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Major News and Events of 26 January 2014

What Happened on 26 January 2014

Made mistakes as not aware of procedures - Delhi Law minister Somnath Bharti

Delhi law minister Somnath Bharti was not aware of the procedures because of which everything went wrong. He said that his intentions were right in the raid while addressing lawyers on the eve of Republic Day at Saket district courts premises in New Delhi. Political opponents are criticizing the midnight raid by the law minister against some African women in Khirki Extension in South Delhi. Local residents complained several times to the police against the growing drug and prostitution racket in the area. Bharti is an Aam Aadmi Party MLA from Malviya Nagar. He said that he risked his life and went on raid though it is the duty of the policemen. He is working for a common man who has elected him. He said that he is new to this system and so he might commit mistakes. He further added that someone should come forward to guide him. He is doing his best to give a corruption-free system. He even criticized media for projection him in a wrong manner. He added that it is not the fault of the reporters as reporters gives their reports to their seniors, but they are associated with other political parties. Along with him SCBA President Rajpal Kasana, his deputy Arun Rathi and more than 100 lawyers were also present on the occasion.

Need stable governance - President Pranab Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday delivered his Republic Day-eve speech. Recent agitation of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and its way of working was clearly reflected in his speech. He warned that "populist anarchy" cannot be a "substitute for governance". He directly commented on the AAP way of doing thing and its politics and stressed that more stable governance is required after the forthcoming Lok Sabha election. He then commented on corruption and the way it erodes democracy. President said that corruption is just like cancer and warned that political parties will either have to check corruption or they should prepare themselves to be voted out of office. Voters will remove government if the flaws in the system are not corrected. The speech was different from the usual speeches and it was written by the President without any inputs from the government. He also said that false promises should not be made with public as these create disappointment and result in anger. Sense of national purpose and patriotism must be rediscovered by us. Generate jobs and give jobs to young ones so that they can uplift the villages and cities to meet the standards of the 21st century. Give young generation a chance. But for such chances India needs a stable government. He further added that democracy has the ability to correct itself and 2014 must become the healing year for our democracy.

Padma Bhushan to Kamal Haasan and Begum Parveen and Padma Shri to Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal among others

This year entertainment industry will see Kamala Haasan and Begum Parveen Sultana receiving Padma Bhushan award, the third highest civilian award. Vidya Balan and Paresh Rawal will receive Padma Shri award, the fourth highest civilian award. Actor-director Kamala Haasan is a well known personality. His career spanned over five decades and he did more than 190 films in different languages including Hindi, Tamil, Telgu, Malayalam and Kannada. His Hindi movies ‘Hey Ram’, ‘Chachi 420’and work in Tamil cinema like 'Moondram Pirai' were the instant hit. A classical singer of the Patiala Gharana, Begum Parveen Sultana has also been chosen for the award. Actor Vidya Balan a National award winner, has worked in many women oriented movies and successfully portrayed female character in movies like 'Paa', 'Ishqiya', 'No One Killed Jessica', 'The Dirty Picture' and 'Kahaani'. Paresh Rawal, a well known actor has many movies in his kitty like 'Oh My God', 'Hera Pheri', 'Sir' and 'Sardar'. The list of awardees also includes a Wendell Rodricks, actresses Sabitri Chatterjee, Supriya Devi Sooni Taraporvala, Vijay Ghate, Bansi Kaul, Santosh Sivan, Mohammad Ali Baig, Nayana Apte Joshi, Musafir Ram Bhardwaj, Elam Endira Devi, Rani Karnaa, Ram Mohan and dancer Kalamandalam Sathyabhama.

Saina Nehwal wins Syed Modi International

Saina Nehwal got victory over PV Sindhu in the women's singles. The game lasted for 40 minutes at the Babu Banarasi Das Indoor Stadium, Lucknow. Saina Nehwal who is an ace shuttler and a bronze medalist in the London Olympics won the game in straight victory of 21-14 21-17 and secured the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold badminton crown. This was Saina’s 22nd international final. She won the title after 15 months. Saina after victory said that this is an emotional time for her and she loved the support she received. Lucknow is her favorite place because she had won her first title at Lucknow in 2009. She added that this win is special because it has come after such a long time. Saina admired Sindhu’s game as well and said that she played very well. Saina further added that she was bit nervous because she was playing final after a long time.

India celebrated 65th Republic Day

India’s rich cultural heritage,power, achievements in various fields and might has been displayed today at beautifully decorated Rajpath in New Delhi. Today India celebrated its 65th Republic Day. Japanese Prime Minster Shinzo Abe was the chief guest of the Republic Day celebration. Mr Abe and Indian Prime Minister gave the joint statement in which they said that their nations on the basis of freedom, democracy and rule of law are committed to global partnership. It was expected that due to mist the concluding flypast might get cancelled on the occassion, but as the weather got cleared it was the concluding event of the day. General Officer Commanding (Delhi), Lt General Subroto Mitra led the military and police contingents and salute was taken by the President and Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces Pranab Mukherjee. 26th Jan 2014 was the coldest Republic Day in a decade but winter chill couldn’t stop the enthusiasm of the public. Before parade, wreaths at ‘Amar Jawan Jyoti’ was laid down by the Prime Minister, defence minister AK Antony and chiefs of army, navy and air force. The National Capital was under tight security from ground to air to make sure the safety. All the main locations were guarded by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police and Delhi Police whereas 25,000 security personnel were deployed in the entire city.

Senior BJP leader LK Advani on Lok Sabha poll

Senior BJP leader LK Advani said that his nomination to Rajya Sabha is in his mind and said that he will contest the coming Lok Sabha elections. Advani represents Gandhinagar from Gujarat in the Lok Sabha. He said that he has not said anything regarding going to Rajya Sabha but if someone will ask him then he would definitely think of it. He added that fighting the Lok Sabha elections is also in his mind. Advani is now showing all praise for BJP Prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. Commenting on the President Pranab Mukherjee's Republic Day-eve speech he said that it is good that he talked against "populist anarchy", but Advani did not speak further on this matter. He said that the matter is important as President himself has spoken on it but he will not speak anymore on that topic. He showed a hope that country will soon have a government of majority.

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