Major News and Events of 20 November 2013
What Happened on 20 November 2013
IED discovered and defused in a train Kamakhya Station in Guwahati
Deregulation of diesel prices in 6 months: Moily
Nexus 5 vanishes from Google Play Store soon after launch in India
Mumbai schoolboy scores 546 in 330 balls
Akshay Kumar receives extortion calls
After the Cyclone Phailin now Andhra Pradesh gets ready to face cyclonic storm, Helen. Prakasam district is gearing up to face the brunt of the storm which is expected to reach the coast falling in Chennai and Ongole tomorrow night. The storm is forming in the Bay of Bengal. IMD has stated that the cyclone will gain strength in the next 24 hours and pass to the coast close to Kavali in Nellore district on Thursday night. Torrential downpour is predicted at some of the places like Prakasam, Nellore, Guntur and Krishna and winds with the speed of 70-80 kmph increasing to 100 kmph may lash the shores from the evening of November 21. Fishermen have been asked not to go out in the sea. 11 coastal mandals have been put on alert and special officers, tehsildars there have been asked to stock essential commodities.
Guwahati’s Kamakhya railway station was saved from a major mishap today after some passengers discovered a bomb in a train's coach and alerted the police immediately. When the bomb was detected there was panic wave at the railway station. Police and the bomb disposal squad reached the area immediately and defused the bomb. The Alipurduar-Kamakhya Intercity Express had reached at the station around 12 pm. Some of the passengers alerted the constables of the Government Railway Police (GRP) positioned at the station about what they thought looked like a bomb. The GRP then informed the Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR) headquarters and transferred the passengers to a safe distance. The bomb was an IED or Improvised Explosive Device and had a timer device with it. It was kept below a seat in a compartment. The bomb may not be too powerful but could have caused harm to the passengers if it had exploded.
Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily has stated that the diesel prices will be deregulated in 6 months and there will be gradual increase of prices. The fuel retailers that are state run and have 95% control on the sales at the petrol pump, sell diesel at fixed rates which are substantially low than the production cost. In January the prices were allowed to be hiked by 50 paise per liter so as to slowly remove the subsidies provided with the fuel. Losses on diesel had dipped to Rs 2.50 but spiked to Rs 14 when the rupee’s value declined and at present stands at Rs 9.28 per liter. Moily said there will be monthly increase only in the prices and no one time steep hike and it would require 19 months to do away with the losses. Things can improve if the rupee value increases. It was on November 1 that the fuel prices were last revised when prices of petrol were slashed by Rs 1.15 a liter hiked for diesel price by 50 paise.
Science and Technology
The Nexus 5 is now available in India, theoretically as it went off the Google Play store the moment it was launched there. Is this a ploy to generate more hype around the device so that it is not immediately known. The 16GB version comes at an attractive price of Rs 28,999 and the 32 GB is at Rs 32,999. Now there is more to it, LG which has made the device in collaboration with Google has the same available at Rs 29,999 and you can get it online at Infibeam for Rs 29,990 and with some discount at Junglee but this is not available at Flipkart and on Snapdeal it is sold out.
A school boy from Mumbai broke all records when he scored 546 runs in 330 balls. The tournament which was a school level one was held at Azad Maidan in which Prithvi Shaw’s mammoth score created history in the records of Mumbai cricket. He was playing for Rizvi Springfield against St Francis D'Assisi whose bowlers had a harrowing time in the Elite Division Harris Shield cricket tournament. In February 1988, Sachin Tendulkar who scored 326 and Vinod Kambli who made 349 were part of 664-run Harris Shield partnership. Shaw edged past the record set by Armaan Jaffer who had scored 498 runs in the Giles Shield in December 2010 though the highest score on all forms of cricket is 628 not out by 13 year old AEJ Collins who played in a Junior House Match in 1899. On day 1 Shaw made 257 in just 166 balls
Akshay Kumar receives extortion calls where he has been asked to shell out Rs 5 crore from a gangster Ravi Pujara. This is a regular affair in Bollywood where actors keep on receiving such calls from the underworld and this time it is Akshay Kumar. The actor has informed the police about this and has even said that a domestic help whom he recently sacked may be behind the calls. Akshay has received innumerable calls from Ravi Pujara. He thinks the domestic help must have informed the underworld about him. Earlier Shah Rukh Khan had told he received threat calls from Abu Salem for not doing some films in the year 1997-98. Suresh Oberoi, Vivek Oberoi, Rakesh Roshan and Boney Kapoor all have received such calls earlier.