Major News and Events of 25 March 2014
What Happened on 25 March 2014
Willing to make a payment of Rs 20000 crore to SEBI in 5 installments: Sahara Group
Decision on Barmer taken at CEC: Rajnath Singh
Kejriwal gets hostile reception at Varanasi, vows to defeat Modi
Veteran actor Nanda passes away
BCCI president should step down: SC
Tehseen Akhtar aka Monu, the head of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) was caught today by Delhi Police special cell. Akhtar was at the helm of IM after Yaseen Bhatkal was arrested. On Sunday 4 IM terrorists were arrested in an operation jointly undertaken by Delhi Police and Rajasthan ATS. In fact a major terror attack was averted by the Delhi Police on Sunday and these 4 were in charge of that. Among the 4 arrested was the most wanted Zia-Ur-Rehman aka Waqas from Pakistan and other 3 were from IM module of Rajasthan. Waqas was the mastermind in terror attacks at Mumbai, Pune, Varanasi, blast at Jama Masjid in Delhi and Hyderabad. As the sources reveal the group may have been planning to carry on attacks in the forthcoming elections. Tahseen arrest is being viewed as a major step in the war against terrorism in the country.
Sahara group today informed the apex court that it was willing to pay Rs 20000 crore in a year to SEBI. This will be out of the amount it has to pay to the market regulator as a return of the investor money accumulated through Optionally Fully Convertible Debentures (OFCD). It even said that it will return Rs 2500 crore within 3 working days once its proposal its accepted and later on Rs 10500 crore will be deposited in 3 installments with SEBI payment of which will be done on June 30, September 30 and December 31. The remaining Rs.7,000 crore will be paid on March 31, 2015. These five installments of payment will be duly supported by bank guarantee which will be irreversible. Court is yet to take a decision on this and stated this should be filed to the registry so that it can have a look at it. The proposal will be considered on Wednesday.
BJP president Rajnath Singh has contradicted Sushma Swaraj by stating that ticket to Jaswant Singh to fight from Barmer was not accepted by the Central Election Committee (CEC). The decision was taken as there were some political compulsions. Rajnath Singh stated that Jaswant Singh’s request could not be fulfilled even though everyone wanted and that it was a difficult decision to take even though they wanted to listen to Jaswant Singh. He also specified that Jaswant Singh had discussed that with him and he had told him he would have a discussion on this with BJP’s Rajasthan unit. Sushma Swaraj had earlier stated that this issue of offering the seat of Barmer to Jaswant Singh was not discussed in the CEC. Rajnath Singh did not delve much on this statement but only specified that all issues pertaining to Rajasthan unit was discussed in the CEC.
Arvind Kejriwal today took a vow that he will defeat Narendra Modi, the prime ministerial candidate for BJP, when he arrived in Varanasi. Modi supporters though gave him a hostile reception. Kejriwal stated he didn’t view Varanasi as a ground where he will lose. He even stated that contesting against Modi was a trivial thing compared to bigger issue of corruption. Protesters threw eggs at his car and demanded he leave the city. Many called him traitor as well and blocked his convoy. There were slogans that people wanted only Modi to contest from Varanasi. Kejriwal will be addressing a rally in the city preparations for which have been continuing for days by the AAP supporters.
The veteran actor Nanda, popular for movies like 'Hum Dono' and 'Ittefaq,' died due to her heart attack at the age of 75 at her Versova residence in Mumbai. She will be cremated in Mumbai today. The renowned Marathi actor and director Vinayak D. Karnataki was her father and legendary filmmaker V. Shantaram her uncle.She had joined the film industry as a child artist but her acting debut was in 1956 in V Shantaram's 'Toofan Aur Diya'. She was paired many times with actor Shashi Kapoor and the duo worked in 8 films. Her movie “Jab Jab Phool Khile” with Shashi Kapoor was a super hit of that time. In the 90s she left the film world and stayed out of the limelight. She remained single.
The Supreme Court has stated that N. Srinivasan should resign as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India so that a fair investigation can be carried on regarding the spot fixing and betting controversy which mired the 6th edition of the game. In fact his being there in office was termed as a nauseating phenomenon by the apex court bench. Gurunath Meiyappan his son-in-law was allegedly involved in the spot fixing scandal. The court was hearing the appeals of Cricket Association of Bihar and BCCI regarding the Bombay High Court verdict which declared the probe panel set up by BCCI as “illegal and unconstitutional”. Court even stated if Srinivasan did not step down then verdict will be passed by it. The matter comes up for hearing again on 27 March.