Major News and Events of 19 July 2013
What Happened on 19 July 2013
Justice P. Sathasivam takes oath as the 40th CJI
Anil Ambani to be a witness in 2G case
Azharuddin advises Tendulkar to opt for open-chested stance
Salman's case hearing on July 24
Truecaller server hacked, millions of data compromised?
Ramban district in Jammu division was volatile and tense after the incident of four deaths due to firing by the BSF. Curfew has been clamped in the region. The incident which occurred at a distance of 200 km from Jammu has led to suspension of the Amarnath Yatra as well. Srinagar and other important towns also remained tense and curfew has been imposed on the early morning. Police and CRPF have constructed barricades along the city and to curtail the movement of the vehicles wires are rolled on the road. There are two versions of the incident. The locals stated the problem started when BSF supposedly roughed up a person who was the brother of a religious leader and the issue was of offering prayer late at night. BSF did not agree to this and stated that there was an attack by a mob on their camp who tried to take away arms and ammunition. An inquiry into the firing has been ordered by the Home Minister Shinde.
Justice P. Sathasivam took oath of office as the CJI today. President Pranab Mukherjee administered the same. He will be the 40th chief justice of India and this is the 1st time someone from Tamil Nadu will be in this position. Justice Sathasivam, who is 64 years old, will stay in office till April 26, 2014. His predecessor was Chief Justice Altamas Kabir, who was there in office for 9 months. The swearing in ceremony which was held in the Rashtrapati Bhavan was attended by eminent members like the Vice President Hamid Ansari, PM Manmohan Singh, UPA chairperson and Congress President Sonia Gandhi as well as BJP leaders like L.K. Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley.Justice Sathasivam is also not in favor of doing away with the Collegium system which exists for the appointment of Supreme Court and High Court judges. CJI Altamas Kabir also did not support this.
Anil Ambani will make an appearance in the court as a witness. This is regarding a case where corruption charges are alleged in the allocation of telecommunications permits. This was granted five years ago and the court responded to CBI’s plea in this matter. CBI has got permission to bring in 13 new witnesses wherein Ambani’s name features in. Amibani does not have any charges against him one unit of Reliance Communications as well as three executives of the group have charges of rigging to gain the permit in 2008. The accused though have claimed that they have not done anything wrong. Anil Ambani’s wife actor Tina Munim and 11 other persons have been summoned as witnesses for the prosecution.
Azharuddin has a word of advice for Sachin Tendulkar who was in the last 37 innings was bowled 8 times and was declared LBW 10 times. Azhar stated that Sachin can go for open chested stance. This will enable him to play well on the bouncy pitch in South Africa where India is going to play next. He said with the growing age, his reflexes may have slowed but this stance will give him some time to tackle the swing. He also said with that stance one can view the delivery of the ball with the both eyes. He said Tendulkar can try this for a while till he again starts scoring runs.
The sessions court at Mumbai adjourned the hearing in the hit-and-run case of Salman Khan till July 24. The actor was present at the court along with members of his family as he was directed by the court to appear in person. A court held in June that this invited a case under IPC Section 304(III) which is more stringent and entails to culpable homicide not amounting to murder. If the charges are proved Salman may get a 10 year jail term. He was earlier tried for a case of negligent driving by a metropolitan magistrate. The court may start a fresh trial in this case or impose the stringent charges. It is being expected that in the next hearing court will decide on this.
Science and Technology
Truecaller, claimed as the largest collaborative phone directory in the world had always given comfort to its users by making them aware of unknown incoming calls but it seems now there is something to worry about. Its servers were apparently hacked and the hackers have got hold of seven databases that includes the main database which has 450GB of data.The hackers have also stated they have control over millions of user data including the social networking accounts. What is perturbing is that the extent of the damage done is yet to be assessed and it is still not clear whether they also got hold of phone numbers and names of the users.