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Major News and Events of 05 October 2013

What Happened on 05 October 2013


MOM on schedule: ISRO

With fears of delay in the Mars Orbiter Mission in the backdrop of US government shutdown which may lead to NASA not being able to provide its space network, ISRO has stated the MOM mission is on schedule and will be launched on October 28. The positive aspect is that NASA has stated it will be launching MAVEN or Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN mission, which is scheduled on November 18. This implies NASA will keep DSN or deep space network operational. This is mesh of antennas that do the tracking of interplanetary spacecraft missions. The MOM mission will encircle the earth for 20-25 days before going on a 9 month voyage to Mars. NASA DSN will be needed when the mission goes further from earth. NASA has also not communicated its inability to provide DSN.

Talwars petitions rejected by the CBI court

 

The special CBI court today refused to the petition made by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, Aarushi’s parents to interrogate 13 witnesses who were earlier prosecution witness but were never produced in the court. They were witnesses in the case of murder of Aarushi Talwar and domestic help Hemraj. Talwars had stated in the petition that the prosecution on purpose removed some witnesses as their statements were in favor of the accused. Talwars petition requesting the CBI to put on record the disclosure statement done by their compounder Krishna and Vijay Mandal and Rajkumar, their domestic help was also rejected.The Talwars have charges of murder of their and domestic help Hemraj on night of May 15-16, 2008. Seven defence witnesses have been tried in the court. Placing of narco analysis report and brain mapping of the three domestic helps previously accused in the case has also been sought by the couple in a petition to the Supreme Court. This matter may come up for hearing on October 7.

Life ban recommended by BAI for Jwala

Life ban on G. Jwala has been recommended by the Badminton Association of India. This is for her involvement in causing delay in the IBL match on August 25 between Banga Beats and Delhi Smashers in Bangalore. On September 4 she received a show-cause notice on August 31. To this she responded in 14 days. It has also been stated that Jwala may not face a life ban if she sent her apology to the BAI president Akhilesh Kumar Das. On the other hand affiliate of BAI, the Petroleum Sports Promotion Board’s member secretary, V.K. Mahendru stated they supported Jwala.

Y S Jaganmohan Reddy starts fast, Seemandhra protest continues against Telengana formation

Y S Jaganmohan Reddy, YSR Congress party president has started an indefinite fast at his residence in Hyderabad in protest against the formation of Telengana. He had earlier launched fast at Chanchalguda jail where he was staying as an undertrial with the charges of disproportionate assets against him, but it was over on the fifth day. Jagan has now launched it again after the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh got the nod from the cabinet. He said the government at the center is not concerned with what the majority wants. YSRC activists assembled at the Lotus Pond residence of Jagan as he started the protest at 11.30 am. This happens amid widespread protests in Seemandhra region of Andhra where number of ministers have stepped down in protest. YSR Congress has given a call for 72 hours of bandh while other united Andhra Pradesh supporters have asked for 48-hours of bandh in the non-Telangana regions.

Infiltration bid by militants foiled by the army in Jammu and Kashmir, 4 militants dead

Army foiled an infiltration bid on Saturday along the LoC in Fatehgali and the gunbattle killed 4 militants. The militants were trying to trespass into the Keran sector which is at a distance of 25 km from Shala Batu where a 12 day gunbattle is ongoing between the army and militants. Army retrieved 6 AK-47 assault rifles and 4 pistols from the militants. This appears as an attempt to divert attention from the Shala Batu area, army informed. Army Chief Gen Bikram Singh has said army is dominant and there is no reason to believe there is a Kargil like situation in the Keran sector. The infiltration attempts are done in desperation as many bids earlier have been thwarted by the army and 40 militants have been killed near the LoC in 2013. The militants adopt a technique where there sole aim is to keep the army engaged for a long time. In fact in Gujjur Tur new group of militants were seen. It has also been said that these may be getting the supplies from the Pakistani army. Since September 24, 30-40 militants are carrying on gunbattle with the army

CAD will be below $70 billion: Chidambaram

P. Chidambaram has stated that the government will tide over this difficult situation and the CAD or current account deficit will be restricted within $70 billion. He even made a remark at the experts who had predicted the government won’t be able to limit the fiscal deficit. He said he was pleased to give them a surprise. Last year the deficit hovered at $88 billion and he said this year the government will keep it well within limits below $70 billion. He said he is basing this on the expert advice of economists and experts. He stated the biggest plus point of India is that people here have the tendency to save. Even in crisis situations savings in India has not dipped below 30%. The savings needs to be diverted to productive investment, and if there is a conducive environment for people to take risk there is no reason why the difficult situation will not be overcome. He also added the growth this year will be more than the last year, and next year it would stand at 6-7%. What will work in reducing the CAD is the fact that gold imports have fallen drastically in July, August and September and exports are picking up.