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Major News and Events of 16 February 2014

What Happened on 16 February 2014


AAP rolled out the first list of its candidates for Lok Sabha elections

Aam Aadmi Party’s first list of candidates for Lok Sabha elections is out and this happened, just two days after Arvind Kejriwal resigned as Delhi Chief Minister. Senior party leader Manish Sisodia said that party only wants to send right and honest candidates to the Parliament. The list has two names from Delhi, seven from Uttar Pradesh, six from Maharashtra, one each from Haryana, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab. Name of Kumar Vishwas has been announced from Amethi opposite to Rahul Gandhi. But the party has not announced anyone in Rae Bareli. TV journalist-turned-politician Ashutosh will contest from Chandni Chowk seat in Delhi, Mukul Tripathi from Farukhabad seat in Uttar Pradesh, Advocate H S Phoolka from Ludhiana, activist Hardev Singh from Mainpuri where Mulayam Singh Yadav has a very stronghold. Anti-corruption activist Anjali Damania will contest from Nagpur. From the northwest Mumbai seat, senior AAP leader Mayank Gandhi will contest election. Subhash Ware will contest from Pune, Vijay Pandhare from Nashik, senior activist Alok Agarwal will contest from Khandwa in Madhya Pradesh and Habung Pyang will contest from northeastern state. Bargarh seat in Odisha will be contested by Lingraj, an activist.

Give us a separate country – A new demand of Seemandhraites

Telugu Desam Party clearly seems to be very annoyed and is now demanding that if they cannot have a united Andhra Pradesh then they need their separate country and parliament. This indeed is a very odd demand which MPs and senior TDP leaders are making in the last couple of days. Industrialist Modugula Venugopal Reddy who is also leading some of the leaders even threatened to commit suicide with the wrecked microphone in the Parliament. He asked for a separate country like Pakistan and Bangladesh. He also stated that the demand is because of indifferent attitude of the government. It looks as if government is not paying any attention to the sentiments of Seemandhra people and MPs from the region. He even added that Sonia Gandhi is not at all bothered about five crore denizens of Seemandhra. Many Seemandhraites are now posting on social media and favoring this statement. There is even a Facebook goup with the name "Seemandhra, a separate country". Senior legislator Payyavulu Keshav said that they feel like aliens and not the part of India anymore. It was initiated by former minister Somireddy Chandramohan Reddy who said that such days are not far. Former minister and TDP leader Bojjala Gopalakrishna Reddy is also claiming this as a right thing and feeling nothing wrong in such demand.

New Immigration form and new custom rules

As per the new custom rules, if any person flying into India is carrying more than Rs 10,000 will have to show it in an immigration form. The new rule will be applicable from the next month. Finance ministry has also stated that these persons will also have to declare the number of baggage including hand bag. New rules under Customs Baggage Declaration (Amendment) Regulations, 2014 are also stating that India citizen flying out of India will have to fill the immigration form. But the immigration form is not required incase the Indian citizen is coming to India. The said notification was issued on February 10 and the new rules will be implemented from March 1. Travelers have to declare if they are carrying any prohibited article, gold jewellery more than the prescribed limit, gold bullion or Indian currency more than Rs 10,000. They are also required to fill in the details regarding their passport number, and countries they have visited in the last six days. New format has also retained some of the old columns including details about satellite phone, more than USD 5,000 of foreign currency or equal to this, meat or meat products, dairy products, seed, plants, fruits, flower or other planting material, fish or poultry items and combined value of foreign exchange including currency over and above USD 10,000 or equal to this.

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox facing multiple vulnerabilities

Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox the most popular browsers are facing multiple vulnerabilities.  The users in India are asked to check against uninformed and illogical activities on their systems. The individual users are also asked to upgrade their systems with the latest version of Chrome and Mozilla Firefox as a preventive measure. The Computer Emergency Response Team of India (CERT-IN) in its recommendation to online users in India stated that in Mozilla Firefox, Thunderbird and SeaMonkey numerous vulnerabilities have been reported. CERT-IN is the main agency to keep all sorts of checks on hacking and phishing. It also reinforces the security-related defences. These vulnerabilities may be due to mischievous activities of the hackers or caused by harmful viruses. The vulnerabilities can result in memory corruption, unnecessary downloading and loss of imperative information. It may also lead to the rejection of essential services on the Internet to the user. All Internet users should either upgrade the browser version (Google Chrome) or they must use appropriate security patches (Mozilla Firefox). Software systems that needs to be upgraded are Firefox versions before to 27.0, Firefox extended support release (ESR) versions prior to 24.3, Thunderbird versions prior to 24.3, SeaMonkey versions prior to 2.24 and Google Chrome prior to version 32.0.1700.10.

Vodafone suggested an annual increase in tariff

To sustain on own there must be an annual increase in mobile tariff, said the Vodafone India. Vodafone India managing director and chief executive officer Marten Pieters said that time has come when tariffs must be increased annually depending upon cost level. He added that spectrum payment is funded by debt. There are two options to pay back the loan – either there should be an increase in tariffs or decrease in the service levels and investments. Government recently sold spectrum in 10 days auction which was attended by the biggest service providers of India like Bharti Airtel, Vodafone and Idea Cellular. Pieters has also added that the companies are yet to come out of the extremes of the 2010 auction and this auction along with other would deteriorate the industry further. The total worth of the spectrum in this auction was Rs. 47,933.40 crore at the reserve price. Companies have to make upfront payment and the rest can be paid in installments. As per the analysts, telephone operators are reducing the freebies and discounted minutes in order to maintain a profitable situation. It is also expected that this trend will keep going because companies now have to pay for the new spectrum.

Indian tricolor raised at Sochi Olympic Village

At last Indian tricolor flag is now unfurling at the mountain athletes village at Sochi. India was facing a ban owing to which India was not allowed to play under its flag at Olympics. But this 14-month long ban has been lifted by the International Olympic Committee. Suspension has come to an end now. A new board to the Indian Olympic Association has resulted in lifting the ban. A new president, N. Ramachandran of the Indian Olympic Association is thrilled and said that he just looks into the future and not concerned about the past. Three Indian athletes are competing in Sochi. In the opening ceremony they represented the nation under the IOC flag and took part as independent athletes. Indian luger Shiva Keshavan called this as a symbolic change and they are looking for a real transformation.




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