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Major News and Events of 31 March 2014

What Happened on 31 March 2014


Election Commission continues its awareness drive

Election Commission in its endeavor to create awareness among people about the elections has asked them to cast votes for the candidates who will bring in development and have good education. It has also informed the people to steer clear of the leaders who offer bribes as they are likely to be corrupt in future. People should also be aware of the assets and liabilities of the candidates. This circular is being disbursed along with the voters’ slip in Mumbai and in suburbs 5 lakh such letters have been circulated. People have been asked to sign the letter and return it to the ward officers at the polling booths. Resident’s welfare associations and NGOs are also being roped in to distribute these letters.

Boycott polls, Maoists tell people in Bihar through SMS

The 16th Lok Sabha Elections will see many unique things. Now the Maoists are sending SMS to people, appealing them to boycott the elections in Bihar and Jharkhand. The police informed that bulk SMSes were being sent. The sender detail is spokesperson Avinash of the Communist Party of India-Maoist border zonal committee. The text asks the farmers, workers, women, youth, senior citizen, intellectuals to do a boycott of the elections. The Naxals have also asked People's Liberation Guerrilla Army as well as its cadres to unleash an attack on the security forces when the polls are held. Poll boycott has been called in Jamui, Banka, Lakhisarai, Aurangabad and Gaya and posters have been distributed conveying the boycott as well as removal of the forces who are involved in anti-Maoist operations.

Bhullar's death sentence commuted to life imprisonment by the apex court

The death sentence of Devenderpal Singh Bhullar was commuted to life imprisonment by the Supreme Court as there was excessive delay in making a decision on his mercy petition and Bhullar who was convicted for terror unleashed by him in 1993 suffered from Schizophrenia. The court’s decision on January 21, 2014 which specified that any convict’s mercy petition if it was delayed for long without any reason would be commuted to life imprisonment. The center had accepted the fact that there was a delay and it was left on the court to decide on the case. The report of Institute of Human Behaviour and Allied Sciences which specified that Bhullar was suffering from Schizophrenia was also taken into account. The institute was asked to examine Bhullar by the court on Jan 31, 2014.

Sensex shoots up 6th day in a row, new high recorded

Sensex was on its upward journey and touched again a new high today edging past its previous close on Friday at 22,363.97 points. Metal, auto sectors, consumer durables witnessed good buying while selling was observed in the capital goods sector. BSE started the day at 22,423.14 points and ended at 22,386.27 points, moving up by 46.30 points or 0.21% from Friday’s end at 22,339.97 points. In the intra-day trade it reached a high of 22,467.21 points and a low of 22,253.78 points. NSE ended at 0.12% up or 8.30 points more at 6,704.20 points.Main gainers were: Hindalco Industries, Tata Steel, Sistema Shyam TeleServices Limited and Maruti Suzuki.Main losers were: ONGC, Dr.Reddy's Laboratories, Tata Power and ITC.

BCCI removes India Cements members from board

BCCI has asked all the staff members of the India Cements and its associates to leave the board in compliance with the Supreme Court’s order. Among those who were given the marching orders is Kashi Viswanathan, who was heading the costs department of India Cements and had retired two years back. He was a close associate of N Srinivasan. Then the logistics manager of Indian team, Menon Arathi Satish, CFO of IPL Prasanna Kannan, the joint secretary of TNCA RI Palani were among the members who had to leave. In fact Satish was asked to come back from Bangladesh as he was with the team for the ICC World Twenty20. The apex court had ruled that all the employees of India Cements and the associate companies will not be in the board. At the same time it had stated that players and commentators on India Cements' payroll can be in the BCCI. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, VP of India Cements, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rahul Dravid, Dinesh Karthik and former cricketer who is now a commentator, L Sivaramakrishnan are on pay rolls of India Cements.

Facebook cleaning fake likes and fake accounts off pages on politicians and parties

Social media is being liberally used these days by the political parties. But the factor which concerns everyone is the amount of fake profiles and its social signals which present a wrong picture. Facebook is now coming down heavily on fake accounts which depict huge amount of likes. Close to 52000 pages are there on politicians on Facebook of which 60 are verified. Facebook has initiated auto as well as manual blocking process through which the suspicious accounts will be blocked. Along with this the agencies who sell likes are being blacklisted so that they have to close shop. Many of the likes on pages of politicians as well as parties are from fake accounts.