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Major News and Events of 12 June 2014

What Happened on 12 June 2014

Seventh body of missing student found near Mandi town – Beas tragedy

One more body of the missing students in the recent Beas tragedy has been found by a rescuer, taking the total toll to seven. Out of the 24 students who were washed away with strong water current, 17 are still missing. More than 550 rescue workers from various agencies have been working hard to find the bodies. As per media reports, Telangana Home Minister Nayani Narasimha Reddy is satisfied with the rescue operations. A case against the hydropower project authorities has been registered by the police, for causing death due to carelessness and putting the lives of others in danger.    

Rohatgi is the new appointed Attorney General of India

Senior Supreme Court advocate Mukul Rohatgi has been appointed as the new Attorney General of India by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He is now the top law officer of the country, who had earlier served as the Additional Solicitor General during the last NDA regime. A day earlier to his appointment, two top law officers of the country Attorney General Goolam Essaji Vahanvati and Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran resigned because of change in the government at the centre. Rohatgi will now serve the term for three years.

Maoists distribute books and pencils to poor children in rural Bihar

Maoists in Bihar had attacked and burnt dozens of schools, and recently before the Lok Sabha elections they had blasted the schools to destroy the paramilitary forces camping inside the school premises. The maoists are now distributing free books, pencils, notebooks, pens etc., to the poor children of those areas. As per media reports, this may be a part of their strategy to win back the confidence and sympathy of rural people, which they have lost with time. Additional Director General of Police (Law and Order) S K Bhardawaj said that maoist activity will be monitored very closely.

JD-U seeks support from RJD in Rajya Sabha by-election in Bihar

Bihar’s ruling party JD-U is expecting the support from its opposition Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), to elect its two candidates in the Rajya Sabha by-election. As per media reports, expectations are to beat anti-secular forces in their game plan and to stop BJP from winning in the state. But only Lalu can take the final decision, which will be disclosed on 19 June, as per senior RJD leader Abdul Bari Siddqui.

SC rejects plea, Srinivasan can contest for ICC President election

The Cricket Association of Bihar had earlier submitted a plea against Indian Cricket Board President N Srinivasan to the Supreme Court, to restrain him from taking part in the elections for the ICC President. Srinivasan can now contest the election, as the court did not accept the plea. The apex court earlier appointed cricketer Sunil Gavaskar as the interim president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Gavaskar was appointed to take care of the IPL-2014, whereas the responsibility to look after rest of the affairs of the Board was given to Senior Vice President Shiv Lal Yadav. Srinivasan was not allowed to work as the President of BCCI, due to allegations of spot-fixing and betting against him and other cricketers.

Infosys hires Sikka as its first-time external CEO

India's second largest global software major and IT service exporter, Infosys Ltd. announced SAP AG (SAPG.DE) top executive, Vishal Sikka as its new CEO. For the first time Infosys has not selected anyone from among its founder members for the role. Co-founder and Chairman, N R Narayana Murthy who even after his retirement led the company last year, will step down 14 June along with co-founder and Vice Chairman S Gopalakrishnan. The appointment was done, as the present Chief Executive S D  Shibulal expressed his wish of an early retirement. Officially he was supposed to retire in March 2015. Murthy will work as the non-executive Chairman till 10 Oct, and then he will be designated as chairman emeritus from 11 Oct.

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