Major News and Events of 04 September 2013
What Happened on 04 September 2013
SC not willing to hear government's review plea on convicted MPs and MLAs
Raghuram Govind Rajan takes over the position of RBI governor
MCA to request BCCI for hosting 200th test of Tendulkar at Wankhede
Hrithik and Kareena together after a decade
Android KitKat to lure you next
The Rajya Sabha witness a series of adjournments over issues like BJP charging the government for the missing files on coal-block allocation and on the other hand, Congress asking for Modi’s resignation. BJP members stood up and protested against the government’s reaction on the missing files while Congress members waved placards against Narendra Modi over the reported staged shootouts in the state. The TDP members had their own contention over the separate statehood given to Telanagana. This was when Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien specified that the house had to take up the land acquisition bill. When the chaos went on the house was adjourned till 2 pm besides adjournment till noon and then till 12.30 pm. Lok Sabha also witnessed similar scenes and had to be adjourned till 2 pm when BJP members charged the government of deviating from the truth with regards to missing files of coal-block allocations. Left members on the other hand were strongly protested against the recent hike in petrol prices.
The Supreme Court rejected the government’s plea to reconsider its verdict regarding disqualification of MPs and MLAs who were convicted in criminal cases. The apex court had given order on 10th July that a MP or an MLA will be disqualified if there were criminal charges which would mean a sentence of 2 or more years imprisonment. Further the provision in the Representation of People's Act that enables a convicted legislator to be in office after he challenged his conviction was declared as unconstitutional. The apex court had also stated that the Parliament had gone beyond its powers in enactment of the provision. The court had also passed a verdict which restricts a person who was in police custody or jail to stand in elections. What is interesting enough is the fact that on August 22 the cabinet had passed this provision which allowed the MPs and MLAs to be in office in the interim period of appeal but restricted them from voting and drawing salary. 1448 MPs and MLAs among 4,835 have criminal charges against them.
Raghuram Govind Rajan, the Chief Economic Advisor in the Finance Ministry, is all set to take the hot seat as the governor of the RBI. This is when the rupee is playing truant, current accounts deficit is at an all time low and moods dampened with the slow and sluggish economy with the Sensex taking the downward trip too often and Syria crisis hovering like sword over the head. Rajan at 50 will be the youngest to occupy the seat and has among other experience his tenure at IMF to boast of. He has been clear in his approach and has stated that there is no magic wand which can be waved to do away with all the issues but there are solutions which the central bank will be adopting. We need to wait and watch how things turn up though rupee did a sharp recovery today and there were whispers that it was due to heavy intervention by the central bank.
Mumbai Cricket Association has expressed the desire to host Sachin Tendulkar’s 200th test at Wankhede Stadium. This will be played against the West Indies in November. This will be deviating from the rules of the BCCI wherein any ground gets allotment on rotational basis. The MCA would be making a formal request in this regard for second test allotment. The West Indies tour was planned in a jiffy though it not being there initially. The schedule is expected to be that of two Tests and three ODIs. Tendulkar has played 198 tests as of now so the plans are underway to host the 200th test in a special way. What remains to be seen is whether the cricketer himself is happy about that or not.
Kareena Kapoor and Hrithik Roshan will be seen together in "Shuddhi" which is in the process of making. Kareena was very pleased with this and stated she finds him as one of the finest actors in India. She also said that they were working together after a long time that is after a decade and she was very enthusiastic about this. She said the shooting will start from January 2014. Hrithik and Kareena were seen together in movies like "Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham", "Yaadein", "Mujhse Dosti Karoge!" and "Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon". The director for “Shuddhi” is Karan Malhotra. The movie will be shot in Mumbai and Uttarakhand.
Science and Technology
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