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Major News and Events of 16 July 2013

What Happened on 16 July 2013


Shinde in no mood to divulge about Headley not mentioning Ishrat Jahan in his confession

Sushil Kumar Shinde is not ready to comment about the fact that David Headley did not mention the name of Ishrat Jahan in his confession.

NIA supposedly informed Ministry of Home Affairs that Headley did not mention Ishrat Jahan in his official statement. While Shinde stated he is bound by the US agreement wherein the FBI and India’s police have agreed not to reveal any details of the confession. He also stated that Headley may have stated anything before the FBI. The NIA was asked to give the report specifying details about the confession when Digvijay Singh the Congress General Secretary is believed to have asked Shinde to resolve the issue.

Sajjan Kumar's petition dismissed by Delhi High Court

Sajjan Kumar’s petition, which challenged the trial court order asking for framing charges against him in an anti-Sikh riot case in 1984, was dismissed by the Delhi High Court. This case relates to killing of six persons in Sultanpuri area in Delhi. Kumar had charges of riots, murder and damage to property.

The trial court was ordered in 2010 to frame charges against Sajjan Kumar and four others. The killing of six people took place when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. The court opined that it was not to look into the evidences to conclude whether the crime was committed or not. Even the cross appeal of complainant Sheela Kaur was dismissed. She had requested for initiation of the charges of criminal conspiracy on Sajjan Kumar.

Kumar and two other accused had moved the Delhi High Court in 2010 whereas at Karkardooma court Sajjan Kumar got acquittal in the murder of 5 persons during the riots in the Delhi Cantonment area.

RBI's measures to check the downslide of rupee temporary: Banks

Banks like SBI, UCO Bank and Bank of Baroda as well as others are hopeful that the set of measures adopted by the RBI to stabilize the rupee are temporary.

The RBI has raised by 2% the cost of borrowing, making it 10.25%. Also, bonds worth Rs 12,000 crore will be sold to check in the liquidity for the downward movement of the rupee.

The rupee had declined to 61.21 against the dollar last week. With the announcement of the measures, the rupee stabilized to 59.20 against dollar at noon today compared to earlier end of 59.89. On July 30, the RBI will make an announcement of its Q1 monetary policy review.

Dhoni extends support to his ailing friend

Dhoni was all out in support of his ailing friend Santosh Lal, the Ranji player who was diagnosed with acute pancreatitis. Dhoni considers Lal to be the inventor of his helicopter shot and both have played in the Ranji Trophy.

He has been helping in making all the arrangements for the player who was admitted to a hospital in Ranchi in an unconscious state. He was then brought to Delhi using an air ambulance. For Lal's treatment, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association has made a donation of Rs. 1 lakh and Rs 39,500 was the collection from the Association members.

Guddu Dhanoa to make a sequel of 'Deewana'

Filmmaker Guddu Dhanoa is getting ready to make a sequel of Deewana which had Shah Rukh Khan.

The movie was released in 1992 had a romantic story featuring Rishi Kapoor, Shah Rukh Khan and Divya Bharati. The film’s director was Raj Kanwar and producer was Guddu Dhanoa.

The sequel will have a different story altogether and would be in the lines of how Murder and Jannat sequels are being made. The script has already been prepared and now the star cast has to be finalised.

BlackBerry Q5 at Rs 24,990

BlackBerry unveiled the Q5 in India, touted as the most affordable smartphone having BB10 operating system. The phone comes at Rs 24,990. Q5 has the UI which includes swipe as well as a physical QWERTY keypad, which has become rare. BlackBerry is now hoping with the attractive price and the QWERTY keypad it would be able to gain control in the market.

The phone hits stores on July 20. The features include:

  • 3.1” screen
  • 720×720 pixel display and 328 ppi
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5mp and 2mp camera
  • Facility to shoot 720p video
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 8GB of internal storage

Even though it has tried to follow the Q10, there are many features which are toned down.