Major News and Events of 18 November 2013
What Happened on 18 November 2013
PIL on Telangana rejected by Supreme Court
Normal life in Kerala hard hit with the shutdown
Sensex closes 451 points higher
Worldfloat offers 25000 movies for free viewing
Krrish 3 highest grosser in Bollywood
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will hold a combined commanders' conference at Delhi in which meeting with the top officers in defence the situation along the borders with Pakistan and China will be discussed. The insurgency operation in Jammu and Kashmir will also be topic of discussion at the meeting scheduled on Friday. The challenges faced by the nation now and in future will also be discussed. The army’s counter insurgency operations, scope of rise in infiltration of terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir and other areas when American forces withdraw from Afghanistan in 2014 will also be part of the discussion. Among other things Keran operations in Jammu and Kashmir will also be reviewed. Here the Army said there was a large group of terrorists but after 15 days nothing was discovered. Increase in ceasefire violations will also form part of the discussion. How the strained situation along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) can be checked after the Border Defence Cooperation Agreement with China was signed will be part of the discussion as well.
The Supreme Court refused to accept a PIL which challenged the cabinet’s decision of bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh to form a new state of Telangana. The Supreme Court bench of Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice Madan B. Lokur specified that the apex court will not entertain this PIL but would like to explain that the legal points raised in the petition will be dealt with at a suitable time in a suitable writ petition. When the hearing began Justice Dattu stated that it was a cabinet’s decision and the court was not aware of the mindset of the state legislature or about the procedure the parliament was going to adopt. The petitioner was D.A. Somayajulu, who is a member of Political Affairs Committee of YSR Congress. In his petition specified that the decision to form Telangana was illogical one which led to widespread protests. The petition urged for directions by which the Cabinet resolution of October 3 would be declared unconstitutional.
In Kerala normal life was paralyzed with a dawn-to-dusk shutdown. This was called by the Left opposition as a mark of protest against the order which specified implementation of the Kasturirangan panel report on conservation of Western Ghats environment. The shutdown led to a loss of Rs 900 crore as specified by the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy. All the public vehicles were off the road and shops and markets were closed. Chandy stated in the loss which was incurred what the agriculture sector suffered was not taken into account. The people were given assurance by the state and central governments that there will not be any eviction due to implementation of the Kasturirangan Committee report on Western Ghats. When the order was passed by the Ministry of Environment and Forest panic struck the hilly districts of the state. In the order there are five conditions specified that is there cannot be mining and setting up of thermal plants, building construction will be restricted to 20000 sq m, townships cannot exceed 50 hectares in area and industries which are in red categories cannot be set up.
Sensex closed at 451 points or 2.21% more spurred by foreign fund buying and market being relaxed after worries of the withdrawal of US stimulus was reduced. The bankex, FMCG, capital goods, IT sector and oil and gas spearheaded the rally.BSE started the day at 20,570.59 points, and ended at 20,850.74 points, with a rise of 451.32 points from 20,399.42 points where it closed on Friday. In the intraday the Sensex reached a high of 20,868.76 points and a low of 20,570.59 points. Bankex went up by 388.48 points, capital goods index rose by 283.65 points, FMCG index increased by 162.58 points, oil and gas index soared by 196.58 points, IT index rose by 114.69 points and auto index increased by 143.75 points. NSE also closed at 132.85 points or 2.19 percent higher at 6,189 points.
Science and Technology
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'Krrish 3' became the highest grosser in Bollywood and beat Chennai Express which had overtaken 3 Idiots by Aamir Khan. It has to be noted here that 3 Idiots, which was released in 2009 was the highest grosser for 3 years with an earning of Rs. 202 crore net from domestic market. Shahrukh Khan’s 'Chennai Express' broke the record of '3 Idiots' by a big margin and earned Rs. 227 crore net. Within months Krrish 3 has grossed Rs. 231 crore net, till November 16 and as per the experts will accumulate Rs. 10 crore more. Both the movies 'Krrish 3' and 'Chennai Express' touched 100 crore in only 4 days. 'Krrish 3' collected the highest single-day collection of Rs. 35.91 crore on November 4.