Major News and Events of 17 September 2013
What Happened on 17 September 2013
Curfew remains on 6th day at Shopian
RBI streamlines the process of availing loans against gold jewellery
Jadeja tops the bowler list along with Narine in ICC ODI rankings
Samsung launches Note 3 and Galaxy Gear
Deepika Padukone will not feature in Fast and Furious 7
Hearing for the bail of Asaram Bapu has been deferred to 18th September by the Rajasthan High Court. The self proclaimed godman is facing charges of sexual assault on a teenage girl. The prosecution has been asked by the court to present the case diaries in the next hearing. In the packed court room the defence counsel the veteran, Ram Jethmalani, who represents Asaram contended that the FIR, the girl’s and the case all have been concocted. In fact he went ahead to say that the teenager is suffering from a disease which promoted her to be drawn towards men. Prosecution has said that there are two case diaries which it will present in the court on the next date. They deal with the investigations carried out at Chhindwara and Ahmedabad ashrams of Asaram Bapu.
Shopian town in Jammu and Kashmir had curfew for the 6th day in a row after clashes occurred in the town over loss of lives of 5 persons by CRPF firing since 7th September. The police said curfew remained in vogue as a matter of precaution. Though curfew was lifted on 11th September, it had to be clamped again the following day when the protesters clashed with the security forces. This resulted in the death of one more person taking the death toll to five. In other towns like Kakapora, Pulwama and Kulgam there are restrictions as a precautionary measure so that law and order is maintained. But these were removed yesterday when there were no reports of any untoward incident. Admit cards of the candidates who will appear for the State Services Selection Recruitment Board will be considered as curfew passes, this has been stated by the district administration.
RBI has streamlined the processes to check in the sliding rupee and one is to curb the rising demand of gold. In a bid to put the spiraling demand of gold under check RBI has tightened the rules for loans against gold jewellery. It has been stated that the gold jewellery offered as collateral will be valued as per the average of the closing rate of 22 carat gold calculated with price of 30 days prior to the day it is being offered as collateral and herein the rates of Bombay Bullion Association (BBA) will be taken into consideration. This aims to set up a valuation standard and ensure transparency of the process. At present no process is maintained in this regard and the valuation process is also arbitrary. Also the NBFC is expected to give the details like the purity and weight of gold and also if the jewellery is of less purity it has to be valued on a proportionate basis.
The ICC ODI rankings were released in which Ravindra Jadeja figures in the top slot in the bowler’s list along with Sunil Narine of West Indies. Virat Kohli features in the batsmen’s list and is also the top ranking Indian batsman at 4th position. MS Dhoni, the Indian captain holds the 7th position in the batsmen’s list and Suresh Raina at a joint 16th slot. In the bowlers’ list R Ashwin and Bhuvneshwar Kumar retained their 18th and joint 20th place, respectively. But Jadeja has dropped to number 4 in the all rounder’s list in which no other Indian player features. India maintained the top ranking with 123 points at number one position in the team list.
Science and Technology
Samsung has launched the much awaited Note 3 and Galaxy Gear in India. Samsung Note 3 will be heavy on the pocket as it will cost Rs 49,990 whereas Samsung Galaxy Gear will come with a price tag of Rs 22,990. These will be available in stores from 25th September. These can be pre-booked at the Samsung mobile e-store. In 100 of Samsung stores at Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore 100 devices are there so that the customers can check them before ordering. Note 3 has a larger screen than Note 2 that is 5.7” and comes with the S Pen or stylus. It has options for multiple frames for those who do multi-tasking. It comes in classic white, jet black, and blush pink variants. The phone has a 13 MP primary camera. On the other hand the Galaxy Gear has a 1.6-inch screen, 1.9 MP camera in the strap, speaker for hands-free calls. One can also send message with this device. It will come with 60 apps which will be pre-loaded in it.
Deepika Padukone who was supposed to make her Hollywood debut with Fast and Furious 7 will now have to wait for the next opportunity. She could not assign dates for the shooting of the Hollywood flick which was to start soon by September 10. Deepika being busy with the shooting of Happy New Year with Shah Rukh Khan and in the promotions for Ram Leela for Sanjay Leela Bhansali had no option but to say no to the Hollywood movie. For this role Chitrangada Singh and Kangana Ranaut had given audition and Deepika was selected. Her spokesperson stated she would have loved to do the role but was tied up with the dates for other movies.