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Major News and Events of 13 July 2013

What Happened on 13 July 2013


Hemant Soren the 9th CM of Jharkhand

Hemant Soren , the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha leader, was today sworn in as ninth chief minister of Jharkhand. Along with him, Rajendra Prasad Singh of Congress and Annapurna Devi of RJD were also administered oath by Governor Syed Ahmad at Birsa Mandap of Raj Bhawan.

Earlier, the Arjun Munda (BJP) government ended after withdrawal of JMM support on January 8. This is the third government in the assembly which completes its term on December 2014. Hemant Soren has one week to get the trust vote. Congress for the first time is included in the government and had earlier supported from outside during government of Madhu Koda in 2006 and in 2008 when the Shibu Soren government was there. Hemant Soren had submitted the letter of support of 43 legislators to the governor- JMM 18, Congress 13, RJD 5, Independent and smaller parties 7.

Food security scheme to be launched in Congress-ruled states on Aug 20

The food security ordinance, which is touted as the flagship welfare programme of the Congress, will be operative on August 20 in those states where the party is in power.

The date has been chosen as it is Rajiv Gandhi’s birthday. This was informed by the sources though Congress general secretary Ajay Maken specified that it will be launched soon and did not mention any date. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda stated they were ready for the roll out from August 20.

The process of implementing the ordinance was discussed by PM Manmohan Sigh, party President Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi. This ordinance will offer subsidized rations to almost 67 % of the country’s population. This is being position as something which can turn the things in Congress’s favor before the assembly polls and 2014 elections.

13 CM from Congress ruled state came in the meeting except Vijay Bahuguna who is busy with relief work in Uttarakhand.

Bombay High Court issues notice to Purti Group

A notice was issued by Bombay High Court Bench to a sugar firm which is associated with Purti Group founded by Nitin Gadkari when IT Department appealed regarding case of filing wrong financial details. Purti Sakhar Karkhana has been asked to submit a reply before September 5. In the next week, four more appeals will come up for hearing.

Earlier, the ruling of the I-T Appellate Tribunal came in favor of Purti regarding a tax evasion case, in which Purti between 2001-2007 was allegedly responsible for submission of wrong financial details and it was directed to pay a penalty of Rs 4-5 crore. Purti is said to have given the details of the income that did not have proper account but it was found there was an anomaly of Rs 10.5 crore. Purti agreed to pay the amount but a penalty of Rs 4 crore-5 crore was imposed. HC was approached by the IT Department before the decisions went in Purti’s favor at the Commissioner of Income Tax and I-T Appellate Tribunal.

Five involved in a betting racket arrested by Delhi Police

Five youth engaged in a betting racket on the finals between India and Sri Lanka in the recently concluded tri-series were nabbed by the Delhi Police Crime Branch. The police stated that the records confiscated by them reveal the Rs. 1.5 crore of bets were accepted.

The brain behind this was Lalit Solanki who roped in five young men who were unemployed on a monthly salary. The police acting on a lead of him running a betting racket finally arrested him. A Crime Branch team did the raid at midnight. The accused monitored the match on a television and had seven mobile phones and two laptops with them for doing the operation.

Legendary actor Pran cremated today

Pran, who breathed his last on Friday, was cremated today at Shivaji Park in Mumbai. His body covered with flowers proceeded to the crematorium amid torrential downpour. The last rites were completed at 12:30 p.m. He was 93 years of age and was suffering from prolonged illness.

He died at 8:30 pm on Friday. He was conferred with the 44th Dadasaheb Phalke Award this year. Pran started his career as a photographer and got the chance to act when a film producer offer him a role in Yamla Jat. That was life changing opportunity for him and he never looked back. He excelled as the bad man of Bollywood and was noted for his negative roles. Later on he also carved a niche in character roles. He acted in 400 movies in a career of six decades.

Features of Lumia in low-range phones: Nokia

Nokia will incorporate the features of Lumia phones in its Asha range of smartphones which are low priced. It also said that the prices of the Windows phone will be reduced.

On Friday, it released the Lumia phone 1020 for the US market though there is some time till it hits the Indian market India. Lumia 1020, which possesses a 41 MP camera, may be priced around Rs 42,000.

In India there is more demand at a lower price. Nokia which once had the plum share in the market here is now trailing behind Samsung and Apple and is in a desperate bid to gain a bigger share.