Major News and Events of 27 January 2014
What Happened on 27 January 2014
Expelled AAP leaders starts hunger protest at Jantar Mantar
BJP stage a protest outside Kejriwal's office for ouster of Somnath Bharti
GoM approve 5% spectrum usage charges for new spectrums
Prospective Olympians to get mentorship from Dravid
Facebook trending topics, do they interest users?
Anti-toll protests have affected eight cities in Maharashtra which are Mumbai, Thane, Navi Mumbai, Pune, Kalyan,Sangli, Aurangabad and Nagpur. The political activists have ransacked toll posts since Sunday night and early morning today. There have been arrests as well. It is being said that the attacks have been organized by Shiv Sena and Mahararashtra Navnirman Sena. It all started when Raj Thackeray, the MNS chief while addressing at a function asked the people to stop paying toll. He stated that if they are asked to pay the toll they should refuse doing so and that they should oppose in the event of being stopped. After that MNS activists started the onslaught on the poll posts and stopped the collection of toll. Last week Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan had gioven assurance that the toll collection issue would be looked into and a new policy will be launched. This was in response to the outrage that occurred in Kolhapur and nearby areas a fortnight back and drew support in other areas as well.
Vinod Kumar Binny, the legislator who was expelled from AAP started a hunger strike in Delhi on Monday. He is protesting against the Delhi government, which according to him has not implemented what the party promised before the polls. He was expelled from the party on Sunday on disciplinary grounds, he was said to have made statements against the party and its leadership publicly. Binny has started his hunger strike at Jantar Mantar after he met Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung. Binny has stated that Arvind Kejriwal is not interested in fulfilling the promises made before the elections but AAP wants the government to fail so that they can shy away from the responsibilities. Kejriwal has dismissed the allegations and specified that the AAP government has initiated a number of development work in one month unlike any other government which had been in power. He also added that AAP was not in power to do politics or to save the government.
The 31 legislators belonging to BJP party and the only legislator from Akali Dal staged a protest outside office of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal asking to sack the Law Minister Somnath Bharti. Harsh Vardhan led the protests by the BJP. Slogans for sacking Bharti were raised. Harsh Vardhan also spoke to the media stating that Bharti had not followed the law and it was their right to press for the ouster of Bharti. Kejriwal did have a talk for some time with Harsh Vardhan. BJP will continue the protests till Bharti was sacked. Somnath Bharti had led a raid in a neighborhood in South Delhi after reports of drug and prostitution racket being run there which also included some Africans. There was a spat with the Delhi Police, which prompted Kejriwal to organize a sit in protest in front of Rail Bhavan demanding action against five policemen. Bharti on the other hand has stated that there was no wrongdoing on his part and that the police were hands in glove with the racket and may have destroyed the evidence.
The Empowered Group of Ministers have approved the process wherein the telecommunications companies who will be bidding for spectrum scheduled on February 3 will have to shell 5% of annual gross revenue as SUC or spectrum usage charge. The new spectrums to be sold will have 5 % charges though calculated at weighted average. This approval will now be placed before the cabinet for its final approval. SUC will be 1% for broadband wireless access as it was earlier for the benefit of the consumers as informed by Kapil Sibal. At the meeting three options were discussed that is 3% with weighted average,5% with weighted average or opting for the existing charges. SUC is the charged on the revenue earned by the telecom companies and hovers between 3-8%. The companies which will be participating in the 2G spectrum auction on February 3 include Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone, Reliance Jio, Telewings, Aircel, Tata Teleservices and Idea Cellular.The government aims to generate up Rs.40,874.50 crore from this spectrum auction.
The former skipper Rahul Dravid will be mentoring the budding athletes for Olympic and Paralympic. He has associated with GoSports Foundation for this initiative. Dravid will be in GoSports Foundation’s board of advisors of and will also be organizing the Rahul Dravid Athlete Mentorship Programme. Dravid will be personally advising athletes who have high potential at crucial junctures of their careers. They will be also given inputs on performance, scientific expertise, injury management and will be offered other associated professional services. Dravid said he being a sportsperson himself knew what all were the things every athlete needed. He also stated that victory comes in sports not only as a result but also entailed to processes. GoSports Foundation's Board of Advisors includes Abhinav Bindra, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist.
Science and Technology
Facebook recently rolled the trending topic feature wherein people can be in touch with the news. The marked difference from the Twitter trending topics is that here the topics are not shown in real time but what which has happened earlier. In that way the topics should be called trended not trending as some users think. Further the topics include description as well which is not there on Twitter. The concept does not seem to catch up with the users as much as they are not finding interesting topics there. At the same time trending topics on Twitter too is not shown according to users’ preferences but based on how many people are talking about the topic. So the contention that users are not finding topics which interests them does not hold good. There have been reports that some people want the feature to be removed from their home page. This in a way raises a question, will Facebook’s attempt to bring out a newspaper kind of thing work well in the medium. It remains to be seen.