Major News and Events of 03 October 2013
What Happened on 03 October 2013
Eight convicted for murder of VHP Leader
Army keeps on fighting the militants along the LoC in Keran sector of Kashmir even on ninth day
Star and ESPN get sponsorship rights for domestic and international cricket for 2013-14
India got $71 billion in remittances, tops the global chart
Google to bring 360 degree view of 100 monuments in India
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav was sentenced to 5 years of imprisonment by a CBI court in Ranchi for the 17 years old fodder scam case. Lalu will be the second MP who will be disqualified after Rasheed Masood in the past three days. Rs 25 lakhs has been imposed as fine on Lalu and if he did not pay the amount then he will have to serve six months more of imprisonment. Court also gave 4 years of the jail term to Jagannath Mishra, former Bihar chief minister Jagannath Mishra and Jagdish Sharma, JD(U) MP as well as penalty of Rs. 2 lakh and Rs. 5 lakh, respectively. As per the recent orders by the Supreme Court a legislator will be disqualified for 6 years from the date when the lawmaker is released except in cases when a higher court overrules the conviction and the sentence. As per that directive, Lalu will not be able to contest election for 11 years which is going to have a huge impact on RJD’s prospects in Bihar as well as on national level.
In Pulbani, Kandhamal additional district and session’s court gave life term to 8 convicts on Thursday for charges of murder of Swami Lakshmanananda Saraswati, the VHP leader. The judgment was given by Rajendra Kumar Tosh, the Additional District Judge. These involve the 7 persons who got conviction by the same court as well as a Maoist who belongs to Andhra Pradesh. One person got acquittal in this. The convicts got the sentence after cross examination of 52 witnesses as well as examining forensic reports. This was stated by the prosecution lawyer Anil Kumar Pradhan whereas the defence counsel, S.K.Padhi specified there were no adequate evidences and so they will be going for an appeal.The chargesheet mentions that on 23rd August, 2008 at Jalaspata Ashram in Kandhamal, 14 person murdered the VHP leader and his 4 associates. Judgment in the case has been pronounced for only nine persons. Search is on for four other accused. The murder had instigated communal tensions in the district which led to loss of life of 38 persons and hundreds were left homeless.
The army continued its operation of neutralizing the trained militant group, 40 in number, even for the ninth day in a heavy gun battle along the LoC in Keran sector of Kashmir in rough terrain. What has sustained the militants is the continuous supply of arms and ammunition from a Pakistani army post in proximity to the LoC which has enabled them to keep on the attack. In fact it is being stated this is the longest duration since Kargil when the army is involved in a gun battle for so many days. In other situations the militants retreat when their supplies are depleted but not in this case. So it is being termed not just as infiltration but as BAT (Border Action Team) action cum infiltration. Moreover, the militants are large in number and the way they are engaging in the gun battle it appears they have been specially trained. Army also dismissed the reports which state that militants had got control over a border Indian village or posts. Five Indian troopers have lost their lives and 10-12 militants have been killed in the operation which started on 24th September. The army has spotted around 40 militants belonging to LeT, Jaish-e-Mohammad, Hijbul Mujahideen and Al Badr. The army intelligence specifies that Pakistani army has coordinated a training camp for BAT members opposite to the Mendhar sector in the Pakistan side of the LoC. It was BAT troops who had unleashed attack on the Mendhar sector and beheaded two soldiers and were also responsible for the killing of five soldiers in Poonch. Currently there are 42 training camps in PoK and 22 are in proximity to the LoC.
The BCCI’s domestic and international tournament’s title sponsorship was given to Star India Pvt. Ltd. and ESPN Software India Pvt. Ltd. for a base price of Rs. 2 crore per international match for a span of 6 months w.e.f 1st Oct 2013. This is much below what Airtel had been paying, that is, Rs 3.33 crore per match. Airtel did not renew its contract, and it was there till 31st March. Bidders got the option of bidding either for India and Australia series or that between India and the West Indies as well as both of them. BCCI had invited tenders for the sponsorship right when Bharti Airtel decided not to renew its contract.
India has been leading the global chart of remittances as staggering $71 billion in remittances in 2013, which is almost three times the FDI done in 2012 as per the World Bank forecast. The countries which top the chart are India with $71 billion, China with $60 billion, the Philippines with $26 billion, Mexico with $22 billion, Nigeria getting $21 billion, and Egypt receiving $20 billion. Bangladesh, Pakistan, Ukraine and Vietnam are the other major recipients. In 2012 Tajikistan topped the list 48% of remittance followed by Kyrgyz Republic 31%, Lesotho and Nepal getting 25% each and Moldova being allocated 24%. The World Bank estimates that India and China will comprise 1/3rd of total remittances given to the developing world this year.
Science and Technology
The Archaeological Survey of India and Google have collaborated to bring 360 degree view of 100 monuments in India. To map the same data is being collated and once this is completed it would go live. This will enable the web users to do a virtual tour of the monuments. The list includes one of the wonders of the world, Taj Mahal. Google has finished mapping the Qutub Minar and will next take up the Humayun's Tomb.
The 360-degree imagery of a monument requires a span of 7 to 10 days. A special tool, Street View Trekker is being used for this purpose. It includes a camera mounted on a backpack so that someone who treks can get into places where Google's Street View cars cannot get in. Google had earlier partnered with the museums in India and has showcased the famous paintings exhibited there. The date of the recent project will be up for view at Google Maps and the World Wonders Site.