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Major News and Events of 21 February 2014

What Happened on 21 February 2014


Aadhar not required for subsidized cooking gas cylinders

 

Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily today informed the parliament that subsidized LPG cylinders can be purchased even though one does not have an Aadhaar account. Moily also stated that in a week the clarification regarding this will be issued. Earlier the government had suspended the Direct Benefit Transfer for LPG (DBTL) scheme till the time there was a review regarding how it will be implemented. Last month the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs had done this thus dissociating the Aadhaar account from distribution of cooking gas cylinders. At that time the cap of subsidized was also raised to 12 cylinders in a year. Majority of the consumers either do not have the Aadhaar card or don’t have a bank account for linking to the number. Moily stated the DBTL scheme was facing issues as banks have been given a subsidy of Rs 435 per cylinder whereas the prices of a 14.2 kg cylinder has now risen to Rs.700. Government did not hike the prices of subsidized cylinders for consumers.

Sudipto Sen given 3 years of rigorous imprisonment

 

Sudipto Sen, the chairman of Saradha Group was awarded 3 years of rigorous imprisonment by a Bidhannagar court today. The charges are of defaulting in depositing provident fund. This is the 1st conviction in number of cases there are on Sen regarding a chit fund scam worth crores of rupees. A fine of Rs 10000 was imposed on him and 6 months of more imprisonment he has to undergo if he did not pay the fine. Sen was convicted for defaulting in deposit of provident fund under section 406 of Indian Penal Code (criminal breach of trust). Sen’s Saradha group operated various ponzi schemes. 3 years of imprisonment was given to him under section 120B of IPC for defaulting on PF. He will have to serve both the terms and the days he had already spent in jail since April 2013 will be reduced from that term. There are hundreds of cases pending against Sen as he there are charges on him of cheating lakhs of depositors.

Kejriwal targets Modi and Rahul over gas pricing issue and Mukesh Ambani

 

AAP leader and former Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal has targeted BJP Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as well as Congress Vice-President, Rahul Gandhi over the gas pricing issue which involves the business tycoon Mukesh Ambani. In a press conference in Delhi, Kejriwal specified that he has sent a letter to Modi asking him to speak up on the gas pricing issue. He also stated that the Congress government has joined hand with the industrialist to raise the gas prices and that undue favor has been given to Reliance Industries. He also stated that in the letter he has asked Modi who funds his huge rallies and the chopper costs and whether the funding is done by Mukesh Ambani. He stated he would ask similar questions to Rahul Gandhi in a letter tomorrow. He also posed a question to Modi that if he becomes the prime minister, will he take action Ambani acting on the media reports which specify that his black money is stashed in Swiss accounts. Kejriwal also queried why the BJP and the Congress go against the registering of FIR against Mukesh Ambani by Delhi Anti-Corruption Bureau.

Telangana will have to rely on IT and Pharma sectors

 

Telangana economy after separation from Andhra Pradesh will depend on information technology (IT) and pharmaceuticals manufacturing. Whereas the rest of Andhra Pradesh will depend on power production, natural gas, ports and oil. There is a 1000 km long coast in the coastal Andhra along with major ports like Vizag, Kakinada, Krishnapatnam and Gangavaram, so the export and import will have major thrust in this region though it is being said that Rayalaseema region, will have to face adverse effects in the division. Additional power of as much as 20000 mw is the target for the Seemandhara region in 12th five year plan. Nuclear Power Corporation will set up a 6,000 mw nuclear power plant at Kovvada in Srikakulam District. Telangan will have to rely more on rail and road for transport as it is landlocked but the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Hyderabad has the required infrastructure for storing drugs and pharma. With this facility exports from Telangana can also be easily done. Country’s 20% phrama export is done from Hyderabad.

Security arrangements for the IPL cannot be made: Home Ministry

Board of Control for Cricket in India has got information from the Union Home ministry that the security arrangements for the IPL cannot be made as the dates may coincide with the general elections scheduled in April-May. Home Ministry has stated that the amount of force needed for managing the IPL cannot be spared in that period and so an alternate venue has to be selected. Earlier it was announced by the BCCI that South Africa can be one of the options for the venue if the tournament was not held in Delhi. In 2009 as well the 2nd edition of the tournament was held in South Africa as Lok Sabha polls were held during that time. After the elections the event can come back to India. On February 28 in the IPL governing council meeting the decision regarding the venue will be taken.

A phone which tracks, learns and maps

As per reports a prototype Android device which can learn and map its surroundings has been developed by Google. The Advanced Technology and Projects group, which is among the units of Motorola Google kept with itself after selling it off to Lenovo, made an announcement that Project Tango lays emphasis on making the phone understand the dimension of rooms and different spatial objects once it is moved around or inside those. With this the mobile devices will have the same understanding as humans have regarding spaces as well as motion. This is the core objective of the project. The customized smartphone will have a 4MP camera, an extra motion-tracking camera, depth-sensing camera along with processors for calculating computer vision. The phone will trace its coordinates in 3D more than 250,000 times per second, thus generating a virtual 3D map.




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