Major News and Events of 18 August 2013
What Happened on 18 August 2013
Infiltration bid in Kupwara foiled by the army
Onion stays at Rs 60 per kg, vegetable prices increase
Madras Café runs in trouble before release
Samsung to launch smartwatch
Kush Kumar in finals of Men's singles squash
One of the most wanted terrorist in India, Abdul Karim Tunda, who was arrested on Friday operated madrasas and preached in many other religious institutions of Pakistan. He had 200 students in each group and he was doing this to influence the youth and children to join jehad. He also got a lot of funding as he was a motivational speaker and could inspire the youth and the children instantaneously. He used to offer training to the youth in arms and ammunition. He had been doing running madrasas since 18 years and for 28 years he had been training the young generation. Police is now trying to investigate why he entered India this time and also regarding the modus operandi, i.e. the method of operation of other Pakistani terror outfits and ISI for operating terror plans in India.
Onion prices stick to Rs 60 per kg in retail markets in Punjab and Haryana, while peas’ prices soared to Rs 80-100 per kg. The onion prices jumped from Rs 30/kg to Rs 80/kg last week but now are hovering around Rs 60/kg in the past few days. Vegetable prices have jumped as there were heavy rains in Himachal Pradesh which have resulted in prices of tomatoes shooting up to Rs 40/kg that were earlier Rs 20 or Rs 30 per kg. Prices of peas jumped from Rs 50-60/kg on Thursday to Rs 80-100/kg. Similarly, prices of cauliflower have increased to Rs 80/kg from Rs 40-50 per kg. Lady finger was available at Rs 50 per kg, gourd at Rs 40-Rs 50 per kg, brinjal Rs 40-Rs 50 per kg. Ginger prices were static at Rs 50 for 250 gram and apple prices have come down as there was a good harvest.
Indian army foiled a crucial infiltration attempt at Kupwara district in Kashmir on Sunday. In fact it was the second time an attempt like this has been made in the same area within a week. The Vajra division troops noticed some movement of a militant group 250 m before the fence and 1.5 km in the Indian territory of LOC. When they were intimidated they started firing which continued till morning on Sunday. This is an indication that the terrorist outfits are desperate to get into the Valley. In the past two months 28 guerrillas were killed in 19 such operations as informed by Lt. Gen. Gurmeet Singh.
Science and Technology
Samsung Electronics will be launching its new smartwatch which can make calls, send emails and even be used to play games. The watch named Samsung Galaxy Gear will be unveiled at an electronics industry trade fair in Berlin that starts from 6th September whereas its arch rival Apple will showcase its smartwatch, to be named the iWatch most probably on 10th September, also in Berlin. Though Sony has edged past both these brands by launching its latest version of smartwatch in June, there are also Pebble Watch and the I'm Watch which have been in the market for some time. Even Samsung unveiled its watch phone way back in 1999. But these watches in no way caught the fancy of the people so we need to wait and watch how these fare in future.
Kush Kumar from India won against N.G. Eain Yow of Malaysia 11-6, 11-13, 11-9, 11-8 to get into the Men's singles squash final. This is a part of the second Asian Youth Games being held in Nanjing in China. This has thrilled the Indian Squash Academy at Chennai and was hopeful that he would give his best to grab a gold for the country. His opponent admitted that his stamina was gradually reducing and that Kumar was so agile that he had to try hard to reach the ball. On the other hand, Vijay Kumar Meena was defeated in the quarterfinals by Yuen Tsun Hei from Hong Kong in a five-set match.
Naam Thamizhar Katchi and Pattali Makkal Katchi, the pro-Tamil outfits after watching the special screening of Madras Café has termed the movie as anti-Tamil and have said they will not allow its screening. Some want the state government to ban the movie while others stated they would protest. It has also been said that Liberation of Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and its leader V Prabhakaran have been portrayed negatively. John Abraham has specified that there is no attempt to brand anyone as a terrorist in the movie. The movies focal theme is the events which led to Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination.