Major News and Events of 13 September 2015
What Happened on 13 September 2015
Indian Ace Golfer Anirban Lahiri at 2nd Place at Hotel Fitness Championship
Leading Telecom Operators approach Department of Telecom and TRAI against Sealing of Mobile Towers
JK Tyre to Sharpen its Competitive Edge by acquiring Kesoram Industries' Haridwar Factory for Rs. 2,200 Crore
Home Minister to Visit China and Pakistan Border to assess Situation later this Month
PAAS Leader Hardik Patel puts hold on Reverse Dandi March as Gujarat CM agrees to meet him Tomorrow
Madhya Pradesh police has sealed properties of Rajendra Kaswa (the owner of the building in MP’s Petlawad town of Jhabua who piled up heap of mining explosives triggering the blast series) and also registered FIR against him on charges of attempting to cause explosion (IPC Section 4), causing explosion for endangering life and property (IPC Section 3), and culpable homicide that doesn’t amount to murder (IPC Section 304). Explosion killed over 89 people and injured more than 100 people. MP CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan called the incident tragic and announced compensation for relatives of the deceased. He faced public ire during his visit to the explosion site.
The highest world-ranked golfer from India, Anirban Lahiri (World No. 40 currently), rose to the 2nd spot as Hotel Fitness Championships reached halfway stage. This championship is one of the four Web.com Tour Finals series in the USA. Anirban Lahiri is just one behind (10-under 134) Jamie Lovemark (67-66) in the championship. The Indian, who recently tied at the 5th position at PGA Championship, admitted after the day-end that his “ton of putts on the front nine” is surely one of the best he has accomplished in a while now.
Science and Technology
Top six telecom operators in India (Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India, Reliance Communications, Idea Cellular, Tata Teleservices, and Sistema Shyam) jointly wrote to Department of Telecom and Telecom Regulatory Authority of India complaining about sealing of 16 mobile towers across Delhi in last 2 days and 70 sites in last one month by three Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD). This is the second joint letter written by the operators in last one month for de-sealing the tower sites. While pointing out similar actions in Mumbai, the operators said that extent of call drop increases by around 20 per cent with sealing of every 40 sites. TRAI advisor SK Gupta claimed that in a study it has been found that there is no direct correlation between mobile tower radiation and serious health problems.
Singhania family-promoted JK Tyre is all set to acquire BK Birla’s Kesoram Industries’ Haridwar factory at a cost of Rs. 2,000 crore. Reports say that this acquisition will help the third largest tyre maker JK Tyre close ranks (shrink the yawning gap of around Rs. 2,800 crore at end of 2014-15 to just Rs. 500 crore) with second-largest tyre-maker in India - Apollo Tyres – in terms of revenue. The deal will reportedly help Kesoram Industries reduce its Rs. 4,000 crore debt and also mark the entry of JK Tyre to the 2-wheeler and 3-wheeler market in India.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh has called off his plan of visiting China and Pakistan border, to assess spurt in tension between Indian and Chinese troops regarding dismantling of a watchtower by the Chinese close to mutually agreed patrol-line, on September 15. Reports say Chinese Army was constructing a watch tower in Burtse, close to two strategically important points - Karakoram Pass and Daulat Beg Oldie. Burtse is located in Depsang Plains, which is claimed by China as their own territory but India rejects it. Home Ministry statement reveals that the visit has been rescheduled to later this month because of an important meeting of BJP’s Parliamentary Board on Tuesday for discussing strategies for the upcoming Bihar Assembly election.
Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) convener Hardik Patel, who locked horn with Gujarat government on demand of OBC quota, has put on hold his Reverse Dandi March programme (scheduled to start today from Navsari’s Dandi to Ahmedabad’s Sabarmati) for 2 days after Gujarat CM Anandiben agreed to meet him tomorrow. Before putting hold on the programme, Hardik Patel said that it would begin with just 78 people but 50,000 people will join the rally during later part of the day. Hardik Patel also warned that “Reverse Dandi Yatra will be launched on Tuesday again” if outcome of the meeting with Gujarat CM is not satisfactory. Sources claim Gujarat government is mulling idea of providing a package to the Patel community similar to what Rajasthan Government gave Gujjars.