Major News and Events of 06 August 2013
What Happened on 06 August 2013
Lot more happening in Durga Shakti Nagpal's case
Raghuram Rajan to be the Governor of RBI
Former cricketers Dravid and Manjrekar talk about the Board's credibility
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag in 100 crore club
Google Maps tops app usage
Pakistani troops intruded the Chakan-da-Bagh sector of the LOC in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district and killed five Indian soldiers and one being injured. The dead included a junior commissioned officer. The incident happened 400 meters within the territory of India. Earlier in January also, Pakistani soldiers had killed two Indian soldiers, beheaded one and badly mutilated the body of another at LOC’s Mendhar sector. The Jammu and Kashmir’s CM Omar Abdullah offered his condolences to the families of the soldiers and stated that these incidents will hinder the normalization of the strained relations between the two countries. Pakistan has denied any such incident and has said that its forces were not engaged in any firing and called these allegations baseless.
What is going to create more waves in the issue concerning the Gautam Buddh Nagar sub-divisional magistrate’s suspension by the UP government is the report that Durga Shakti Nagpal was not even there on the spot when the wall was razed. Nagpal was suspended as she ordered demolition of a wall which was being constructed for reportedly religious reasons. The local intelligence unit’s report in Uttar Pradesh states that the wall was demolished at 1 pm by the locals under the supervision of Jewar sub-divisional magistrate, Bachhu Singh. Now the UP Chief Minister reasons that Nagpal was suspended for she was wrong and her actions may have incited communal tensions.
A petition was made at the Supreme Court seeking for a stay of the suspension against Durga Shakti Nagpal. In the PIL filed by Manohar Lal Sharma the apex court’s 29 September 2009 order was referred to where all state collectors and officers were given direction not to allow unauthorized construction in the name of religious structure on streets, public parks and other public areas.
Raghuram Rajan who is the Chief Economic Advisor in the Finance Ministry is going to be the new Governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). He will be replacing D Subbarao, as announced by the government on Tuesday. The appointment is said to have got the approval of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Raghuram Rajan will be the Governor of the Central Bank for the next three years. D Subbarao’s term will complete on September 4, 2013.
Rahul Dravid has come candidly on the recent spot fixing scandal plaguing the cricket domain in the country. He stated that restoration of the credibility of the game was very much needed. He also specified that when cricketers grab the space on the front page and not on the back page of the newspaper it does not help the matters. He further added that cricketers are famous because of the fans and administrators exist as there are cricketers and fans so the credibility is very much essential.Sanjay Manjrekar also said that it was there in the back of the minds of everyone that whatever may happen cricket will be a passion in this country. Even when betting scandal came up in 1999-2000 nothing affected the popularity of the game and India-Zimbabwe series was packed in the stadiums. The unconditional love of the fans should not be misused by the administrators for long. This is evident in the fact that sufficient response does not come when such situations arise.
Bhaag Milkha Bhaag has reached the Rs. 100 crore mark in its 4th week. The film has grossed Rs. 104 crore since the time it had hit theaters on July 12, 2013. Director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra’s biopic of Flying Singh is even the second grosser after Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani in 2013. In the 1st week it earned Rs. 53.49 crores. Then there was a 50% fall in the next week and it only compiled Rs. 26.30 crores. It again slumped by 50% in the 3rd week, but what worked for the movie was the tax exemption offered in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Goa, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana.
Science and Technology
Google Maps is the most used application as per a survey and has been used by 54% of the smartphone users around the world in last month. What worked in Google’s favour is the fact that its competitors Ovi Maps of Nokia and Apple Maps weren’t as successful. Nokia maps had 9% of smartphone usage and was 11th in the list while Apple Maps was conspicuous with its absence. The survey was able to find out 10 most popular apps used more than 900 million users. This was gauged by the services availed by the users in the last month. Facebook’s mobile app is at the 2nd position with 44% usage and YouTube is 3rd as it had 35% usage. Google+ accounted for 30% usage and WeChat was at 5th position. Others were Twitter, Skype and Facebook Messenger with 22% usage and WhatsApp had 17% usage while Instagram had 11% usage.