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Major News and Events of 08 March 2014

What Happened on 08 March 2014


E Sreedharan supports Narendra Modi for his ability to take quick decisions

E Sreedharan, former managing director of Delhi Metro has supported BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. He expects that Modi will take bold decisions which will speed up the decision making process of the government. According to Sreedharan there is a delay in taking decisions because of bureaucracy. At the same time India also lacks the ability to take bold decisions. He has not blamed anyone for the same but added that Modi will probably speed up the decision making process. He is saying this because of his experience and also whatsoever decisions Modi has taken so far he has taken very quickly. To support his statement Sreedharan also gave examples of the good work done by Modi and his administration in Gujarat. He said that the factory in Salvi in Vadodra district of Gujarat was established within stipulated period of time to produce metro trains. He came to attend an event organized by the Japan Embassy. In the event he is to be honored for his valuable contribution in strengthening the Indo Japan relationship through the Delhi Metro project. The event was also attended by former Delhi Chief Minister Shiela Dikshit, N K Singh, Ashwini Kumar and Tarun Vijay. Government of Japan had earlier felicitated Sreedharan on November 3 with "the Order of Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star". Sreedharan also thanked the Government of Japan for its financial and technical help in the project.

New India Assurance's innovative health plan for families with only girl children

To make the International Women’s Day more special, New India Assurance, a government run general insurer has come up with the new health insurance scheme. The scheme is meant for the families having just girl children. The scheme named ‘New India Asha Kiran’ is a special scheme which has been launched on the eve of the International Women’s Day. Chairman and Managing Director of New India Assurance G Srinivasan said that this is a unique scheme for the families with just girl children. Families will get 50% discount while insuring their girl children under this floater policy. In case of any accident of the parents the sum insured will be kept as fixed deposit and will be then given to the girl child. Srinivasan said that near about 20-30 families fall under this segment so a good response is expected from the consumer. He also said that company is working on more innovative products which will be launched in the coming months. The insurer has also shown 36% increase in the net profit in the third quarter of the financial year. The net profit stood at Rs 701 crore as compared to Rs 517 crore last year in the same period.

Modi is most likely to contest from Varanasi

Speculations were going on regarding BJP PM Candidate Narendra Modi’s seat for Lok Sabha elections. Even the AAP played its role by saying that Arvind Kejriwal will contest from Varanasi against Modi. Then there were in house resistance created by senior leader Murli Manohar Joshi. Amidst of all this it is almost certain that Narendra Modi will contest from Varanasi and it will be the second Lok Sabha constituency after a constituency in Gujarat. This has become an important matter as the AAP supporters are planning to project Kejriwal against Modi if Modi decides to contest from any place outside Gujarat. It is also expected that Joshi will be given another seat in Kanpur if his Varanasi seat will be given to Modi. BJP’s central election committee is going to finalize nominations on Saturday so this decision will not be taken today. But the matter may be taken up for discussion. UP is a very crucial state in the Lok Sabha elections and Modi to become PM because of 80 seats in Lok Sabha. So it is imperative to take correct decision regarding his Varanasi seat in UP. According to the party’s tacticians presence of Modi in Varanasi will definitely boost the chances of party in 28 Lok Sabha seats. BJP is considering Kanpur as a safe seat though BJP was marginally defeated by the Union coal minister Shriprakash Jaiswal in the last two elections. BJP is thinking that Modi wave will help in overcoming the marginal defeat.

An accident on board while trial lead to death of an officer

A Kolkata-class destroyer, a fire suppression system was undergoing trials at the Mumbai Port Trust but its malfunctioning led to the death of a Navy commander and two more personnel had been hospitalized. This happened just weeks before the system was to join the task force. Commander Kuntal Wadhwa collapsed by inhaling large amount of carbon dioxide and died whereas the gas has also affected the other two personnel. The ship was being built at the the Mazgaon Docks Limited (MDL). Commander Rahul Sinha, Chief PRO (Defence) said that there was no explosion on the ship. Commander who died was on the board when the accident took place. MDL was building the vessel which was to be commissioned into the Indian Navy sometime in this year. Rajeev Gupta, Chairman, Mumbai Port Trust added that at the time when officers were trying to test the fire-fighting equipment the valve of the carbon dioxide unit burst open. With this an officer got head injury. He then died of injury. There is no more spillage of gas now. Wadhwa belonged to Delhi and he was living with his wife in Archana Building in the Naval Officers Residential Area, Colaba. The Navy has ordered a board of inquiry to investigate the matter.

New Discover 125 cc bike by Bajaj Auto

New Discover 125 motorbike has been launched by Bajaj Auto across India. According to K Srinivas, President-Motorcycle Business the new Discover 125 has many fantastic features such as superb class power, drivability and pickup. He added that normal bike offers 8 Ps Power and consumers are now fed up with these ordinary commuter bikes.  Consumer wants much sportier, attractive bikes having better technology. But they are reluctant to shift in 125 cc segment because of price and mileage. The new Discover 125 gives similar mileage of a 100 cc bike. Apart from this these offer excellent performance and that too at very attractive price. The bike has been designed by keeping the needs of Indian regular commuters so that they can live life to the fullest. The new Discover 125 bike has a trendy alloy wheels, sporty looks with a chiseled tank and petal disc brake. The Nitro suspension provides incomparable comfort. Price of Drum version of new Discover 125 motorbike is Rs 49,075 (e-showroom Hyderabad). The bike is available in six colors including Electron Blue, Wine Red, Charcoal Magenta, Charcoal Green, Silver Blue, and Silver Gold.

The Supreme Court adjourns the IPL betting case

The case of spot fixing and betting was going on but the Supreme Court has adjourned the hearing of the IPL case.The report was submitted by the Justice (retd.) Mukul Mudgal and Indian cricket board had submitted a response as well but the SC has yet to go through the response and this is the reason for adjournament. Justice A.K. Patnaik of the Supreme Court has given 25 March as a new date of hearing. A three-member committee has also been set up by the ape court. Head of the committee is Justice Mudgal. Other members of the committee were Additional Solicitor General N. Nageshwar Rao and member of the Assam Cricket Association Nilay Dutta. The BCCI said that action against Chennai Super Kings will be taken only after an inquiry. Mumbai police had arrested Gurunath Meiyappan, son-in-law of BCCI president Narayanswami Srinivasan, last year for betting in IPL.  In his 171 page document Mudgal  put allegations against Meiyappan and Rajasthan Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and asked for an additional investigation. In an appeal by the BCCI, it has asked the Supreme Court not to disclose the name of the players involved in the case of betting. Mudgal in his report has given the names of six prominent cricketers who may be involved in the case.




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