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Major News and Events of 15 April 2014

What Happened on 15 April 2014

Sonia, Rahul, Advani and Rajnath to campaign in Bengal


With the polling rolling from tomorrow in West Bengal in 5 phases the parties are now diverting their energy to the campaign trail here in the state. The state will see Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, L.K. Advani and Rajnath Singh all here to address rallies and attend party meetings. On Wednesday Rajnath Singh, the party president of the BJP will host three rallies in Rampurhat in Birbhum, Raiganj in North Dinajpur and Buniyadpur in South Dinajpur. Advani will be addressing a party meeting in Hooghly district’s Bhadreswar. Chandan Mitra from Hooghly and Bappi Lahiri from Sreerampore are in the fray for the party here. Rahul Gandhi will be campaigning in Murshidabad and North Dinajpur districts on April 21. Next day Sonia Gandhi will be addressing for the first time in the state in Malda and North Dinajpur districts.

Reference: IANS

SC recognizes Transgenders as third gender

According to the media reports, Supreme Court recognized the Transgenders as the third gender today and also asked the center and the state to include them in the weaker section of the society and offer reservation for them in education and jobs. This verdict has been welcomed by the transgender but they think the society will need time to accept them wholeheartedly. 

Reference: IANS 




5 phases polling in Bengal begins from tomorrow


The election focus now shifts to West Bengal where polls in staggered 5 phases for 42 Lok Sabha seats kick starts tomorrow. The questions are many ranging from whether Trinamool Congress will be able to strengthen its stand further here and gain prominence in national sphere or the Left will check its downward journey or this time BJP will get into the scenario like never before. 6.24 crore voters will decide the fate for the candidates in fray in 19 districts for the 42 parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal. Tomorrow polling will be held in Darjeeling, Alipurduar, Jalpaiguri and Coochbehar. Darjeeling will provide an interesting battle with TMC and BJP pitching here and GJM offering all support to the BJP. It has to be noted here that the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha or GJM helped Jaswant Singh gain the seat here in 2009. Bengal’s elections will see candidates ranging from actors, singers, doctors, magician to football player all contesting from various constituencies.

Reference: IANS

BJP will not be able to contest from Nilgiris

BJP unit in Tamil Nadu is fuming as its candidates failed to file the nomination papers on time in Nilgiris. The supporters and party leaders enraged with the outcome wants the party to delve deeply into why such a thing happened and make those failing to do so accountable. The damage has been done and it will hurt more as Nilgiris was considered a seat which can be won. S. Gurumurthy, the candidate in question stated that he could not reach on time as his car broke down though he has no takers for this reason. What is more surprising is the fact that the standby candidate too had the same story and could not file the nomination paper. Now the tussle will be between AIADMK and DMK leader, A. Raja on April 24. The party will now contest in 7 constituencies in place of 8. An enquiry has been called to look into the issue.

Reference: IANS

SC puts on hold death sentence of Delhi gangrape convicts, asks for dying declaration

As the media reports state, the death sentence of Delhi gangrape convicts Mukesh and Pawan Gupta has been put on hold by the apex court. The Supreme Court has also directed the Delhi Police to furnish the dying declaration of the gangrape victim. The post mortem report is also to be submitted as the defence counsel of the two convicts have contended that the victim did not die of internal bleeding as this was not confirmed in the autopsy report.  


Reference: IANS


Inflation stands at 5.7% due to increase in food and fuel prices

 As per media reports, inflation which is calculated on the wholesale price index soared to 5.7% from 4.68% which is the highest in three months. This was due to sharp rise in the prices of fuel and food. The inflation last year was 5.65% in March. 

Reference: IANS


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