Major News and Events of 05 September 2013
What Happened on 05 September 2013
64 more bodies discovered at Uttarakhand, last rites performed
Market mood much better, rupee gains too
Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng in the semis of the US Open
Sridevi's "English Vinglish" very popular in Japan
Xperia Z1 unveiled by Sony
It seems Narendra Modi has decided to downplay all the hype around him being the PM in 2014. He while replying to a student in a function to felicitate the teachers said that he respected the fact that the people of Gujarat have given him the mandate till 2017 which he was going to fulfill. The student had asked whether he would interact when he became the PM in 2014. To this Modi said that he believed in doing something rather than dreaming about something which led to destruction. He further added he never saw any dreams of being a PM and would not in future as well. The strategic timing of Modi’s comment is to be noted here when Congress is pressing vehemently for his resignation and has called shutdown in Gujarat tomorrow after the letter by D G Vanzara , the suspended IPS officer emerged.
64 more bodies were discovered at Uttarakhand after these many days. They were lying in the Kedar Valley over the ridges and there last rites were done. It appears these were that of the devotees who climbed heights to save themselves, but succumbed to adverse situations. The bodies were cremated in between Rambada and Kedarnath shrine. The state faced Himalayan Tsunami as it was known which stranded many pilgrims. Many were dead, and equally people in large numbers were missing. Now as the weather has got clear the search has been started in the higher altitudes. Prayers will again start in the Kedarnath shrine from September 11. As many 30 police and National Disaster Response Force personnel are carrying on the exercise now.
Sensex rose by 412 points in opening trade spurred by buying of funds and investors in positive mood after the announcement of financial reforms by the RBI to give the boost to the economy. Rupee recovered too today. Nifty was up by 140 points. The thing to note was that there was the largest gain in bank stocks in a single day in 4.5 years as NSE bank index increased by 9.46%. ICICI Bank Ltd went up by 9,29%, while Axis Bank Ltd by 15.72%. The main reason was the measures like more settlements in trading of rupee. Rupee got a gain of 138 paise against dollar to 65.69 in early trade.
The 10th seeded Sania Mirza and Jie Zheng from China have reached the semi-finals of the women's doubles at the US Open in an emphatic way with a straight sets victory over 4th seeded Shuai Peng and Su-Wei Hsieh. In fact the match was over in 1 hour 50 min and the players won the match 6-4 7-6. Now they will face 8th seeded Casey Dellacqua and Ashleigh Barty in the semi-final. The winning pair got a single break which provided them the opening set and in the second set a mini-break did the trick for them. This will be the first time Sania will be playing in the semis at the US Open and 4th time in any major tournament.
Sridevi’s "English Vinglish" has been very popular in Japan after Rajinikanth’s movies. The movie had a preview and festival screening and is yet to be released there. The movie which depicts a story of an Asian women’s struggle to understand English has been well appreciated by the women in Japan. People here want to meet Sridevi before the movie is released in Japan. "English Vinglish" was screened on September 1 in Aichi Women's Film Festival in Tokyo. Large commercial release is in the pipeline for the movie and will be the biggest release ever for an Indian movie in Japan as stated by R. Balki the film producer.
Science and Technology
The Xperia Z1 was unveiled by Sony in Berlin. The smartphone will feature a metallic body and is waterproof like other Xperia smartphones. The phone has the 20.7-megapixel primary camera packed with a Exmor RS CMOS image sensor. The phone has a 5’’ Full HD display with 1980×1080 pixels resolution. The 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 2GB RAM,16GB internal storage, a 3,000mAh battery, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean are the other features. It is waterproof and dustproof and will be available in the markets in India on September 18.