Major News and Events of 31 August 2014
What Happened on 31 August 2014
To ease traffic Delhi Metro makes changes in roundabout
Government may approve a hike in DA
Indian shuttler Sindhu wins bronze medal
Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao is a new governor of Maharashtra
Public offices in Punjab and Chandigarh to have biometric attendance system
The US Post Service (USPS) will issue a postage stamp on the birthday of the late legendary actor Vibhushan Akkineni Nageswarara Rao to honour him, Akkineni Foundation of America (AFA) announced. He is the first Indian actor to receive this honour. A special postal stamp release ceremony will be hosted by the foundation in Dallas Texas on September, 20. As per media report the veteran actor’s son Nagarjuna Akkineni said that he and his entire family is overwhelmed to receive this honor. Rao has acted in more than 255 Telgu, Tamil and Hindi films and breath his last on January 22.
For a better flow of Metro traffic around central Delhi, the Delhi metro made some changes in a central Delhi roundabout. To assist the construction of Mandi House Metro station and tunneling, the Delhi Metro took charge of the rotary in central Delhi from the New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) in October 2011. The diameter of the rotary has been increased from 78 to 81 metres and moved towards the Copernicus Marg. By the end of next month it will be given back to NDMC.
Government is expected to give sanction to the decision related to a hike in dearness allowance (DA) from 100 percent to 107 percent of the basic salary. This will benefit 30 lakh emloyees at the Centre and 50 lakh pensioners including their dependents. The previous UPA government had hiked DA from 90 percent to 100 percent with effect from January 1, 2014. But the central government employees' union is not happy with the 7 percent hike.
Indian shuttler PV Sindhu again had to satisfied with a bronze medal at the World Badminton Championship. Carolina Marin of Spain defeated her at the semifinal at the Ballerup Super Arena by 17-21, 15-21. With this bronze medal; 11th seeded player Sindhu failed to be the first Indian women shuttler to reach the finals of the World Championship. Sindhu also won bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.
Senior BJP leader from Telangana, Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao is a new governor of Maharashtra. His sworn in ceremony took place at a function at the Raj Bhavan. Bombay High Court Chief Justice Mohit Shah administered the oath of office and secrecy. The charge was given by Gujarat Governor O.P. Kohli who from the past one week was managing additional charge of Maharashtra.
All the public offices in Punjab and Chandigarh are going to have biometric attendance devices. The decision to install these devices has been taken to infuse sense of discipline and punctuality among public servants. The change is the part of the governance reforms campaign by Punjab Government and has been approved by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal. Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, other ministers and senior officers conducted surprise checks and found out that many senior officers and employees were either absent or late comers. The new system will keep a check on this.