Major News and Events of 25 June 2014
What Happened on 25 June 2014
BlackBerry Z3 smartphone launched in India
Saina and Sindhu win to enter Round 2 of Australian Open Super Series
National parties have not disclosed the complete list of donors to the EC
Proposal by Bengal government to set up world's largest power plant
PIL on three-year undergraduate programme declined
The Delhi-Dibrugarh Rajdhani Express derailed in Bihar early Wednesday killing five people and injuring 13 others. All the 12 coaches of the train and engine derailed. Near about 500 metres of railway track was found uprooted but Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi ruled out the possibility of sabotage. The accident took place close to the Golden Ganj railway station near Chhapra at 2.30 a.m. as per media reports. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief over the accident and deaths. He wished speedy recovery to the injured. Railway Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda who went to the spot assured of all government assistance.
Science and Technology
Z3 smartphone by BlackBerry is now available inIndiafor Rs 15,990, as per media reports. The smartphone has a five inch large display with all-touch technology. The phone has been launched in partnership with Foxconn, said Sunil Lalvani, managing director forIndiaat BlackBerry. The smartphone for the first time has been equipped with BlackBerry Maps, an application showing two-dimensional (2D) maps and local search. User can also use voice guided turn-by-turn directions. They have to do pre-booking ( from June 25 to July 2) to get the phone at MobileStore, Flipkart and all BlackBerry exclusive stores.
Indian badminton players Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu won their respective openers at the Australian Open Super Series. Sindhu won the match against Japan's Aya Ohori with an ease in just 31 minutes. But Saina had to play her best to defeat Chinese player Sun Yu. The match lasted for an hour and 15 minutes. In the meantime, B. Sai Praneeth also entered Round 2 of the men’s single. Pranaav Jerry Chopra and Akshay Dewalkar defeated Singaporeans Yong Kai Terry Hee and Zi Liang Derek Wong and proceeded in men's doubles.
Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) in a report has stated that despite their responsibility of furnishing details of donations, more than Rs 20,000 national political parties did not submit the details of 703 donors in the 2012-13 financial year. The Election Commission (EC) has made it mandatory to submit annual details of donations including name, address and PAN number of donor. But the political parties such as the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Congress, the Communist Party of India, the Communist Party of India (Marxist), the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Nationalist Congress Party have not furnished the complete details to the Election Commission.
The West Bengal government, in its proposal, has requested the central government to set up a solar power plant at Purulia district, as per media reports. In case the proposal gets sanctioned, it will be the largest solar power plant in the world in terms of capacity generation. The planned plant is expected to generate 250 MW of power. Water in the day time will be pumped by using solar energy and at night the stored water will be used to generate electricity. Solar energy expert and advisor to the state government S.P. Gonchaudhur said that the plant is unique and has a huge capacity.
A PIL to restore the three-year degree programme in the DelhiUniversitywas presented in front of a vacation bench of the Delhi High Court. But the bench refused to hear the petition and informed the petitioner's advocate R.K. Kapoor that effective hearing is required in this case which is possible only before a regular bench. The PIL had sought that the DU should withdraw the four-year-under graduate programme it had introduced last year and instead switch back to three-year undergraduate programme, as directed by the University Grant Commission.