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Major News and Events of 09 October 2013

What Happened on 09 October 2013


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to attend India-Asean Summit in Brunei

 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh reached Began Seri Begawan, the capital of Brunei to participate in the 11th India-Asean Summit and the 8th East Asia Summit. PM while leaving for the trip stated that this would offer the Asean or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations members to monitor and further boost the partnership. The prime minister will also attend the East Asia Summit, which has developed as a leading platform for promotion of peace, development and stability in the ever changing Asia Pacific region, where India has much interest. Asean is a group of 10 member nations where India actively engages in the "Look East" policy. This has evolved beyond the economic to a strategic partnership,and the India-Asean Summit in Brunei is the very first since the evolvement of relationship to a strategic content done at a summit in New Delhi in December 2012.

Cyclonic storm predicted along Odisha- Andhra coast by Sunday

 

The Met department has forecasted a cyclone along the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh coast by Sunday. This has forced the state government to cancel puja holidays of government employees in all the 14 districts of Odisha. Odisha Disaster Rapid Force (ODRAF) has been deployed in all the sensitive locations. The tropical storm is forming over the Andaman Sea which is expected to gain speed and power on Saturday when it hits the Odisha-Andhra coast. Wind speed would be around 175-185 km per hour. The depression is advanced in the north-west direction with a speed of 13 kmph during the past 6 hours, and had now transformed into a deep depression and was positioned at 5.30 am today over north Andaman Sea, at a distance of 1100 km of Paradip and 1200 km of Visakhapatnam. This would be changing into a cyclonic storm. Alert has been sounded in Cuttack, Balasore, Mayurbhanj, Keonjhar, Bhadrak, Dhenkanal, Jajpur, Kendrapara, Jagatsinghpur, Ganjam, Puri, Nayagarh, Khurda and Gajapati districts.

Trade deficit slashed to its lowest in 2.5 years

 

There was an increase in exports in India by 11.15% to $27.68 billion in September, while there was a slump of 18% in imports to $34.44 billion. This has helped in, reducing the trade deficit to lowest in 2.5 years. Monthly trade deficit was $6.76 billion, lowest since March 2011. In August the trade deficit was $10.9 billion and $12.27 billion in July. This has happened due to reduced imports of gold and other precious metals. At the same time cumulative trade deficit for the first half of the current fiscal has dipped to $80.12 billion, as against $91.82 billion in the similar period last year. This may be leading to reducing the CAD or the current account deficit, which has impacted the currency and equities markets by a great deal.

New playing rules by ICC

 

International Cricket Council (ICC) has formulated new playing conditions for test matches, ODIs and Twenty20 format. This will be applicable to the Bangladesh and New Zealand series. ICC specified that the conditions thus formulated will be having an impact on the 'Laws of Cricket' but these are not amendments to the Laws of Cricket. The new rules state:

If the ball’s condition is changed and the player who has done it is not known then there will be replacement of the ball and the skipper will be given first warning which will be final as well. If the team is again found doing that in subsequent matches then a five run penalty will be imposed on the team and the skipper will be reported. If it is known that who has changed the ball then the player will be reported along with the ball being changed and five runs penalty.

The Decision Review System or DRS will now be used in Tests on a trial basis for six months till April 30. Every team will have a 2 unsuccessful player review requests at the max in the 1st 80 overs of the innings, and not more than 2 such requests after 80 overs for the rest of the innings.

When the 80 overs are completed, the team which has 2 reviews left will not get any additional reviews, a team which has 1 remaining review will get 1 review, and if there is a no review left then the team will get 2 additional reviews. In a match truncated to 25 overs or less per team before even the start of the 1st innings, there will be only one new ball for its innings per team.

"Bhoot Aya" to explain paranormal activities

 

The new television serial “Bhoot Aya” aims not to promote superstition but to give explanation why paranormal activities take place. This television show will kick start on 13th October at 11 pm on Sony channel. The CEO and Founder of Indian Paranormal Society, Gaurav Tiwari has also collaborated with the makers, actors Akashdeep Sabir and Sheeba of this show. Gaurav said that there are ample evidences which substantiate the fact that human consciousness can still exist even after physical death. Bhoot Aya will narrate incidents which have happened in the real life and there will be explanations in the show why it happens. He in fact said that spirits coexist with the human beings, and it cannot be always said that they never exist.

YouTube will come to televisions through DTH in India

 

Google has come up with another innovative idea which is bringing YouTube to the homes on televisions in India utilizing the DTH services. Things are yet to be finalized as Google is still in discussion with the DTH providers in India. Francisco Varela who is the Global Director of Platform Partnerships is on a visit to India. YouTube is very popular online and Google wants to now expand its reach. YouTube generates sizeable chunk of the revenue to Google and the earnings from it aggregated to $50 billion in 2012. From 15 million Indian users in 2011, 55 million visit the site at present. In India there are 54 billion DTH subscribers as per TRAI.