Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Newsmakers of Tamil Nadu in 2014

They've been newsmakers in 2014 for various reasons and with 2015 just around the corner it's time to take a look at the people and personalities who made headlines and caused quite a stir in the year gone.

Here are the top 15 newsmakers in Tamil Nadu:

(01) J. Jayalalithaa:

She left for Bengaluru as Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu but returned to Chennai as a convicted. Ms. Jayalalithaa was convicted of amassing assets disproportionate to her income while she was in power from 1991-96 and removed as CM. Jayalalithaa and her three associates--N Sasikalaa, Elavarasi and V N Sudhakaran--were sentenced to four years in prison. While she was fined Rs100 crore, the other three were fined Rs10 crore each and sent to prison. She moved the Supreme Court in October, which suspended her sentence for two months and granted her interim bail. 
Government notices and press releases still take her name and she pulls the strings from her home but the AIADMK star has been barred from elections for 10 years. Now her party calls as "People's Chief Minister"
At the peak of her political career (winning 37 LS Seats out of 39 without any ally; making AIADMK as the third largest political party in Lok Sabha), her conviction becomes ‘sweet news’ for all other parties in Tamil Nadu. Her political life now hangs in the hands of Karnataka High Court, which will hear it from Jan 2015 (judgement might come April 2015)

(02) Khushbu:

No stranger to newsmaker lists or trouble, Khushbu spent 2014 making her presence felt--if not her mark--in the political world. In the run-up to the 2014 elections, Khushbu--who has both star appeal and strong opinions--hit the campaign trail for DMK though Stalin's dislike of her was an open secret. In 2013, stone throwing Stalin supporters attacked her house after she said DMK general council would choose Karunanidhi's successor. Despite having MK's support she was unable to make much headway. She left the party in June, and after lying low for a few months, joined Congress in November

(03) N. Srinivasan:
Just like he did last year, India Cements chief N Srinivasan made news all through 2014 for his role as a cricket administrator. The IPL betting scandal that broke in 2013 extended all the way into 2014 and a court-appointed committee indicted his son-in-law and team principal of Chennai Super Kings for betting. In 2014, the Supreme Court ordered him to stay away from BCCI activities and asked him to prove that there is no conflict of interest, despite him wearing multiple hats as BCCI chief and managing director of India Cements, which owns Chennai Super Kings

(04) Viswanathan Anand:
It wasn't easy for Viswanathan Anand to lose the World Chess Championship to Magnus Carlsen for a second year running, but experts said that he was back at his best this year. His biggest achievement, in fact, was to qualify for the final against Carlsen by beating the best in the business in the Candidates event and even after the Carlsen defeat, Anand showed he has not lost the hunger by winning the London Classic

(05) G. K. Vasan:

After years of laying low, G K Vasan decided to break away from Congress. The former Union minister launched Tamil Maanila Congress (Moopanar) in November, saying he was “deeply worried about the functioning of the Congress in Tamil Nadu“. After the party's defeat in the Lok Sabha pollsearlier in the year, Vasan decided to forge his own path by harnessing the power of his father's name and followers. He took 22 district Congress presidents and 31 former MLAs and MPs, including S R Balasubramaniam and S Peter Alphonse, with him and invited “all famous, respected individuals“, including Rajinikanth, to join him

(06) Dipika Pallikal:
India's top-ranked woman squash player Dipika Pallikal won herself a bronze at the Asian Games at Incheon after briefly considering dropping out over allegations that the singles draw was manipulated for the third time in a row. In the 20th Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July, Chennai girls Dipika and Joshna Chinappa, both longtime friends and teammates, won the gold in the women's doubles event

(07) Sathish Sivalingam:
Became the first person from Tamil Nadu to win an individual gold medal at the Commonwealth Games. Weightlifter Sathish Sivalingam perhaps did not expect to achieve success so early in life — maybe not at the age of 22 — when he lifted a total 328kg to claim the gold medal in the 77kg category at the Commonwealth Games. He did so in style, setting a Games record by lifting 149kg in snatch. Sathuvachari near Vellore District became famous due to his win. Then all the media galore those tiny village and found that there are many youth aspiring to become weightlifting champions in a small gym. Due to health problem, he not participated in the Asian Games 2014.

(08) P. Sathasivam:
40th Chief Justice of India. Appointed as the Governor of Kerala (Aug 2014). He was the first judge form Tamil Nadu to become CJI (Jul 2013). When he was appointed as the Governor of Kerala, it created a big controversy (retired CJI must not be posted as Governor). Some media said that, as a Judge he released Amit Shah (now BJP President) in a case, and for that BJP offered P. Sathasivam Governor Post. However, both BJP and Sathasivam denied such allegations.

(09) Tamilisai Soundarajan:


 First women president of BJP’s Tamil Nadu unit. She was a National Secretary of the Bharatiya Janata Party prior to this appointment. Her statements for BJP in television channels are now trendsetting in facebook by various jokes. After Jaya’s conviction, BJP’s voice in the State is in of high tone. BJP is longing to grab the power in 2016.

(10) Vaiko:

          MDMK party chief, who first joined NDA camp ahead of 2014 elections became the first party to come out of the same camp. His voice against BJP leaders was in headlines often ranging from invitation to Rajapkase, release of fishermen form death sentence as a huge drama enacted by BJP, imposition of Hindi and Sanskrit, Cauvery issue and others…

(11) O. Pannerselvam:

          Current Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu. Mr. OPS became the CM of the State for the second time. After Jaya’s conviction, Mr. OPS became the CM. Opposition parties mocked Mr. OPS in several ways but the party / Mr. OPS remained silent. Media and Opposition made Mr. OPS to convene Assembly session. The session begins with Mr. OPS as Chief Minister. Mr. OPS handled the Assembly session in smooth way. Mr. OPS increased the electricity bill and milk rate. Attended CM’s meet in Delhi.

(12) Sheela Balakrishnan IAS:

Adviser to the Government of Tamil Nadu. Former Chief Secretary of Tamil Nadu; when she retired, the then Chief Minister Jaya, appointed her as a special adviser to the government. When Jaya got convicted, her name was also said for CM post. The media circulates that, the Ms. Sheela is the pillar of St. George Fort now guiding the Tamil Nadu government.

(13) Sagayam IAS:

          The person who is hailed as ‘100% clean’ by media and some groups was in news 2014. Removed from Cooptex Secretary (due to clash with Minister Ms. Gokula Indra); then appointed as Indian Medicine and Homeopathy commissioner; then, to the vice-chairmanship of Science City in Chennai. Madras HC appointed Sagayam to investigate the granite scam in the State. The State government rejected this and gone to HC and SC, both court rejected the plea of State government and also imposed a fine. Then with no other way, government gave its order for Sagyam to probe this scam (As of now, it is limited only to Madurai area)

(14) EVKS Elangovan:

          The much troubled congress unit in Tamil Nadu got a new President. Now, the Congress unit in the State is divided with the factions of EVKS, Chidamabram, Thangabalu and Khushubu. The high command thinks that, EVKS can make DMK to bring into the alliance.

(15) Rajinikanth:

Can a list of newsmakers from TN leave Rajinikanth out? The superstar makes news just by breathing. However, he did create quite a few headlines in 2014 with the release of `Lingaa', his rejection of invitations from a phalanx of political parties and moving court to protect his `personality rights' when a Bollywood director tried cashing in on his name and style. Ahead of the LS polls, he posed with Modi but said he supported no one; later, he said, “I am not afraid of politics, but hesitant”


(i) Kamal Hassan: appointed as ambassador ‘clean India’ campaign by Modi and a winner of 'Padma Bhushan'

(ii) M K Stalin: DMK now comes under the direct control of M K Stalin

(iii) Maran Brothers: Spicejet issue; ED summons them on Aircel-Maxis case

(iv) H Raja: BJP leader who openly warned Vaiko can’t return safely if he criticises Modi and other BJP leaders

(v) Balu Mahendra & K Balachander: the trend setter of Tamil Films passed away.

(vi) Subramanian Swamy: BJP leader who is known for his ‘great’ remarks. ‘Award Bhara Ratna to Sri Lankan President’; ‘I only said to Sri Lanka to release fishermen and keep their boats’; ‘I knew Jaya will be convicted, her political life is over’; ‘Dismiss Tamil Nadu government as the government is supporting LTTE activities’; ‘Vaiko can go out of NDA else we will throw you out – same is applicable for Ramdoss too’; ‘BJP do not need any actors to strengthen its base in TN’ ‘India is a country for Hindus’, etc…..

(vii) Varsha Gautham – Aishwarya Nedunchezhian: Asian Games bronze medalists; also won the 29er youth class in Chennai with a win in the India International Regatta.

(viii) Poomani: Eminent Novelist Mr. Poomani has won the Sahitya Akademi Award for Tamil Literature, 2014 for his fictional, historical novel “Agnaadi”.

(ix) Ashok Kumar: New DGP for Tamil Nadu. Replaced K. Ramanujam who was appointed as Adviser to the Government of Tamil Nadu

(x) A Sarath Kamal and Anthony Amalraj: Table tennis players who won Silver medals in 2014 CWG

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2014: Disasters across the world

December 2014 Events - IV week (Dec 23-31, 2014)

Events of Dec Fourth Week (23 – 31, 2014)

Union Government released Calendar for the year 2015 with theme 'Clean India, Green India'
PDP wins Jammu & Kashmir assembly election but falls of majority; BJP and its allies win Jharkhand assembly election
Veteran film director, Mr. K. Balacander passed away in Chennai
Government constitutes Committee (Retd. Justice G. P. Mathur) to look into grievances related to 1984 riots 
The military chiefs of Afghanistan and Pakistan agreed to co-ordinate on military operations along border of two countries.
Nicaragua launched the construction of an inter-oceanic canal linking Atlantic Ocean with the Pacific Ocean.
For the first time, Pakistan and Russia have signed an energy deal worth $1.7 billion to lay a gas pipeline from Karachi to Lahore

Union Govt announces 'Bharat Ratna' award for A. B. Vajpayee and Madan Mohan Malavia
Union Cabinet gave its nod to increase the number of MLC seats in Andhra Pradesh Assembly from 50 to 58
Stamp on “Kuka Movement” Released
Prime Minister to Interact with Bankers during Bankers Retreat; Two Day Bankers’ Retreat called ‘Gyan Sangam’ to be held in Pune on 2nd and 3rd January, 2015 to Prepare a Blue Print of Reform Action Plan for Banking Sector
Assam ethnic violence: more than 70 dead
Tamil writer Jayamohan has been selected for this year's Iyal Award instituted by the Canada based Tamil Org for his contribution to Tamil Literature
Dr. K. Radhakrishnan, Chairman of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is one of the 2014 top ten scientists chosen by the prestigious journal Nature. This is the first time in the recent past that the journal has chosen an Indian working in India.
Mr. Shinzo Abe took as PM of Japan for third time

Prime Minister rules out Railway privatisation
Education shouldn't produce robots - Narendra Modi
Pakistan announces 17-point anti-terror plan
Indian shuttler Srikanth, is ranked at number 4 in the latest ranking
Another set of 9 persons including Kiran Bedi and Sourav Ganguly was announced by Narednra Modi for his 'Clean India' Campaign
Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated a five-day cultural festival ‘Sanskriti’ at Varanasi

President nod for two ordinances - FDI in insurance and allocation of cancelled coal mines
Mr. Raghubar Das - new Chief Minister of Jharkhand
Microsoft CEO meets Modi
Number of deaths due to Ebola has crossed 7000 - WHO
Tourism and Culture Minister launches e-ticketing for Taj Mahal &Humayun’s Tomb& 24x7 Incredible India Tourist Helpline
Finance Minister Holds Pre Budget Consultation Meeting with Finance Ministers of States and Union Territories
Implementation of Swachh Bharat Mission in urban areas totally decentralized

Ministry of Home Affairs orders NIA to take up the investigation of recent attacks in Assam
Obama is a monkey living in tropical forest - North Korea
India slump to 171 in FIFA rankings
Sunil Chhetri, the captain of the Indian National Football Team has once again won the 'AIFF Player of the Year' award.
15 States ratified NJAC Bill
Acid sale to be monitored online; system will be implemented in Delhi at first - Union Minister Mr. Rajnath Singh
One more adviser to the Government of Tamil Nadu.
Egypt has banned Hollywood's big screen biblical epic 'Exodus: gods and Kings"
Yangon votes for the first time in 60 years in the Municipal elections
Former Belgium PM, Mr. Leo Tindemans (Mr. Europe) passed away
Japan unleashes $29 billion fresh stimulus to spur growth

Air Asia flight travelling from Surabya to Singapore gone missing. 162 on board.
Terror attack in Bengaluru. One person dead. NIA takes the probe.
TN Transport Workers goes on strike; people suffer.
Congress celebrated its 130th foundation day.
Floods in Malaysia and Thailand kills at least 24

Government has set a target to achieve one percent share in global tourism arrivals by next year: Dr Mahesh Sharma. Five theme based-circuits i.e., Ganga , Krishna , Buddha , North East and Kerala circuits being developed by the Ministry of Tourism
SMART Police Stations in each State shortly
Government will undertake more steps to facilitate ease of doing business as part of the ‘Make in India’ initiative - Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman
Government has approved setting up of the Specialized Agency under the Spices Board with the nomenclature of ‘Saffron Production & Export Development Agency (SPEDA) to be headquartered at Srinagar (J&K) to plan and implement programmes for development and promotion of exports of quality saffron
PM begins intensive consultations on Smart City initiative
Prime Minister said he wished to change the "ABCD" culture of Government – "Avoid. Bypass. Confuse. Delay;" and change it to the ROAD to success – "Responsibility. Ownership. Accountability. Discipline."
Union Cabinet has approved certain amendments in the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013.

Dr. Aziz Qureshi, Governor of Uttarakhand is transferred and appointed as Governor of Mizoram for the remainder of his term
Dr. Krishan Kant Paul, Governor of Meghalaya is transferred and appointed as Governor of Uttarakhand for the remainder of his term
Dr. Krishan Kant Paul will continue to hold the additional charge of the office of the Governor of Manipur, in addition to his own duties, till further orders
Shri Keshari Nath Tripathi, Governor of West Bengal, will discharge the functions of the Governor of Meghalaya, in addition to his own duties, till further orders
PM urges fast-tracking of pro-farmer initiatives, chairs high-level meeting on Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchai Yojana
Government Signs Loan Agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for $75 Million and $1.8 Million Grant for Karnataka Integrated Urban Water Management Investment Program
Government Signs Loan Agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for $60 Million for Jammu and Kashmir Urban Sector Development Investment Program
M. S. Dhoni retired from Test Cricket

Government appointed MD & CEO for four nationalised banks: R.  Koteeswaran (IOB) Animesh Chauhan (OBC), Kishore Kumar Sansi (Vijaya Bank) and P. Srinivas (UBI)
Nationwide Monitoring of use of Toilets will be launched from January, 2015
Health Ministry places Draft of New Health Policy 2015 in public domain
J&K mandate decisive as well as divisive, no hurry to form government: PDP's Mehbooba Mufti
Protest against Hindi film 'PK' by Bajrang Dal activists citing the film portrays Hindu religion in a bad way
Kudankulam N-Reactor Starts Generating Electricity Commercially

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

2014 Top 15 news makers in India

They've been newsmakers in 2014 for various reasons and with 2015 just around the corner it's time to take a look at the people and personalities who made headlines and caused quite a stir in the year gone.
 Here are the top 15 newsmakers across India:

(01) Amit Shah:
Current President of BJP (from July 2014); receives Z plus security Cover from Government; since 1989, Shah has fought 28 elections to the Gujarat State Assembly and various local bodies. As of 2014, he has never lost an election. After Narendra Modi became the Prime Ministerial candidate of BJP, Shah's influence also increased in the party. The two have been accused of sidelining other senior BJP leaders such as Lal Krishna Advani, Sushma Swaraj, Murli Manohar Joshi and Jaswant Singh.
Media dubbed him as a "modern day Chanakya and master strategist". In UP, where Shah was the in-charge, BJP won 71 out of 80 seats. Shah had been made in-charge of BJP's UP campaigning on 12 June 2013, less than an year before the elections. In Maharashtra also his strategy of leaving Shiv Sena won, making BJP to win Maharashtra Assembly for the first time. The same trend continued in Haryana. In the end of 2014, BJP won Jharkhand Assembly with absolute majority and won the considerable number of seats in J&K Assembly elections.
Now, this 'modern day Chanakya' targets Tamil Nadu, Kerala, West Bengal and Odisha to come into Saffron fold.

(02) Narendra Modi:
          Narendra Modi was sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India on May 26, 2014. Modi led the BJP in the 2014 general election, which resulted in an outright majority for the BJP in the Lok Sabha (the last time that any party had secured an outright majority in the Lok Sabha was in 1984). Since then, Modi has also been credited for the BJP's electoral victories in the states of Haryana and Maharashtra in October 2014. Narendra Modi contested the election from two constituencies: Varanasi and Vadodara. He won both the seats, later resigned Vadodara Const. In Varanasi LS Const, he defeated AAP leader Mr. Arvind Kejriwal.
In "India's first social media election", Modi effectively used social media like Twitter, Facebook and Google in his campaign, besides Google Hangouts and holograms for campaign appearances. He even posted a selfie on Twitter and his victory tweet emerged as the most retweeted in India. In online, he is referred as "PM" (Photoshoot Minister). In 2014, he was ranked as the 15th most powerful person in the world by Forbes.

(03) Mangalyaan:
          Mangalyaan (MoM - Mars Orbiter Mission)is a spacecraft orbiting Mars since 24 September 2014. It was launched on 5 November 2013 by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is India's first interplanetary mission and ISRO has become the fourth space agency to reach Mars, after the Soviet space program, NASA, and the European Space Agency. It is also the first nation to reach Mars orbit on its first attempt, and the first Asian nation to do so.
On 28 September 2014, Mars Orbiter Mission published its first global view of Mars. The image was captured by the Mars Colour Camera (MCC).
ISRO plans to send a follow-up mission with a greater scientific payload to Mars between 2018 and 2020.This mission will likely consist of a lander and rover, rather than being orbiter-only.

(04) First Monorail:
          The then Maharashtra Chief Minister, Mr. Prithviraj Chavan inaugurated India's first monorail in Mumbai on Feb 02, 2014. The rail runs between Wadala Depot and Chembur. The construction of monorail began in 2009. Rail runs from 6am to 8pm.
In the first week of operations (2–8 February 2014), the monorail transported 1,36,865 passengers in about 512 trips, earning a total revenue of  Rs. 14,24,810.

(05) Trio who forbidden Modi Tsunami:
          There are only three survivors in the Narendra Modi political tsunami. They are: Jayalalithaa’s AIADMK, Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress and Naveen Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal.
Among the regional parties wiped out or significantly diminished are the Nationalist Congress Party, National Conference, the DMK, the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party, all of whom had been closely associated with the Congress in the UPA. Even outside support to the UPA proved deadly.
          In Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa's AIADMK has taken the state, winning a whopping 37 out of 39 seats in the state in an election where she took her biggest risk by not going with her traditional allies, nor with Modi despite an old friendship.
If in Tamil Nadu it was for Amma, West Bengal gave its support to Didi with Mamata Banerjee winning 32 of 42 seats in the state, despite her taking on Narendra Modi in a sharply worded campaign where she said she would have arrested him had she been in power.
But the biggest holdout against the BJP wave was Odisha, where Naveen Patnaik won the assembly for a third time, as well as the Lok Sabha.
But now Jayalalithaa is a former Chief Minister, who was convicted by a Court in a corruption case. It seems that, Jaya’s political career is almost hanging.

(06) Ballot wins over Bullet:
          The State of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) witnessed Assembly Elections in 2014. Elections held in five phases from Nov 25 to Dec 20, 2014. VVPAT along with EVMs were used in 3 Assembly seats out of 87 seats.
The polls were carried out in five phases. The turnout at the last stage, at 76%, was the highest turnout in the state in 25 years. The State's overall turnout was 65.23%
Irrespective of boycott of elections as said by some separatists group, people gathered in large numbers to elect the representatives. EC arranged a tight security and also made several arrangements to conduct elections without any stray of violence.

(07) AAP/Arvind Kejriwal:
After an end-of-year bonanza, the Aam Aadmi Party and its leader Arvind Kejriwal, faced a tumultuous beginning to 2014. After just 49 days of forming the Delhi government, the AAP resigned, citing deadlocks over power sharing with the Centre and unprecedented street protests by the cabinet. The move has since met with derision and discontent, especially after the party's poor showing in the Lok Sabha elections

(08) Clean India:
          Called as Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. A national level campaign by the Government of India, covering 4041 statutory towns to clean the streets, roads and infrastructure of the country.
The campaign was officially launched on Oct 02, 2014 at Rajghat, New Delhi, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself wielded broom and cleaned a road. The campaign is India's biggest ever cleanliness drive and 3 million government employees and schools and colleges students of India participated in this event

(09) Kailash Sathyarthi:
          A child rights activist, Kailash Satyarthi received the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo this year. He shared his award with Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai who was shot by Taliban for standing up for the cause of education for girls. Mr Satyarthi won the prize for working against child labour.

(10) Telangana:
          The state of Telangana was officially formed on 2 June 2014. Mr. K. Chandrashekar Rao was elected as the first chief minister of Telangana, following elections in which the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) party secured majority. Hyderabad will remain as the joint capital of both Telangana and Andhra Pradesh for a period of 10 years. It is the 12th largest state in India (both by area and population)

(11) Kiss of Love:
          Kiss of Love protest is a non-violent protest against moral policing which started in Kerala and later spread to other parts of India. The movement began when a Facebook page called 'Kiss of love' asked the youth across Kerala to participate in a protest against moral policing on November 2, 2014, at Marine Drive, Cochin. The movement received widespread support with more than 1,43,000 'Likes' for the Facebook page.
Both the Supreme Court of India and Delhi High Court have made it clear that kissing in public is not an obscene act and no criminal proceedings can be initiated, for kissing in public, through landmark judgments. The event gathered support from educational institutions outside of Kerala including University of Hyderabad, JNU Delhi, IISER Kolkata, Pondicherry University, IIT Madras and IIT Bombay.
On November 8, a group of protestors demonstrated by kissing and hugging outside RSS headquarters in Delhi. While JNU students were at the forefront, there were representatives from several universities in the city like Delhi University, Jamia Millia Islamia, Ambedkar University Delhi and National Law University. Hindu Sena members arrived on the scene stating that the “Western culture was corrupting and degrading Indian culture”. Hindu Sena members tried to physically attack kissing couples.

(12) Uber rape:
The shocking rape of a young woman executive by the driver of an Uber cab in Delhi in December held grave repercussions across the country. Uber and other similar taxi services, which had stood as a symbol of expanding freedom for women have now come under the scanner.

(13) Rahul Gandhi:
Vice-President of the Indian National Congress (INC) party and the Chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress and the National Students Union of India.
Won Amethi Lok Sabha Constituency in 2014 General Elections. Under his leadership, the Indian National Congress suffered its worst ever performance in elections and won only 44 seats compared to 206 seats won previously in the 2009 general election. The Congress-led electoral alliance, the UPA also had its worst ever performance in elections and won only 59 seats compared to 262 seats won previously in the 2009 general election.

(14) Natural Disasters:
Kashmir faced the worst floods in a century in September, rendering thousands homeless and without food just ahead of the winter and Assembly elections. People in capital Srinagar and other cities remained stranded for long periods of time, sometimes days, for help to reach them, as the Army and Air Force carried out rescue and relief operations.
This massive supercyclone (Hudhud) dealt a violent blow to the east coast of India in October, wreaking havoc on Vishakapatnam and other towns, leaving about 50 people dead and affecting 4 lakh people. In a pale silver lining to the destruction, the Indian Meteorological Department turned out the most precise prediction of the cyclone's path, trumping the forecasts of a number of premier global institutions. The prediction helped local governments take steps that helped limit the damage.

(15) Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti:
          MoS for Food Processing Industries. The minister was involved in a controversy on (Dec 02, 2014) when she stated at a public rally: "It is you whom must decide whether the Government in Delhi will be run by the Sons of Ram or by Bastards (Sons of Illegitimacy)". Niranjan Jyoti subsequently expressed “deep regret” over her statement and said she did not intend to hurt anyone’s feelings. Opposition parties blocked Parliament proceedings against her hate speech. At last, Prime Minister itself asked her Minister to speak ‘properly’ in public places.