Major News and Events of 18 September 2013
What Happened on 18 September 2013
Preparations on for Modi's rally at Delhi
States asked to take action against artificial increase in onion prices
Indian shuttlers in round two of Japan Open
Hrithik's determination helped Krrish 3 to complete
Sony unveils the Xperia Z1 at Rs 44,900
It is a cause of worry that 96 violations of the ceasefire by Pakistan happened in 2013 and it has been the highest in past 8 years. In September there were 18 instances which brought the figure to 98. Incidentally it will be 10 years since Indo-Pak ceasefire agreement was signed in 2003 and this is the year when it has been violated so many times. There was increased activity at LoC and International border at Poonch sector in Jammu and Kashmir. There were attacks from Pakistani troopers, Sniper incidents as well as BAT attack on the forward posts of the Indian side almost every day since 6th August. In 2012 there were 93 incidents of ceasefire violations, 51 in 2011, 44 in 2010, 28 instances in 2009, 77 in 2008 and 21 in 2007 whereas there were only 3 in 2006.
Preparations are on for the mega rally of BJP for the party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi in Delhi scheduled later in September. Delhi BJP from Thursday is going ahead to place LED screens at 100 locations in Delhi so that people come and join the rally scheduled on 29th September. Issues like price rise, corruption, and law and order are the main theme of the rally. Modi will address the rally for the first time in Delhi since he was nominated as the prime ministerial candidate for the BJP. He held his first rally after that at Rewari in Haryana. Gujarat government has requested the center to enhance the security cover for Modi during his election rallies outside Gujarat. The security cover at his residence was upgraded after the announcement, and now he has 'Z++' security cover.
The state governments have been asked to take measures against traders who are deliberately keeping onion prices high by manipulating the seasonal shortage of the vegetable. Onion prices shot up in July and have been high since then. In Delhi the price was at 80 per kg due to shortage in supply. Maharashtra has been directed to ensure supply of onions in the market as it is here that the vegetable is stored in large quantity for consumption in the lean period. State governments have been asked to inform the center if they face any hurdle in the supply chain. 90% of the onions stored have been utilized and merely 3-4 lakh tons are available now. As much as 27.5 lakh tons of onion were stored for consumption in this year. 15.50 lakh tons were stored in Maharashtra and Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh had 1-2 lakh tons stored. It is expected that early kharif crops from Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu will arrive soon which will ease the prices.
The promising shuttler, P V Sindhu reached the second round of the Japan Open very comfortably while Anand Pawar and K Srikanth caused a major upset and surprised everyone with their win in the men's singles category. The 8th seeded Sindhu defeated Yukino Nakai of Japan 21-12 21-13 within 30 minutes and would now face Akane Yamaguchi from Japan in the women's singles second round scheduled tomorrow. Pawar ranked 37 in the world grabbed the limelight with his 21-17 7-21 21-18 smashing victory over world number 12 Sony Dwi Kuncoro of Indonesia who has also got a bronze at the 2004 Athens Olympics. Srikanth continued his killing spree which was evident in the IBL and etched out a hard fought 22-20 22-24 21-18 win over world number 22 Sho Sasaki of Japan. Ajay Jayaram toppled Tien Chen Chou (Chinese Taipei) 21-11 21-18.
Hrithik Roshan said that shooting for Krrish 3 was not easy as he had to struggle with double slipped disc and he was advised by the doctors to stop shooting for the movie. In fact Rakesh Roshan, the director had decided to stop the movie as the doctors had stated it would prove very risky for him to continue shooting. The movie releases on November 4, Krrish 3 where Hrithik essays the character of a superhero, Priyanka Chopra plays the female lead. Hrithik was determined to complete this so he physically trained to recuperate from bad back. He again faced a delay in his next film Bang Bang as he suffered a brain injury and had to undergo minor surgery.
Science and Technology
Sony unveiled the Xperia Z1 in India at the price tag of Rs 44,900. The device comes with a carry case, charging case as well as free insurance which has 3 months cover for accidental damage. Coupled with this Vodafone also offers 8 GB of 3G data per month for 2 months. The phone is water and dust proof and comes in Black, White, and Purple variants. Other features are as mentioned below:
- 5 inches display
- Full HD with 1920x1080 resolution
- Android 4.2
- 2.2 GHz quad core processor
- 16 GB internal memory expandable up to 64 GB
- 2 GB RAM
- 3000 mAh
- Capability to take bright pictures in lowlight conditions