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Major News and Events of 08 August 2014

What Happened on 08 August 2014

Government submits draft guidelines to regulate plying of e-rickshaw

The Central government has submitted the draft guidelines in the Delhi High Court to regulate plying of e-rickshaws. The guidelines are submitted to bring these battery- operated commercial vehicles under the Motor Vehicles Act. The ministry of road transport and highways has said the guidelines will be finalised in the next two months and the ban on these vehicles should be suspended till the final decision is made. The matter will be heard by the bench of Justice Siddharth Mridul and Justice B.D. Ahmed. 


Vishal Sikka approves 5000 promotions in Infosys to control attrition

As per reports, the newly appointed CEO of Infosys has approved 5000 promotions in order to retain the primary members of the firm and improve employee morale. The firm’s attrition rate is recorded at 19.5 percent in the quarter of April-June in financial year 2014-15. This is higher than the rate recorded previous year, i.e. 16.9 percent. Accoridng to reports, the promotions will be given to employees in the L3 to L5 grade which implies the software programmers and higher positions.

Sale of cars and bikes rise in July

A growth in sales of cars has been reported at the rate of 5.04 percent which means a sale of 1,37,873 units as compared to 1,31,257 units last year in the same month. According to Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM), the 6.17 percent growth has been reported in the sales of motorcycles, i.e. 8,59,290 units which was 8,09,386 last year. The overall two wheeler sales have also witnessed growth of 13.73 percent in July 2014. However, there is a decrease in the total sales of commercial vehicles.  

Kejriwal and other AAP leaders granted bail

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) chief Arvind Kejriwal and four other leaders from the party have been granted bail by the Delhi High Court in case related to the party’s agitation near North block in January 2014. Kejriwal along with Manish Sisodia, Somnath Bharti, Rakhi Birla and Ashutosh appeared before Akash Jain, Metropolitan Magistrate who granted them bail on a personal bond of Rs. 5,000. The next hearing in this matter is scheduled for 28 October.

Veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh's health critical

Veteran BJP leader Jaswant Singh was admitted to hospital after he received severe head injuries due to an accident at his residence. As per reports, his condition is critical and he has been put on life support system and is being constantly monitored by a team of neurosurgeons. In a statement from the government he is in coma and the urgent CT scan of head has shown acute subdural haematoma with effect, midline shift and contusion of the brain substance.

Government gives reasons for sacking Beniwal

The government has given reasons in response to the accusations it has received from the Opposition over the sacking of Mizoram Governor, Kamla Beniwal. They said the first reason is that it has cost Rs. 1,216 crore to Gujarat government in central funds during her tenure over a crucial bill. Secondly, Beniwal had an 'unethical involvement' in the matters of cooperative society of Jaipur, as given by the report from Rajasthan government. Her removal has been termed as “political vendetta” by the Opposition which is due to her ongoing conflict with Modi when he was the Chief Minister of Gujarat.

Hagel and Modi to meet today

Chuck Hagel,US Defence Secretary will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today. Hagel is on a three- day visit to India to discuss strategic ties and boost defence sector. Hagel will also meet External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Defence Minister Arun Jaitley and Ajit Doval, Natioanl security Advisor during his visit. He had earlier said that he wanted to take advantage of this opportunity by meeting the new government of India. He also said that he wanted to get acquainted with Modi prior to his visit to the US in September.

Film Council to be remodelled soon

The Kerala State Chalachitra Academy’s general council will soon be modelled. The restructuring will take place soon, as the Chairman of the council S. Priyadarsan has completed his tenure. Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan, Minister for Cinema said in a press conference that the reconstitution of the council will be done in view of the International Film Festival of Kerala (IFFK). The government has taken opinions from filmmakers like Shaji N. Karun and Adoor Gopalkrishnan regarding the new committee. Their suggestions will be considered and the council will be formed thereafter.

Arjun Award selection committee to be headed by Kapil Dev

The list of the sportspersons to be awarded with the Arjuna Award this year will be decided by former Indian cricketer Kapil Dev. He will be heading the selection committee for the Arjuna Awards, while hockey skipper Ajitpal Singh will be selecting the Dronacharya awards. According to reports, the government has already issued notification to the concerned persons. The awards will be declared on 29 August which is also the National Sports Day.

Six people injured in train robbery in Bihar

Six people have been injured by robbers and looted of cash and valuables at gun point in a train in Jamui district of Bihar. The robbers attacked the Gorakhpur-bound Purvanchal Express. They attacked the passengers with knives when they tried to resist the robbery. According to passengers, there was no police security on the train and they also protested and shouted slogans against the insufficient security in trains.

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