Major News and Events of 27 February 2014
What Happened on 27 February 2014
CIC asks Delhi government to put in an inquiry regarding the DTC drivers' scam
Revenue from Hyderabad to go to Telangana: Jairam Ramesh
DA hike of 10% in the offing
116 year old completes 200m in 46.74 seconds
A tamper proof phone by Boeing Co which self destructs
The Supreme Court today stayed the release of 3 convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case and also put on hold the Tamil Nadu government’s plan of releasing 4 other convicts in the case. The apex court bench led by Chief Justice P Sathasivam gave direction to the Tamil Nadu government to retain status quo. This case will come up for hearing again on March 6 when the apex court will listen to the Centre's petition against the decision of the state government to release all the 7 convicts who are at present serving life imprisonment. In response to the petition of the centre the state government has contended that it cannot file a writ in this case and it has no position in this issue. The state government also questioned why the centre did not respond to the letter submitted by the state government and appealed in the Supreme Court regarding the matter. To this the court asked whether the centre was in a hurry or the state government was. The apex court also specified that it would look into the merits of the petition later on but at present would look into the aspect of maintainability. The court on February 20 had opined that there was procedural lapse in the decision of the state government to release the 3 convicts whose death sentence has been commuted to life imprisonment.
The Central Information Commission has asked the Delhi Government to implement an “urgent comprehensive” inquiry in the matter where DTC drivers who had color blindness were announced fit to handle the buses in New Delhi. 91 out of 99 candidates were declared unfit by the DTC medical board but thereafter they were declared fit by the Guru Nanak Eye Centre. They were again found unfit by an independent medical board. This information was provided by Delhi Transport Corporation mentioning serious anomalies in the selection of the drivers. In fact a letter was also sent by Rajeev Verma, the Chairman cum Managing Director of DTC to Delhi Health Secretary SCL Das asking to intervene in this and therein it was also mentioned that one of the selected drivers had caused a major accident. CIC had asked the Lt Governor of Delhi to look into the matter urgently as no response had come in an year regarding the letter of DTC to the Health Secretary.
Jairam Ramesh, the Union Minister for Rural Development has stated that the revenues from Hyderabad will be transferred to Telangana after the state is carved out of Andhra Pradesh. For 10 years though Hyderabad will be the common capital for Telangana and Seemandhra. The revenue generation from IT and business hub was over Rs.34,000 crore to Andhra Pradesh's exchequer of Rs.70,548 crore in the fiscal 2012-13. Six-point package has been announced by the PM in parliament for Seemandhra so that its interests are safeguarded. Seemandhra get a special status for the next five years and will be getting Rs.50,000 crore from the centre in this period. He dismissed the fact that Telangana state will be bifurcated for political mileage as he specified the demand had been there for 60 years.
The Union Cabinet may give a nod to hike of the dearness allowance from 90% to 100% that would be beneficial for 50 lakh employees and 30 lakh people who receive pensions. The decision for the hike will be taken by the Union Cabinet in a meeting on Friday. Interestingly this measure of UPA government will come prior to the model code of conduct being imposed by the Election Commission. This will be implemented as soon as the dates are announced in a week or so. This would be second consecutive hike in double digits as in September 2013, 10% hike was done. This hike will be implemented from January 1 this year if approved.
At the 35th National Masters Athletic Championship held in Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, Dharmapal Gujjar, completed the 200m run in 46.74 sec. Nothing new in that but the fact is he says he is 116 years old and was born on on October 6, 1897. In fact he won the 400m race on Tuesday. Gujjar hails from a peasant family in Meerut and did not have adequate funds to participate in international events. He specified he had taken part in number of marathons in the country. His coworkers have been supporting him financially to take part in the events. If his age as he claims is actually 116 years old then he is the oldest person on track as Fauja Singh the centenarian of Indian origin in Britain is 103 year old and has retired now.
Science and Technology
Boeing Co has launched a smartphone that not only encrypts a call but if anyone tries to open its case it wipes all the data and the device then cannot be operated. The company which is renowned for jetliners and fighter planes has now forayed in devising a secure phone which is especially for government agencies and people who want the data to be very secure as any data theft can lead to serious repercussions. The phone which has been manufactured in the US has Android operating system, has 5.2 inches screen, dual SIM card facility, ability to be configured with satellites and biometric sensors. There will be other features to extend battery life or will use solar power for charging. This phone was being developed for 36 months.