Major News and Events of 14 August 2013
What Happened on 14 August 2013
First look of Dhoom 3 launched
Indian Badminton League starts today
High food prices lead to jump in inflation to 5.79%
Calcutta High Court asks GJM why it should not compensate for the shutdown
INS Sindhurakshak sinks after a major explosion
Science and Technology
Sony is in the smartphone market with full vigour and it is targeting all the segments with both its Xperia Z Ultra as well as Xperia M models for the budget segment. As is the case nowadays the phone is available online without it being launched. The price tag fixed is Rs. 12,990 and the phone will be available from 23rd August. The device’s specifications include:
- 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8227 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4” TFT LCD
- 480x854 pixels resolution
- Scratch-resistant display
- Android 4.1
- 4 GB internal memory expandable to 32GB
- 5 MP primary camera with LED flash, VGA front camera.
The first glimpse of the much awaited movie Dhoom 3 is out. In the poster, Aamir Khan is shirtless wearing a hat is looking out of the window with choppers hovering over the backdrop. The movie is slated for release on Christmas and so the poster states the year will finish off with a Dhoom. Aamir will be seen playing a negative role in the movie. In Dhoom John Abraham essayed the negative character while in the second edition it was Hrithik Roshan. In this movie Katrina Kaif will play the female lead opposite Aamir. Abhishek Bachchan and Uday Chopra retain their characters.
The richest badminton tournament in the world, the Indian Badminton League started from today in New Delhi and the organizers have pinned the hope that it will be as popular as IPL. The $1 million badminton League may have the Chinese stars missing but it is expected that this will have no effect on the tournament which aims to bring out future Olympic medalists. There are 6 teams in this and the tournament’s player auction was held last month. IBL will not use the customary process where gap of two points are needed to win a game. 21 points will be needed for the matches and 11 points for a decider.
Inflation has spiked to 5.79% in July. This is the shortest time in which it has reached this level in 5 months as there has been a huge increase in food items as well as fuel. The headline inflation which is calculated with the base of the Wholesale Price Index (WPI) increased to 5.79% in July compared to 4.86% registered in the previous month. Last July it was registered at 7.52%. Vegetable prices rose by 46.59% and onion prices increased by 144.94%. In July this year, food inflation spiked to 11.91% compared to 10.17 percent recorded in the similar month of last year. Rice prices increased by 21.15% and cereals by 17.66%, wheat prices rose by 13.42%.Interestingly, pulses price fell by 7.39%.
Fuel and power inflation was 11.31% in contrast to 8.39% registered last year. The prices of fuels increased and diesel was hiked by 26.34%, cooking gas price increased by 5.78% and the petrol price by 1.33%.
The Calcutta High Court on Wednesday questioned the GJM why it should not compensate for violating the fundamental rights of the people by declaring a shutdown in Darjeeling Hills. The division bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and Justice Joymalyo Bagchi queried the GJM while hearing a PIL which sought for restriction on shutdown. The High Court has asked the GJM to submit an affidavit explaining its situation. The GJM-sponsored indefinite bandh in Darjeeling hills was to press demand for a separate statehood for Gorkhaland, when Telengana was assigned a separate state status. When the West Bengal CM gave an ultimatum of 72 hours to call off the shutdown, GJM imposed a two days curfew. The state government has been asked to make an estimation of the destruction and loss to public properties. The hearing for this matter will be on 5th September.
INS Sindhurakshak, a Kilo class submarine sank at the Naval Dockyard in Mumbai after a huge explosion. 18 submariners including 3 officers are said to be trapped in it. It is feared that many are dead. The explosion injured others who have been admitted to INHS Ashwini Hospital. 16 fire tenders were pressed into service. Naval experts are also looking into the rescue operations. Now only a portion of the submarine can be seen at the surface. This submarine had faced problems earlier too. The submarine was refurbished recently at Zvezdochka shipyard in Russia.