1) Election Commission announced nine-phase parliamentary election schedule: By announcing on Wednesday the dates for Lok Sabha polls, the Election Commission has heralded an unduly long and blistering summer election. Over 814 million voters — constituting the biggest electorate in the world — will exercise their franchise to elect 543 members to the 16 th Lok Sabha in nine phases (April 7 to May 12), the first time since India became a republic in 1950. Assembly elections will also be held simultaneously in the states of Andhra Pradesh, including the Telangana region, Orissa and Sikkim. Counting will take place on May 16. Read more about the election schedule from here.
2) Dial '1063' to register telecom complaints: Telecom subscribers across the country can now register complaints by dialling a special toll free number '1063'.
A note circulated by DoT said a short code '1063' has been activated by the Public Grievances Cell in the Department of Telecom (DoT) headquarters in New Delhi as a telecom consumer grievances helpline. The new number will bring subscriber grievances into the notice of DoT.
3) After Penguin, another publisher recalls Wendy Doniger's book: Within weeks of Penguin controversially recalling Wendy Doniger's book, 'The Hindus: An Alternative History', another publisher, Aleph, pulled out the American author's previous work, 'On Hinduism', on Tuesday. Bookshops across Bangalore received calls from representatives of Aleph Book Company, promoted by Rupa Publications, seeking return of all copies of the book.
4) Assam becomes first Indian state to observe Child Protection Day: Assam became the first state in the country to observe Child Protection Day on Tuesday with about 1400 children participating in the central function in Guwahati. The day was observed across the state and a central function was organised under the aegis of Assam State Commission for Protection of Child Rights (ASCPCR) in collaboration with the UNICEF. November 20 is observed globally as Universal Children’s Day every year.
5) US First Lady Honours Indian Acid Attack Victim Laxmi: US First Lady Michelle Obama has felicitated Indian acid attack victim Laxmi after she won the International Women of Courage Award for successfully leading the campaign against acid attacks on women in India. Instead of hiding her disfigured face "she became the standard-bearer in India for the movement to end acid attacks," Higginbottom said, adding she had managed to win over the Supreme Court to regulate the sales of acid.
6) R Neelakantan returns to SpiceJet as chief financial officer: Second largest low-cost carrier SpiceJet Ltd on Wednesday appointed R Neelakantan as its chief financial officer, marking his second coming to the Chennai-based airline, and also appointed four senior vice presidents. Neelakantan, who had served as CFO from November 2010 to February 2013, is returning to the role after serving as the internal audit head at the parent Sun Group.
7) Peter Oppenheimer, Apple’s CFO, to retire at end of September: Apple on Tuesday announced that Peter Oppenheimer, the company's senior vice president and CFO, will retire at the end of September. Luca Maestri, Apple's vice president of finance and corporate controller, will succeed Oppenheimer as CFO. He will report to Tim Cook.
8) Third BIMSTEC summit 2014 held in Myanmar: Third BIMSTEC (Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation) Summit was held from 1 March to 4 March 2014 in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. The Third BIMSTEC summit was attended by the heads from six countries and Special Envoy of the Prime Minister of Thailand, namely Prime Minister of India, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Prime Minister of Nepal, President of Sri Lanka, Prime Minister of Bhutan and President of Myanmar.
9) TN bags Subbaiah Pillai Trophy: Tamil Nadu made best use of favourable conditions to coast to a seven-wicket victory over Karnataka, and with it, emerged the K.S. Subbaiah Pillai Trophy champion here on Wednesday.