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Major News and Events of 13 April 2014

What Happened on 13 April 2014

Narendra Modi appealed the youth to do something for the country

BJP’s massive election campaigns and spending have always pointed by the UPA government. BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi said that though the present government had failed on all the fronts to prove charges against him but now they should try this as well in their remaining days. Congress minister Anand Sharma put the charge on Bharatiya Janata Party for spending Rs.10,000 crore on its ad blitz. Modi in the show Aap Ki Adalat has said that he has never thought of reaching at such a high position in life. Rahul Gandhi had compared the BJP’s election campaigns to a balloon that would burst. On this Modi replied that same was said for BJP after 2002 riots in Gujarat. But BJP won the elections in the state and formed government and it was Congress whose balloon got burst. He appealed the youth for doing something for the country rather than seeing dream to become something. He has done the same throughout his life.

Source: IANS

Poll timings reduced by two hours in Maoist stricken area in West Bengal

Poll timings have been shortened by two hours in the West Bengal’s Maoist prone areas. The change in time has been declared by the Election Commission official on Saturday. The step has been taken to prevent any unpleasant incident in the Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) hit areas located in Jhargram and Purulia parliamentary constituencies. Chief electoral officer Sunil Gupta said that poll timings of Binpur, Bandwan and Jhargram assembly constituencies in Jhargram Lok Sabha seat and that of Balrampur, Baghmundi and Joypur assembly seats in Purulia have been cut short. The polling will take place from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m whereas in the rest of India the poll timings are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The same had been done earlier in 2009 general elections in these constituencies. The fourth phase of the polls is on May 7 for six Lok Sabha seats in Jhargram, Medinipur, Purulia, Bankura, Bishnupur and Asansol constituencies. There are 87 candidates for third phase whereas just five nominations have been received for the fourth phase of the polling. EC will take all the measures for free and fair poll in these areas. Gupta added that problematic areas are located in fourth phase of polling and the Commission is taking care of these areas but planning will be done as per the situation in those areas. Preparations for the first poll phase (April 17) have been completed and checked by the two senior officials.

Source: IANS

High voting percentage at Goa polling surprised everybody

Both politicians as well as pre-poll calculations received the voting percentage done by surprise in Goa. This is the first ever Lok Sabha polls in which the state recorded 76.82% vote. It is 21% more than the percentage of the last Lok Sabha elections in 2009. At that time 55% of eligible voters came out to cast their votes. In 1998 Goa witnessed 61% voting. The poling started on Saturday morning and crossed 15% hurdle as early as 9 a.m. Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that this increase in percentage must have chosen the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Parrikar said that these silent voters do not know you but politicians understand them. On the other hand former chief minister and Congress candidate from North Goa constituency Ravi Naik said that these silent voters are for his party. Record breaking response of the voters is attracting both the journalists as well as political parties to know more about the silent voters. North Goa seat is going to see a tough competition among Dattaram Desai from the AAP, Ravi Naik from Congress and Shripad Yesso Naik from BJP. The elections this year are very unpredictable because of the silent voters which has been said by a senior editor Ashley do Rosario.

Source: IANS

IPL style Indian Super League (ISL) football

The Indian Super League (ISL) football tournament is ready to be announced today and the most probable owners of the teams would be the former cricket captains Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly and Ranbir Kapoor and Salman Khan Celebrities from Bollywood. It is most likely that Sameer Manchanda of Den Cable will own Delhi whereas Tendulkar will get Kochi, Ganguly will get Kolkata and Ranbir Kapoor may get Mumbai franchises. Salman Khan showed a keen interest to get Pune franchise. Sun TV, which also has the franchise of Sunrisers Hyderabad in Indian Premier League (IPL), may get the Banglaore franchise in ISL. Whereas Dempo and Salgaocar, the mining giants are looking for the Goa Franchise. There were about 30 corporates who showed interest in the new IPL style football league but only eight got short listed. The bids were evaluated by an audit firm Ernst and Young. This is a two months tournament which is going to start in September. IMG-Reliance will manage the ISL and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) is its commercial partner. Star India is the partner to hold the league. In ISL yesteryears stars like Hernan Crespo, Robbie Fowler, Thierry Henry will also take part.

Source: IANS

BJP Arun Jaitley asked PM to introspect

Senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley said that Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh must evaluate very critically that how his tenure as PM has affected the Prime Minister's Office as an institution. Has he checked everything? In his blog Jaitley directly went against prime minister by stating that number of years do not make prime minister but he is known by the footprints he is going to leave behind. Jaitley gave such comments after the release of a book - The Accidental Prime Minister. This book is by the prime minister's former media adviser Sanjaya Baru which led to controversies. Jaitley further added that the book confirms what a common man was thinking about the working of prime minister in India. The prime minister required approvals from the Congress president for most of his decisions. UPA government has scaled down many institutions and the main one among these was the office of the prime minister.

Source: IANS

Omar Abdullah reacted on Modi's various headgears during rallies and refusing to wear one type of cap

Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister and the president of the National Conference Omar Abdullah attacked BJP prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi for not wearing one type of cap which is worn by Muslims. Modi said that he won’t wear skull caps to fool people. Few years back he refused to wear skull cap offered by a Muslim cleric. Omar Abdullah posted a picture of Modi wearing different types of caps on twitter. He commented on the picture "Modi says he doesn't want to wear headgears to fool people. OK! We got it." Omar Abdullah further said that there is nothing wrong in wearing cap or headgears but refusing to wear a particular type of cap is wrong. Abdullah has spoken against Modi in many election rallies dominated by both Hindu as well as Muslim audience. Though he was a minister in Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA government but he ruled out any possibility of joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party in the near future.

Source: IANS

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