Major News and Events of 30 December 2013
What Happened on 30 December 2013
Impressive AAP government has limitations also coming to the fore
Muzaffarnagar riot victims forced to leave relief camps?
2 explosions at railway tracks in Bihar, 2 more bombs found, no injury
Inflation a hurdle for easy monetary policy: RBI governor
Requests for content removal turning into a hassle for Google
South Africa won the second test against India by 10 wickets. They had got a target of only 58 runs which they comfortably reached in 11.4 overs. South Africa's Skipper Graeme Smith made 27 while Alviro Peterson made 31 runs. With this South Africa wins the series 1-0 as well. India made 223 all out.
India took a lead of mere seven runs at lunch and had only three wickets in hand on the final day of the second test against South Africa at the Kingsmead in Durban. India began the innings at two down for 68 runs but then the batting collapsed with five wickets falling for 86 runs. Dale Steyn captured Virat Kohli at 11 with the very first ball of the day and then knocked off the wicket of Cheteshwar Pujara at 32 in the second over. Kohli’s dismissal may have been incorrect as TV replays show the ball went past his shirt sleeve after turning past his bat’s outside edge. Rohit Sharma’s wicket at 25 runs was taken by Vernon Philander who got him leg before. Robin Peterson took the wicket of Mahendra Singh Dhoni (15) and Ravindra Jadeja (8) and India was gasping at 154/7.
With the Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal falling ill on a crucial day when the decision on free water distribution was to be discussed, his cabinet ministers had a tough time at the office. As none of them have the experience and it was coming to the fore though their down to earth charm must have impressed everyone. As the ministers came in autos and metros this is bound to create a huge dent in the VIP culture followed. First the journalists boycotted the press conference upset with not being allowed entry in the Delhi secretariat. Health Minister Satyendra Jain who hosted the press conference could not provide the reason for the denial of entry but Manish Sisodia clarified that Kejriwal did not want too much of media interference to cut into the efficacy of his government. On the other hand a meeting called by the Cabinet ministers with the Delhi residents did not materialize when the news came in that Kejriwal had taken ill. Delhi Jal Board meeting was held at Kejriwal’s house then.
First they suffered the riots and now they have to bear the brunt of state government's negligence. The Muzaffarnagar riot victims’ miseries continue with 150 families forced to desert one of the relief camps. In the Loi camp which was 500 km from Lucknow, the tents were pulled down and the ground dug up allegedly to evict the victims; 150 tents were removed. The conditions in the camps are deplorable but the government had paid no heed to the situation even though opposition leaders criticized strongly regarding this. In Shamli district the victims were asked to return to their homes. On the other hand the CM Akhilesh Yadav has stated that the administration wanted the people to return to their homes and was not forcing them to leave. What has also led to much criticism is the fact that whereas at one hand people were suffering on the other hand the CM hosted a two-week carnival in his village graces by Bollywood and TV stars.
In Katihar district of Bihar, there were two explosions of low intensity bombs on the railway track between Azamnagar and Khuriyar stations this morning. There are no reports of any injury to anyone. At the same time in the same place two more bombs were recovered. The explosion occurred when there was a routine inspection of the railway tracks and unidentified objects were found to be bombs by the track men at bridge pillar number 156/67. This was informed by Jitendra Mishra , the Superintendent of Police (SP), Railway. The train services between these two stations were disrupted to check the tracks. Bomb disposal squad was pressed into duty for sanitizing the railway track.
Raghuram Rajan, RBI Governor stated that high inflation was a hurdle for the RBI to opt for an easy monetary policy for providing momentum to the growth. He stated that economy was picking up with export growing up but still the growth was sluggish and inflation was affecting the monetary policies. The governor was speaking before the release of half yearly Financial Stability Report 2013. The report specifies that there has been improvement in growth due to good monsoon which has also led to possibility of good summer crops and increased exports. The key rates were increased twice by the RBI in the past three monetary policies out of concerns of high inflation. It was kept static in the third monetary policy. Inflation reached highest in 14 months at 7.52% in November and the consumer prices increased to a 9 month high of 11.24%.
Science and Technology
Google is not too happy these days what with numerous requests coming to it to pull down content, YouTube videos and blogs from governments that includes India. Google had received 2540 requests from government of India as well as the courts to remove content from blog posts or YouTube videos from July and December 2012.93 requests were sent to Google to pull down criticism about the government and content in the second half of this year compared to less than one third of them in the first half. This process started when people from North East started exodus from Bangalore and other cities after they were scared through a propaganda done on social media sites.