Major News and Events of 29 January 2014
What Happened on 29 January 2014
Maharashtra Commission for Women blames women for rape, tenders apology later on
AAP did not respond to letters regarding source of its funds: Government
1.2 lakh paramilitary personnel to be deployed for Lok Sabha polls
India is part of Fragile Five
Sehwag, Yuvraj, Yusuf Pathan keep their base price at Rs 2 crore for 7th edition of IPL
At a Waqf event in Vigyan Bhawan at Delhi where the National Waqf Development Corporation Limited (NAWADCO) was launched and was attended by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, a man protested that the minorities were not getting the benefit of the schemes launched by the government. M. Faheem Baig stood up and stated that there was no need for new schemes when the existing schemes were not benefitting the people and government was not able to implement them. He also asserted that he had written 150 letters and did not get any reply from the PM. NAWADCO will be looking after the development of the 4.9 lakh Waqf properties in India. The Muslim community will be getting the benefits of the revenue which will be generated. PM Manmohan Singh asked the Minority Affairs Minister K. Rahman Khan to listen to Baig and take his petition into consideration.
Dr. Asha Mirge, a gynaecologist who is the member of Maharashtra Commission for Women that belongs to Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has stirred up a major controversy with her remarks. She has stated that girls should be careful regarding their body language and what they wear and should not attract attention of the rapists. She also questioned the reason for Nirbhaya, the Delhi gangrape victim to go for the movie at 11pm. She spoke about this at the youth wing convention of the NCP where Supriya Sule, party chief Sharad Pawar’s daughter who is a MP was also present. Mirge went ahead and said why the photojournalist in Mumbai went for a shoot at a secluded place like Shakti Mills after 6 pm. She further added that the girls should be looking into what they wear and how they style their hair. Her statements have caused major embarrassment to Sule who said the comments were inappropriate and that NCP believed in the equality of gender. Mirge tendered her apology and stated later on that she did not mean to hurt the sentiments of anyone and that she regretted her comments.
The center has stated before the Delhi High Court bench of Justice Pradeep Nandrajog and Justice Jayant Nath that the Aam Aadmi Party has not provided any answer to its queries regarding its funds’ sources. The bench has directed advocate M.L. Sharma, for including AAP as a respondent and the case will be heard on February 5. Additional Solicitor General Rajeeve Mehra who represented the home ministry informed the bench that AAP was twice sent a letter asking for analyzing the source of its election funds but there was no reply to that. The court had also asked the central government to find out the details of the donations to AAP since it was formed on Nov 26, 2012. The center was also asked to take action if it violated the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA). There was a PIL which specified that Kejriwal and others have taken funds from overseas which violated the law which specified that funds from overseas cannot be received by a political party. The court was responding to this petition.
Considering the fact that the Lok Sabha polls will be held this year, the centre will be deploying 1.2 lakhs personnel of paramilitary force so that any unfavorable situation can be avoided. Apart from that the state police will also be handling the affairs related to security in the Lok Sabha polls which will be held in April-May 2014 to be held in 5-6 phases. These are of high importance as per the Home Ministry which is trying to ensure there is no stone unturned for peaceful polls. Police forces will be shifted from one state to other as per the election dates and Home Ministry will be taking the assistance of the Railway Ministry for this. Police personnel will not be though shifted from north eastern states and Jammu and Kashmir. CRPF will be there till the counting of votes in the states and have also received the training to keep the EVM safe. The Lok Sabha elections will see 800 million voters, 8 lakh polling booths and along with this there will Assembly polls in Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Sikkim. On June 1 the present government will be dissolved and the new one will be created by May 31.
Fragile Five is the new terminology as a culmination to the recent upheaval in the emerging markets. What is a thing of concern is that India features as one of the economies. This term created by research analyst at Morgan Stanley demarcates Turkey, India, Brazil, Indonesia and South Africa as economies which rely very much on foreign investment for financing their growth plans. This is not a new thing when investment analysts come up with terms to describe the mood of the market. Earlier PIGS was used as a description for Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain during the Euro crisis. Then Grexit came into existence when the emphasis turned to Greece. The term Fragile Five attempts to capture the mood of the economies, which race for faster growth and are stressed due to that. Moreover this encompassed the emerging markets in general and is not limited to BRIC that is Brazil, Russia, India and China.
Virender Sehwag and Yuvraj Singh who are yet to be taken by any team have pinned their base price for the 7th edition of the IPL in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore. There are as many as 46 capped Indian players among 208 international players who enlisted for the auction. The capped players’ base price are Rs 50 lakh, Rs 1 crore, Rs 1.5 crore and Rs 2 crore respectively. Corey Anderson has kept his base price at a reasonable Rs 1 crore. But considering his fastest ton in ODIs and his exceptional all-round performance against India in the series which is on, it is expected that his base price will spiral. Michael Clarke, the Australian Skipped has skipped the auction and Mitchell Johnson has his base price at Rs 2 crore. Sehwag who is not in form along with Nehra and Yuvraj are thinking of drawing Rs 2 crore or more. Dinesh Karthik’s a base price is also at Rs 2 crore. What is interesting to note is that smasher Yusuf Pathan, who performed miserably in three seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders is placed in the highest bracket. Other capped players in Rs 2 crore bracket are Swing bowler Praveen Kumar, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, leg-spinner Amit Mishra, opener in tests Murali Vijay, Manoj Tiwary from Bengal and Robin Uthappa the senior player from Karnataka. Those in Rs 1.5 crore bracket include Zaheer Khan, Cheteshwar Pujara and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Parthiv Patel,Wriddhiman Saha, Ashoke Dinda, Mohit Sharma are placed in Rs 1 crore category. In Rs 1.5 crore bracket there are Ishant Sharma and Irfan Pathan as well.