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Major News and Events of 13 December 2014

What Happened on 13 December 2014


Mamata Banerjee leads a march to protest Madan Mitra's arrest

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee in a direct attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi asked whether PM should be arrested just for being in photographs with Sahara chief Subrata Roy. The remarks came after the arrest of her close aide Madan Mitra in the Saradha scam. She said that picture of Madan Mitra with the person involved in Saradha scam should not be regarded as a proof. She added that a red diary found during a raid in Sahara Office had the names of very big personalities. After the speech Ms Banerjee led a march of Trinamool supporters protesting against the arrest of Madan Mitra.

Mehdi Biswas, operating Islamic State Twitter account, arrested in Bangaluru

As per media reports, Mehdi Mehboob Biswas who allegedly handled Twitter account of Islamic State (@ShamiWitness) has been arrested. He was based in Bangaluru and working for a food giant. Mehdi in his confession to the Bangaluru police said that he even helped in the recruitment for Islamic State. The National Investigation Agency has been asked by the home ministry officials to investigate the matter further.

PM Modi will talk about drug abuse in his radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat'

In his monthly radio programme 'Mann Ki Baat', Prime Minister Narendra Modi will touch upon the problem of drug abuse. PM Modi tweeted "On Sunday at 11 AM, I look forward to sharing my thoughts during the #Mann Ki Baat radio programme”. He added that many people had asked him to talk about drug abuse and even shared their thoughts on the issue.

Lok Sabha passes Coal Mines Bill, 2014

The Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Bill, 2014 was passed by the Lok Sabha by voice vote on Friday to auction coal blocks. The Supreme Court earlier this September had cancelled the auctioning of the 204 mining blocks. It is expected that the bill will now be taken up by the Rajya Sabha next week. Backing the decision, coal minister Piyush Goyal said that the bill will strengthen the Coal India Ltd and will help the nation to increase domestic coal output.

Xiaomi decides to fight Delhi High Court orders

After the Delhi High Court ordered Xiaomi, the Chinese smartphone manufacturer to stop importing, selling and advertising its smartphones in India, the company has decided to fight as it  wanted to resume its sale in India.  Patent fight with Ericsson led to such orders against Xiaomi. Manu Jain, the head of Xiaomi's India operations, said that the company will work within Indian rules and regulations.

Australia beat India by 48 runs in 4-match Test series

India lost the first match at the Adelaide Oval to Australia in the 4-match Test series. Spinner Nathan Lyon who also ended the match took seven wickets in the second innings. Though stand-in captain Virat Kohli (141) and opener Murali Vijay (99) made great efforts but India lost eight wickets in quick succession and Australia had a stunning victory of 48 runs. Australia captain Michael Clarke got injured and he may not play the second test in Brisbane.




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