Major News and Events of 20 June 2013
What Happened on 20 June 2013
Death toll may be in thousands in areas affected by the Himalayan tragedy
Sanjay Leela Bhansali speaks well about Sooraj Pancholi
Sensex dips to more than 500 points, rupee at 59.93
India launches surveillance program
Yamuna water starts receding but still above danger mark
India reached the finals of the Champions Trophy with an emphatic eight-wicket victory over Sri Lanka in the semis of the Champions Trophy which was played at the Sophia Gardens in Cardiff. India had got a target of 182 runs which they comfortably made in 35 overs with Shikhar Dhawan compiling 68 runs and Virat Kohli staying not out at 58 runs.
Earlier, Sri Lanka were 41 for 3 when Tillakaratne Dilshan retired hurt after receiving a calf injury. Among the Sri Lankan batsmen, Angelo Mathews scored 51, Mahela Jayawardene 38, but the batting lineup could not sustain the onslaught of the Indian bowlers and their score was 181-8. The damp conditions helped the Indian seamers to get good movement.
Call it the Himalayan tragedy or the Himalayan Tsunami, the fact remains that the rain fury though may have subsided but the rescue operations which are still underway may reveal the enormity of destruction in the states of Uttarakhand and Himachal Pradesh.
With 90 Dharamshala feared to have been washed away in the flash floods in the Kedarnath town, we can imagine that the official figure for casualty that of 150 may not be true. In Uttarakhand, 15,000 pilgrims have been rescued. Rudraprayag district where the Kedarnath shrine is situated faced the brunt of nature’s fury. Villages have gone underwater which can reveal the magnitude of loss which is yet to come. Many areas in Uttarkashi, Rudraprayag and Chamoli cannot be accessed yet.
In Himachal Pradesh’s Kinnaur District, 275 pilgrims have been rescued and steps are being taken to rescue 600 pilgrims.
In Uttar Pradesh, water levels of Ganga, Yamuna, Sharda, Ghaghra, Rapti and Kuanon rivers are swelling at many places.
20 helicopters are pressed into action for the rescue operations.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali has nice words to say about Sooraj Pancholi who is serving judicial custody on the charges of abetting suicide in Jiah Khan’s case.
Jiah had died on June 3 and had written in the suicide note about the failed relation with her boyfriend.
Bhansali has praised Sooraj and had said he was a soft-spoken and dedicated person. He said he knew this as he had assisted him in the film Guzaarish. Moreover, the Bhansali and Pancholi family live in the same building. Bhansali said that his mother and Zarina Wahab were very good friends and he also stated that they have raised Sooraj very well as he has no airs of a star son. Bhansali also expressed his desire to work with Sooraj in the future.
The Sensex dipped to more than 500 points today as the rupee declined to an all time low at 59.93 edging past the earlier record of 58.98 in June 2011. The rupee plunged down after there were signs that the US Federal Reserve will end its stimulus spend this year.
This will result in foreign investors withdrawing out of the Indian market as there are pressing matters like slow economy, inflation level and high interest rates. All this led to huge selling in stocks like that of banks, oil and gas, metal, capital goods as well as PSUs.
The BSE began at 19,069.20 points, traded at 18,742.64 points, plunged 2.16% that is 516.60 points than where it had ended the previous day at 19,245.70 points. Intraday high was 19,069.20 points and low of 18,687.19 points. The NSE traded at 2.73% or 159 points lower at 5,663.25 points.
Science and Technology
A surveillance program has been launched in the country which will enable the security agencies and income tax department the right to pry mails, tap phone conversations and monitor social media posts across networks.
While the government is optimistic that this will ensure national security, this has rung alarms bells regarding privacy as well as human rights as here the agencies don’t need to take the permission of the courts for surveillance.
Last year, the government sent 4750 requests to Google for access to user data, second highest in the world after the U.S.
Yamuna waters started receding today but they are flowing at 207.15 m which is above the danger mark of 204.83 m and on Wednesday it was 207.25 m. This has resulted in severe water logging in the low-lying areas of the city.
In fact, on Wednesday, the flood water got into the Outer Ring Road as well. The water level at the Tibetan Market was knee-deep. This has happened as 9 lakh cusec of water was released from Haryana’s Hathinikund Barrage in the Yamuna in the past four days.
The flooded river took the life of one person who drowned while bathing in it. Evacuation from areas in east Delhi Yamuna Bazaar, like Usmanpur, Bhajanpura and Shastri Park has taken place and as many as 5,000 persons have been sent to relief camps.
There are complaints however that the tents were not sufficient. The rail as well as road bridge which was the connecting point of east Delhi with the city was closed down.