Major News and Events of 16 April 2013
What Happened on 16 April 2013
Security forces kill 10 Maoists in Chhattisgarh
Sensex gains 387 points on expectations of rate cut
Sanjay Dutt's surrender plea to be heard by SC on Wednesday
Vijender's samples negative: NADA
India's first passenger train in Google Doodle
Strong tremors were felt in large parts of north India, like Delhi and its adjoining areas on Tuesday evening. The quake of 7.8 magnitude occurred with its epicenter on the Pakistan-Iran border at 4.14 p.m. (IST) with a depth of 33 km. The tremors continued for several seconds. Moderate tremors occurred in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. Tremors were also felt in Himachal Pradesh though there was no report of any loss of life or damage to property. There was panic in the Kashmir Valley as well. The Iran earthquake’s effect was felt in both Pakistan and India.
Earlier, a low intensity earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale took place in North-East India on Tuesday morning at 6.53 a.m. Its epicenter was in Assam's Darrang district. Meghalaya and Assam as well Manipur, Nagaland and Arunachal Pradesh felt mild jolts. Then there was a second mild earthquake at around 2.04 p.m. in Dibrugarh and Tinsukia in Assam and some areas in Arunachal Pradesh. It measured 5.0 on the Richter Scale and its epicenter was somewhere in the Arunachal Pradesh-China border. In eastern India a low intensity earthquake occurred at 8.36 a.m. in Odisha. It lingered for a few seconds in the Astaranga area of Puri district, 70 km from Bhubaneswar. There were no reports of casualties.
The security forces killed more than ten Maoists in the dense forests of Chhattisgarh's Bastar region early Tuesday. The commandos from Andhra Pradesh's anti-Maoist Grey Hound force stormed the hideouts of the Maoists after receiving intelligence inputs. The area where the shootout happened falls under the Pamed police station area. 100 Maoists were in the hideout when police opened fire. Those killed were commando ranked forces of the banned terror outfit, Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) as per the Director General of Police, Ram Niwas. The hideout is situated near the Andhra Pradesh border. Arms and ammunition have also been seized from the hideout.
Benchmark indices of Indian stock markets increased more than two percent on Tuesday, as there was strong buying in banking, auto and realty stocks. The mood was upbeat with the hope that there may be a cut in interest rates as inflation came down to a three-year low. Crude oil and gold prices plunged sharply expecting to unleash a positive impact on the country's current account and trade balance. it also added a positive touch to the investors' sentiments in the markets. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which started at 18,356.32 points, closed the day at 18,744.93 points, up 2.11 percent or 387.13 points compared to its previous day close at 18,357.80 points. The Sensex reached a high of 18,771.33 points and low of 18,325.73 points in the intra-day.
The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also got more than two percent. Nifty closed 2.16 percent or 120.55 points higher at 5,688.95 points backed by strong buying in auto, capital goods and realty stocks. The BSE banking index soared up to nearly three percent. Auto index got 2.54 percent, capital goods index rallied 2.53 percent and realty index 2.29 percent. Inflation based on Wholesale Price Index (WPI) dipped to 5.96 percent in March -- the lowest since November 2009. The RBI will get enough space to cut interest rates in the upcoming policy review, experts feel. The RBI’s annual monetary policy for 2013-14 will be announced on May 3. Major gainers were: Maruti Suzuki, up 4.23 percent, at Rs.1483.70; Mahindra & Mahindra, up 3.95 percent, at Rs.845.55; ONGC, up 3.87 percent, at Rs.331.50; HDFC, up 3.84 percent, at Rs.804.80; and Dr Reddy's Lab, up 3.56 percent, at Rs.1919.55. Only two of the 30 Sensex scrips showed a dip and were in red. Infosys plunged down by 1.71 percent at Rs.2293.95 and Sterlite Inds closed 1.28 percent down, at Rs. 85.10.
The Supreme Court on Tuesday postponed hearing of Sanjay Dutt's plea till 10.30 am, Wednesday. The plea seeks for six months' time to surrender.
The apex court bench led by Justice P. Sathasivam stated that the actor's plea will be heard by the bench which had taken up the case and pronounced the judgment. Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B.S. Chauhan heard the actor's plea challenging his conviction under the Arms Act by the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act. The orders were given on March 21.
Dutt's conviction was upheld under the Arms Act for possessing illegal arms, though the court reduced his sentence from six to five years, whereas the TADA court had sentenced him six years' of imprisonment.
National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) stated that Olympic medalist Vijender Singh samples tested negative for drugs. There were allegations that the boxer had taken recreational drugs along with Ram Singh. Virender had submitted his blood and urine samples to NADA after he was asked to do so by the sports ministry. He, along with four others, was put under an out-of-competition test for banned substances. A full menu test was done which included tests for psychotropic substances. Vijender's name was there in the drug haul case where the Punjab Police on March 7 seized 26 kg of heroin from non-resident Indian (NRI) Anoop Singh Kahlon's house in Zirakpur. Also, his wife Archana’s car was found by the police near Kahlon's house.
Science and Technology
Google celebrated India's first passenger train journey in its doodle on Tuesday which depicted a chugging train leaving behind a trail of smoke with a backdrop of a palace replete with domes and minarets.
It was on April 16, 1853, that the first railway on the Indian subcontinent completed a distance of 21 miles from Bombay to Thane. The doodle is in vibrant shades of orange and yellow, with a steam locomotive pulling a passenger train along a track lined with palm trees.The front of the engine formed the first ‘O’ of Google.