Major News and Events of 14 November 2013
What Happened on 14 November 2013
Bus accident in Karnataka, 7 dead and 25 injured
Inflation at 7% in October, 8 months high
Last test of Sachin, West Indies all out at 182, India 157 for 2
Ram Leela's name changed to Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela
Internet users in India more than 200 million
A police complaint has been filed by the wildlife authorities against the railways. Yesterday a speeding train killed six elephants at 5.45 pm in Jalpiaguri district of West Bengal close to Nagrakata-Jaldhaka Bridge. State Forest Minister Hiten Burman and wildlife officials have complained that the train’s speed was more than the permissible limit in that area as it is in an elephant corridor. A joint investigation has also been launched to look into the matter by the forest and wildlife departments. On the other hand railways dismissed the fact that this area was in the elephant corridor. The wildlife officials have stated that as many as 15 elephants may have been hurt in this incident. To find this out a team with three trained elephants have been pressed into action to search for the injured animals. In the past few months as many as 43 elephants have been killed by speeding trains in Dooars.
A luxury bus which was moving towards Mumbai caught fire which killed 7 persons and injured 25 early on Thursday. This happened when it hit the railing of a bridge and its fuel tank ruptured. The accident happened on NH4 close to Haveri town at a distance of 330 km from Bangalore at 2.45 am. This is the second accident of similar nature to the one which happened on October 30 in Andhra Pradesh which resulted in the death of 45 persons. The bus which was headed to Mumbai from Bangalore had 45 persons onboard. Among those injured six whose condition was critical have been taken to a government hospital in Hubli and the others were getting treatment at Haveri only. The survivors escaped by breaking through the emergency exit window. The cause of the accident is being investigated but it is said it was due to overspeeding. Rs 5 Lakh compensation has been announced to the victim’s families by the bus operator while the Chief Minister Siddaramaiah announced Rs.1 lakh ex-gratia.
The country’s headline inflation which is analyzed on wholesale prices soared to 7% in October. This is the steepest hike in eight months and the increased prices of food, fuel and manufactured goods, contributed to this. The headline inflation was 6.46% in the last month and 7.32% in the same month last year. The prices of food soared by 18.19% year on year basis. In September it increased by 18.4%. There was steep hike in the headline inflation that is from 6.1% to 6.99%. Fuel prices soared from 9.64% in September to 10.33% in October. Adding to the woes is the fact that inflation in vegetable category was 78.38% in October; price hike of onion was steep at 278.21 %. Similarly egg, meat and fish became costlier by 17.47% in October compared to 13.37% in September.
It would be the last time people will see him walk out of the pavilion to bat and this was too much to comprehend for the people for whom it is said cricket is not only passion but a religion. The last test match of Sachin Tendulkar his 200th one at Wankhede Stadium will be remembered. As the master blaster walked in at 330pm when India had lost two wickets at 77 runs after restricting West Indies for 182 runs, the crowd went berserk. Tendulkar got a standing ovation from the fans. The giant screen showed images from his childhood.The pitch has shown bounce and turn on the first day making batting difficult. India’s bowlers Pragyan Ojha who took 5 wickets for 40 runs and Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed 3 for 45 struck through the West Indies innings. India was 157 for the loss of two wickets at stumps and Tendulkar was not out on 38 while Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten at 34.
The name of Ram Leela, the movie by Sanjay Leela Bhansali, has been changed just a day before it hits theaters and is now Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram-Leela. The movie had received fair amount of protest with the usage of the word Ram Leela in naming a movie which is not remotely related to story of Lord Rama. When the Delhi High Court put a stay order on the release of the movie specifying that it hurt the sentiments of the Hindus, the controversial name has been changed which is in no way going to have an impact on the movie as the name still contains the word Ram Leela. Moreover the makers have specified the movie draws inspiration from Shakespeare's work Romeo and Juliet.
Science and Technology
Internet has reached to only 16% of the Indian population but if we look at the actual figures then the number of internet users in India has edged past the 200 million mark. This is so to say 10 times the people in Australia. This is as per the report by IMRB and Internet and Mobile Association of India (IMAI) and IMRB. There will be 243 million internet users by June 2014 as estimated. The country became the 2nd largest user of internet after China overtaking US in the list which has 207 million internet users. In the internet users population not all are active that is there are those who use net once a month but it is expected they would turn into active users. Not only communication, social media also drives the internet usage in India. There were 82 million active users on Facebook in a month by June 30, 2013. Mobile phones are a prominent feature as even the budget phones allow internet use and this has increased the internet usage in rural India as 70% use this mode for access to internet.