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Major News and Events of 16 January 2014

What Happened on 16 January 2014

Virbhadra Singh files defamation cases against Jaitley, Prem Kumar Dhumal and his sons


Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh has filed three defamation cases under Section 499 of the IPC in a local court against BJP’s Arun Jaitley, former CM Prem Kumar Dhumal and his sons, Anurag Thakur and Arun Dhumal who are BJP MPs as well. As per him Dhumals and Jaitley have started maligning him and his family through the media. Jaitley in a press conference held in Delhi on December 30 has stated that an investigation should be done and action taken by the PM Manmohan Singh and the Congress party into the alleged payoffs to the Himachal CM and his wife by a private company. He also mentioned that Virbhadra Singh supposedly took from Venture Energy and Technology Pvt. Ltd around Rs.2.4 crore and Rs.1.5 crore, by cheques in his and his wife’s name. The same company supposedly got two extensions in spite of the fact that he has defaulted. Virbhadra Singh on the other hand is of the opinion that Dhumals are after him as they have fear about the charge sheet which mentions serious allegations of corruptions and land scams against them.

Danish tourist's rape has strong words flowing from AAP and Congress


Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has come on strongly on Delhi Police and stated that if any crime is controlled or doesn’t happen in the national capital, it is not due to the police force but due to God’s blessing. He used harsh words to specify that the citizen’s security has been left to the Gods. This was Kejriwal’s reactions after the shameful incident where a 51 year old Danish tourist was gang-raped by vagabonds. Yesterday he had stated he would be meeting the Police Commissioner B.S. Bassi along with Lt. Governor Najeeb Jung to delve into the reason behind so many rapes in the city. On the other hand the Delhi Congress chief has lashed on Kejriwal stating is he the same person who used to take to the streets and now he is saying he would be conducting a study as to why so many rapes happen in the capital.

NIA solved one case in 5 years

NIA or the National Investigation Agency, the country’s federal anti-terror agency has been able to solve only one case in its tenure of five years. It is said that there is need for advanced scientific techniques as well as additional courts for speedy execution of cases. As of now the agency has been able to do precious little against the tall claims made when it was set up in January 19, 2009 after the Mumbai attacks which pressed the need for a central agency to fight terrorism. Its first director was Radha Vinod Raju. The agency has got legal completion in a bomb blast case at a bus depot in Kozhikode, Kerala in 2006. 72 cases are being investigated by the agency that includes Hyderabad’s blast in 2013 as well as the Bodh Gaya blasts. Apart from that it is looking into the 2011 Delhi High Court blasts, the David Coleman Headley link to the Mumbai attack, the Samjhauta Express terror attack of 2007 and the Malegaon bombings of 2006 and 2008. NIA was able to nab LeT operatives Yaseen Bhatkal and Abu Jundal.

10% IOC stake to be sold to state oil firms


Government has approved the sale of stake of 10% in Indian Oil Corp to two state exploration firms. This is aimed to ease the cash crunch which the government is facing and would reduce the budget deficit. The firms which will buy the stake are Oil India Ltd and Oil and Natural Gas Corp Ltd and this will be completed around next week or so through a block deal. Government aims to generate 48 billion to 50 billion rupees through this transaction. Center has been looking into the sale of IOC as well as 5% stake in Coal India for months now. Even roadshows were organized for overseas investors, but there were differences among ministries and rupee’s decline caused the hurdle in the process. This initiative is part of the plan to generate $6.4 billion in the current financial year through divestments in state firms, though as of now only around $500 million have been generated.

India lose 2-7 to Australia in Hero Hockey World League Final

It is not in the recent past or maybe before that the Indian hockey team was leading by two goals against Australia and then gets the drubbing and loses the match. The same happened at the Hero Hockey World League Final where India lost 2-7 to Australia. In the quarterfinals against the world champions at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium India was leading till the 29th minute. But that was it after that India did not score any goal but Australia posted 7 goals one after the other. India was riding on the positive note of 3-3 draw against Germany and early in the game they did not let Australia to settle down. Birendra Lakra opened the account for India in the 6th minute and Yuvraj Walmiki scored the 2nd in the 11th minute. But after that Australia got themselves settled and turned the match in their favor.

Did Twitter prove harmful for Tharoor again?


Social media has brought everyone within the limits of few clicks but at the same time there is danger of over exposure. That is what happened in case of Shashi Tharoor, minister of state for human resource development. On Wednesday bizarre tweets appeared from Shashi Tharoor’s profile and later on he tweeted that his profile was hacked. Just when people were thinking whether to believe this or not next came up shocking revelations from his wife Sunanda Pushkar that it was she who was tweeting from her husband’s handle and that she wanted to expose the Pakistani journalist Mehr Tarar who was allegedly stalking her husband. The tweets from Sunanda’s account added much to gossip already rolling on Twitter. Till reports last came in, Tharoor had tried to do away with the issue with a Facebook note that there were distorted comments which were doing the rounds from various accounts. If we remember his cattle class tweet few years back had rolled a controversy and this time again it is Twitter which may be giving him sleepless nights.

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