Major News and Events of 03 April 2013
What Happened on 03 April 2013
BJP blames UPA government of indecisiveness
India considering raising FDI limit in defence to 49 percent
'Life Mein Hungama Hai' to hit screens on April 26
Nexus 7 tablet to be launched in July: Sources
Probes into SFI activist's death ordered by Bengal rights panel
Kolkata Knight Riders gave an emphatic start to their campaign with a six wicket win over Daredevils in the sixth Indian Premier League opener at Eden Gardens on Wednesday. The hosts bowled Daredevils for 128, with Caribbean offie Sunil Narine (4/13) striking through the batting lineup taking a wicket in each of his four overs. The team attained victory with eight balls to spare before a full capacity crowd.Eoin Morgan hit the winning single. There was a minor hiccup when opener Manvinder Bisla (5) fell in the second over, the Knights seemed confident throughout despite slowing down after Gautam Gambhir (42; 29 b, 5x4, 1x6) and Manoj Tiwary (23; 23 b, 2x4) were out one after the other. Morgan (14 not out) and Yusuf Pathan (18 not out) carried the team to victory without any fuss. Gambhir and Kallis (23; 20 b, 5x4) carved KKR's triumph with a 47-run second wicket stand after Bisla's dismissal. Delhi Daredevils were not able to play strokes, and most of their batsmen threw their wickets except skipper Mahela Jayawardene (66: 52 b, 8x4, 1x6), who hit a smooth knock and got out only in the last over. Jayawardene completed 1,500 runs in the IPL, reached his half-century off 46 balls.
The BJP blamed the UPA government of indecisiveness, and specified this was because there were two centres of power in the Congress, leading the alliance. Congress leader Digvijay Singh had earlier stated that the twin power structure was not working well for the Congress while Janardhan Dwivedi justifying the twin model stated that it was in sync with the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) functioning and also gave hints that it could be followed in the future as well. He had specified that the duo of Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh was ideal. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national spokesperson Shahnawaz Hussain in reference to this stated that this was a clear message to the country that “though Sonia Gandhi gave up the post of prime minister but she did not give up power, and became one centre of power and Manmohan Singh became the other centre". He also charged the PM of accepting the faults but not rectifying them. He said though the PM admitted that the economic scenario was not good but he should have given the reasons why inflation increased and no measures were adopted to control that in the last eight years. Also it was evident that the party workers also don’t have faith in this government or else Digvijay Singh wouldn’t have spoken about the twin model.
Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma stated that the government is thinking over increasing the foreign direct investment limit in defence sector to at least 49 percent from the existing 26 percent. He further added that he supported the raising of the FDI limit in the defence sector to at least 49 percent, if not 74 percent. This he specified while addressing the media when he was there to attend the annual general meeting of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in Delhi. The commerce and industry ministry has suggested the raising the overseas investment limit in defence as the inflow of FDI would enable India to be one of the major producers of defence equipments and considering all the aspects FDI of 26 percent is surely low he added. The minister also specified that the government will liberalise the FDI policy for other sectors, including banking and insurance.
The movie "Life Mein Hungama Hai", based on Ruskin Bond's novel "The Running Away", will release on April 26. It has been directed by Sunil Advani and depicts the story of two young students in a boarding school situated in the Himalayan foothills.Actor Saksham Kulkarni and known child model Sonu Bakshi are in the lead roles in the film. The cast also has Jackie Shroff, Urmila Matondkar, Paresh Rawal, Boman Irani, Mukesh Tiwari, Satish Shah, Alok Nath, Ali Asgar, Upasna Singh and Jaya Bhattacharya. Nine Lives Films has produced this movie.
Science and Technology
A new version of its Nexus 7 tablet powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon processor will be launched around July, as Google tries to penetrate more into the cut-price mobile hardware market. Google is looking forward to bring in as many as eight million of the Asustek-made tablets in the second half of the year. Though these details are available from the sources and there is no official statement yet on this. Google, acquires all its revenue from online advertising, is aggressively pitching for Nexus tablets as more Nexus users would mean more exposure for Google's ads. The latest version of the tablet will have a higher screen resolution, a thinner bezel design and will have Qualcomm's chip in place of Nvidia Tegra 3, which was there in the first Nexus 7s launched last year.
West Bengal Human Rights Commission has ordered two probes in the death of the SFI activist in police custody. On Tuesday the activist Sudipta Gupta died of head injuries. While the police stated that the activist's head got hit in the lamp post while he was being taken to the jail, SFI has said that police tortured so much that the activist died. While the city police commissioner has been directed to submit the report after investigation in seven days the commission will carry on its own investigation to look into the reasons for the death. The funeral procession was attended by thousands of Leftists. The students of Jawaharlal University in Delhi also staged a protest against the death of the SFI leader. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was in a defensive mode and said that the incident was very "unfortunate" and assured to help his distraught family. She also said that many Trinamool supporters have earlier died due to accident when their heads hit an electric pole while traveling and she would not like to comment further on this incident.