Major News and Events of 31 January 2015
What Happened on 31 January 2015
PM Modi wishes athletes participating in the National Games
Government sells 10 percent stake in CIL to bring in Rs 22.6K cr
Congress Jayanthi Natarajan resigns and ready to face probe
Centre Sanctions Rs 1,122,56 crore For Flood-Stricken J&K
3G Spectrum Auction to Begin on March 4
The Bharatiya Janata Party's chief ministerial candidate Kiran Bedi filed a police complaint against the Aam Aadami Party's leader Kumar Viswas. In her complaint, she accused him for making derogatory and sexiest comments against her at a recent election rally. BJP leader Nirmala Sitharaman was leading the delegation to the Election Commission while lodging the complaint. Calling it absolutely wrong, Kiran Bedi tweeted that such remarks are unethical and toxic. Vishwas, however denied of any such allegation and blamed Kiran Bedi for misleading the people. He added that his remarks were against the BJP not Bedi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished best of luck to all the athletes participating in the 35th National Games. Commencing today at the Green Field Stadium in Kerala, the National Games will conclude on February 14. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar was the chief guest at the opening ceremony. In all, thousands of athletes will take part in the games that will be watched by 40,000 spectators.
Government by selling 10 per cent stake in Coal India Limited (CIL) has mobilised Rs 22,557.63 crore making it the biggest disinvestment by any state-run company so far. Close to 5 percent discount was offered to the investors with a floor price fixed at Rs 358 a piece. With this exercise, the government's share in CIL has come down to 79.65 per cent. The sale was condemned by trade union. Five main trade unions of CIL collectively demonstrated against the sell-off.
Congress leader Jayanthi Natarajan announced her resignation and said that she welcomes a probe against her over the issue of clearing grants while serving as environment minister at the Centre. She added that she hasn't done anything wrong and ready to face probe. In November she wrote a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi stating interference of Rahul Gandhi in her ministry tasks. She got no reply and resigned. Natarajan cleared that she has not decided and even not willing to join any political party. She wants to rest and think of her life and future.
The Centre has sanctioned Rs.1,122.56 crore from National Disaster Response Fund to Jammu and Kashmir to come out of the financial crisis. The state asked for Rs 44,000 for fulfilling the expenses. J&K last year was hit by the worst ever flood in September. Decision to release funds was taken by Governor N.N. Vohra and Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh during a meeting.
Science and Technology
The government today released the details for auctioning 5 MHz of the 2100 MHz spectrum across 17 service areas. The defence forces have the 15 MHz spectrum in this band which they have to vacate. The present auction is 75% less than what telecom regular TRAI and industry demanded. Starting date of auctioning is March 4 and there will be one winner in one service area.