Major News and Events of 09 August 2013
What Happened on 09 August 2013
Clashes in Kishtwar town of Jammu, curfew imposed
TV channels blocked in Darjeeling, bandh enters the 7th day
RBI to curtail the fund availability in the market to check rupee slump
Verdict on "Chennai Express"
Saina and Kashyap out at quarterfinal stage in the BWF World Championships
Pre-Order for Nokia Lumia 925 at Rs 33999
Delhi is on high alert as a warning has been received from the Intelligence Bureau that there may be a terror attack in the city on 15th August on the occasion of Independence Day. This was informed by S.N. Srivastava, Special Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Delhi Police. The IB has specified the warning in a letter to Delhi Police that there may be a terror attack in the national capital. Security has been tightened in markets and other places which are crowded as well as the government offices.
Curfew was clamped in Kishtwar town of Jammu also there was deployment of two columns of the army on Eid-ul-Fitr. This was when as many as 500 villagers shouted pro-independence slogans culminating in clashes between two communities. The people had come in procession from Bandna, Hullar, Bhata and Punoo villages at Kishtwar which is 220 km away from Jammu. Stone pelting occurred after that at Kulid chowk. When the people at Eidgah ground offering prayers came to know about this they too joined in the clashes. Four shops, truck and a scooter were set on fire and police had to resort to tear gas and batons and even had to fire warning shots to control the mob.
In Darjeeling the GJM sponsored bandh which is for indefinite period reached the 7th day even as the airing of news by three channels were blocked to control tension in the hill district as it was thought that the news favored the GJM and its activities to create tensions. Food shortage is prevailing under the PDS as bandh has paralyzed the functioning of ration shops in the hill town and adjoining areas. Vehicular traffic has been adversely affected and there is very less traffic on the national highway 31 A. In fact the Darjeeling DM Soumitra Mohan had to face transfer as the tensions were brewing in the district and Punit Yadav will be taking over the responsibility in his place from today.
The Reserve Bank of India curtailed the availability of funds in the markets to check rupee's decline against the US dollar. RBI will be auctioning CMBs or cash management bills to generate Rs 22,000 crore on every Monday. The CMBs are issued for less than 91 days and that is the only way they differ from the Treasury Bills which are issued upto one year. RBI has been instrumental in holding auctions since past two weeks. Last Monday using this process Rs 3,000 crore was accumulated through CMB for 7 days with 9.926% cut-off yield.
The verdict is out. “Chennai Express”which released on Eid day can be boarded once but with no expectation of something unique to find or stir your emotions. Packed with Bollywood masala and South Indian spice and topped with the first time combo of Rohit Shetty and Shah Rukh Khan the film is predictable in its script, melodious in some of its songs, high in drama and sometimes overboard, that is what the reviews tell. Interestingly some reviews have praised Deepika Padukone’s acting to the hilt while others find it overboard. The reviews also specify there is nothing new in the way Shah Rukh Khan essays the character while some find his ways charming. Whether this will be grosser like Shetty’s other movies remain to be seen but the first reports which come in is that it is watchable and does not go overboard like Golmaal 2 and Golmaal 3.
India's hopes crashed at the BWF World Championships on Friday when its star performers Saina Nehwal and Parupalli Kashyap were out at the quarter-final stage. Saina was defeated 23-21, 21-9 by South Korean Yeon Ju Bae, 13th seeded, while Kashyap lost to China’s Du Pengyu 21-16, 22-20, 21-15. What can be a disappointing fact for Saina is that she has been out of the world championships at the quarter final stage for the fourth time consecutively. Kashyap's loss came after gaining a match point in the 2nd game. Saina has also dropped to No. 4 in the BWF rankings announced on Thursday.
Science and Technology
Nokia Lumia 925 is yet to officially launch in Indiabut it is available for pre-order for Rs. 33,999 online. The retail site specifies the device will be unveiled in the fourth week of August. The phone comes in Black and Gray color and has a polycarbonate body. The specs of the smartphone are
- AMOLED 4.5-inch screen
- ClearBlack display
- Resolution of 768x1280
- Gorilla 2 Glass
- Windows Phone 8
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB of internal memory
- 8.7 MP PureView primary camera
- 1.2 MP wide-angle secondary camera (camera is said to be better than Lumia 920)
- Nokia Smart Camera Mode- capture 10 images at one go