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Major News and Events of 17 March 2014

What Happened on 17 March 2014

Unidentified person threw acid on eye witness in Asaram Bapu rape case

A new incident of acid attack has been added to the rape case against self-styled godman Asaram. Two unknown persons threw acid on one of the eye witnesses in Surat. The sufferer has been identified as Dinesh Bhavchandani (39). He has given statement against Asaram. Bhavchandani was going back to his home near Vesu Royal Residency when two unidentified persons on bike went ahead of him and threw acid. Bhavchandani was immediately rushed to the hospital. This is not the first attack on eye witnesses but the third. Earlier also the eye witness in the case suffered an acid attack. Deputy Commissioner of Police Shobha Bhutda said that police protection is given to most of the eye witnesses but three victims refused to take police protection. Rape case is going on against Asaram and his son Narayan Sai. Two sisters have accused Asaram and his son for raping them repeatedly and keeping them illicitly between 1997 and 2006 at ashram on the outskirt of Ahmedabad. Asaram was arrested in September 2013 and presently in Jodhpur jail.

Shive Sena spokesman Rahul Narvekar joins NCP

Every scene before elections is full of curiosity as it brings an air of change. Recently Shiv Sena spokesman Rahul Narvekar withdrew himself as a candidate from the legislative council elections and joined Nationalist Congress Party. He met NCP chief and Union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar. Narvekar said that withdrawal issues were disturbing him. He thought of getting clarity from the party on the issue. The Sena has told him to do so and hence he withdrew his candidature from the legislative council elections. Narvekar is son-in-law of Ramraje Naik Nimbalkar. Many senior leaders like Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar, NCP candidates Hemant Takle, Kiran Pawaskar and Congress leader Narayan Rane are in contact with him. Narvekar said that decision of joining NCP is not because of just one incident. Leaving Sena is like a breaking point. Narvekar will contest elections from Maval constituency. NCP is the main part of the UPA government. The party this time is contesting from about 30 seats. But party President Sharad Pawar is not in the race of becoming PM. He can act as a link between the UPA and regional parties to form government.

No possibility of 9/11 attack on India – Salman Khurshid

Some reports are pointing figures towards 9/11 like attack on India by the missing Malaysian jet MH 370. But Minister of External Affairs Salman Khurshid has made it clear that till now there are no such indications. Security agencies are looking at all sorts of possibilities. He said that Security Agencies in India will provide all the required help in the rescue operations. India will provide help in terms of manpower, equipment and vessel. India has already lent help in rescue operation led by Malaysia by providing the maximum number of ships and vessels. Sea searching and rescue mission were the first thing. It then included more things like diff trajectories. After this they said that search should also be carried out west wards over the Indian Ocean. The Malaysian authorities are saying that pilots did not indicate any trouble on the plane when they spoke last. After this the signaling system was stopped. Prime Minister of Malaysia on Sunday gave indication that the plane might be intentionally sidetracked from its flight path from Kuala Lampur to Beijing. The news of finding a flight simulator from the home of the flight captain has been confirmed by the Royal Malaysian Police.

Wages issue led to the closure of 2 Indian plants of Toyota

Two auto-assembly plants of Toyota in India have been shut down over the issue of wages and threats against management. The closure of units has affected 6,400 workers working at the plant. In its statement, the Indian unit has made clear that the decision of lockout has been taken by keeping in mind the safety of workers and management. In its statement, the largest auto manufacture has said that certain section of workers have taken the path to intentionally close the production line under the instigation of the union. The union has not made any comment so far because of Holi. Toyota Motor Corp. spokesman Naoki Sumino in Tokyo has also said that there is no incident of injury or damage at the plants. Negotiations over wages started in April 2013 and no conclusive solution came out so far. Production of these two plants is 310,000 vehicles in a year that include models of Etios, Fortuner SUV, Innova van and Corolla sub impact. The plants are located outside Bangalore. The company in recent times celebrated the sale of its millionth car in India. Toyota has been excitedly working on the business plans to expand the sale of affordable models in India.

Punjab Congress asks for strict action against Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for holding conference at Anandpur Sahib

Congress is stating that Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his deputy Sukhbir Singh Badal have despoiled the Model Code of Conduct and so action must be taken against them. A Punjab Congress spokesman said that Badal had violated the Model Code of Conduct during ‘Hola-Mohalla’ conference of Akali Dal at Anandpur Sahib. The complaint has been filed with Chief Election Commissioner V S Sampath. Copies of the same were given to the media. All the political parties were directed not to hold any conference at Anandpur Sahid during ‘Hola-Mohalla’. According to the orders of the ECI political parties must not use any kind of religious premises for political purposes and holding conference. But the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has willfully violated the orders though he should be the first one to set good examples. Now the Punjab Congress is demanding strict actions against Badals for holding conference at a religious place and influencing voters.

Match draws but Anand maintains a lead

Match between five-time world champion Viswanathan Anand and Vladimir Kramnik played out to draw. The match ended in the foorth round but Anand maintained his lead in the Chess tournament. Russians were fully prepared to defeat the Anand but he played so well in the game. He won two games out of three. Russian is now standing with Levon Aronian of Armenia in point tally and both are at 2.5 points. 10 rounds of the game are still pending and it is so early to say anything about the final outcome. But there is a possibility that Anand, Kramnik and Aronian might fight for the trophy of the next world championship. Trends are pointing that Anand needs two wins and draws to remain at the top and then only he can come out as a challenger for Magnus Carlsen. A match between former world champion Veselin Topalov of Bulgaria and Sergey Karjakin of Russia drew whereas Shakhriyar Mamedyarov of Azerbaijain defeated Dmitry Andreikin of Russia.

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