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Major News and Events of 15 October 2013

What Happened on 15 October 2013


CBI books case against Kumar Mangalam Birla over coal blocks allocation

 

A case has been filed against P.C. Parekh, the former coal secretary and industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla by the CBI over anomalies in coal blocks allocation. Birla was booked for being the representative of Aditya Birla Group also the fact being that Hindalco ,one of his group companies, is the largest producer of aluminum in India. An FIR has been recorded in the case and search operations have been carried out in Mumbai, Bhubaneswar, Delhi and Secunderabad. This is pertaining to 14th case in coal blocks allocation that is the allotment of Talabira-II coal block in Odisha in 2005. Case was registered by the CBI in June against Dasari Narayan Rao, former minister of state for coal and industrialist Naveen Jindal. The agency was directed by the Supreme Court to speed up operations on Aug 29. The court after observing the report had stated that out of 169 companies which were probed by the CBI, the agency had completed operations in case of only 37. Court had also expressed its displeasure over government’s statement that some files in connection to allotments from 1993 to 2009 were not easily available and had raised the question whether a police complaint was registered for that or not.

Pakistani Army violates ceasefire, firing in Mendhar sector along the LoC

 

Ceasefire violations by Pakistan continued on Tuesday too after there was firing at Indian posts in Mendhar sector of the Line of Control on Monday evening. The concerning factor is that the unprovoked firing is continuing sporadically. The incident has happened in the LoC’s Hamirpur area in Mendhar sector in Jammu’s Poonch district. The Pakistani troops resorted to firing at 6.30 a.m. on Tuesday. The Indian soldiers fired in return with the same caliber weapons like small arms, mortars and automatics. On Monday evening it started at 10.25 p.m. and went on for 10 minutes. Pakistan has violated the November 2003 bilateral ceasefire more than 100 times in 2013.

Sensex slump, gold prices dips

 

Today gold prices dipped by Rs 225 to Rs 30,550 per 10 grams in Delhi. This was due to slow demand amid a weak global trend. At the same time the silver prices fell down by Rs 520 to Rs 47,050 per kg due to lesser purchase by jewellers and industrial units. The BSE Sensex slumped going back from an almost three-year high mark in the session earlier, this was due to the fact that the blue chips dipped spurred by the October 17 deadline to do away with the U.S. debt ceiling. The Sensex closed at 60 points down at 20,547. In the intra-day trade it had touched 20,759.58 which were highest in nearly three years. NSE closed 24 points lower at 6,089. Banks stocks dipped amid apprehensions that the RBI will increase the rate of interests this month due to rising inflation.

Sachin's last test match at Wankhede Stadium

 

Sachin Tendulkar had expressed his desire to play his last match in front of his home crowd, while there is a tussle going on among the local cricket associations to get the hosting rights of the farewell match. Tendulkar is supposed to play his 199th match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata while his 200th match will be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai from November 14-18 before he signs off from all formats of the game. In his 198 tests he has made 15,837 runs and 18,426 runs in 463 ODIs that is what his records say now. He has played in most number of tests and has compiled the maximum runs in the two forms of cricket. He has even scored maximum number of centuries, that is, 51 in tests and 49 in ODI.

Poster of Akshay Kumar's 'Boss' breaks world record

 

Akshay Kumar’s fan club, Team Akshay, has set a Guinness World Record by creating a huge poster of the actor’s upcoming movie ‘Boss’. It has also broken the earlier record set by the poster for ‘This Is It’, a documentary film which was a tribute to Michael Jackson. The poster is 193 feet and 1 inch in width and 180 and 2 inches in length and was completed in a span of four months. The poster will be unveiled by Akshay on Tuesday at Andheri Sports Complex. ‘Boss’ is directed by Anthony D’Souza and also has Mithun Chakraborty, Aditi Rao Hydari, Ronit Roy, Shiv Pandit in the cast. It hits theaters on 16th October, 2013.

iPhone 5c and 5S to be launched in India

 

Apple’s latest products, iPhone 5c and 5S, will get into Indian markets on 1st November. Airtel and RCom will be selling the devices. The iPhone 5s is priced at Rs 54,000 while for the ‘cheaper’ iPhone 5c you need to shell out Rs 42,000. Pre-booking has been started by Airtel. Those who want to buy the device can visit the Airtel Store for pre-registration.

The iPhone 5s has a 4 inch Retina Display, 8-mega pixel camera, dual LED flashlight and its camera can record 720p HD movie. On the other hand, the iPhone 5c comes in a plastic shell and has a larger battery than iPhone 5.