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Major News and Events of 27 July 2014

What Happened on 27 July 2014

Indian society is becoming unsafe for children

Recent increase in crimes like child assault, rape and murder have grabbed the attention of the members of various communities and organisations who have come forward, questioning the safety of children in the country. According to the National Crimes Records Bureau (NCRB), there was a rise of 52.5 percent in the crime against children across India in 2013 over the figure in 2012. The most unsafe place for children in India is Delhi as crime rate is increasing at an alarming rate. Generally, children of vulnerable communities are at greater risk but kids of middle class families studying in elite schools are also not spared.

Dharamsala to host a match of India-West Indies series

A match of the One Day International series between India and West Indies is going to be held at Dharamsala amidst the beautiful snow-clad mountains of Himalayan range. The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is considering this a big achievement as this is the second ODI to be played in the state. The first ODI took place in Jan 27 the last year between India and England at the same place. The series is scheduled to take place in October-November. Kolkata, Visakhapatnam, Cuttack and Kochi are the other venues of the series. The stadium at Dharamsala is located at a distance of 250km from Shimla and has the capacity to accommodate 21,600 people. The stadium also hosted the nine IPL matches.

Land dispute results in violent communal clash in Saharanpur

The dispute over a land adjacent to a Gurudwara in Saharanpur in western Uttar Pradesh took an ugly turn and left three people dead, and several others injured. The Muslim and Sikh groups involved in the violent clash burnt many vehicles. Several policemen also got injured in the violence. Sensing the tense situation, the state government deployed heavy security including eight companies of the Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC), six of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and two companies of Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP.  Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh spoke to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav who gave assurance of bringing peace in the region. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal also talked to Akhilesh Yadav and shared his concern over the incident.

Preneet Kaur to contest by election to Patiala constituency

Former minister of state for external affairs and wife of former Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh Preneet Kaur will contest the by-election to the Patiala assembly constituency as the Congress candidate.  She is contesting elections for the seat vacated by Amarinder Singh after he got elected to the Lok Sabha. Her name was cleared by Congress President Sonia Gandhi.  The Congress also announced the candidature of former MLA Harminder Singh Jassi for bypoll to the Talwandi Sabo. 

The by-elections to both these Assembly seats will be held on August 21.


Himachal government to allot Nautor land to tribals

The Himachal Pradesh government can now allot "nautor land" to people settled in tribal areas. The allotments have been made available after the period of 16 years. A nautor land is the one with the rights to utilise it sanctioned by authorities. It also includes government-owned wasteland outside towns, reserved and demarcated protected forest areas and any such area which may be decided by the state government. The decision will give relief to tribal people living in Lahaul Spiti, Kinnaur and Pangi-Bharmour area of Chamba district. Earlier, the state government had to take permission from the Central government for allotting nautor land to them. The allotments came to halt with the implementation of the Forest Conservation Act in 1998.

President Mukherjee expresses grief over IAF chopper crash deaths

President Pranab Mukherjee expressed grief over the death of seven people in the crash of an Advanced Light Helicopter (ALH) of the Indian Air Force (IAF) in Sitapur district Uttar Pradesh. The helicopter was flying from Bareilly to Allahabad when the incident took place. Mukherjee sent a condolence message to the chief of the air force, Air Chief Marshal Arup Raha.

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