Major News and Events of 08 April 2013
What Happened on 08 April 2013
Transparency required on WikiLeaks on Rajiv, BJP tells Congress
Gold prices dip, may decline further
No one should attempt to do a remake of 'Mother India': Vidya Balan
World Chess Championship in Chennai, Anand to defend title
Google may acquire WhatsApp
The Pakistani Hindu refugees would like to die rather than returning to Pakistan again and said that their bodies should be deported instead of them. The group of 479 Pakistani Hindu refugees' visas expire on Monday but they are against returning to Pakistan. They said that even though they were not sure of their future but they knew one thing that they were not returning to Pakistan. They said that their daughters were abducted and converted. They could not burn the dead on funeral pyres but were forced to bury them. The asylum-seekers came over to India through Jodhpur in Rajasthan on March 9 on the stating that they wanted to visit Maha Kumbh in Allahabad. The group reached Delhi on March 10 and took refuge in a 28-room building of Nahar Singh in Brijwasan area in south Delhi. In this group there are 83 women, 86 men and 311 children - of whom one died a few days ago. Nahar Singh, an ex-soldier, had earlier too given shelter to 146 Pakistani Hindu refugees in 2011. The Vishwa Hindu Parishad and various NGOs were helping him in managing the funds.
The late Rajiv Gandhi name has come in Wiki leaks as the "main Indian negotiator" for Swedish company Saab-Scania, when it was trying to sell its Viggen fighter aircraft to India in the 1970s. The cable dated Oct 21, 1975, from the US embassy in New Delhi specifies information given to it by a diplomat in the Swedish embassy. "Mrs Gandhi's oler [sic] son's only association with the aircraft industry (to our knowledge) has been as a pilot for Indian Airlines and this is the first time we have heard his name as entrepreneur." Rajiv Gandhi was an Indian Airlines pilot at that time and his mother Indira Gandhi the prime minister.The BJP said that the Congress should be transparent on the "WikiLeaks revelations" that the late Rajiv Gandhi acted as a middleman for a Swedish company which wanted to sell fighter jets to India in the 1970s. The findings of the 'Kissinger cables' were published in the media where it has been specified that Rajiv Gandhi may have been middleman for Swedish Company Saab-Scania. BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar said that this was a serious issue and that the revelations pointed towards two of the late prime ministers Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. He said all defence deals have some link with the Congress' first family. So they should practice transparency in the issue. On the other hand, Congress dismissed the report stating said that the credibility of Wikileaks is questionable and also that the party will not give importance to the allegations.
Gold prices were lower on Monday, due to a stronger rupee.The traders are foreseeing more declines and they are preparing to build stocks for the upcoming wedding season. At 3.11 pm the actively traded gold for June delivery on the Multi Commodity Exchange (MCX) was down by 151 rupees lower at 29,615 rupees per 10 grams. The rupee plays a major role in determination of the dollar-quoted yellow metal. With weddings in the offing along with the festivals gold will be bought in large quantities till early June. Curtailment on imports has been there to put a cap on the record-high current account deficit. So the import duty on gold, which is known as dead investment, was raised by 50 percent to 6 percent in January but there won’t be further increase to avoid gold smuggling.
No one should dare to make Mehboob Khan's Oscar-nominated "Mother India" and if someone attempted that then Vidya Balan won’t be a part of that. Vidya had portrayed Nargis' look from the 1957 cult film "Mother India" and Meena Kumari's from the 1962-classic "Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam" for a tribute to Indian Cinema celebrating 100 years. "Mother India" is remembered for Nargis Dutt's power-packed performance. It was one of the most expensive project of its time and was a remake of Khan's 1940 movie "Aurat". It was also first submission for the Oscars for the Best Foreign Language Film in 1958.
Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa stated that Tamil Nadu will host the World Chess Championship in November between reigning champion from India Viswanathan Anand and the challenger, Norway's Magnus Carlsen. The chess fraternity lauded the state government's decision. She informed in the assembly that the World Chess Federation (WCF) had requested them to hold the contest this year in Chennai without any bidding and the state government accepted the request and will allocate Rs.29 crore for the holding of the 2013 championship November 6-26. Jayalalithaa also specified that the five-time World Champion Anand - who is from Tamil Nadu - will defend his title against Norway's Carlsen.She said the hosting of the tournament will inspire the youth to take up this sport.
Science and Technology
If sources are to be believed then WhatsApp may be acquired by Google at a price of $1 billion. Though there is not confirmation from any side on this, but sources specify that talks were rolling four or five weeks back. Earlier the rumor was that Facebook would acquire WhatsApp which is now the most successful messaging app with $1 billion messages being sent every day. WhatsApp has no advertising as it believes in the fact that when advertising is done then user is the product. But when Google gets into the picture then advertising cannot be far behind. Whatsapp blogpost sees 41,666,667 messages an hour, 694,444 messages a minute, and 11,574 messages a second.