Major News and Events of 14 June 2013
What Happened on 14 June 2013
Split between JD-U and BJP evident
Inflation declines to 4.7 percent in May lowest in 3 years
Bhupathi-Bopanna reach quarterfinals of Aegon Championships
"Chennai Express": The Action Love Story
Google Nexus 7 to release in July
Tension prevailed in Hyderabad as protests for a separate Telengana state picked up momentum. The march called by Telengana Joint Action Committee was stopped by the police and leaders were forcibly picked up and taken to police stations. Leaders of JAC, TRS (Telangana Rashtra Samithi), CPI, TDP and BJP were arrested. Protestors threw stones at the police and police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd.
In fact, the violence spread to Osmania University as students were stopped from taking out a march and four students were injured. The schools and colleges were closed in the city, suburban trains were cancelled and in Telengana district hundreds were arrested by the police. As many as 15,000 policemen have been deployed.
The split between JD-U and BJP is evident with Bihar CM Nitish Kumar indicating that these were difficult times. Nitish Kumar voiced his discontent openly for the elevation of Narendra Modi as prime ministerial candidate for the Lok Sabha Elections, and this is now having a tell-tale effect on the Bihar coalition with many BJP ministers not attending office for the second consecutive day.
There are as many as 11 BJP ministers in the Bihar government. Nitish Kumar stated that the future plan of action will be decided after meeting with the party members. He is supposed to meet the party leaders who are close to him to get their feedback and the final meeting is scheduled either on Saturday night or Sunday morning where JD-U president Sharad Yadav will also be present.
The wholesale price-based inflation dipped to three year low that of 4.7% in May as prices of manufactured goods eased. Wholesale Price Index was 4.89% in April and last year in the same month it was 7.55%. The inflation has been dipping for the past 4 months now. As the inflation dips it will provide the scope for the RBI to relax the monetary policy. The same will be announced on June 17 by the central bank. In the previous monetary policies RBI had slashed the interest rates. The price fall was:
- Manufactured products fell to 3.11%
- Primary goods to 6.65%
- Food inflation to 8.25%
- Fuel and power declined to 7.87%
Retail inflation which is analyzed on Consumer Price Index dipped to 9.31% in May, it was 9.39% in April and 10.39% in March.
Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna have got into the quarterfinals of the men's doubles at the Aegon Championships after Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Nicolas Mahut from France staged a walkover. The French pair did not participate in the second rounds of the doubles tie after they had played their single matches.
The Indian pair who are third seeded will now meet fifth seeded Colin Fleming and Jonathan of Britain in the quarterfinals.
In the movie Chennai Express, Shah Rukh Khan was the only person who did not belong to south India.
In fact, he had to use the translators to communicate. Shah Rukh will be seen with Deepika again after Om Shanti Om and it remains to be seen if this movie will be a hit.
The movie, unlike other movies of Rohit Shetty, would also have a love angle. Shah Rukh will be seen in an action role after a long time. Deepika essays a role of a South Indian woman and she found it very difficult to get the accent right. The movie releases on August 8, 2013 and this is the first time that Rohit Shetty and Shah Rukh Khan come together.
Science and Technology
Nexus 7 Tablet will be released by Google in July at a price range of $229. The price has been kept higher so that it competes in the segment of Apple iPad Mini and Kindle Fire rather than low-end tabs. The specifications as per sources will include
- Size 7 inches
- 1920 x1200 display with 323 ppi
- Snapdragon processor of Qualcomm
What has to be seen is whether the higher price tag affects sale.