Major News and Events of 13 September 2013
What Happened on 13 September 2013
Growth forecast lowered to 5.3%
Life ban on S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan
Nokia closes down Nokia Music Store
All four accused in the December 16 gang-rape case to be hanged till death
Parenting is priority for Kajol
The Supreme Court has stated that returning officer may not accept the nomination papers of a candidate if they find they are not disclosing or suppressing information about their assets as well as their tainted background. The court opined that the voters have the privilege to know the details about the candidates for whom they would be voting and if the columns are left blank in the nomination paper then that is a violation of the voter’s rights. The bench led by chief justice P Sathasivam specified that the returning officer must use his power of rejection of the nomination papers. The apex court passed the judgement acting on the PIL filed by NGO Resurgence India in 2008. This was when the practice of leaving the columns blank was the norm among the candidates as it warranted crucial information.
The Prime Minister’s economic advisory panel drastically reduced its forecast for country’s economic growth in the current fiscal to 5.3% compared to the earlier projection of 6.4%. This was stated by C. Rangarajan, chairman of the council though this was fixed at 6.4% as per the review declared in April. The economy’s growth in 2012-13 was 5%. The panel has also stated that the farm sector is expected to jump to 4.8% in the current fiscal as against 1.9% in the previous year. Industry will show a growth of 2.7% in 2013-14, a little better than the 2.1% growth last year. Projection of manufacturing sector is at 1.5% in the current fiscal as against 1% in 2012-13. What is the cause for worry is that the growth of the services sector accounting for 50% of the economy is estimated to dip to 6.6% from 7.1% last year.
Life ban has been imposed on S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan for spot-fixing. The case of Ajit Chandila will be taken up later while Amit Singh was banned for 5 years, Siddharth Trivedi for 1 year and Harmeet Singh was pardoned.
Internal investigation by the BCCI found S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila guilty of spot fixing in the IPL 6. The three players gave out a specified number of runs in an over against bribes. The probe was done by the board’s anti-corruption chief Ravi Sawani.
The investigation also revealed there were two other players Siddharth Trivedi and Harmeet Singh who did not report contacts made by the bookies and thus were guilty as well. Amit Singh, another player acted as a channel between the players and the bookies. Sawani’s report demanded to ban the players.
Science and Technology
Nokia India has closed the web version of its music store after a run of over 4 years. The site specifies that the users will not be able to download the music from Nokia Music on site, music player or Aditi though there is an option to download through subscription of Nokia Music Unlimited. This was launched in 2009 August wherein the users could browse and download music on payment. Now the Nokia phones will have the unlimited subscription which will come with a free download for a specific period after which the subscriptions have to be renewed. This move is a part of Nokia’s mobile first strategy.
Justice has been delivered though the process will take some time. All the four accused in the Delhi gang rape case were sentenced to death by hanging today. Akshay Thakur, Vinay Sharma, Pawan Gupta and Mukesh Singh were given death sentence by a fast track court for the gang-rape and murder of a 23 year old physiotherapy intern. What shook the nation was the way she was assaulted and violated by an iron rod after being raped by six men in a moving bus. This bus crossed three police check posts in the 45 minutes ordeal. The victim and her friend who was also beaten by iron rod were thrown naked and in semi-conscious state. This incident created a public outrage all across the nation.
The irreparable loss of Nirbhaya’s life and the torture she had to face will remain as a black mark in the country’s history, but the fact that the court took a strong stance in this case in which crime was described as "premeditated" and a "cold blooded murder", will be a strong answer to the intentions of the persons indulging in such crime. After all fear of death is the biggest fear.
Parenting is the most essential part of life and when you are a public figure then it is even important to give your child a normal childhood. Sticking to this, Kajol, an actress and mother of two puts every effort to keep her children away from limelight. In order to spend more time with her kids and to become a part of their routine, the actress has even cut down on her work. After marriage, Kajol has been doing more of TV commercials than films as former takes less time. She has endorsed many popular brands like Olay, Whirlpool and Huggies Wonder Pants. She is quite a strict mother who wants her kids to become better human beings with sense of right and wrong. For this, Kajol keeps her routine around her kids that includes getting up early, doing workouts before her kids get up, sending her daughter to school, and then going for work. As a part of parenting, if she had to show movies to her kids then these would be 'Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge', 'Kuch Kuch Hota Hai' and 'Pyaar To Hona Hi Tha'. Though doing all this is not an easy task for an actress but sheer determination and will to perform her duties perfectly make her do so.