Major News and Events of 08 October 2013
What Happened on 08 October 2013
Tandoor murder convict's death sentence commuted to life
Army ends the Keran operation in Jammu and Kashmir
Sales of domestic cars in September was the highest this fiscal
Center issued notice on Jet-Etihad deal by Supreme Court
Community mapping launched in India by HERE
Andhra Pradesh was shrouded in darkness and massive industrial loss when the thermal plants were shut and many villages and towns had their electric supply snapped off. Normal life is paralyzed in 13 districts as three days of power blackout is there in Seemandhra region of Andhra Pradesh. This is a protest against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. All the major sectors have been hit hard including the railways, airports, drinking water supply, and hospitals among others. Srisailama Right Canal Hydal Unit and Rayalaseema, Vijayawada, and Simhadri Thermal Units have stopped generating power.
The two airports at Tirupati and Vijayawada are sustaining on backup power. ICUs and OPDs is closed in several hospitals as the hospitals are running on generators. Patients are not being admitted. Burn victims are having very tough time as ACs do not function. 50 trains got cancelled and many delayed in South Central Railway Zone.
The hardship has in no way deterred the people who are going on with the protests. Four central ministers from Seemandhra region had a meeting with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at Delhi and urged him to approve their resignations over the formation of a separate state of Telangana.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday reduced the death sentence to life imprisonment for Sushil Sharma, former Youth Congress leader who murdered his wife and attempted to dispose off her body in a tandoor. The Supreme Court bench comprising of Chief Justice P. Sathasivam, Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai carefully observed the chain of events that resulted in the murder of Naina Sahni. It was declared that the accused was the only person involved in the crime, and that had happened as the relationship between the two was strained so the court did not see it as a danger to the society. So the death sentence was commuted to life imprisonment and that means for life and any concession in the same would be in conformance with the law and by appropriate authority.
The Keran operation which ensued for 14 days was called off by the Army today. This was launched to remove intruders who reportedly had the support by Pakistan, along the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir in the secluded Keran area. Eight guerrillas were killed in this operation and their weapons seized. It has also been stated that the Pakistani army has a major role to play whenever infiltration happens. Army had earlier stated that 15 guerrillas were killed but now the figure has been kept at 8. The army said it was not an intrusion, but a well thought out plan as the militants were hiding in a drain which was an unusual thing to do. Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh stated without Pakistani army knowing about this infiltration, this could not have taken place.
1,56,018 units of cars were sold in September, which is the highest in this financial year. The analysts perceive this as a rebound in the market which is at present affected by a slow economy. The president of Society of Indian Automobile Manufacturers (SIAM) Vikram Kirloskar said that September was the best month for car and auto manufacturers. But at the same it was specified that sales of passenger cars may not show a positive growth in the present economic situation. There was a dip of 4.67% in car sales in the first half of this financial year which has been termed as the worst since 2002-03. There was a slump of 6.96% in the same period that year. Last year 1,54,884 units were sold in September.
The Supreme Court asked for the Center’s response today acting on a petition submitted by BJP leader Subramanian Swamy which seeks for a stay on the Jet-Etihad Airways deal. Center, departments and the ministries along with Jet Airways and Etihad Airways have been issued notice and they have been asked to respond within four weeks. The apex court bench of Chief Justice P Sathasivam and Ranjan Gogoi refused to pass an order but sought Centre’s response on the petition which challenged the deal. Swamy said to the court that he had got no reply from the Prime Minister on the matter when he had presented the same before him; the court took note of this.
Swamy has specified the deal is not in conformance with the public interest and involves squandering of air space and the sky. It even got clearance though the Parliament Select Committee and other advisory bodies have not supported it. Swamy further added that CAG observed reckless allotment of air space to a foreign airline. Jet Airways on April 24 had said it was planning to sell 24% equity to Etihad Airways for around Rs 2,058 crore. This move was part of its initiative of expanding its base globally.
Science and Technology
HERE, one of the businesses owned by Nokia, which has its presence in 196 countries is all set for launching community mapping in India. In this anyone after logging in to the company’s site can map the roads which have not been plotted. The company using this had earlier mapped Belarus where 600 volunteers came forward and the result was that high end maps came up in 3 months. This process earlier seemed difficult. Community mapping lets people have updated maps. HERE has entered into a collaboration with many universities and as many as 1000 people will be putting on their effort to produce refined and updated maps.