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Major News and Events of 07 February 2014

What Happened on 07 February 2014

SC sends notice to Kejriwal on defamation suit by Kapil Sibal


Arvind Kejriwal, the Delhi CM has been sent notice by the Supreme Court acting on a petition against a Delhi High Court order regarding a defamation case against Kejriwal. The High Court has given order which allowed Kejriwal to move the lower court for his release in the defamation suit against him filed by Law Minister Kapil Sibal’s son, Amit Sibal. The Apex court has stayed operation on this HC order. On May 15, 2013 while addressing a press conference Kejriwal had stated that Amit Sibal had represented Vodafone in the Supreme Court when Kapil Sibal was the communications minister. Kejriwal was issued summoned to which he had appealed in the HC asking for exemption as he sought discharge in the matter. The high court had approved this.

NTPC directed not to snap power supply to Delhi till March 26 by SC


What would come as relief for the people in Delhi is the news that the apex court has directed the NTPC not to proceed ahead on its warning of snapping power supply to Reliance Infra-run power discoms BRPL and BYPL. The Supreme Court while hearing the petition of the BSES stated that the people should not be made to suffer for the issue of payemnet between NTPC and BSES. 70% of the power in the city is supplied by the subsidiaries of BSES. SC has directed NTPC to supply power till March 26 when the matter will come up for hearing again. Also the court instructed BSES to make a payment of Rs 50 crores to NTPC within 14 days. NTPC had sent notice to BRPL and BYPL on February 1. Then on February 4 it had said that it was having issues and if the dues were not paid then it will have to snap power supply to these discoms.

'Chai pe charcha' tea stall in Naroda Patiya in Gujarat where riots happened


Ahmedabad is all geared up for Narendra Modi’s "chai pe charcha" campaign which entails to discussions over a cup of tea and interestingly the rebranding of a tea stall near Naroda Patiya where 97 Muslims lost their life in Godhra riots has drawn quite a lot of attention. The tea stall has been named NaMo tea stall. The areas around this stall had seen riots and arson on a large scale. This stall is also visited by Qutubudin Ansari, whose fear stricken face and folded hands became the symbol of trauma the people have undergone at that time. People in the locality see this as the gimmick given the fact that strategic location and the fact that the stall is owned by a Muslim but the tea stall owner Zubair Sheikh thinks this is the time to move on. Supreme Court investigation cleared Modi of the charges of having a hand in the Godhra riots but his close associate Maya Kodnani was sentenced to 28 years of jail term for her role in the Naroda Patiya massacre.

Impressive show at 12th Auto Expo


The 12th Auto Expo was hosted at India expo Mart in Greater Noida. The event had a great deal of expectation considering the fact that auto industry had seen its worst ever slowdown. The highlight was Renault unveiling its concept car, Kwid. It has done this first time outside Europe. Honda also presented the Vision XS-1, another concept car. The subcompact cars with 4m length and a boot was another feature. Xcent by Honda will hit markets in March. Tata Motors’ Zest is another one unveiled in this category along with Ford Figo. The subcompact SUVs was another feature and Volkswagon Taigun, Chevrolet’s Adra were revealed in this category. Audi, Jaguar, BMW and Mercedes unveiled the luxury cars. In the bikes category power bikes with emphasis on look was the theme. Pulsar 400 from Bajaj, the Mojo from Mahindra, and the Hastur from Hero were the names to mention in this category which balanced both, power and looks. To add to the excitement factor were electric rickshaws from Lohia and Terra and huge trucks from Volvo, Mahindra and Eicher.

India 130 for 4 in reply to New Zealand's 503 in the 1st innings


Brendon McCullum, the New Zealand skipper who remained 143 not out at the end of the 1st day of the 1st test against India made 224 today on the 2nd day and thus cruised his team to edge past the 500-run mark in the 1st innings. He made these runs in 307 balls and hit 27 fours and five sixes. In the process he had a 231 run partnership for the 4th wicket with Kane Williamson for the fourth wicket and 133 runs with Corey Anderson for the 5th wicket. In fact McCullum was the last wicket to fall down. India in response to 503 was 130 for 4 when play was stopped due to bad light. At stumps Rohit Sharma was batting at 67 and Ajinkya Rahane at 23.

Four foreign satellites will be launched by ISRO in 2014-15


India will be launching four foreign satellites in 2014-15 in the lower orbit of Earth. These will be launched utilizing workhorse polar rocket. The commercial division of ISRO, Antrix Corporation has inked contracts with a British organization as well as a Singapore agency. Under this agreement foreign spacecrafts will be launched using ISRO’s polar satellite launch vehicle. A subsidiary of the Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd., DMC International Imaging will be launching three 350-kg disaster monitoring satellites and ST Electronics (Satcom and Sensor Systems) Pte. Ltd., Singapore will launch 400-kg TeLEOS-1 earth observation satellite. This will be done in 2014-15 at Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. In March or April SPOT-7 with four small satellites may be launched.

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