Major News and Events of 19 August 2013
What Happened on 19 August 2013
ISRO calls off rocket launch after fuel leak
Rupee tumble to record low yet again
AFI sent overage players to Asian Youth Games: SAI
Chennai Express grossed Rs 181.93 crore
Security researcher to prove his point posts on Zuckerberg's wall
A speeding Rajya Rani Express crushed 37 pilgrims injured dozen other at Khagaria district in Bihar. Violence erupted after that and angry mob comprising the locals and the pilgrims killed the train driver and put six bogies on fire and many railway officials were taken hostage. This happened when the pilgrims were trying to cross the tracks at the Dhamara railway station. The station falls on the Saharsa-Mansi route. Death toll may go up after the detailed report arrives. The train was running from Saharsa to Patna. The incident occurred between 8:00 am- 8.30 am. The train did not stop at Dhamara station. The pilgrims were trying to cross the tracks after getting down from a local train. One of the train drivers died at the spot as he was brutally beaten while the other one is fighting for life. Bihar CM Nitish Kumar has announced Rs. 2 lakh compensation to each of the victim’s families.
ISRO on Monday put off the launch of the geosynchronous satellite launch vehicle as there was fuel leakage in the second-stage engine. The process of the rocket launch was going on smoothly and 2 hours prior to the launch the leak was observed. It was stated that there will be draining of the liquid fuel in the 2nd stage, the cryogenic engine and the 4 strap-on motors of the first stage. Then the rocket will be shifted to the assembly building and the leak’s reason will be assessed. The rocket is worth Rs 160 crore while the satellite is Rs. 45 crore. The revised date of the launch will be declared after the assessment of the leak is done.
The rupee has touched a record low on Monday and stood at 63.00 against dollar which was down by 2% from the previous tumble at 62.03. This happened even though there was a slew of measures in recent times by the RBI and the government to curb the slide. The bonds have soared to a five year high with the investors pinning hopes for increased returns in cash bills auction. Rupee has suffered a 12% decline in 2013 and the currency’s performance was the worst in Asia. On the other hand Sensex closed after slumping to 300 points. Will the panic button be pressed now? It is evident the situation is grim now and each day is bringing some more bad news.
18 athletes were sent home as they were overage second Asian Youth Games which is being held at Nanjing in China. The Sports Authority of India has put the blame on the Athletics Federation of India or AFI for this and has stated that the selection procedure was not proper as AFI seemed to be not acquainted with the tournament’s rules. Overage players got selected even though there was a selection procedure done by AFI in Thiruvanthapuram.
The age limit was 14 to 16 years that is those born between 1997-99 whereas AFI followed the International Athletics Federation rules which specifies players born after 1996 were eligible. The 27 member team which had gone out of which 18 have returned without competing. Moreover, the squad is severely affected due to this development. As the IOA is suspended the athletes are playing as "Independent Olympic Athletes" in the games.
Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone's Chennai Express is as usual running very fast and not stopping anywhere. The movie which got the biggest release has now grossed staggering Rs 181.93 crore at the box office. Shah Rukh Khan stated he was quite surprised with the response overseas as there his love stories were appreciated but this time it is a different story altogether. The movie got the biggest collection on 1st, 2nd, 3rd and even the highest weekend collection. In fact it reached the 100 crore club in the shortest time.
Science and Technology
A security researcher Khalil Shreateh from Palestine in his quest to prove that Facebook contains bugs and that updates can be done on someone’s wall even though the person was not friends with that person, posted on Mark Zuckerberg’s wall. To bring the software issue to notice he first attempted to post something on Sarah Godin’s wall but no one paid attention to him then he posted on Facebook CEO’s wall. Therein he specified how the issue has to be rectified instantly. After this incident Facebook’s engineer got in touch with him and asked for more details. Facebook runs a bounty program where it rewards people for reporting bugs instead of maliciously using them, but the payment of $US 500 + fee was not done to Shreateh as according to the social networking site he violated the rules and also did not include enough technical details in his post.