Major News and Events of 08 December 2013
What Happened on 08 December 2013
Asha Parekh, veteran bollywood actress of yesteryears, honoured
27 'all woman branches' by SBI inaugurated in Chandigarh
BJP wins in MP and Rajasthan and neck to neck competition in Chattisgarh
Italian woman molested in car by officer in Bangalore
iPad mini and iPad Air available in authorized Apple stores in India
India may face expulsion from the Olympics because of corruption. Even the IOC President Thomas Bach said that if corrupt officials are not out then India will have to face this expulsion. If this happens then the Indian Olympic Association will be out of the Olympic scene. 40 years back South Africa was out of Olympics for racial segregation in the country. Bach laid stress on good governance which is the key factor in Olympic games. He urged the strictness and said that rules must be followed strictly. The Indian Olympic body is now worried and thinking to amend its constitution for meeting the directives of IOC. In case no change will be made then the International Olympic Committee executive board will recommend "de-recognition" of the Indian committee. Last year also the Indian body was suspended because government was interfering in the election process of the IOC. Since then many of the issues have been resolved but now India has to work on the demand of IOC to bar officials charged with criminal offense. But if there is no solution then they have to take the next step. The preliminary decision will be taken by the IOC executive board and the final will be taken by the full IOC in its next meet in early February in Sochi, Russia. In the present suspension, IOC funding is not issued to India. Also India officials are not allowed to attend the official Olympic meetings. Even Indian players cannot compete in Olympic under their national flag. If India will be barred to take part in Olympics then there will be no officials and committee for the same. The whole issue emerged after last year’s election of IOA in which secretary-general Lalit Bhanot was elected. Bhanot had been jailed for 10 months in corruption charges. The IOC is saying that anyone who has charges against him or her must not be allowed to hold office.
One more award in the kitty of awards for Veteran actress Asha Parekh. The actress has been awarded for her contribution to Hindi cinema. The tile having the handprints of Asha Parekh was made public and installed at 'Walk of the Stars' promenade in Bandra. She appreciated the honour given to her and thanked everyone for supporting her in her career. Helen, another veteran actress of yesteryears was also present and said that Asha is a real friend but this award should come much earlier. Waheeda Rehman, Dimple Kapadia, Jatendra were also present to mark the occasion. Commenting on today’s generation in cinema she said that she is a complete movie buff and watches every latest film. She likes Shah Rukh Khan, Aamir Khan, Salman Khan, Deepika Padukone. All the stars are doing really well. Waheeda Rehman considers Asha as her elder sister and said that Asha has been a successful star. She is a simple and down to earth personality.
In a move by the India’s largest bank, the State Bank of India (SBI) for the safety of women, Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairperson of the SBI, inaugurated 27 ‘all woman branches’ at the same time in the Chandigarh circle on Saturday. She visited the Chandigarh local head office of the bank. This office in Chandigarh controls the bank’s branches in the four northern states — Jammu and Kashmir, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. Bhattacharya inaugurated the Personal Banking Branch in Sector -17 as ‘all woman branch’. This is the first step taken by the bank towards the opening of ‘all woman branch’ in each district in the circle. Bhattacharya also explained the further route to be followed towards this and activities to be completed by the bank. She explained all this along with the new benchmarks to be achieved while addressing the bank staff at Chandigarh.
BJP won in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan with clear majority. But in Delhi it was a spectacular show by the Aam Adami Party (AAP) which is just after BJP. The AAP pushed India’s the most traditional political party Congress at third spot. With this BJP has not received a clear cut majority in Delhi. Chhattisgarh has seen a tough competition between BJP and Congress. With such a defeat, Congress said that it will introspect its defeat in these states. As per BJP this is nothing but a mass anger against Congress which has been a ruling party since 2004 through United Progressive Alliance. Both anti-Congress feeling and Modi wave are said to be the reasons for BJP’s victory. The most shocking is the defeat of Sheila Dikshit, chief minister for 15 long years, from her own constituency to AAP founder leader Arvind Kejriwal in New Delhi. At the same time, just a year old AAP has performed surprisingly well in Delhi assembly elections and competed with both BJP and Congress. Even the Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel said that they were expecting two digit seats for AAP but the results are really astonishing. On the other hand Congress is saying that these elections are not the reflection of the Lok Sabha elections which are going to be held next year as these five states accounts for just 73 seats out of 543 in Lok Sabha.
Molestation cases won’t stop in India. Now it is the turn of a central government officer N Krishnan (54) who molested 27-years old Italian woman in Bangalore. He lured her by promising to get her an exit permit. N Krishnan works at the Foreigners Regional Registration Office (FRRO) in Shantinagar Bangalore. The FRRO works under the Ministry of Home Affairs and performs the task related to foreign nationals such as their stay, arrival and departure. In a complaint it has been said that the girl was molested in the car of Krishnan. As the car had centralized locking so she failed to open the glass from inside. Everything happened in front of the kid of the Italian woman. She shouted to stop the vehicle and then jumped out of it. The complaint has been lodged at the HSR Layout police station on December 4. The complainant was in the country for job related to bakery but her company ran into rough weather and so cancelled her contract. After that she met with an accident and could not walk for two months. She tried getting her exit visa but it was being delayed for no reason. She got a call from the FRRO to collect her papers for exit permit. But when she went to the office those were not ready. She was explaining this to her friend over the phone which was heard by Krishnan. According to the complainant he took advantage of her situation and molested her in his car.
Science and Technology
iPad mini and iPad Air are the new generation iPads that now available in all authorized Apple stores in India with retina display feature. Thinner and lighter than earlier models iPad Air has 9.7 inch display and hardware that includes the 64-bit Apple A7 processor. 7.9 inch display screen of iPad mini is indeed a very good choice. Price of iPad Air and iPad mini with retina display and 16GB Wi-Fi models is starting Rs. 35,900 and Rs. 28,900 respectively. Price of iPad Air Wi-Fi model with 32GB, 64GB and 128GB is Rs. 42,900, Rs. 49,900 and Rs. 56,900 respectively. Whereas iPad mini with Retina display Wi-Fi only models with the 32GB, 64GB and 128GB memory are priced at Rs. 35,900, Rs. 42,900 and Rs. 49,900 respectively. The 16GB iPad mini without Retina display is cheaper than these and cost of this model is Rs. 21,900.