Major News and Events of 30 June 2014
What Happened on 30 June 2014
Death toll due to encephalitis crosses 190 in Bihar
Three agreements signed between India and China
President Mukherjee congratulates ISRO team for launching PSLV-C23
Eight live bombs found in Bihar's passenger train
Separate gurdwara parbandhak committee, a ploy to divide the Sikhs - Akali Dal
West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan has resigned. Media reports quoted the Parliamentary Affairs Minister of West Bengal Partha Chatterjee saying that July 4 is the last working day of Narayanan. He will be the fourth governor to resign who was appointed during the UPA rule. Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami had reportedly made calls to some governors appointed by the erstwhile government and asked them to step down in the wake of the change in regime.
More than 190 children have died in Bihar due to suspected encephalitis in the last month. Most of the deceased belonged to poor families and died at Muzaffarpur district’s government-run Sri Krishna Memorial College Hospital and the private-run Kejriwal Charitable Hospital. According to health officials, the disease has also spread to other districts including Bhagalpur, Motihari and Samastipur. But Bihar has not officially declared an acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) epidemic. State Health Minister Ramdhani Singh has again appealed for the Central assistance, as per media reports.
Establishment of Chinese industrial parks inIndiais one of the three agreements signed between India and China. Vice President Hamid Ansari and his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao were present when the agreements were signed between the two nations in Beijing. Chinese industrial park in India will allow more Chinese investment in India. There is a further scope of bilateral business and investment cooperation. According to another MoU, flood water data will be shared and India will get 15 days more of hydrological data of riverBrahmaputra. The third MoU aims to establish a framework to have regular interactions between administrative officials of the two nations.
Science and Technology
ISRO has successfully launched the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C23. Carrying five foreign satellites, the rocket placed all the satellites into their intended orbits. President Pranab Mukherjee congratulated K. Radhakrishnan, chairman of Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), and his team for this success, as per media reports. He said that India is progressing and proving its space capabilities with such successful attempts.
A passenger train in Kishanganj district in Bihar had around eight live bombs which were recovered by the police from one of the boogies, as per media report. No one has been arrested so far but the police is suspecting that bombs were to be delivered to some people. The Government Railway Police (GRP) has started an investigation after lodging a case. But nothing has been said with certainty whether the bombs were for destroying the train or not.
Sikh shrines in India are managed by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC) but the Haryana Congress government is expected to form a separate Sikh body to manage gurdwaras in the state. The Shiromani Akali Dal has termed this a scheme of the Congress government to weaken the SGPC and divide the Sikhs in Haryana. It has also criticised Congress leader Capt. Amarinder Singh for his support to the move. Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda is likely to announce the formation of the committee on July 6, as per media reports.