Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Highlights of major events that took place this week:


6 gang rapes in 96 hours in UP, reveals utter state of lawlessness:

Two teenage cousin sisters aged 14 and 15, were brutally raped and murdered by attackers who hung their bodies from a Mango tree in Uttar Pradesh’s Badaun district. The incident that has enraged the nation has led to a huge public outcry and forced the international community to take notice. UP has witnessed 6 rapes in only 96 hours and the police or the state government is still to take adequate steps to prevent such crimes. These incidents have highlighted the growing lawlessness and increasing number of crimes against women in UP.

Mango import ban: EU to send delegation to India:

A team of scientific experts from the European Commission will visit India in September to verify measures put in place by the country in order to help lift the ban by the European Union (EU) on the import of Indian mangoes. The Indian government had threatened to drag the European Union to the World Trade Organisation and had written to the EU to withdraw the ban on Alphonso and other 4 vegetables including bitter gourd and eggplant.


RIL to acquire Network 18 in one of the biggest deals, key executives quit:

In one of the biggest deals in the Indian media industry, Mukesh Ambani -owned Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL) will acquire control in Network 18 Media and Investments Ltd., including its subsidiary TV 18 Broadcast Ltd. RIL has approved funding of 4,000 crore rupees (or roughly $730 million) for taking over Network18. This is a strategic takeover for RIL which can use the wide range of content produced by Network18 when it launches its 4G network later this year.

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