Major News and Events of 17 October 2013
What Happened on 17 October 2013
More trouble for Ashok Khemka, two chargesheets against him
India features in the list of having highest number of slaves
Tariff value of imported gold and silver hiked
India made highest total in run chase, Kohli made the fastest century
Users below 18 can now make public posts on Facebook
The Supreme Court directed the CBI to do an investigation into the degree of elements of criminality that may have surfaced from the tapes of Niira Radia. The Supreme Court Bench led by Justice G.S. Singhvi directed the CBI investigation. The CBI had pointed out certain issues in the Radia tapes’ transcript made available by the IT-Department. It had informed the court about it on July 31 that Radia’s conversations with various people had certain dimensions of criminality. These conversations were related to the 2G spectrum allocation scam. To look into the criminality angle the apex court has referred one matter to the Chief Vigilance Officer of the department of mines and another to the CJI. CBI has to submit the investigation reports by December 16.
Ashok Khemka, the Director General of Archives at present posted in Chandigarh, is in for trouble for the very fact that he attempted to challenge the Haryana government for indulging in favorable land deals for Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi. He will get 2 chargesheets from Bhupinder Hooda headed Congress government in Haryana. In the first chargesheet Khemka has been questioned about the reason for cancellation of land deal between Vadra and DLF that was closed in 2008. He is herein charged of using powers which he did not have. In the 2nd chargesheet, accusations are there that Khemka did not complete his target of sale of seeds during his tenure as Managing Director of Haryana Seeds Development Corporation. This chargesheet as per the sources is yet to be received by Khemka. Khemka when he was heading the department of land registrations, had stated that the deal between DLF and Vadra which entailed to 3.5 acres of land for Rs 52 crores was allegedly had anomalies and was so designed to suit the interests of Vadra. Khemka had given in writing to the CBI about the corruption issue in the land deal. He was transferred after that.
This is not something which India, or for that matter any country, will like to feature in but nevertheless the fact remains that our country has around 14 million people dwelling in slave like conditions. This was as per an indexing done around 162 countries. The Global Slavery Index 2013 was formulated based on factors like debt, marriages which are forced, exploitation of children and their selling, forced labour and human trafficking. Mauritania has the largest percentage of people living in slave like conditions whereas in India, China and Pakistan, follow. In the world the total count of people living in slave-like conditions is 30 million.
The government today slashed the value of import tariff of gold to $418 per 10 gram and silver to $699 per kg in conformance with the global rates. At the same time the base price of the precious metals which is used to determine the tariff stood last fortnight at $436 per 10 grams for gold and $702 per kg for silver. 860 tons of gold was imported in 2012. Though there were a slew of measures by the government to curtail the imports. The import tariff of brass scrap has been hiked from $3,860 to $3933 per ton.
359 runs would give any side the comfort to rest assured that they are going to win in an ODI but not in this case, even after allowing Australia to make 359 runs in 43.3 overs India won the match. The trio Virat Kohli,Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma ripped apart the Australian bowling at Sawai Mansingh Stadium at Jaipur on Wednesday and ensured that the team posted highest score while chasing a target in ODIs. The series has been leveled 1-1. Kohli scored the fastest century in ODI by an Indian in 52 balls, Sharma made 141 in 123 balls and Dhawan scored 95 in 86 balls. This totally covered up the dismal bowling by the Indian side which conceded so many runs on a pitch having good bounce.
Science and Technology
Now users who are below the age of 18 years will be able to share their posts and images with the public on Facebook. Earlier the teenagers were able to share the pictures and posts only with family and their friends. They could now change the settings manually. Facebook thinks that the teenagers are the most tech savvy. They want to share their views on social issues, movies and other aspects on a wider platform and not in a restricted group. At the same time Facebook also is of the opinion that not many of the teenagers will be opting for public shares. What needs to be seen here is how this is going to impact the social networking site’s popularity in the backdrop of increasing popularity of mobile applications like WhatsApp, WeChat, Line and the like.