Major News and Events of 30 March 2014
What Happened on 30 March 2014
Congress called expulsion of Jaswant Singh as "auto destruct effect" of Narendra Modi
Black box of crashed aircraft sent to US for decoding
Arvind Kejriwal's roadshow in Chandigarh to support AAP candidate Gul Panag
Oil PSU requested government to follow Delhi, Mumbai jet fuel model for six soon-to-be privatized airports
Malaysia Grand Prix Gold Final lost by Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma
Narendra Modi targeted the agriculture minister Sharad Pawar by saying that he is not able to save the farmers from committing suicide in the belt of Amravati. In an election rally at Amravati, Modi requested the voters to free India and Maharashtra from the clutches of NCP. He commented on LBT and called it Looto Baato Tax and added that this tax is the ruining the farmers. Modi compared the need of India in today and pre-independence era. He said that in 1857 India required freedom from British and in 2014 it needs freedom from Congress. He even said that Congress people know nothing about poverty and neither worried about unemployment nor farmers. He referred Rahul Gandhi as shahzada and said that he knows nothing about the pain of sleeping without shelter. By giving reference of Common Wealth Scam and Adarsh scam, Modi said that Congress has been looting the country for the past many years. He said that BJP is quite hopeful of winning the 2014 Lok Sabha elections and will come into power after 10 years. He even urged people to fulfill the dream of Balasaheb Thackeray which is Congress Mukt Maharashtra and India. Modi gave reference of the survey of Rajiv Gandhi Foundation (RGF) on Gujarat which showed Gujarat as a most developed state. He did so to attack Rahul Gandhi.
Yesterday the Bharatiya Janata Party had expelled its senior leader Jaswant Singh for not withdrawing its candidature from the Barmer constituency on the last day of withdrawing the nomination. Singh has filed his name as an independent candidate against BJP’s official candidate. Congress called the expulsion of Jaswant Singh as fragmentation and long term disintegration of the party. Congress also said that this step by the BJP clearly indicates the “auto destruct effect” of Narendra Modi. This has been said by the Congress party spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi when he was asked to comment on this issue. The decision to oust Jaswant Singh has been taken by the BJP President Rajnath Singh. Jaswant said said that he has been cheated by Rajnath as well as Vasundhara Raje. He had supported Rajnath for becoming the BJP president and Vasundhara Raje for becoming the chief minister of Rajasthan. It is not the first but the second time that Jaswant Singh has been expelled from the party in the period of five years. Earlier he was ousted in 2009 for a controversy over praising a book on Pakistan founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah. But he was called to the party in June-2010.
The C-130J transport aircraft was crashed near Gwalior on Friday and during this mishappening the black box of the aircraft has been damaged. To decode it, India has sent the damaged black box to its manufacturer Lockheed Martin in US. IAF officials have said that the black box or the connectors of the Flight Data Recorder as well as the card inside the Cockpit Voice Recorder (CVR) has been damaged during the crash. The black box has been sent back to Lockheed Martin just to avoid loss of data during data recovery. Any delay in data recovery cause the delay in finding the real cause of the crash. The official also said that preliminary report on the cause of the crash will be announced in 24 hours. The IAF spokesperson said that no aircraft flew on Saturday as they were busy in performing the last rites of the five victims. The aircraft that crashed on Friday took off from Agra. It looked as if the aircraft hit a hillock and then crashed on the banks of Chambal river close to Gwalior. Recently orders for six such aircrafts have been made by the Defence Ministry.
The Aam Aadmi party chief Arvind Kejriwal is helping the candidates of the party in their efforts of pulling the voters. Recently he helped Gul Panag, the AAP candidate from the constituency in Chandigarh by organizing and becoming part of the road show in the city beautiful. Kejriwal was welcomed by the people of the city who came out of their houses in large number. People not only showed their willingness to support the AAP but also followed the vehicles of the Arvind Kejriwal in the roadshow. Kejriwal attacked the BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and said that he is involved in the gas price hike. He supported Gul Panag by saying that she is all set to serve the common man and diligently follow the basic principles of the party in fighting against corruption. He even said that in any point of time if he would become corrupt then Gul has all rights to stand against him. Police put efforts to maintain law and order during the roadshow at Chandigarh which received an overwhelming public response.
It is expected that public sector oil firms want to operate the jet refueling facilities jointly. They have requested the government to follow the Delhi and Mumbai airport model. Government is planning to privatize the six more airports at Chennai, Kolkata, Guwahati, Ahmadabad, Jaipur and Lucknow just like Delhi and Mumbai. It invited the bids in September last year. Elections had delayed the concession agreements for transfer of rights scheduled for this month. Since beginning, aviation fuel facilities have been operated and owned by the Oil PSUs. These PSUs have built and improved ATF structures at the airports along with back-end supply chain. They provided one million kilolitres per annum. State-owned firms are showing concern that present fuel facilities would be taken over by the new private operators. The present fuel facilities have been built over the years with public money. Private operators would like to go for revenue maximization and may think of building new facilities. This in turn means an increased fuel cost to airline as well as consumer. In a proposal to the government, Oil PSUs have requested for the similar model for fuel infrastructure at soon-to-be privatised airports. In the model all the eligible ATF suppliers will have open access based on jointly agreed commercial terms. This will eliminate the chances of duplicacy of assets.
Simon Santoso from Indonesia defeated the Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma in the men's singles final of the $120,000 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold. The match continued for an hour and nine minutes. Varma gave tough competition but eventually went down. The match took place at the Stadium Perbandaran Pasir Gudang in Malaysia. The third and the deciding game started in the favor of Varma (9-4 gap) but Santoso took the game to 10 all. After this he took the game to 16-13 advantage. The game was again balanced by Varma by winning three points. Varma then took 19-18 lead. In the second game Santoso took the lead right from the beginning. Varma lost the match by 21-15, 16-21, 19-21.