Major News and Events of 08 August 2013
What Happened on 08 August 2013
Parliament proceedings stalled over Telangana issue, rule violation bulletin
Trade unions of Coal India to go on strike for 3 days in September
This Eid to be special for Shah Rukh Khan
Three Indian players entered the 3rd round of Badminton World Championship
Rs. 132.79 crore loss in telegram service in 2012-13
Today, Defence Minister A.K. Antony stated in the Parliament that the attack on Indian soldiers was carried by special soldiers of Pakistani Army. Antony also informed that this statement was made based on assessment done by the Army Chief General Bikram Singh who made it clear that it was Pakistani army soldiers only who were involved in the attack. Antony also specified that this cannot have happened without the involvement of the Pakistan Army. He further added that Pakistan should take action against those involved in this. Earlier too two soldiers were killed of which one was beheaded and another soldier’s body was mutilated. He said these incidents will affect the relations between the two countries.
The Parliament’s proceedings were disrupted over two issues. One was the demand for a united Andhra Pradesh and second was the matter of mention of the BJP and TDP members for rule violation in the Rajya Sabha bulletin. The Congress and the TDP members had put forward the issue of Telangana during question hour in the Lower House. At the same time Shiromani Akali Dal members protested about the media reports of Sikhs forced to remove turbans at an Italy airport. All this led to disruptions in the legislative proceedings and the house could deal with only two questions. This led Advani to remark that he had not seen such disruptions in the Lok Sabha. There was pandemonium again when Defence Minister’s statement was read and members demanded to question A.K. Antony which was not allowed by the speaker Meira Kumar. Following this the house was adjourned till 2 p.m. The Rajya Sabha’s proceedings were stalled when opposition members voiced their ire over the government for including the BJP and TDP members’ names in the bulletin rules violation.The BJP members staged a walkout and left the house.It has to be noted here that government had an ambitious aim to pass 44 bills in 16 days of monsoon session. With this kind of happenings it indeed seems a distant dream.
Coal India’s trade unions have called a three day strike opposing government’s disinvestment bid. The strike will be observed from 19th to 21st September, as announced by AICWF General Secretary, Jivan Roy. There are four other unions that is INTUC, BMS, HMS and AITUC. Except INTUC all will go on a strike whereas the workers of INTUC are still in decision mode about it. The unions believe selling of stakes of CIL will have an adverse effect on the workers spread in 35 districts in India.
On the other hand, Union Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal stated that the government was confident that its 5% divestment proposal will be accepted by the unions. A single day strike means more than one million tonne of production loss. The workforce in CIL is of 3.5 lakhs along with 2 lakh contractual employees. The strike would mean at least 70-80% of the workers will not work. The workers of Coal India were not convinced even when government reduced the disinvestment stake to 5% from the earlier 10%. The government has plans to generate around Rs 20,000 crore by sale of 10% stake in Coal India.
Shah Rukh Khan has stated that this Eid is going to be a special one for him for his newborn baby boy AbRam. In fact, that is why he is very happy and not because his movie “Chennai Express” is slated for release on Eid. He said he hoped that the movie does well and recovers money for everyone. He also informed that the movie was scheduled earlier for release on October 11, but then he was to have a surgery so Deepika Padukone was asked to give a month for the movie, and it was finished well within time and hits theaters tomorrow. Shah Rukh Khan said he has not calculated how his movie will fare. He never does even for the movies released.
Three players from India reached the third round of the Badminton World Championships in Guangzhou. Saina Nehwal gave away only 9 points while it was a tough match for PV Sindhu who is 10th seeded. On the other hand, P. Kashyap was comfortably in as Petr Koukal of Czech Republic left the game due to knee injury and 13th seed Kashyap had an edge with 14-5 in the first game. Saina required only 23 minutes to trounce Russian Olga Golovanova 21-5, 21-4. Sindhu had to struggle for 1 hour and 12 minutes to topple Kaori Imabeppu of Japan 21-19, 19-21, 21-17. There were some disappointments as well as Ajay Jayaram and Tarun Kona-Arun Vishnu, the men’s double pair could not win their second round matches.
Science and Technology
BSNL which winded up the telegram service on July 15 after there were huge decline in revenue had actually suffered a loss of Rs. 132.79 crore in 2012-13. The expenditure was Rs. 142.68 crore and revenue Rs. 9.89 crore in 2012-13. Milind Deora, Minister of State for Communications and IT informed the Parliament about this. He stated that the new ways of communication were more useful as they were faster and reliable. In fact BSNL incurred loss of Rs. 136.03 crore in 2011-12 and Rs. 147.21 crore in 2010-11. It was also said that no employee of BSNL was laid for the closure of telegram service.