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Major News and Events of 05 June 2013

What Happened on 05 June 2013


Bengal to be signatory to fibre optic network in June

The West Bengal government will be entering into a contract with the union government and Bharat Broadband Network Ltd (BBNL).

In this month, a network of fibre optic will be unveiled in the state, BBNL which was a specialized vehicle created to offer high speed broadband to villages in India via National Fibre Optic Network or the NFON project which is valued at Rs 20,000 crore.

It also intends to bring 2.5 lakh gram panchayats together in four years from now.

Big B and SRK together in Balki's next?

Viewers may see two superstars together again after Mohabbatein. Amitabh Bachchan and Shah Rukh Khan may feature in director R. Balki's next film.

Bachchan did not tell much about this and only stated that discussions were on for the same and the director can give more information on this.

Bachchan and SRK were also seen together in Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham.

NCTC draws ire of the chief ministers

Heated debate continued throughout the day regarding the National Counter Terrorism Centre, or the NCTC, which picked up momentum after the Mumbai attacks in 2008 and has  now come to the fore with the Maoist terror in Chattisgarh which killed 28 people.

The non-UPA parties vehemently opposed it while the government opined that the nation faces the risk if there is no anti-terror agency. The meeting, though intended to discuss the naxal attack, saw saw the discussion turning to NCTC. The Prime Minister discussed at length the fact that such incidents had no scope in a democratic country like India.

The first chief minister to voice his dissent was Narendra Modi, who said that the draft of NCTC missed many points raised by the states. Jayalalitha, though not present, sent her opinion about the agency specifying that it was ham handed. Mamata Banerjee’s views were also read in the meeting and she expressed that it meant intrusion in the federal set up of the country. The same was felt by Prakash Singh Badal, the Punjab Chief Minister. Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Meghalaya Chief Minister Mukul Sangma though belonging to the Congress specified that the draft required more research. Manik Sarkar, Tripura’s CM was also opposed to the draft which was formulated by P. Chidambaram when he was the Home Minister.

Raj Kundra, owner of Rajasthan Royals, questioned by the police

Police today questioned Raj Kundra, the Rajasthan Royals owner, and his friend Umesh Goenka in connection with IPL spot-fixing.

He was asked whether he had any information regarding the same over the phone to which he replied in the negative. He was also asked to specify his role in the team as he had 11.7% stake in it other than the three owners - Suresh Chellaram, Manoj Badale and Andrew Murdoch. He was also asked to furnish details of the three arrested players.

He was categorically asked whether he had any inkling of the role of Sreesanth and the other two players in the spot-fixing scam. He was also posed a query whether it did was not his role to ask the players to follow guidelines set up by the BCCI - to which he stated that the players were mature enough to understand that. Kundra said that when they inquired from the players who the outsiders who came and met them were, it was said that they were guests.

The police said they felt Kundra’s role in the team was more than the other owners so he was questioned.

BJP shines in Gujarat by-polls, Congress suffers

The Bharatiya Janata Party shined in the Lok Sabha by poll as it snatched two seats in Gujarat from the Congress, which failed to impress in Bihar and Bengal.

The BJP overtook the assembly by-polls by taking away four seats of the Congress in Morva-Hadaf, Limbdi, Dhoraji and Jetpur. The Lok Sabha by polls, was scheduled an year ahead the general elections in which the Trinamool maintained Howrah seat in West Begnal and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) had Maharajganj in Bihar. Gujarat was an emphatic victory for the BJP posting a win in Porbandar and Nansarkantha seats.

In Porbandar, the BJP nominee Vithal Radadiya amassed 1.34 lakh margin, when he defeated Vinu Ampara of the Congress.

The Banaskantha by-poll had BJP’s Hari Chaudhary posting a 71,000 vote win against Krishna Gadhvi of the Congress.

HTC Desire U in online space

HTC has got into the race of launching an affordable smartphone. The Desire U in India, an entry-level smartphone is now featured at Flipkart and Infibeam. The phone is available at a cool price of Rs. 13,499. The phone features may disappoint people as it has Ice Cream Sandwich as the operating system (OS) whereas the other low range phones have Jelly Bean as the OS. The processor is 1GHz single core processor - again something not very attractive. Other features include:

4-inch Super LCD capacitive touch screenInternal storage of 4 GBExpandable upto 32 GB512MB of RAM

No date has been specified yet for its release.