Major News and Events of 17 June 2013
What Happened on 17 June 2013
Heavy rains lash North India: Uttarakhand-29 killed, 50 missing, Himachal-10 dead, 1500 stranded
RBI keeps the key rates static
Current Indian team maintained for Tri-series in West Indies
Priyanka to begin shooting for the biopic on Mary Kom
National roaming calls and SMS tariff ceiling reduced by TRAI
Mamata Banerjee lost her temper when faced with women protestors at Kamduni Village some 25 km from Kolkata, where a 20-year-old student was abducted, raped and killed by a gang of youth.
Banerjee said this was all the handiwork of CPI-M and the protestors were part of that politics. She was confronted with the lack of security to which she replied with this outburst. She visited the victim’s village after 10 days of the incident and has stated that a fast track court will be set up for the same and justice delivered within a month. She also gave assurance that the charge sheet will be filed in seven days.
Earlier, as many as thirteen women activists were arrested on June 13 as they staged a demonstration near the CM’s house against the incident in Kolkata.
Torrential downpour and landslides in Uttarakhand have left 11 dead, 50 missing and thousands stranded as authorities are trying to cope with the inclement weather which has broken the record of 88 years.
There was a cloud burst at Rambada and the worst affected districts are Rudraprayag and Uttarkashi. River Mandakini has flooded over and the water got into the nearby market area of Rambada. The incessant rains have continued for two days, and 220mm of rain was received on Saturday and Sunday. More thundershowers are predicted. Traffic has been halted on National Highway 58, and 123 roads in the Garhwal area are blocked. There is no assessment yet of the number of casualties.
As the news last came in, the number of people stranded were - 5,000 in Uttarkashi, 1,000 in Joshimath, 10,000 in Govindghat, 10,000 in Badrinath and 6,000 in Ghaghria.
Similarly, Kalpa in Kinnaur district of Himachal Pradesh also witnessed torrential downpour and highest precipitation in 15 years was recorded here: that of 202 mm rain in a single day. As many as 10 people were dead and 1500 stranded in the Kinnaur District after landslides blocked the way.
In Uttar Pradesh too, heavy rains and floods led 15 people dead in Saharanpur and there is a flood alert in many districts as the Ganga, Ghaghra and Sharda are flowing above the danger mark.
With the impending concern over inflation which can be triggered through a weak rupee and the price increase, RBI kept the major policy rates static. That is the
• repo rate was kept at 7.25% (unchanged)• reverse repo rate at 6.25% (adjusted)• cash reserve ratio was at 4% (unchanged)The inflation though dipped in recent times and fell to 4.67% that is the lowest in 43 months still the rates were unchanged by the RBI.
The team which is now playing in the Champions Trophy has been retained by the national selectors for the tri-series in West Indies which begins from June 28. Sri Lanka is the other team apart from West Indies and India in the tournament which will play in Trinidad, Antigua and Jamaica.
The team has been doing very well in the Champions Trophy and has won all the matches in the group league and has now reached the semis. So, the status quo regarding the team has been maintained.
Priyanka Chopra, though not in the right frame of mind after her father’s death, has insisted she would start the shooting for the biopic on Mary Kom.
Her father passed away on June 10 and the director Sanjay Leela Bhansali had asked Priyanka to take some time and had stated that the shooting can wait.
But Priyanka said that if her father would have been there then he would have liked her to work, after this June 17 was fixed as the day for the mahurat shot. The actor has shown professionalism in past crisis situations as well.
Science and Technology
TRAI slashed the national roaming calls and SMS tariff cap that would begin from July 1. TRAI stated that, at present, free national roaming will not be in vogue but the service providers can allocate national mobile roaming at a fixed amount to the subscribers from July 1.
Now, the ceiling tariff is Rs.1.00 per minute instead of Rs.1.40 per minute for outgoing and Rs.1.50 per minute in place of Rs. 2.40 per minute for STD on national roaming. Cap on incoming calls on national roaming has been reduced to Rs. 0.75 per minute from Rs. 1.75 per minute. SMS will cost Rs. 1.00 for local, Rs. 1.50 for STD, while the incoming SMSs are free of charge.