Major News and Events of 14 September 2013
What Happened on 14 September 2013
GDP growth for FY 14 estimates to 5.3 percent
Praveen Kumar and Irfan Pathan out of India Team A due to injuries
Pre-orders for Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch in India
Chandigarh to become slum free
Randeep Hooda's Black Character in John Day
Petrol prices have been raised by the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) by Rs 1.63 per liter with effect from midnight exclusive of the value added tax (VAT). In the state, actual price hike will be of Rs 1.96 after adding tax. Fall in Indian rupee and rush in global crude prices are the reasons of this hike. Average petrol price in the first 13 days of the month went up at international market and during the same period an average rupee-dollar exchange rate got worsened. Indian Oil Corporation is the biggest refiner of the country. IOC has also added that on per liter sale of diesel, the company is facing a loss of Rs 14.50 in revenue where as expected loss in revenue on subsidized fuel for the FY 14 will be Rs 82,000 crore. On the other hand recent gain in currency has also been noticed by the oil marketing company and IOC has assured that benefit for the same will be passed on to the end consumer if the trend continues. For this, price movement at international market and rupee-dollar exchange rates are strictly under watch. Current petrol price in Delhi is Rs 74.10 per liter and revised rate would be Rs 76.06 per litre.
India’s economy was estimated to be 6.4 percent this year but it is much lower than the expected value and stands at 5.3 percent this fiscal year. In the three months till June, there was 4.4 percent growth in the economy. This has been said by the economic advisory panel of the prime minister. The same was also estimated by RBI and private economists. C. Rangarajan, the chairman of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council has further said that it is the automobile production and its export in the manufacturing sector that has been picking up the momentum since August and it is expected to do better in the second half of the year.
Country is going through economy crisis but rebounding industrial production in July gave a sort of relief. Fiscal shortfall and present account deficit is because of the 14 percent fall in rupee against dollar. According to Rangarajan, if the present trends in exports and imports will keep on going at similar pace then it is possible to lower down the current account deficit. Wedding season in India that is about to come will give a kick to the falling gold import. This will surely good for the market and economy as a whole.
Injuries will not allow pacers Praveen Kumar and Irfan Pathan to play for India team A against West Indies A team. They have been replaced by Siddharth Kaul from Punjab and R Vinay Kumar from Karnataka, according to BCCI. Kerala cricketer V Jagadeesh has also been added to the India team A to play against West Indies A team on September 17 and 18 for third and four day game. In this unofficial ODI series, 14-member Indian team is led by Yuvraj Singh so all eyes will be upon him and his captaincy. Earlier Team A under the captaincy of Unmukt Chand got victory over New Zealand A.
Science and Technology
Huge consumer base and ever increasing craze for mobile phones in India is rightly tapped by the international companies. Samsung, South Korean consumer electronics giant that has created a well-known niche in Indian electronics market has recently unveiled Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch in India. Though final price of the products has not been disclosed yet but Samsung has started taking the pre-orders for the company from India. Indians can book the new Galaxy Gadgets in the official e-store of Samsung. By paying the advance of Rs 2,000, a buyer can book either the combo pack consisting of both Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear smartwatch or only Galaxy phablet.
Galaxy phablet is the first device that is compatible with Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Once the Android v4.3 OS will be released for Galaxy S4, Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, the new smartwacth will become compatible with these devices as well. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has 5.7-inch (5.68-inch) Super AMOLED Full HD Display, Android v4.3 Jelly Bean OS, 3GB RAM, with storage capacity of 32GB and 64GB. By using microSD card memory can further be expanded up to 64GB. Safety assistance is the key application of Samsung Galaxy Gear. By pressing power button uninterruptedly for three times, user’s location data to pre-selected set of people will be delivered through SMS from Samsung Galaxy Gear.
Chandigarh is the most planned city in India and soon it will become slum free with the joint efforts by the administration of the Union Territory and the Center. The slum dwellers in Chandigarh are given keys of their homes (newly built flats) by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. This has been done under the slum rehabilitation scheme of Chandigarh. Today the prime minister has given documents as well as keys of 10 flats to the people in a housing colony in Dhanas area of Chandigarh. In India there are about 10 crore people living in slums, but this effort by the Chandigarh administration will surely help Chandigarh to become slum-free.
On this occasion, the prime minister was accompanied by Punjab Governor Shivraj Patil, Haryana Governor Jagannath Pahadia, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda. The Chandigarh Housing Board under the Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewable Mission (JNNURM) will construct the flats, which will provide shelter to more than 40,000 people. Under this scheme 8,448 flats will be given to slum dwellers. Construction of almost 25,000 flats has been granted by the union ministry of housing and urban poverty alleviation to rehabilitate Chandigarh’s slum dwellers. Assistance of Rs 436.30 has also been provided by the center.
In his upcoming movie John Day, actor Randeep Hooda plays a dark and a violent role. An actor discloses that he has not played role of this kind in his career which is so dark, full of aggressiveness and cold. Though it is so negative but Randeep admits that he has enjoyed the role. The character demanded many things that cannot be done in real life because doing those means going to jail. Playing a negative role is not new to the actor as he has played the negative side of life in movies like Jism 2 and "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster". Though the movie is directed by debutant Ahishor Solomon and features a newcomer Elena Kazan but Randeep was comfortable working with newcomers. John Day also features Naseeruddin Shah and Shernaz Patel.