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Major News and Events of 17 June 2014

What Happened on 17 June 2014

New international airport in Navi Mumbai to operate by December 2018

Navi Mumbai is soon going to have a new international airport. It is expected that the first phase of the airport, which includes a runway arrival and departure terminals, immigration sections, and custom, will become functional by December 2018, as per media reports. Expected cost of the airport is about Rs 14,500 crore, and the airport has been proposed to ease out the overcrowding at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai. The City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is looking after the construction of the Greenfield Airport project.

Rabindranath Tagore's stories to be staged in Bal Utsav

A five-day children's theatre festival Bal Utsav based on a theme "This Summer Children are in Tagore's Company," is going to start in Delhi from 18 June. Children will perform the popular children’s stories of Rabindranath Tagore such as Kabuliwala. On the inaugural day ten short stories written by Tagore will be presented. The Kamani Auditorium will stage two plays each day. Nearly 450 students have been selected by the Hindi Academy after a month-long workshop in various schools of Delhi. The children have been trained by directors and their assistants.

New Vice President appointed for Congress party in Kerala

Former MP N Peethambara Kurup has been appointed as the new Vice President of the party in Kerala, by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. As per media reports, P C Vishnu Nath and M Liju, two youth leaders have been made general secretaries of the party. Announcement was made by Congress General Secretary in-charge of organisation, Janardan Dwivedi.

Rain disrupts second ODI match between India and Bangladesh

The second One-Day International (ODI) match in the three-match series between India and Bangladesh was reduced to 41 overs each side, because of rain. The match was being played at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur, Bangladesh. The match consisted of a 30-minute innings break, with mandatory eight overs of powerplay and four hours of batting powerplay. There were nine overs for one bowler and eight each for other four. Earlier also, the match was halted by rain when opener Robin Uthappa and Cheteshwar Pujara were batting. India is leading the series by 1-0.

States must take measures to check hoarding: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, asked states to take effective measures to control hoarding as it leads to increase in food price. In a Facebook post, Jaitley said that hoarding must be discouraged. He added, that measures taken by the government will have a positive influence on the GDP, which will lead to higher growth. In May, India's Wholesale Price Index (WPI) based inflation went up to 6.01%, whereas the figures in the last month were 5.20%. Inflation has gone up because of rise in food, fuel and power costs.

UP governor Joshi submits his resignation to President Mukherjee

Uttar Pradesh Governor, B L Joshi submitted his resignation from the post, to President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday, as per media reports. Joshi is a retired Indian Police Service officer who has been serving as the Governor of the state since 2009, and worked with chief ministers, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. Though there is no explicit reason of his resignation, but officials revealed that he was appointed by the Congress-led government and was now feeling uneasy with the increasing control of the BJP government. 78-year-old Joshi was the Lt. Governor of Delhi between 2004 and 2007, and the Governor of Meghalaya and Uttarakhand before being appointed as the Governor of UP.

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