Major News and Events of 29 June 2014
What Happened on 29 June 2014
B.Tech to remain four-year course for class of 2013-14
AAP should focus on Delhi and not fight Haryana, Maharashtra elections
Haryana may have a separate managing committee for state gurdwaras
Saina defeats Carolina of Spain to win Australian Badminton Open
Nine-day Rath Yatra festival begins in Puri
Ramadan, the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, began in Kerala on Sunday. In this holy month,the Muslims perform prayers, charity and other religious activities, and abstain from eating and drinking anything from dawn until sunset. Muslims comprise 24 per cent of the 3.3 crore population in Kerala. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramdan. Senior leaders of the Indian Union Muslim League Pannakad Hyder Ali Shihab Thangal and others addressed the masses and explained the importance of the holy month.
The University Grants Commission has directed the Delhi University to continue with four-year B. TEch course for the students admitted during the 2013-14 academic year. Except for this course, the University has rolled back all the four-year undergraduate programmes (FYUP) and switched to the three-year pattern.
Using Google hangouts for interacting with Delhi volunteers, the AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal said that party should focus on Delhiassembly elections and not fight assembly elections in Haryana and Maharashtra where the party performed poorly in the Lok Sabha elections. The party’s 10 candidates in Haryana could not manage to win 100,000 votes and it lost all the 28 Lok Sabha it fought out of Maharashtra’s total 48 seats. Polls are due in Haryana and Maharashtra later this year whereas Delhi has been under President’s rule since Feb 17 when Arvind Kejriwal resigned as chief minister .
The Haryana government may announce a separate gurdwara parbandhak (managing) committee for Haryana gurdwaras on July 6 at a Sikh convention in Kaithal. The Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) will lose all the controls over gurdwaras in Haryana, if it happens. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal termed this as a sinister move to divide Sikhs in Haryana. As per media reports, he criticised former Punjab chief minister and Amritsar MP Amarinder Singh, besides slamming Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, for supporting this move. He said that the proposal will be opposed by the Akali Dal.
India’s top shuttler Saina Nehwal defeated Carolina Marin of Spain and won the women’s singles title of the Australian Badminton Open. This is her second win of the year and second against Caroline. She had defeated her last year in Indonesia and recorded 2-0 victory against her. Saina won the India Grand Prix Gold in Lucknow in January. Before that she won a Super Series title in Denmark in October 2012.
Attended by near about half a million devotees, the annual Ratha Yatra festival of Lord Jagannath began in Puri on Sunday as ‘Mangala Aarti’ was performed by priests at 8.20 a.m. ‘Pahandi’, a ceremonial procession of deities in which deities are carried out of temple in chariots, started at 11 a.m. The main deities in Rath Yatra are Lord Jagannath, his brother Bhalabhadra and sister Subhadra. After nine days, the deities return to the Jagannath temple, marking the end of the festival.