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Major News and Events of 15 July 2014

What Happened on 15 July 2014

Shrikhand Mahadev yatra commences in Himachal Pradesh

10-day long Shrikhand Mahadev yatra started as the first batch of devotees left to pay obeisance at Shrikhand, a natural rock resembling Shiva Lingam in the district of Himachal Pradesh. As per media reports, devotees must undergo a medical examination to scale the Shrikhand Mahadev peak. Rescue and medical teams in 30-km one-way trek have been deployed to handle any emergency. Hyperbaric chambers have also been installed for this purpose. As per official estimates, near about 20,000 devotees are expected to visit Shrikhand this season.

Meeting was to analyse Hafiz Saeed's the mind – Vaidik

Journalist Ved Pratap Vaidik has commented that his meeting with  Hafiz Muhammad Saeed, mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attack, in Lahore was just to analyse the mind of the Pakistani terror group leader. It was not for political purposes. In an interview to a TV channel, Vaidik told that he is a journalist and wanted to know the kind of man Saeed is.He actually wants to bring peace in South Asia by convincing such people. He is often linked with the Vivekananda International Foundation, but he denied any such association. His meeting with Saeed had created stir in Parliament.

Former two-time CM of Assam resigns as AGP president

The two-time former chief minister of Assam Prafulla Kumar Mahanta resigned as a party president. He described the poor performance of the Asom Gana Parishad (AGP) in the recent panchayat polls and the Lok Sabha election as the reason for his resignation. The regional party AGP had not won even a single seat in the Lok Sabha election. He also declared that working president Atul Bora will take up the responsibilities and he himself will keep working as a legislator and assist in revamping the party.

Lalu records statement for two more fodder scam cases

The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad Yadav appeared before Special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Judge A K Rai to record his statement in association with two cases of the multi-million-rupee fodder scam. The cases are related to the deceptive withdrawal of Rs 3.97 crore and Rs 97 lakh from Dumka treasury and Deoghar treasury respectively. After his meeting with the CBI, he said that he has full faith in the courts and replied to all the questions asked to him by the CBI. Lalu Prasad was convicted in the fodder scam and sentenced to five-year imprisonment last year in a case related to fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 38 crore from Chaibasa treasury. Lalu Prasad is currently out on bail.

ITC proposes to establish paper unit in Telangana

ITC, a diversified and multi-business company, has shown its willingness to establish a paper manufacturing unit in Telangana. The project will be set up with total investment of Rs 3,500 crore. In a meeting, a delegation of top officials of ITC conveyed this to Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao. Chief Minister welcomed the decision and added that his government will provide the required land for the plant. ITC officials also expressed their eagerness to establish food processing and agro-based units. They wished to extend eucalyptus plantation to more than one lakh acres.    


Parliament okays bill to transfer Telangana's land to Andhra Pradesh

Parliament has passed the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill to transfer portion of Telanaga's Khammam district to Andhra Pradesh. The Bill provides transfer of 136 villages, 211 hamlets and seven mandals of Khammam district to the East Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh. The implementation of the Polavaram irrigation project necessitates the change. Home Minister Rajnath Singh gave full assurance that interest of tribal people who are going to be affected by the Polavaram project will be protected.

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