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Kejriwal overshadows Modi in both traditional and social media
Report dated 04/01/2014 @ 12:47 PM
Turning the tides of media attention, since the remarkable performance of the Aam Aadmi Party and its leader Arvind Kejriwal, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi has been relegated to the footlights, as TV and social media have positioned Kejriwal as the hero of the public mind space
In polls conducted on awareness, reach and prominence, Kejriwal was ahead with 424 points, as Modi trailed with 218 points followed by Rahul Gandhi with 157 points.
Naturally the BJP denied that Modi was losing out to Kejriwal and the AAP
PM Manmohan Singh to step down after 10 years in office
Report dated 04/01/2014 @ 12:46 PM
Speaking at only his third news conference during his 10 years in office, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, 81, announced that he will step aside to make way for Rahul Gandhi, 43, to take the reins of India if his party stays in power in this year's elections. He described Gandhi as having the best credentials to become the next head of the Congress Party.
The news broke even as Congress's stock is battered by corruption scandals, internal feuding and its inability to deal with the uncertain economy and serious problems with poverty, infrastructure and education.
Asked about the BJP describing him as 'weak' PM, Singh said if by that they mean that one who presides over the massacre of innocent citizens in Ahmedabad is a measure of strength, he does not believe that's the sort of strength India needs, least of all from its prime minister.
PM Singh also addressed the recent diplomatic situation between India and the US, that is the result of the treatment of an Indian diplomat accused of breaking US laws. Singh said relations with the US are a top priority, and the temporary aberrations will be resolved.
PM Singh, a technocrat, was chosen for the PM's seat in 2004 by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
Another case of police mishandling gang rape case
Report dated 04/01/2014 @ 12:38 PM
The parents of 16-year-old girl who died after being gang-raped and set on fire in Kolkata have vowed to fight for justice. The dead girl's father and mother said finding justice is the sole aim of their lives and the girl had asked to make sure the people who killed her are hanged.
Eight men have been arrested in connection with the case, as protesters who are outraged at the police's alleged mishandling of the case are demanding action against the alleged attackers. The family also accused the police of conducting a cover-up and wanting to keep the case quiet.
The girl was raped on two separate occasions near her hometown, once when she was returning from filing a police complaint.
The incident came a year after the gang rape of a Delhi student that triggered protests across the country.
Sadly women across India still live with the daily fear of sexual assault, and victims still often have to deal with police apathy.
62 Indians on shortlist for one-way mission to Mars
Report dated 03/01/2014 @ 1:39 PM
Netherlands-based non-profit organisation Mars One announced the selection of 1058 candidates from the 200,000 applicants hoping to establish human life on Mars. 62 Indians are among over 1000 aspirants who have been shortlisted for the private mission that will send four men and women on a one-way trip to Mars in 2024, to establish a permanent colony on the red planet.
Applicants came from over 140 countries and over 20,000 from India had applied for the first round.
Mar One co-founder Bas Lansdorp said they are appreciative and impressed with the number of people who submitted their applications.
For those who were not selected in the round, there is still a chance they could reapply at a later date, which has not yet been determined.
Mars One plans to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. Crews of four will depart every two years starting in 2024. The first unmanned mission will be launched in 2018.
AAP government orders audit of Delhi’s power companies
Report dated 02/01/2014 @ 4:12 PM
Fulfilling another election promise, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal of the Aam Aadmi Party rejected the contention of private power distributors and ordered a CAG audit of their finances.
The government had given time to 3 companies - BSES Yamuna Power Ltd; BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd and Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd., to present their views on why there should not be a CAG audit of their companies, but not one reason was given on why an audit should not be carried out.
Kejriwal said there had been a constant demand to audit the private power distribution companies and the previous government was 'misleading' the people, saying the matter was in court.
Kejriwal stated "what the previous government could not do in four years, his party has done in four days".