Major News and Events of 29 March 2014
What Happened on 29 March 2014
Congress candidate Masood has been arrested for delivering a hate speech against Modi
Mamata Banerjee favored creating smaller states when with NDA – says Ahluwalia
Rajan moderated a panel discussion and picked topic related to Indian economy and jobless growth
Sunil Gavaskar is the interim head of the IPL – the Supreme Court
HTC Desire 310 launched in India
In the coming Lok Sabha elections Samajwadi Party is expecting to win more than 39 seats in Uttar Pradesh. Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav said that the third front will come out as a winner because of the demand of the country. People know the policies of the BJP and the Congress and now they need an alternative, which will be presented by the third front. Party will perform at its best during the elections. Yadav clarified that all the decisions of the state government have been taken by him without the influence of his father Mulayam Singh Yadav and his uncles who are big shots in politics. He added that decisions have been made by taking advice of all the senior leaders. Talking about Varanasi he added that party has fielded Kailash Chaurasia from there. He will campaign for Chaurasia by personally visiting the holy city Varanasi. The BJP has fielded its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi whereas Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are also contesting from Varanasi. He called Muzaffarnagar riots a sad and an unfortunate incident. To control the situation the state government had taken every possible step and Army was called immediately. It was the duty of their government to provide relief to the victims and 51,000 people who came to the relief camps.
Charges of delivering hate speech and igniting an outrage were made against the Congress Lok Sabha candidate Imran Masood. He was arrested on Saturday. In a FIR it was stated that Masood delivered a speech and threatened to chop Narendra Modi into pieces. Masood is the Congress candidate from Saharanpur but the party did not say anything regarding the same and distanced itself from the entire incident. On the other hand BJP had criticized the incident and pulled Congress President Sonia Gandhi into the issue. The party called it inflammatory. Video footage showing Masood delivering speech has gone viral. He can be listened stating that if Modi tries to convert UP into Gujarat then he will be chopped into small pieces. He added that there are just 4% Muslims in Gujarat whereas in UP their percentage of 42%. Moreover he has no fear of getting arrested or killed for the same. Later on Masood apologized for making such remarks. An FIR has been registered at Deoband police station of Saharanpur and he has been booked under section 125 along with other IPC sections.
Surinder Singh Ahluwalia is the BJP candidate from the Darjeeling hills and has been demanding for smaller states. He said that earlier when West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress chairperson Mamata Banerjee was with the National Democratic Alliance she was in the favor of creating smaller states. But now she is not in the favor of the same. The Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) is also supporting Ahluwalia. Earlier the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha supported the BJP leader Jaswant Singh. He won the seat with near about 2.5 lakh votes. The Trinamool Congress has projected former Indian football captain Bhaichung Bhutia from the same constituency. The party blamed the BJP for dividing the state and said that it is playing politics. Mamata Banerjee said this while addressing a meeting of the party workers at Gorubathan. She said that some people are playing a game in hilly areas for their own interest. She added that these people are feeling that they will become king by doing so. Attacking the Trinamool Congress, Ahluwalia questioned regarding the source of party’s funds.
While moderating a panel discussion, Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan talked about important issues related to the Indian economy but did not say anything about the rates and how these will move after monetary policy. He is going to release the first quarter monetary policy on Moday. He clearly stated that he will not entertain any question. The panel gathered for the opening of the centre of the University of Chicago in Delhi. He led the panel for discussing issues in banking sector like the level of non-performing assets (NPAs) along with jobless scenario and social worry it creates. He even asked ICICI Bank CEO and managing director Chanda Kochhar to provide her assessment on the same issue particularly covering the public sector. Rajan raised the issue of jobless growth with Arun Maira, member Planning Commission. Rajan in his writing has asked to amend the Apprentice Act in the Economic Survey for FY13 to give jobs to the low-skilled labour. Maira added that skill deficit is a problem and employers must take initiatives to remove this gap. Rajan showed interest to know about migrating jobs to higher levels.
Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar has taken the charge as interim head of the Indian Premier League (IPL). N. Srinivasan has been temporarily relieved from his services by the Supreme Court. He was serving as the president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). In its order the court has ordered that all eight teams including the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals can participate in the IPL which are associated with corruption. All other non-IPL affairs will be taken care by BCCI vice president Shivlal Yadav. At the same time Sunil Gavaskar has to stop his work as television commentator in order to avoid any conflict. It asked the BCCI to sufficiently compensate for the loss. The IPL is going to start on April 16 with initial matches in the United Arab Emirates. Many players last years were included in corruption controversy. Some players like bowler Shantakumaran Sreesanth were arrested for spot-fixing. Sreesanth denied of any such charges.
Science and Technology
HTC Desire 310 has been launched for Rs 11,700 in India. It is an entry level smartphone of HTC with great features and design. In this price range, the smartphone will present feature like powerful quad-core processor. Faisal Siddiqui, Country Head, HTC India said that to own a smartphone is the wish of everybody. The Desire will provide super-fast processing features at the lowest possible price. User will get a 4.5 inch display with TFT screen and 1.3 GHz cortex A7 quad-core processor. User will also get a 5 megapixel camera along with VGA front camera. The phone comes with an operating system Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and has 4 GB internal memory and 512 MB RAM.