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Major News and Events of 23 June 2014

What Happened on 23 June 2014

Hinduism is not just a faith – President Pranab Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee said that Hinduism is not just a faith, after receiving a copy the "Encyclopaedia of Hinduism" at an inter-religious gathering. The encyclopedia is the result of efforts by Swami Chidanand Saraswatiji of the Parmarth Niketan. He said that, fundamental theory of Hinduism is happiness, health and enlightenment of everyone. President also quoted the former President and Philosopher S Radhakrishnan, and Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, while speaking on the occasion. The event was attended by many dignitaries and religious leaders.

Resolution adopted by the WB assembly against railway fare hike

The West Bengal assembly on Monday, moved a resolution demanding an immediate roll-back of the hike in railway fare by the BJP government. It is the highest ever hike, in which passenger fare has been increased by 14.2%, whereas freight rates have been hiked by 6.5%. The resolution received support from Surjya Kanta Mishra of the Communist Party of India-Marxist. The resolution will be sent to the Central Government in the form of a letter, recommending the roll-back of the fare hike. A week-long agitation has also been announced by the ruling Trinamool party, as per media reports.

Three formats of Manali-Khardung La Cycling Championship

The inaugural Manali-Khardung La Cycling Championship will start from 5 July. The race from Manali to Khardung La covering 520 km will end on 13 July. Long-distance cyclist Anil Uchil, will direct the entire nine-day event, as per media reports. To be eligible for the race you must be 18 years old. The event consists of three stages. The first format will have a race from Manali to Khardung La, the second format will be covered in two days from Manali to Jispa, and the third format is for the participants who want to ride just for fun but not as a part of the championship.

Congress leaders protest outside Badal's residence

Sunil Jakhar, a leader of opposition lead a delegation of legislators including Punjab Congress President Pratap Singh Bajwa, and protested at the residence of Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal. The delegation demanded the payment of cane arrears of Rs 183 crore to farmers, rehabilitation of drug-addicts suffering in jail, property tax and discharge of payment under various benefit schemes to the SC beneficiaries. The Chief Minister himself came at the gate of his residence to receive a memorandum of demands, as per media reports. Badal showed remorse over the protest, and said that he would have welcomed them with a cup of tea had they come inside to discuss the matter.

Actor-Producer Aamir Khan calls on Prime Minister

As a ‘courtesy call’ Actor-Producer Aamir Khan called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, as per media reports. The official website of the Prime Minister has been updated with the pictures of Narendra Modi and Amir Khan shaking hands.

Indian government to contact Swiss authorities to get details of unaccounted money

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, said that government is working to get the details of unaccounted money held by Indian in Swiss banks. For this, India will contact Switzerland for speeding up the process of disclosing the details of this money. Swiss authorities have so far made no official communication regarding the account details of Indians who have deposited unaccounted money. The government has written to Swiss bank authorities, as per media reports.

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