Major News and Events of 01 August 2013
What Happened on 01 August 2013
Policy for women by Reliance General Insurance Company
Tension in BCCI continue
Lungi Dance in "Chennai Express" approved by Rajnikanth
Embedded posts come to Facebook
BSF seizes more than 5000 bottles of cough syrup
Telengana may have got the solution but Rayalaseema and Andhra are seething with protests which trickled to 2nd day. There were widespread shutdowns, transport services were hit in all the main towns of Seemandhara which comprises Rayalaseema and Andhra. The demand is to roll back the decision to carve Telengana and let Andhra Pradesh be united. Violent incidents happened at Kadapa, Anantapur and Kurnool districts. Statues of late Prime Ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi were vandalized and Congress leaders’ effigies were burnt. Ministers and legislators from Rayalaseema and Andhra regions of Andhra Pradesh on Thursday decided to resign to protest Congress party’s decision to carve out Telangana state. 41 ministers have decided to step down by this evening. Students have gone on hunger strike and lawyers have opted for 72 hours boycott.
Reliance General Insurance Company has announced Reliance HealthGain, a new health insurance plan for women. The company stated that of the 20% workforce which comprise women in the country, only 10% opt for healthcare solutions on their own. So this policy would encourage them to opt for the same. The policyholders benefits to single women, widows and divorcees and feature for renewal of the policy till the time the policy bearer desires and there is no exit age. The policy will get a year extension without any extra premium when the policyholder is diagnosed with critical illness like stroke and cancer. Call option enables the customer to increase the base sum insured at intervals pre-determined with continuity benefits. 4,000 hospitals for cashless treatment are provided under this insurance.
The Indian cricket board is in news these days, over the displeasure among its members against Srinivasan. Reportedly the members of the North Zone are not in favour of Srinivasan’s return and they are all set to boycott the working committee’s meeting tomorrow to express their discontent. Because of this the tensions between the acting president Jagmohan Dalmiya and N Srinivasan are only heating up. Coupled with that the Bombay High Court ruling has added to the confusions as Dalmiya is not sure who is going to chair the meeting tomorrow. It is expected that Srinivasan can return at the helm of power after the meeting between BCCI’s Working Committee and IPL Governing Council.
Shah Rukh Khan will be giving tribute to the veteran actor and south Indian superstar Rajnikanth in the movie “Chennai Express” with the song 'Thalaivar Tribute' or 'lungi dance'. As per the sources Rajnikanth has given his approval for the song. The song has been sung by popular rapper Yo Yo Honey Singh. In the song Rajnikanth is named Thalaivar or the supreme leader.
Incidentally this song has led to controversy as the music director duo of the movie, Vishal-Shekhar are reportedly upset with the inclusion of the rapper Honey Singh and even they had no inkling that he would be singing the song.
Science and Technology
Facebook seems to have decided to follow the footsteps of Twitter very closely. Some time back it brought the unique feature of hashtag from Twitter and now it comes with the functionality of embedded posts. The hashtag could not create much wave on Facebook as it had done on Twitter. Facebook seems to have migrated from closed network to more open features such as follow, hashtag, Graph search and now the embedded posts. What would be interesting though is the fact that when posts are embedded Google can cater ads to that while Facebook won’t.
Border Security Force (BSF) has confiscated more than 5,000 cough syrup bottles worth around Rs 5 lakh in West Bengal at India-Bangladesh border. These are misused as a cheap intoxicant. This was done in two operations. In the first operation BSF personnel confiscated as many as 3,780 bottles of Phensedyl at the border outpost in Murshidabad at Rajanagar. Then at the border outpost at Bamnabad a man was nabbed and 1,510 Phensedyl bottles were seized from him. Some people were observed throwing goods across the border fence when and were then caught. Arms and ammunition were also seized by the BSF.