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Major News and Events of 09 March 2014

What Happened on 09 March 2014

Congress announced the first list of candidates

After much wait, the Congress declared the first list of candidates for the Lok Sabha elections. The list includes the name of 194 candidates out of which 24 are sitting ministers. Gender and youth have been given importance and visible in the list as 15% candidates are women and 35% are under 50 years of age. As expected Infosys co-founder-turned-Aadhaar-chairman Nandan Nilekani would contest from Bangalore South against BJP’s sitting MP Ananth Kumar. Cricketer Mohammad Kaif has been given Phulpur constituency which was once represented by none other than Pt Jawaharlal Nehru. In the list 50 out 80 seats from major political state UP has been covered but Varanasi is still under veil as it is becoming more and more important with each passing day because of Arvind Kejriwal’s (AAP) and Narendra Modi’s (BJP) direct tussle from that seat. Many actors have also been given seat such as Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan has been projected from Jaunpur, Aparajita Mohanty from Cuttack and Bijay Mohanty from Bhubaneswar. Gaurav Gogoi son of Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi will contest for the first time from Kaliabor. This came after the announcement of second list of 106 candidates by the BJP and BJP will announce its third list after an election meeting on March 13.

Ranbaxy facing a new challenge and recalled its cholesterol lowering drug from US

Ranbaxy Laboratories, the biggest drug maker in India is facing lots of regulatory issues. The US Food and Drug Administrator has updated its website that Ranbaxy’s 20 mg tablet was found in the sealed bottle of 10 mg. Owing to this Ranbaxy has recalled the lot of 64,000 bottles from US containing the generic version of a cholesterol-lowering drug, Lipitor. Majority of Ranbaxy is owned by Daiichi Sankyo of Japan. But the company is saying that it has not received any product complaint from the customer so far. The batch has been recalled from the retail stores. The company is taking the step of recalling medicine as a precaution and by considering the safety of patients. The company had earlier faced challenges when its domestic units were barred from sending any drug and ingredient to the US. The FDA categorized the recall of Liptor by Ranbaxy as Class II. This means that flawed drug has the least chances of severe undesirable consequences or death. The drug has been recalled for the third time. In November 2012 Ranbaxy had recalled the cholesterol lowering drug because it was found contaminated with tiny glass particles. The company wanted to fix the issues which led to the recall and so it stopped manufacturing the drug. In January 2014 Ranbaxy voluntarily recalled two lots of atorvastatin calcium tablets. The FDA took regulatory action against Ranbaxy and banned it from sending any pharmaceutical ingredient made at its Toansa plant in Punjab because of flaws in the manufacturing process.

Senior RJD leader Ramkripal Yadav resigned

Secretary general of Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD)and Rajya Sabha member Ramkripal Yadav resigned from all his party positions on Saturday as a protest against the announcement of Lalu Prasad’s daughter Misa Bharti as a candidate in the Lok Sabha elections for Patliputra constituency in the state of Bihar. Yadav has now kept all his options open but has not made any declaration about the party he would join. Speculations are going on that he would join the BJP. A senior leader of the JD(U) is making statement that Yadav is also in contact with their party. RJD released the list of candidates in which Misa Bharti was given a seat for Patliputra from where Ram kripal Yadav wanted to contest. After this Yadav flew to Delhi from Patna. On Friday Misa flew to Delhi for offering a seat to Yadav but Yadav was not at his residence. She was ready to withdraw her candidacy. Reacting to Misa’s visit Yadav said that it is like an 'emotional atyachar' (atrocity) or a 'political stunt'. He said that the party was formed with an objective of social justice but it has now become party for family justice.

'Know Your Metro' – A campaign for women by Delhi Metro

Delhi Metro is concerned towards the safety of women in Delhi. It is working in its own arena and to take a step Delhi Metro started ‘Know Your Metro’ campaign. For this campaign group of 25 women, regular commuters of the metro had been selected and invited to Central Secretariat Metro Station for the launch of the campaign. These include income tax commissioner, students, government servants, doctors and former athletes. In an inaugural tour these women were explained about the working and functioning of the Metro. They were also told about the emergency and disaster management systems in the Metro. These 25 women commuters were given the tour of the station control rooms, technical rooms, automatic fare collection, CCTVs and tunnel ventilation. Then they were explained and shown the emergency alarm and how it can be used to communicate with the train operator in alarming situations . Sharat Sharma, director of operations, DMRC also gave prizes to these women. ‘Know Your Metro’ campaign has been started with an objective of spreading awareness among commuters regarding the safety of women. It is not the first step by the Delhi Metro as, since 2010 the Metro has reserved its first compartment only for women commuters. Coaches are provided with emergency alarms. Female guards and security has been deployed at different and prominent Metro Stations. As a part of the campaign group of women will be selected each month and given brief about the Metro and its security system.

Indian women cricket team defeated Bangladesh by 16 runs

A half century was scored by skipper Mithali Raj. Indian women team defeated the Bangladesh cricket team by 16 runs in Cox’s Bazar. First batting was that of India, and the team made 101 runs for 1. Partnership between Raj and Poonam Raut helped them winning the game. Latika Kumari got out for zero. Raj scored 55 runs including four fours and Raut made 42 runs for 46 balls including two fours. The duo made 98 runs for the second wicket stand. Bangladesh team could not get settled. Indian players were taking wickets at regular interval of time. Only Rumana Ahmed was able to make more than 20 runs. Left-arm spinner Sravanthi Naidu, veteran seamer Jhulan Goswami and spinner Gouher Sultana showed superb game. Bangladesh made 85 runs in 20 over. India got the lead by 1-0 in this three match series.

Nandan Nilekani has officially joined the Congress

Co-founder of Infosys and Aadhar founder chairman Nandan Nilekani has now formally joined the Congress. The ceremony took place in KPCC office at Bangalore. He will contest the election from the prominent seat of Bangalore South against five time BJP MP HN Ananth Kumar. On the other hand it is the first election of Nilekani. He is an alumnus of IIT Bombay and co founded Infosys. Later Nilekani also met chief minister Siddaramaiah. It has been said that his candidature has brought a new color to the party at Karnataka. After a long time, Bangalore will once again see a fight between two Brahmins. It was back in 1989 when the Congress last won Bangalore South. Nilekani also updated his Facebook page and wrote “it’s official”. He also added that energy and passion of people is really very inspiring. The task require more energy and vision. He wished that more people having passion should join to change the politics and then it will be a politics that we dream of. Nilekani was introduced to the party by KPCC president Dr G Parameshwar. Transport minister and senior Congress MLA from Bangalore city, B Ramalingareddy also attended the function.  

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