Major News and Events of 19 June 2013
What Happened on 19 June 2013
Nitish sails home comfortably, says BJP will not win in 2014
Kedarnath submerged in mud and slush, rains continue to play havoc in North India
India tops ICC rankings
Jackie Chan impresses fans in India
Vodafone slashes 2G rates by 80%
There may be a power crisis in Delhi, Haryana and Punjab as the hydropower plants in Himachal Pradesh could not resume operation for the fourth day in a row. This is because there is heavy silt in River Sutlej much beyond the permitted limits which can damage the power generators.
The hydropower plants in the Kinnaur district, which is the worst affected in the state by rain fury, has been shut since Sunday. This has resulted in power shortage in north India as the plants cater to power needs of the northern states. The SJVNL project which is a collaboration between the state and the central government has the capacity of generating 38 million units of power daily.
Nitish Kumar won the trust vote in the Bihar assembly and while addressing the assembly he stated that his former ally, the BJP will not be able to win in the 2014 elections as it was stressing on divisive politics. He further added that the process which was in vogue during the time of Atal Bihari Vajpayee where everyone was consulted has now vanished.
He also said that in a coalition government one party only cannot have the say and in a secular nation like India there was no place for a party emphasizing on religious divisions.
Nitish Kumar was home comfortably with 126 votes while 91 BJP and a Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) legislator staged a walk out in the 243-member house before voting started.
Rains continue to ravage north India with Kedarnath being the worst affected as the reports came in, the town was submerged in mud and slush. The Kedarnath shrine is said to be intact but one of its gates was washed away. 50 have died here and 500 are missing.
As per the last figures received, 138 people have lost their lives in various flood-affected areas in Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh even though NDRF team has rescued 2,700 pilgrims. 72,000 pilgrims are stranded in various parts. The rescue operations have speeded up as skies have cleared up in some areas.
The regions which are worst affected are: Kedarnath, Rudraprayag, Uttarkashi , Rambada and Chamoili in Uttarakhand. Landslides, damaged roads, rivers overflowing and incessant rains have compounded the situation.
There were various statements from the ministers but the truth remains that compared to nature’s fury the disaster management efforts do not match. The figures being received of the casualties, people missing and stranded are fluctuating. The gravity of the situation can be only analyzed once the authorities are able to reach the ground level.
With India winning all the three group matches against South Africa, Pakistan and West Indies in the Champions Trophy, it holds the number one position in the ICC ODI rankings by securing eight points.
India was already on top and now their points stand at 121 points. England is at the 2nd position, with a berth in the semis, and has 113 points. This is something which the Australian side also possesses but still England edges past by a fraction. South Africa is at 4th position with one win and Sri Lanka and Pakistan are at 5th and 6th positions. New Zealand is marginally above West Indies at 7th position.
Sunil Narine is at top position, next are Steven Finn and Saeed Ajmal at 2nd position and Ravindra Jadeja is at 3rd position. Hashim Amla is at number one position among the batsmen. AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are next in the rankings. India’s Shikhar Dhawan by compiling 264 runs has come at number 50.
Jackie Chan the Hollywood actor impressed the Indian fans in Delhi by addressing them with a namaste. He is here to inaugurate the China Film Festival.
He was in a very jovial mood and stated he does not age as love of his fans keeps him young. He said he was honoured to be here in India. He even sang a song in Chinese and explained the meaning of the song as well.
The festival which will be there for six days began with Chan’s recent movie, Chinese Zodiac. Chan added that next year Indian film festival could be hosted in China.
Science and Technology
In a surprise move, Vodafone reduced the 2G data rates by a whopping 80% for prepaid and postpaid customers in western UP, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh circles. Data rates will be now 2p instead of 10p per 10KB. Other circles will experience the rate cuts soon.
Vodafone is said to have taken this measure as there is stiff competition in the 2G domain. If the results do not show up as expected, then Vodafone may not follow the rate cuts in other circles. At present Vodafone’s 2G is now the cheapest in India.
Vodafone, with this move, wants to target the ever increasing mobile users in the country.