune, Nagpur and Mahabaleshwar as well.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad has put blame on the Bihar CM, Nitish Kumar that he was instrumental to split RJD so that his government can be saved with it being a minority. Lalu announced in a meeting which was attended by 16 of the party members of RJD that he will bring to fore the intentions of Nitish Kumar to split his party. Out of 6 who did not attend the legislature party meeting two were in their constituencies and four were the rebel legislators. In fact Lalu started the protest in the streets and also had a sit-in at the Raj Bhavan regarding this. He also added that the rebels were being offered attractive posts so that they break away from RJD. In fact Lalu has put the blame also on the Speaker to be hands in glove in this operation. RJD seemed to be headed for a major split with 13 of its legislators stating they were not with the party on Monday but Lalu has said that 9 have returned to the party. He in fact walked into the Assembly with the 9 rebel leaders.In the 243 member Bihar Assembly RJD has 22 legislators while JD-U has 118.
BJP’s election campaign is in full pitch ahead of Lok Sabha polls. They connected this time with the Muslims and asked them not to pay heed to the propaganda of the Congress. It also urged the community to give the party a chance and extended promise for equality. At the same time he stated that the party would like to apologize for any mistakes committed in the past. He while addressing the Muslims in New Delhi said the party will bow down its heads and would apologize for any shortcoming in the past. He also specified that BJP was not against the Muslim community and Congress was spreading this propaganda against it by stating so. He said it was time for the community to vote for BJP for the betterment of the nation. He also said the voting should be for building up a strong nation and not only for electing a government.
Microsoft will be ending support for its much popular Operating System, Windows XP on April 8. The Indian companies which have this OS in the systems like the banks and financial institutions will have to incur staggering maintenance costs which may entail to Rs. 1,190 crore per year. Microsoft stated that out of 4 million units in India 84% have shifted from the Windows XP. The cost of running a PC with XP can be $300 per year compared to $75-100 for other systems. After Windows XP there were 3 generations of windows, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8. What is the concerning factor is that banks which run critical processes on systems are not migrating to newer version and feature among the 16% who are yet to migrate. Some extended support will be provided by Microsoft for some time after April 8 but it will not encompass all the vulnerabilities.
Vindu Dara Singh has broken his silence and has in the process opened a Pandora box. In a sting operation conducted by a renowned media, the actor revealed that the IPL match fixing was in reality a faceoff between Sharad Pawar, the Union Agriculture Minister and NCP chief and N Srinivasan, the BCCI President. He also stated that they have no role in the operation and it was Lalit Modi who wanted to get even with Srinivasan. In fact he also stated that the police told him they had the knowledge he has not done anything but since there was pressure from Pawar and till the time Srinivasan was not caught he would have to be behind the bars for 10-15 days and the period can extend even to a month. He also specified that since Gurunath Meyappan was Srinivasan’s son-in-law so he was pinned and that he had lost heavily in a bet. He also stated only IPL owner he knew was involved in betting was Vijay Mallya. Considering these shocking revelations, Maharashtra Home Minister RR Patil has directed for a re-investigation into the IPL fixing scandal
Science and Technology
Samsung launched its eagerly awaited Galaxy S5 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2014. The phone which had the rumor mills churning for long with leaks and talk of enhanced specifications has got mixed response from the smartphone lovers. The phone comes with a fingerprint scanner, water resistant feature, a heart rate sensor. The body is plastic again but comes with a leathery feel. The phone is dust proof as well. The features include- 5.1 “ screen, 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Krait processor, 2GB RAM, internal storage of 16 and 32 GB expandable upto 128 GB, 16 MP camera with 0.3 seconds auto focus and a number of enhanced feature, 2800 mAH battery to name a few. The phone will enable speedy download and comes with a battery saving mode which will turn the display into black and white when the battery is low. The device will combine mobile and wifi signals to give you speedy download.