Major News and Events of 18 July 2013
What Happened on 18 July 2013
Indian archer duo Das and Deepika vying for bronze after semi-final loss
If 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag' is made tax free it will increase reach: Farhan
3G data charges slashed by half by Reliance Communications
Ban on over-the-counter sale of acid
Mid-day meal in Bihar contained insecticides which killed 25 children
Science and Technology
Samsung has unveiled a range of Galaxy Tablet 3 in the country which comes in the range of Rs 17,745 to Rs 21,945. There are three variants- 8”, 7” screens. The 8” tab will come in two modes one with WiFI and another with 3G. The one with the 3G functionality has the latest Android Jellybean, 1.5 GHz Dual Core processor,1.5 GB RAM, thickness of 7.4 mm, 1280 x 800 resolution, 5 megapixel back camera and 1.9 megapixel secondary camera. It has an internal storage of 16 GB which can be expanded to 64 GB and is available at Rs 35,752 while the 310 version is at Rs 21,945. On the other hand the 7’’ tab has Android Jelly Bean 4.1 OS, 1.2 GHz processor, 3 megapixel primary and 1.3 megapixel secondary camera, internal space of 8GB expandable to 32 GB. This comes at a price of Rs 17,745.
The archers Atanu Das and Deepika Kumari, could not post win against the duo from the US, Brady Ellison and Khatuna Lorig, who are also the Olympic medalists in the mixed section at the semis of the Archery World Cup Stage 3 which is being hosted in Medellin, Colombia. The American pair posted a 39-34 lead in the first end and then proceeded to close the match at 150-146 win against the 4th seeded Indian pair. The Indian duo is now vying for bronze at the Shanghai World Cup and will put up a fight in the match against the Mexican pair of Aida Roman and Juan Rene Serrano, who had got bronze medal at Antalya. The playoff will happen tonight.
Farhan Akhtar has requested the Maharashtra government to make the biopic on Milkha Singh, ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’tax free so that it attracts larger audience. He stated that the film has all the requisite criteria for being made tax free. This would enable those who cannot afford high prices of the tickets to come to theaters and also schools can show this to the students. He said the schools have got in touch with them. He and the director Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra went to meet Balasaheb Thorat, Maharashtra Revenue Minister over the matter of tax exemption. ‘Bhaag Milkha Bhaag’, which released on July 12, has as per reports grossed over Rs.40 crore.
Reliance Communications slashed the 3G data prices by 50%. One now has to pay only Rs.123 for 1GB of download from the earlier charges of Rs.250. The pre-paid and post-paid users using smartphones and tablets can avail this feature. Reliance is eyeing to capture a greater market share wherein 25-30% of its 2G users upgrade to 3G and targets 40% of the smartphone users in its kitty by 2015. It now has 66 million smartphone users that equates to 14% of the market share.
The Supreme Court Thursday has imposed a ban on over-the-counter sale of acid. The court has also directed the government to pay a compensation of Rs.3 lakh to every acid attack victim. The Supreme Court bench also specified in detail the stipulation for the sale of acid. The court has intervened after there has been rise in acid attacks. The outlets need to have a stock register and if they are found not complying with this norm then they will be fined with Rs50000. The states which already have the rules in place will incorporate this and those who don’t have the same will need to bring in the rule in compliance with the model rule specified by the union government. The rules need to be strict to be effective.
According to the autopsy reports 22 children who died in a school in Bihar had consumed insecticides either in food or the cooking oil. More details on the chemical analysis are still awaited. The children fell ill when they had a lunch of rice, dal, potato and soya. 22 died immediately and many were hospitalized. Now treatment is continuing for 25 children and the cook. 4 children are still in the ICU. The initial reports tell that the food contained organophosphate which is a chemical sprayed on rice and wheat crops. The villagers informed that those who ate only rice and dal did not fall ill so there may have been problem in soya and potatoes.