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Major News and Events of 12 July 2014

What Happened on 12 July 2014

Seven people injured in Manipur University blast

A blast in front of the Manipur University at Langthanbal at about 9:30 am injured at least seven people including a six-year-old boy. All the injured are out of danger. Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh's convoy had just crossed the area few minutes before the blast. He was heading towards Chandel district to attend a programme. Militants responsible for the blast have not been identified and no militant group has taken the responsibility for the incident so far. The affected area has been cordoned-off and the search is on to catch the culprits.

CPWD must embrace global practices – President

President Pranab Mukherjee while speaking at the 160th annual day celebrations of Central Public Works Department (CPWD) said that the institution must overcome outdated practices. He said that the department needs to become dynamic, smarter and professional. For this, best global practices must be adopted which will lead to better efficiency and performance. CPWD must pay attention on modernising infrastructure for speedy economic development.

The CPWD was set up in 1854 by the then governor general of British India, Lord Dalhousie. Road and building construction comes under the responsibilities of CPWD.

Blackbuck killed in Bihar for skin and horn

Another blackbuck has been killed near Rasen village in Buxar district of Bihar by suspected smugglers. District forest officials found the body of killed blackbuck in the forest and said that it is the second incident in a month. Body parts of blackbuck like horns and skin were also found missing and it seems that smugglers have killed the animal for this purpose. Forest official said that eight people have been found to be connected and one arrest has also been made in this regard.

Haryana assembly gives green signal to bill for separate SGPC

The Haryana Assembly passed the bill to set up a separate body for managing Sikh gurdwaras in the state. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala introduced the Haryana Sikh Gurdwaras (Management) Bill, 2014 on Friday. The bill was opposed by the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). SGPC president Avtar Singh Makkar warned the Sikhs living in Haryana to beware of the Congress’s plan to divide the community.

The gurdwaras in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh are controlled by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee (SGPC). In a proposal, SGPC demanded to form a separate sub-committee committee to administer the activities of gurdwaras and Sikh affairs in Haryana. The state of Haryana has 72 gurudwaras which generate more than Rs 30 crore for the SGPC.

India's industrial output shows a growth of 4.7 per cent in May

India’s industrial output showed a sign of improvement and rose by 4.7 per cent in May. It is the best in the period of almost past two years. The Index of Industrial Production (IIP), a measurement of the cumulative growth in factory output, for the first two months of the present fiscal year is at 4 per cent. As per the data released by the Central Statistics Office (CSO), the manufacturing sector has grown by 4.8 per cent in the month of May. In the same month, mining showed a healthy growth of 2.7 per cent, whereas output in electricity increased by 6.3 per cent. 

Protest in Telangana against Polavaram Bill

In a protest against the passing of Polavaram Bill in Lok Sabha, the state of Telangana observed a shutdown on Saturday. The bill allows the transference of more than 200 villages to Andhra Pradesh. Many educational institutes, business houses and shops in the newly formed state protested against the bill and remained closed for the day. Apart from this, state-owned buses went off the roads in Hyderabad and nine other districts of Telangana.   Activists of ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Telangana Joint Action Committee (TJAC) and the left parties also took part in the protest by coming out on streets and blocking RTC depots.

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