Major News and Events of 21 June 2013
What Happened on 21 June 2013
In Uttarakhand 50000 people stranded, 1100 roads and 94 bridges damaged
Power firms can hike the price of coal based on import cost
Wimbledon live on STAR Sports
Music unites Kolkata on World Music Day
Facebook launches video on Instagram
A second incident of building collapse happened in Thane and, that too, within two months.
The three storied Shakuntala building in Mumbra town collapsed at 2am catching everyone unaware. 7 people including a 3 months infant and a 7 year old boy lost their lives. These are the figures till the reports last came in.
The building was 35 years old, and the residents had been allegedly served notice for eviction but no one paid any attention to it. 22 persons have been rescued. The mayor of the town has given assurance that soon the administration will make arrangements for shifting the people who stay in such buildings to new houses which can be taken for rent and the rate is being fixed around Rs. 1500. The injured have been admitted to hospitals in Kalwa and Thane.
In Uttarakhand 50,000 people are stranded and 34000 have been evacuated. This was informed by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. He gave these figures after holding discussion with National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA). The casualty figure has been stated as 207 though it was said that many people may be buried. The home minister will be visiting the flood-hit areas on Saturday. As per the preliminary reports the disaster occurred due to two cloud bursts.
Helipads are being constructed between Gaurikund and Kedarnath to rescue the stranded people in the state. The army has stated that their first priority is to rescue the women and the children. Indian Railway will be carrying the passengers to their destination free of cost. In the state 1100 roads and 94 bridges have been damaged and three years will be required to repair them. Stranded pilgrims in the remote locations are facing food and water shortage. Kedarnath has virtually turned into a burial ground with the shrine intact in the middle and bodies strewn around it.
Today, the government approved a process which would enable the power companies to increase the electricity cost if prices of imported coals shoots up. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh gave approval to this process. The reason stated was that this would lead to smooth process of power generation with sufficient supply of coal. The Finance Minister said this would result in marginal increase in the prices. Also it was stated that Coal India will be doing the major imports and pass it on to the power companies who can also do imports and then the price will be adjusted based on the cost of the imports. It was further specified that domestic sources will be supplying 65-70% of the coal requirements.
STAR Sports will do a live broadcast of the Wimbledon 2013 on STAR Sports 2, ESPN and ESPN HD from Monday. In this tournament a number of double players from India will be competing like Leander Paes is paired with Radek Stepanek from Czechoslovakia has been seeded 4th, Mahesh Bhupathi with Julian Knowle (Austria) is seeded 8th. Rohan Bopanna is seeded 14th along with Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France).
This would be maiden appearance for Purav Raja and Divij Sharan who will participate after going through the qualification process. Sania Mirza is the only participant in women’s doubles category and she is seeded 6th with Liezel Huber who was earlier the number one doubles player.
Kolkata music lovers united to create a fusion of the old and the new on the World Music Day. This was held a few days after the heartbreaking news that the iconic Music World decided to close shop finding it hard to withstand the pressure of piracy and net downloads. 70 music bands came together in a fest organized by Alliance Francaise and performed at nine renowned locations in Kolkata that included malls, clubs and stadiums. A mobile stage was constructed on a truck and journey continued from Jorasanko to different locations as a tribute to Rabindranth Tagore. Binodini Das’s plays were enacted as well by Rabindrs Bharati’s students.
Science and Technology
Facebook these days seem to be following the footsteps of Twitter very closely.
After introducing the hashtag which can be called the element of Twitter now, Facebook has gone ahead and introduced video sharing on Instagram keeping in mind that Twitter’s video sharing app Vine is pretty much popular with 13 million users.
With Instagram’s 100 million users in its database if this feature is liked by its users, Facebook may be penning down a new story in mobile video sharing. You can click 15 seconds video clips.