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Major News and Events of 25 January 2014

What Happened on 25 January 2014

Disturbance created by a group in function over Kumar Vishwas's presence

The programme attended by the AAP leader Kumar Vishwas in Salon had seen disturbance. The disturbance was created by a group of persons who claimed to be Congress workers on Friday. The function was organized by the Bar Association of Salon. These people when arrived at the venue started shouting slogans against Vishwas. Their act led to their compulsorily removal from the venue. Neither the Aam Aadmi Party nor Congress has commented anything on this issue. It is expected that Kumar Vishwas is the AAP’s candidate for the Amethi Lok Sabha seat, the seat which is considered as a Congress seat. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi is representing this seat in the Lok Sabha election. Few days back Vishwas’s words on nurses from Kerala while delivering speech also created news.

USFDA bar on Toansa Plant of Ranbaxy

Another blow to the Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd came in the form of an import alert on its Toansa plant in Punjab by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA). The plant produces Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (API) but this will now be banned by the US. Earlier also the three units of the company, at Ponta Sahib, Dewas and Mohali received a notification from the US and these are not allowed to supply any product to the US. The USFDA authorities on January 11, 2014 examined the Toansa plant and later on issued a Form 483 because major CGMP (current good manufacturing practices) were being violated. CGMP are the introductory regulatory safeguard norms and must be followed by the drug manufacturers to ensure quality. Gap was seen at the retesting of raw materials at the Toansa plant, also intermediate drug products and finished API failed analytical testing. In 2012 also the Toansa plant came under scrutiny and FDA then issued a Form 483 to the company. The Form specified many violations while manufacturing at the API unit. Not only this but API produced by Toansa was banned to be used for company’s own production as well as for supplying it to other companies. Arun Sawheny, CEO & Managing Director, Ranbaxy said that proper action will be taken after internal investigation. He even showed disappointment and apologized to the stakeholders because of the postponement of shipment.

Bangalore got WiFi Internet at six public places

Six public places in Bangalore city are going to have wireless internet access. ‘Namma WiFi’ will be available at M G Road, Brigade Road, C M H Road and at the TTMCs in Yeshwanthpur, Shanthinagar and Koramangala. Three hours of usage or 50MB of data download at a speed of 512 kbps is what user would get. It is planned that the entire city or at least Tier-II cities like Mangalore, Hubli-Dharwad, Belgaum and Mysore would also get this facility. A one-time password (OTP) will be given to the user. Authentication is required to access the Internet. User can also download a mobile application from Google Play on Android phones to access the WiFi. 2,300 to 2,500 users can access WiFi at a time at 23 access points along M G Road and Brigade Road. Other locations have 28 access points. Ramesh Sathya of D-Vois Broadband Private Limited, the service provider said that service is free of cost. Though company is devising a plan to make the service self sustainable. Being the IT capital of India government for long had been thinking to provide free WiFi service. Ramesh Sathya also added that the facility will definitely help in traffic surveillance, parking and garbage management. Concerned departments will be contacted for the same and apps will be developed to provide services like to find parking spaces in the commercial places of the city.

Indian Hockey team to play three test matches with Pakistan

Indian Hockey team will visit Pakistan in March-April for three test matches. This has been confirmed by Rana Mujahid, Secretary, Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF). President, Hockey India, Narinder Batra had telephonic conversation with Mujahid and said that clearance from the Ministries of Sports and External Affairs will be required. He further said that two-sided hockey ties between Pak-India is a very good gesture and this will surely improve the game in the subcontinent. Lahore, Karachi and Faisalabad are the selected venues for the matches but it is also possible that all the matches are organized at one venue. Ministry of Inter Provincial Coordination (IPC) has also been intimidated by the PHF. The two Federations in Lahore on December, 31st, 2012 have signed an agreement and resulted in this test series. Efforts had always been made in past to restore hockey between these two nations. Pak-India matches are full of excitement in both the countries as well as at global level. Tahir Zaman regrets that there are no Pakistan players from the Hockey India League (HIL). He added that addition of players from Pakistan in HIL would definitely add to the sheen of the game.

Congress's ad campaign for 2014 comes with Modi's slogan of 2011

A brand new ad campaign of Congress featuring Rahul Gandhi uses the tagline which was once used by Narendra Modi. In the ad Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has been featured with the phrase ‘Main Nahin, Hum’ (Not I, we). It is the same tagline that had been used by Modi in 2011 for his ‘better administration’ drive in Gujarat. Dentsu India has created the ad for Congress but refused to comment on this issue. Dentsu India along with JWT had won a Rs500-crore contract. In this ad Rahul Gandhi has been featured alone without any other party member or party chief Sonia Gandhi or Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The ad campaign was expected to be a big campaign against BJP’s Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party’s Arvind Kejriwal for the coming general elections. Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha called the Congress the copycats. Congress spokesperson Shoba Oza countered it by saying that the slogan is not the parental property of anyone. Information and broadcasting minister Manish Tewari also defended the use of same phrase by Congress stating that over the last 10 years the Congress and the UPA has transformed India so they have the legal claim over the word ‘we’.

Bharti's remark on Modi condemned by Kejriwal

Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti after raid talked to media person on Saturday and lost his temper. He was asked by the journalist if he was planning to resign from the cabinet on moral grounds and on this he replied , "How much money were you paid by Modiji?". Chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) responded to this immediately. Kejriwal said that Bharti’s remarks were wrong and he should not have said this. Shortly after this Bharti apologized and made the remark "Mere kehne ka woh matlab nahi tha. Agar koi mere statement se hurt hua hai to main maafi mangta hoon (I did not mean to say that. I apologize if I my statement has hurt someone)." Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP leader also reacted on the statement made by Bharti. He said that the AAP should follow some discipline and manners. The sort of language they are using is like unguided missiles.  Naqvi said that if all the attention and appreciation received by the AAP was paid. The AAP even published a video of the raid and defended Bharti’s action. The law ministers said that the allegations against him are incorrect and just to defame him. Sit-in was also held by Arvind Kejriwal along with the AAP supporters and ministers for taking action against the policemen. The protest was called off by him on the appeal from Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung.

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