Major News and Events of 19 October 2013
What Happened on 19 October 2013
Illicit liquor tragedy in Uttar Pradesh
Veerappa Moily on Birla probe case by the CBI
Pawar called the panel report on unsold ticket as unfair
Angry Bird Go – The latest game
Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan to host amfAR event in Mumbai
The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is going to excavate gold at the Unnao fort of former king Raja Ram Bux Singh on 18th October. The fort is located in Duandia Khera village in Uttar Pradesh. ASI is doing so on the basis of a claim made by a Hindu Seer Sadhu Shobhan Sarkar. Sadhu had a dream in which the former king told him about the buried gold. But former President APJ Abdul Kalam said that excavation by the ASI must be based on some logic rather than a dream. He said that science has no place for any guess work but everything must be based on logical conclusion.
As per Shobhan Sarkar's predictions there will be about 1000 tonnes of gold. The excavation has begun on site by a team of 12 archaeologists. Congress leader Bhakt Charan Das who is the disciple of Sadhu made certain that in spite of objection excavation begins. The entire excavation will take about a month’s period. For that period Section 144 has been put in place. A team of the Public Accounts Committee is there at the place. But the Army should step in and apex court monitor the dig is what the Supreme Court wants. Shoban Sarkar has also talked about the hidden treasures near Fathegar and Kanpur.
The illicit liquor misfortune in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh district has claimed 37 lives till now making it one of the worst tragedies in the state. The incident took place at Mubarakpur. The district excise inspector Om Prakash Singh and nine others have been suspended by the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav. Along with him the station house officer (SHO) Vishvanath Yadav, beat sub-inspector Rajdev Yadav, constables Pradeep Kumar Yadav, Ramesh Chandra Upadhyaya, Parmanand Yadav and Banke Lal have also been suspended. According to the officials most of the deceased belonged to labour class and lower strata. As per Neena Sharma, District Magistrate consumption of rectified spirit seems to be the main reason of deaths. Further probes revealed that at many shops rectified spirit mixed with water is sold at cheap rates. About 12 people died in a tragedy of similar kind in 2008 and six in the incident that took place in 2006.
Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily said that India does not become like Russia. He said this after the industrialist Kumar Mangalam Birla was named by the CBI in a case. He said that the judiciary and the investigation agencies must make this certain. Convincing evidence must form the basis of any action rather than just perceptions. Also our actions must be in accordance with strict guidelines of law. He said that if the CBI is proceeding in this direction on the basis of evidences then “nobody can question” but if not then “we must be very careful.” Because it is not just the government but also the judiciary and the investigating agencies that make us. We all are safe if rule of law is implemented. Hindalco, a joint venture company got mining licenses for two coal blocks in Odisha in 2005. The CBI plans to do the investigation to find out if the company or its chairman was part of any kind of criminal scheme or irregularities. To this industry has reacted sharply as Birla is a big name for any kind of probe by the CBI. Birla was ranked 150th in the list of world billionaires by Forbes.
The newly elected president of the Mumbai Cricket Association has called the report as unfair and so a probe committee's report on Friday has been denied by the Mumbai Cricket Association. The report was pertaining to unsold tickets of the World Cup 2011 final that was held in Mumbai. Pawar has condemned the formation of a panel in which Ravi Mandrekar is the member who had also complained about the same matter. Pawar said that how can a complainant be a member of a probe committee inquiring an issue of more than 400 unsold tickets for 2nd April, 2011 final held between India and Sri Lanka. Pawar further added that he has not seen the complete report but noticed that only one member of the panel out of four has signed the report. Sign of one member makes it one person’s finding rather than a report. He added that the allegations were false and so the report should be rejected by the committee and the matter should be closed for any further investigation. Outgoing MCA chief has welcomed the suggestion of Pawar but at the same time defended the MCA as well by stating that report was officially received after the publishing of the article.
Science and Technology
After very popular Angry Birds Rovio has declared Angry Bird Go as a next game in Angry Birds franchise. It looks like Mario Kart but Angry Birds as its characters. This has been revealed in the crispy trailer of the game. To Android and iOS devices Angry Bird Go will be available from December 11. The game is action packed thriller consisting of a downhill race, various kinds of tracks, along with character specific skill and abilities. User will also be able to scan physical toys and play with them on virtual tracks. The graphics of the game seem very interesting from its trailers.
Bollywood couple Aishwarya and Abhishek Bachchan is going to host the inaugural fundraising event for amfAR. Hollywood star Sharon Stone will also be coming to India for a special performance at the event. amfAR is a foundation for AIDS research in Mumbai. This event by amfAR will be similar to its other events across the globe that includes a black-tie dinner and auction. amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole, Anuj Gupta, and Rocky Malhotra will be amongst other special guests. This event will mark the beginning of annual event by amfAR in India. For the past many years the Indian community is lending a helping hand to amfAR predominantly with its events in Cannes and Milan. The first amfAR international event in 1993 during the Cannes Film Festival was hosted by Elizabeth Taylor. Since then amfAR is hosting its gala events in different parts of the world like New York, Rome, Los Angeles, Dubai, Cannes, Sao Paolo and Milan. Millions are raised for AIDS research programmes through charity events.