Major News and Events of 16 October 2013
What Happened on 16 October 2013
1000s still stranded in Odisha
Biopic on Shahid Azmi wins hearts
Jehan Daruvala, first Indian to win British Karting Championship
Food menu revised in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto, fare hike in the offing
PM gave the decision for coal blocks allocation in Odisha: Parekh
Today the Pakistan Army again engaged in 'unprovoked' shelling in Uri Sector of Jammu and Kashmir. This is now the 9th time ceasefire has been violated in less than 7 days. The Pakistani soldiers fired shells at Indian posts in Uri Sector’s Kamalkote area at around 7.00 PM last evening. There were no casualties. The Indian troops responded to the shelling. In a day it was the 3rd time it happened. Earlier an Army soldier was killed in the firing by Pakistani soldiers along the LoC in Balakote sub-sector in Poonch district. On Tuesday itself Pakistani troops have also indulged in shelling of mortars in Poonch district’s Hamirpur and Bhimbher Gali (BG) sub-sectors along the LoC.
Cyclone Phailin may have crossed but that has not put an end to the woes of people in Odisha as thousands of them remained stranded due to floods triggered by swelling rivers. People have to take refuge on raised places like embankments and rooftops. Efforts were on to make food and other materials available to them. The condition in Balasore was still grim as it was the worst affected district. The official communique says that the situation was under control and relief material was provided to 96,000 people in Balasore district. As many as 7 lakh people have been affected by floods and 12,000 were stranded. The eyewitnesses though, give another picture that apart from flattened rice nothing much was provided to the people. People also staged demonstrations in Khurda and Mayurbhanj districts for delay in supply of relief materials.
A biopic on Shahid Azmi the human rights lawyer has been made by Hansal Mehta. His brother Khalid was quite moved with the way the movie has been made and said these facts should be brought before the people. Shahid’s life had all the ups and downs and the movie is said to have unfolded the socio political reality which is rarely touched in movies. The movie captures the journey from Shahid’s arrest during the 1992 riots, his pursuance of a law degree after completing the jail term. The movie has been getting rave reviews and has got support from Aamir Khan as well. In fact, the director has stated he will request the state government to name a road on Azmi.
Force India Academy had reasons to cheer today as their academy driver, 15 yr old Jehan Daruvala won at the British Karting Championship and is now in the league of F1 champions like Jenson Button and Nigel Mansell, the champions earlier. Jehan’s coach and mentor Terry Fullerton said Jehan faced tough driving conditions and also stiff competition from the experienced team mate Ticktum. Jehan will be returning to India to take part in the 2013 Formula One Airtel Indian Grand Prix with the Sahara Force India team. The 15 year old becomes first Indian to win British Karting Championship.
Passengers may have to pay more for travelling in Rajdhani, Shatabdi and Duronto from tomorrow. This is because Railways has hiked the catering charges by about 2-4%. There is a revised menu as well and the increased food tariff will be included in the fare of these trains. Incidentally, this is the 2nd time train fares are hiked as it was already done on 7th October by 2% owing to the linkage of fares with fuel adjustment. People who have bought the tickets earlier will need to pay the difference from 17th October to the TTEs. Since 1999 the catering charge in premier trains was not revised so the modification comes after 14 years. A ACII ticket in Mumbai Rajdhani will cost Rs. 2,510 in place of Rs. 2,435 and Rs. 2,490 instead of Rs. 2,554 in Howrah Rajdhani. The revised includes now fish fry in AC-1 and Executive Class and chana kulcha, stuffed paratha, and flavoured milk for breakfast for all classes of premier trains. There is more in the platter like the kathi rolls and fruit juice, toffees, chocolates have been removed. Morning and evening tea comes at 30-40% extra while the lunch and dinner prices have been hiked by 50-60%. Combo meals are also there now at half of the prices of a normal meal.
The former coal secretary P.C. Parekh has stated that it was PM Manmohan Singh’s decision for the two coal block allocations in Odisha in 2005 for which the CBI has also registered FIR. This statement comes in the wake of FIR being recorded against Kumar Mangalam Birla and Parekh and for alleged anomalies and criminal conspiracy pertaining to the coal block allocations. Parekh even added that a fair decision was taken and there was no case at all. He said he prepared the proposal to which the PM gave approval. He even queried who was the conspirator then? Birla who represented, he who recommended the proposal or the PM who gave his nod for the same? If CBI saw a conspiracy there then that brings the PM also under its purview, this was further added by Parekh. He also stated why then the CBI did not find any fault in the decision made by the PM.