Major News and Events of 10 July 2013
What Happened on 10 July 2013
116 deaths in UP due to floods
In Q1 Reliance Life new business increases two-fold at Rs. 514 crore
India reach finals of Tri-Nation Series, beat Sri Lanka by 81 runs
Shah Rukh talks about AbRam, his surrogate baby
AltaVista closed down by Yahoo
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde stated that investigations about the bomb blasts that rocked Bodh Gaya early Sunday morning were being carried out. Shinde also said that deeper probe from all angles were being done and so they did not want to rush things. He visited the 1500-year-old temple where Buddha attained enlightenment some 2500 years ago. Congress President Sonia Gandhi was also with him.
NIA and NSG have been pressed into service. Indian Mujahideen tweeted claiming full responsibility of the incident but the investigations are being carried on independently. Rs 10 lakh reward has been announced by NIA for anyone offering any details about the bomb suspects. As much as 10 blasts occurred and the bombs were cylinders of 2-3 kg which had nails and ball bearings. The CCTV footage received is of poor quality and not much headway has been made through it.
In Uttar Pradesh, the flood situation has deteriorated after torrential rains leading to loss of lives of 116 people in the past 14 days. Floods have hit ten districts as the rivers like Sharda, Saryu and Ghaghra are overflowing and heavy downpour continued on Wednesday in different places. Evacuation of people and livestock from the areas affected is being done by teams of Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) which have been deployed there.
In Lakhimpur Kheri and Siddharthnagar, the situation was worse as flood waters have submerged many areas. Ghagra is flowing 2m above the danger mark near Lucknow. Saryu river has edged past the danger mark in Ballia and Ayodhya and has affected adversely Basti, Gonda and Sant Kabeernagar. Four deaths occurred due to torrential downpour and lightning. Sharda river has also overflowed the danger mark in Lakhimpur and has inundated many hectares of agriculture land.
Reliance Life Insurance announced that its new business has increased two times and now stands at Rs. 514 crore in the first quarter which ended on June 30 compared to Rs. 251 crore in the corresponding quarter last year.
The company has also registered 48% increase in new business premium that is Rs 267 crores in April-June 2013-2014. It was Rs. 181 crore in the previous financial year. Similarly, the total premium saw an increase of 12%, that is Rs 914 crore from Rs 815 crore. The company has stated that it now features among the top five private life insurers in the country.
India defeated Sri Lanka by 81 runs with D/L method at Queen's Park Oval. Now India qualifies for the finals of the tri-nation series and is also at the top position in the group. The match was marked by super performance by the fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar and a solid knock of 48 not out by opener Rohit Sharma cruised India to victory.
India were three down for 119 when the rain stopped play. When the skies were clear and play resumed, Sri Lanka was given a revised target to score 178 runs in 26 overs. To get into the finals India had to keep Sri Lanka below 167. But India bowled Sri Lanka at a paltry score of 96. The win gave India 10 points to move to the top of the group and Sri Lanka and West Indies finished 2nd and 3rd. With this, West Indies is out of the tournament.
Shah Rukh Khan for the first time talked about his third child, AbRam. He stated that amidst all the noise what was important was his son, who was born prematurely, and the entire family had a trying time facing the emotional turmoil associated with his health.
He also stated that the issue of sex determination test being done does not hold good as AbRam was born much before all this started. He also thanked Dr. Jatin Shah for making his son’s life possible. He said that the fact that AbRam was a surrogate baby so the information was kept under wraps and he appealed to everyone to let it be private. He also felt sorry for the fact that he had to give explanations for the same.
Science and Technology
Yahoo closed down AltaVista, the pioneer search engine, which was acquired in 2003 when it bought Overture. AltaVista, unveiled in 1995, was a hit with the users as there were 20 million pages indexed by it.
It had its own ‘crawler’ technology which searched for the webpages after matching the key search terms and thus offering answers to users’ queries. The announcement for the shutdown was done on June 28. It was also specified that when users logged on AltaVista, it was redirected to the Yahoo search site.