Major News and Events of 12 October 2013
What Happened on 12 October 2013
Prime Minister four day visit to Brunei, Indonesia concluded
Immense prospects for foreign investment in India - Chidambaram
I haven't done anything wrong so won't apologize – Jwala Gutta
Nokia Lumia 1020 launched at Rs 49,999
Amitabh at 71 will do reel role of 102 in 102 Not Out
East coast of India is going to be hard hit by the strongest cyclone in the decade on Saturday. Authorities have moved thousands of villagers in trucks and buses to government shelters. The sea has already turned tumultuous and cyclone Phailin apprehended to hit at Gopalpur. As the cyclone is approaching its pre affects are also coming in the form of heavy rain that has been happening since midnight in Odisha. Near about 3 lakh people have been evacuated so far by the Odisha government. Durga Puja celebrations have also been cancelled by the officials. It is said that Cyclone Phailin that covers Bay of Bengal will hit the area on Saturday evening. The Indian Meteorological Department, categorized Cyclone Phailin "very severe cyclonic storm" and expected to come with maximum sustained winds of 210-220 kilometers (130-135 miles) per hour. Whereas the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii of US Navy has predicted the maximum sustained wind of Cyclone to be 269 kilometers (167 miles) per hour with gusts up to 315 kilometers (196 miles) per hour. University of Miami hurricane researcher Brian McNoldy told The Associated Press that it is really a very strong storm and one does not get such strong storm anywhere else in the world. The size of the storm is close to the size of 2005's Hurricane Katrina. It is the Category 5 storm.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's four-day visit to Brunei and Indonesia has concluded on Saturday. He was there to expand India’s ‘Look East’ policy of looking beyond economic ties and extending collaboration in many areas like anti-terrorism, disaster management, security and dealing corruption. Prime Minister also held bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Japan and Australia. The visit is expected to bring important expansion of trade ties with countries from Asia Pacific region. Singh also said that with Asean, a Free Trade Agreement on services and investments would be signed by end of 2013. This will assist India-Asean trade to reach USD 100 billion by 2015. Singh was in Brunei Darussalam to attend Asean Summit from October 9-10. After attending this Singh came to Jakarta on October 10. Here he participated in his first bilateral visit to Indonesia. India and Indonesia signed six pacts including areas such as health, anti corruption, narcotics, disaster management and academics. To strengthen the partnership further, two leaders had also agreed to have annual summits. Also a distinguished persons group will be set up to develop the association. Space, nuclear energy, food security, counter-terrorism, trans-border threats from jehadi forces have been identified as new areas of co-operations.
With focus on rapid infrastructure development in India there is enough opportunities for foreign investments in the country. This has been said by Finance Minister P Chidambaram who is in Washington to attend annual plenary meeting of International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. He also said that private sector is going to contribute near about half of the total investments required for roads, power, civil aviation, etc. According to 12th Plan the total investment required is $1 trillion. Chidambaram said that this is the right time to make foreign investments for greater benefits in India as the country has massive infrastructure projects and to prove this example of Delhi Mumbai Industrial Corridor was given by him and to make this, over $90 billion investment will be required.
The corridor will cover the length of 1,483 km and pass through six states. This project which will connect country’s financial capital with political capital, have nine mega industrial zones of about 200-250 sq km each, freight lines of very high speed, six airports, and a six-lane intersection-free expressway. Public Private Partnership is also getting a push from government at present. There are more than 1,000 PPP projects in infrastructure section. Total cost of the projects is near about $97 billion. India has come out as one of the most promising PPP markets in the world. New sectors such as modern storage, health, etc have been added to strengthen the Viability Gap Funding (VGF) Scheme. Chidambaram said that he is confident enough to meet the target.
High Court has recently given permission to top shuttler Jwala Gutta to take part in upcoming tournaments. But Jwala has refused to tender an apology to the Badminton Association of India (BAI) as she said that she has not done anything wrong. She said this in an interview with Zee Media. As per the BAI's disciplinary committee Gutta had tried to stop some players from playing a match against Banga Beats in the Indian Badminton League in August this year. For this BAI suggested a life ban on Gutta. But she said that players should be taken care but not troubled. She further added that she loves to play and will keep on playing. The court said that till the final view of committee, Gutta can taken part in tournaments. Denmark Open scheduled from 15th to 20th October and French Open from 22nd to 27th October are the two upcoming tournaments in which Gutta was supposed to participate. But on Wednesday, Gutta and her doubles partner Ashwini Ponnappa had been stopped to play Denmark Open. Gutta remarked the approach of association as pre-determined.
Science and Technology
Nokia Lumia 1020 with a 41 Mega Pixel camera has been launched today. The Windows based operating system phone is priced at Rs 49,999. This has been said by Nokia India Director (South) T S Sridhar while unveiling the phone. He also said that till June 2013, 27 million units of Lumia range of phones had been sold across the world and a jump is seen in Indian market regarding the sale of Lumia phones. Over the first quarter, there is a 32% growth in the sales of Lumia in India. He also said that India is among top three markets for Lumia phones. Lumia 1020 user can also access 8 billion songs from Nokia Store. User can also download 1.65 lakh apps from Nokia portal. He further said that company is also offering a six months EMI scheme for buying Lumia 1020.
Producer Bhushan Kumar is making a new film ‘102 Not Out’ with Amitabh Bachchan. The actor will play a role of an old man with a decision to break the world record of longevity. This has been announced by the producer on 71st birthday of Bachchan. Producer Bhishan Kumar said that after ‘Bhoothnath Returns’ it is the second venture with Amitabh and his birthday was the best time to declare this. Veteran actor Paresh Rawal will also share the screen with Big B. He said that these two senior actors will take the whole story to a different level. Umesh Shukla is going to direct this film who has a much acclaimed movie ‘Oh My God!’ in his kitty. 102 Not Out will revolve around the idea of living life not just existing.