Major News and Events of 20 July 2013
What Happened on 20 July 2013
Flood creating havoc in Andhra Pradesh
Indian archers in the semi finals of the Archery World Cup
Gold and silver prices fall
Shruti Hassan in two opposite roles in films released on the same day
ZTE launches six smartphones in India
Curfew continued in several regions of Kashmir Valley and Ramban district in Jammu division. Amarnath yatra was suspended for the 2nd day. The violence which erupted after the alleged BSF firing in Gool area has made the region tense. No pilgrim group was given permission to move towards Kashmir from the Jammu base camp. More than 2.5 lakh pilgrims have embarked on the yatra this year.The restrictions will be there till Sunday evening. As many as 30 people have been injured in protests where mobs have pelted stones and did not adhere to curfew rules, obstructed the roads and even threw stones on vehicles which were plying there. Main junctures are blocked with razor wires, security forces are posted and barricades are constructed there. Emergency control room looks into the passing of vehicles carrying patients to hospital. Jammu-Srinagar highway was closed for the 3rd day in a row.
In Andhra Pradesh flood is creating havoc.The Godavari river is overflowing and is above the danger mark. 200 villages are secluded in six districts. IAF’s three helicopters are deployed for rescue and relief operation in Karimnagar, which has been severely affected districts, and one is for operation in Khammam district. In Karimnagar district 40 villages are marooned. Food, medicines and water packets are being airdropped. Even though the rainfall has reduced Godavari is still flowing past the danger mark and at Bhadrachalam in it was 56.4 feet. NDRF’s three teams are there in Khammam. 16 lakh cusecs of water have been released into the Bay of Bengal. Sandbags have been placed around the villages to prevent flooding. 1200 people were evacuated from East Godavari district. The torrential downpour has resulted in ten deaths.
Indian archers have ensured they will win a silver medal at the Archery World Cup hosted in Colombia by reaching the finals. On Sunday India will face the top seeded team from China for quest of gold. The women recurve team which includes Deepika Kumari defeated the US team to reach the final. In the semis though the Indian archers started on a low note and were trailing behind the US team 51-55 at the completion of the first end. But tables turned in the second end and Indians were 106-all in it. The exciting match went on till the fourth and final end. In the quarterfinals India defeated Venezuela archers by 224-201.
Gold and silver prices dipped in Delhi on Saturday. Gold was Rs 10 less that is its cost was Rs 27,290 per 10 gm while silver slumped Rs 205 less and stood at Rs 40,525 per kg. The demand was low for the gold prices at higher levels. Silver prices declined as there were less demand by the jewelers and industrial units who waited for price correction. Gold of 99.9% purity declined to Rs 27,290 per 10 gm and 99.5% purity to Rs 27,090 per 10gm. Prices had increased by Rs 275 on Friday. Sovereign were stable at Rs 24,250 per piece of 8 gm. Silver slumped by Rs 230 to Rs 40,360 per kg in weekly delivery. Rs 295 was the gain for silver in the earlier session. Silver coins were in demand for buying at Rs 79,000 and selling at Rs 80,000 for 100 pieces.
Shruti Hassan is all set to stump the audience with her diametrically opposite roles in two films released on the same day. In one movie that is in Ramaiya Vastavaiya if she is essaying the role of a sweet girl in another she plays a bold role of a prostitute in D-Day produced by Nikhil Advani. Will the viewers get a culture shock that remains to be seen. While Advani has said that movies were slated to release on different days and when he tried to get in touch with the producer that is Prabhu Dheva, he did not get any response. Whereas Prabhu Dheva stated he tried to discuss about this but no one pay heed to it.
Science and Technology
ZTE, the global telecommunication company has launched 6 smartphones and 4 3G datacards and got into the Indian market. The smartphones come in the range of Rs5,000 - Rs15,000. Out of this the most hi-end phone is ZTE Grand X with features like 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage and expandable upto 32GB and comes at Rs14,999. This phone will be available in some days. All have Android platform. 214 service centers will be there in the country to cater to the customers.The smartphones and their prices are:
- ZTE Grand X -Rs14,999
- ZTE Blade L -Rs 12,599
- ZTE Blade E -Rs11,999
- ZTE Blade G2 -Rs 11,599
- ZTE Blade C - Rs7,599
- ZTE Kis Flex - Rs 5,799