Major News and Events of 27 December 2013
What Happened on 27 December 2013
No one dies of cold: UP bureaucrat's remark draws criticism
Kejriwal to take metro to reach the venue for oath taking
CNG hike was due to court order
Polly Umrigar, Late Eknath Solkar and Farokh Engineer to be awarded by BCCI
Chromebooks to be made available in Indian schools by Google
Five people lost their lives and four received injuries when a car hit a standing truck on the Outer Ring Road on the suburbs of Hyderabad today morning. Among those dead were four women. The injured were taken to Osmania Hospital and are said to be in critical condition. The accident happened at Tukkuguda in Ranga Reddy district when the car hit the parked truck on the Outer Ring Road. The victims hailed from Maharashtra and the bodies have not been identified. Dense fog may have led to the accident as per the police. The Outer Ring Road, which is an 8 lane expressway, is prone to accident.
A UP bureaucrat has stirred up a controversy now with his words. He was responding to the query regarding death of children in Muzaffarnagar camp. He made a remark that no one died of cold if that would have been then people would not have survived in Siberia. This has drawn ire of many parties and even the CM Akhilesh Yadav stated that the officials should mind the word when they were specifying about the government’s drawbacks or achievements. The bureaucrat stated that death was due to pneumonia and not cold. This was criticized and it was even said that if someone was hit by a bullet, will it be right to say that death was due to excessive bleeding and not because someone was hit by bullet? In the Malakpur relief camp as many as 30 children were reported dead. The riot hit families still survive in the bitter cold in tarpaulin tents.
Arvind Kejriwal in the process of shunning the VIP culture will be using the Delhimetro to reach Ramlila Maidan, the venue which has been selected by him for taking oath as the chief minister of Delhi. He has asked his other 6 colleagues to also use the public transport while coming to the venue for taking the oath. He has invited everyone to attend the ceremony. The families of Kejriwal and other party leaders will seat along with everyone and there will not be any special seats for them. The event does not require any passes and is open to all. Kejriwal has refused to take nay security and does not avail official vehicles with red beacons. 25000 chairs have been placed in the ground and it can accommodate 50000 more people if they stand.
Indraprastha Gas Ltd (IGL) has stated after the CNG prices were hiked yesterday that the change was brought on the order of the court. CNG prices were hiked by Rs 4.50 per kg. This resulted in the slashing of allocation of cheaper domestic natural gas. Acting on the Gujarat High Court order, government had given the order that the natural gas which is domestically available should be equally distributed among all the companies in India instead of conversion of the fuel into CNG which was sold to automobiles. Before this order the firms had cheap domestic gas which they retailed to CNG in Delhi and Mumbai. The government has specified that 80% of the demand for CNG be met by domestic gas and import the rest. For IGL the CNG retailer in Delhi the court order did not create a huge difference as domestic gas comprised 77-80% of its requirement. Mahanagar Gas Ltd, which entirely depended on domestic gas for retailing in Mumbai, the slash entailed to Rs 16 per kg increase in CNG price in the city as costlier imported LNG would have comprised the 20%. Mumbai's auto rickshaw owners association have moved the Maharashtra High Court and have received the stay on the order in the state.
BCCI will be felicitating past players in its annual awards. In line with that BCCI will be felicitating Bapu Nadkarni, Farokh Engineer and late Eknath Solkar. They played for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy cricket. Bapu Nadkarni was a bowler playing at all levels till 1970s and then his contribution as assistant manager was vital for the Indian team. Nadkarni was also chairman of the selectors who selected the 1987 World Cup squad. Farokh Engineer impressed everyone with his play and larger than life persona. He was selected in the Rest of the World team in 1971-72 and was very popular in county cricket for Lancashire. Late Eknath Solkar was a perfect all-rounder and was known for his fielding. The award includes a memento and RS 15 lakh cheque. The event will be hosted on January 11, 2014 in Mumbai.
Science and Technology
Google will be making available the Chromebook in schools in India. This is part of the global initiative for promoting laptops in the education sector. The scheme will be launched next month in four schools of Andhra Pradesh, where at first 25 Chromebooks would be given for free to each school. Andhra Pradesh's department of IT in collaboration with Google is handling the pilot project and this aims to benefit the students of class 9 and 10. The IT department will be offering WiFi connection of 1Mbps speed as well as power backups. The teachers and instructors will be given training by the mentors regarding how to use the online tools and Google Apps Training Center.