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Major News and Events of 15 February 2014

What Happened on 15 February 2014


More than 15,000 layoffs by IBM across the globe

IBM is undergoing a restructuring process and soon the company is going to cut down its manpower for this. It is expected that jobs of as many as 15,000 IBM employees will be cut off including India, Brazil and the European region. Top executives of the company would also give up their bonuses. The company will start a USD one billion restructuring programme in the first quarter of 2014. Such a move came into picture when IBM is struggling with the declining sales of servers and storage systems. Exactly how many employees would be shunned down in a specific country is not clear but definitely it will certainly have huge impact on India because more than one lakh employee are working in IBM India at present. It was said that more than 50 employees at IBM’s Systems Technology Group (STS) in Bangalore were given pink slips on February 12. An IBM India spokesperson said the company is regularly changing its workforce to meet the demand of its clients. IBM is working to go forward in certain areas like Cloud, Analytics and Cognitive Computing. The company has recently invested USD 1 billion in Watson unit and USD 1.2 billion for expanding Cloud footprint across the world.

Arvind Kejriwal resigned as Delhi Chief Minister

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal resigned because Jan Lokpal Bill could not pass in the Delhi Assembly. The Bill was opposed by 42 MLAs and favored by 27 AAP MLAs. While delivering the speech in the assembly on Friday he made it clear that he wanted to quit. He said that this would be his last session. The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) ran government for 49 days. ‘Fight against corruption’ was the main agenda of the party. Before coming to power they made promise of passing the anti-corruption bill. One of the party members said that the party was working for the Jan Lokpal Bill and to remain in power is a secondary issue in front of it. Soon after his resignation, crowd of volunteer was seen outside party headquarters at Hanuman Road in central Delhi. They were shouting slogans “Abhi toh Sheila haari hai, ab Modi ki baari hai (We have defeated Sheila, now its Modi’s turn).” The AAP’s 49 days journey was full of controversies, protests and expectations. Both BJP and Congress had opposed the Bill. Congress party said that it was not against the Bill but with the method it was proposed. Activist Anna Hazare who started the crusade against corruption called the Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation very unfortunate. He said that two issues raised by Kejriwal i.e. the Jan Lokpal Bill and Mohalla Sabha were very important.

4G data plan for iPhone users in Bangalore

4G services in Bangalore is available to Apple iPhone the 5c and the 5s. The service will offer the fast Internet connection in which high definition videos will be available with zero buffering. Not only this but Apple iPhone users will have one more advantage to this – they will get the facility at 3G rates. Airtel said that to avail the service of 4G customers have to upgrade the SIM to 4G which will give them the higher speed. But for this they need not to change their present data plan. With such a great speed, user can download 10 movies in just 30 minutes. Wi-fi hotspot feature will allow users to connect to multiple devices to the network. Customers who are presently using 2G/GRPS data plan can shift to any of the 3G plans and enjoy the speed of 4G. Users who need to work on heavy data can opt for a new plan in which they can use 10 GB data at 4G speed for Rs 1000. But they have to be more cautious because at such a high speed the usage can be consumed within few hours.

Arvind Kejriwal will lead Aam Aadmi in Lok Sabha elections

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is all set to contest the Lok Sabha polls under Arvind Kejriwal who stepped down as Delhi Chief Minister. This has been told by senior AAP leader Yogendra Yadav. Kejriwal resigned yesterday from his post of Chief Minister when the Jan Lokpal Bill was not tabled in the Assembly. On his resignation Congress and BJP is saying that Kejriwal was not serious about his position. They are stating Kejriwal’s resignation as his run away act. He was looking for this opportunity and failed to deliver his commitments. The BJP is also saying that it is ready for the re-elections in Delhi. BJP was ready for the election from the beginning as it did not have the majority to form government. Yogendra Yadav also said that the main agenda of the AAP’s meeting was to evaluate Delhi’s situation after Kejriwal’s resignation. Also the strategy of the party would be focused, he added.

President's rule in Delhi

After the resignation of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, President’s rule will be applied to the state. The Assembly will be under suspended animation. Lt Governor Najeeb Jung made recommendation regarding this which has been accepted by the Union Cabinet. In this AAP government’s recommendation to dissolve government was not accepted by the Lt Governor. Before applying Cabinet’s decision, the notification by the President will be disseminated. It will be followed by the endorsement by the Parliament. In a report to the Centre, Jung disfavors the resolution of Delhi Assembly which was recommended by the councils of Minister under the leadership of Arvind Kejriwal. Options to for majority government are open. Jung has intimidated the Centre that Delhi should be brought under President’s rule as there is no party at present to form the government. But the Centre will take the final decision. For final decision, Home Ministry would take opinion of the Law Ministry and figure out all the facts pertaining to the decision. In last year’s Delhi Assembly elections none of the political party had won with clear majority. The Aam Aadmi Party formed the government with support from Congress. But the AAP government resigned yesterday as the Jan Lokpal Bill was not passed.

India is leading by 246-run over New Zealand

India scored 246-run in the first innings of the second cricket Test against New Zealand on day two. Rahane’s best score was 96, but he made 118 runs in this inning making it his best. New Zealand had won the first test at Auckland by 40 runs. Zaheer Khan took the first wicket of Peter Fulton for 1. After nine over New Zealand was at 24-1 in the second innings. India started playing match at 100-2. Shikhar Dhawan was at 71 not out when the game was resumed. A day before New Zealand players were all out for 192 in 53 overs. There was minor setback to India before lunch as it slipped from 141-2 to 165-5. But at this point partnership between Rahane and M S Dhoni made a huge difference. This partnership added 120 runs for the seventh wicket. Dhoni made 68 runs from 86 balls and this included nine fours and a six. Rahane made his first century that came from 149 balls and included 15 fours. Partnership between Rahane and Dhoni changed the game. Boult said that they now have a big challenge to cross.




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