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Major News and Events of 04 June 2013

What Happened on 04 June 2013

Political parties oppose CIC orders, caveat blocks stay on the order

The political parties have voiced protest against the order of the Central Information Commission (CIC) which specifies that the political parties come within the purview of the RTI act.

The Janata Dal United and the CPI(M) have stated that the CIC has crossed its limits. It was also stated that the government should intervene. The Congress party had also given a statement that it opposes the decision. It was further stated that political parties cannot be viewed in the same light as the government bodies. The BJP is not opposed to the order and had stated it supports anything which is for transparency. Meanwhile, the Association of Democratic Reforms (ADR) had filed a caveat in the Delhi high court which would mean it would be informed if any political party acquires stay on the CIC order. Acting on ADR and another RTI activist’s application, the CIC had passed the order.

Anil Bairwal who is the national coordinator of ADR said the political parties should have welcomed the decision as this would ensure transparency. It was also informed that lands having crores in value were allocated to the political parties as donations, for which 100% tax exemption was availed, but no data was provided as to how the money was utilized. The CIC order asks the political parties to respond within six weeks, and it has also specified that Congress, BJO, BSP, CPIM, CPI and NCP got enough funding from the union government.

Gang rape of American tourist in Manali

An American tourist was allegedly gang raped by three truck drivers in Manali late at night. They had given her a lift when she had gone to Vashisth village in Manali to meet some friends.

The offenders all in the age group of 18-25 are absconding after committing the crime. The rape victim went up to the police station and filed a complaint. A case under section 376 of the IPC has been filed and the police have said they have put up road checks to nab the culprit.

The US embassy in Delhi has been informed. Sometime in March, a tourist from Switzerland was also raped in Madhya Pradesh and six men connected to the crime were arrested.

AgustaWestland asks for payments

AgustaWestland, the Anglo-Italian firm has written a letter to Ministry of Defence, Ministry of External Affairs and Ministry of Finance.

It had asked for clearing its payments as there are worries that Rs 3,600 crore VVIP choppers deal may be scrapped. It has also specified that withholding the payment amounted to violation of the contract.

30% of the payment has been done by India and the remaining amount was withheld after the former CEOs were arrested by the Italian investigating team on allegation of payment of Rs 362 crore kickbacks to make the deal favorable. The firm stated till the charges are not proved it cannot be termed guilty.

The CBI has filed a case regarding the kickback allegations and has also interrogated former IAF chief S.P Tyagi and his three cousins in this regard.

MCOCA charges on Sreesanth, Chandila, Chavan

S. Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan, the Rajasthan Royals players who were involved in spot fixing in the IPL have been charged MCOCA which is the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act. They had got payments of Rs 60 lakhs for allowing a specified number of runs per over.

They were arrested on May 16 for this by the Delhi Police in Mumbai. The Rajasthan Royals franchise has registered a criminal complaint against the players while they were suspended by the BCCI. 26 people were arrested in connection with this case and 18 among them are in judicial custody that includes the players of Rajasthan Royals. Ankeet Chavan got interim bail on May 30 for his marriage on June 2.

Vindoo Dara Singh Randhawa and Gurunath Meiyappan and three bookies, involved in the IPL betting scandal were granted bail today by a Mumbai court.

Jiah Khan commits suicide

Jiah Khan, who shot to fame with Nishabd opposite Amitabh Bachchan, committed suicide. She hanged herself to death at her residence in Juhu, Mumbai. Her body was taken to Cooper Hospital and then shifted to J.J. Hospital. The autopsy report is yet to arrive.

This happened yesterday night and the news of her death was first informed by Dia Mirza on Twitter at 1:45 am. Her neighbours, security guards, domestic helps are being questioned by the police. It was said that she was suffering from depression due to personal issues but she had decided she would be back in films soon.

Xperia M Android smartphone unveiled

Sony has unveiled another low range phone in the Xperia series, the Xperia M. The phone has a 4-inch screen and is powered with 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core processor and 1 GB RAM.

There is internal storage of 4 GB of which only 1.3 GB can be utilized by the user. The primary camera is 5 MP with auto focus, HDR and fast capture modes. Display resolution is of 854×480 pixels at 244 ppi. The phone will come in both single SIM (Android 4.1) and dual SIM (Android 4.2) variants. There is no news on the price yet.

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