Current Events 13 January 2014
Science and Technology
Tata Motors unveiled the Nano Twist priced at Rs 2.36 lakh. The new variant of its cheapest car, Nano has a power steering. There is an Electric Power Assisted Steering (EPAS) system which enables smooth maneuvering. Nano Twits has a 624cc engine which has multi point fuel injection. It has two cylinder gasoline and has two valves per cylinder and there is a 4-speed manual transmission. The car has Damson Purple colour as well as other colors like Royal Gold, Pearl White, Dazzle Blue, Meteor Silver, Papaya Orange. The car comes in XT version and has beige interior excluding Dazzle Blue which has a sporty black interiors.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni stated that New Zealand tour will not be taken lightly by the team. Team India will be playing 5 ODIs and 2 Tests and the series begins from January 19. India has the inkling that it will not be easy to beat New Zealnd on their home turf as it was when they toured India in 2009. Dhoni said that New Zealand has a fabulous side and their recent performances were good. Also they had a good bowling attack and their experienced players can win matches. Dhoni also views this series as learning for the young cricketers in the Indian team. Also this was going to be a good practice for the 2015 World Cup. Napier (January 19), Hamilton (January 22 and January 28), Auckland (January 25) and Wellington (January 31) will be the venue for 5 ODIs. Tests will be hosted at Auckland (February 6-10) and Wellington (February14-18).
The BSE Sensex and Nifty soared high today and registered their largest gain in day in this year, spurred by a rally in IT stocks. Sensex recorded a rise of 375 points to end at 21,134 while Nifty increased by 101 points and closed at 6,272. The global markets showed a 6 year high as Federal Reserve may put the interest rates lower due to weak U.S. jobs data. This mood was reflected in the Indian markets which also got an impetus due to the rupee which showed highest in a month that of 61.43 against the US dollar. Infosys closed 3.2% higher at Rs. 3,665 while HCL Tech got a gain of 3.4% to Rs. 1,343.35. TCS was the major gainer in the Nifty stocks up by 3.8% to Rs. 2,368. ONGC posted an increase of 3.2% while RIL rose by 2.6%.
The foundation stone of a nuclear power plant in Fatehabad district of Haryana at Gorakhpur village was laid by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh . The 1st phase that is 1400 MW generation capacity will be over by 2020-21 incurring a cost of more than Rs 21000 crore. The Haryana Nuclear Power Project or the Haryana Anu Vidyut Pariyojna will have a total capacity of 2800 MW. The Prime Minister also termed this is a greatest achievement of the UPA government wherein the power generation capacity of the country was enhanced to cater to the emerging needs of the people. He further added that UPA had focused on the power sector and the country’s power generation has increased manifold in the 10 years rather than what was achieved in the past 55 years after independence. The village is 250 km away from Chandigarh.
The present situation at Jammu and Kashmir makes it imperative for the Indian Army to stay there. The situation has to improve for the strategy regarding the deployment of the army can be changed. These statements were made by the Indian Army chief General Bikram Singh. He further specified that army has zero tolerance regarding violation of human rights. He was addressing a press conference. He also stated that any militant trying to cross the LoC would be shot at. This was in response to the reports in Pakistan that Indian Army shot a civilian near the LoC. General Bikram Singh also added that the number of ceasefire violations have come down since the DGMOs met last December 2013.
In the first Janta Durbar held by Arvind Kejriwal chaos prevailed and there was near stampede like situation at Delhi. This has prompted the Aam Aadmi government to announce that they will not be holding any public sessions like this. Henceforth people can register their complaints online and a helpline number will be allotted and the concerned official will look into the matter. At the same time Kejriwal will be meeting people once a week. Kejriwal had to leave the Janta Durbar and had to address the people from the boundary wall of the secretariat as there was a chaotic situation. 2,582 complaints were received of which 848 were addressed to the Chief Miniser Arvind Kejriwal, 917 to Manish Sisodia, Minister Education, PWD and Urban Development.