Major News and Events of 21 November 2013
What Happened on 21 November 2013
Google India's project aims to help 50 million women get online
Sensex dips by 406 points
Cyclone Helen to now strike Andhra Pradesh on Friday
Tehelka's editor steps down for six months against sexual harassment charges
India wins the 1st ODI against the West Indies
Screening of "Goliyon Ki Raasleela Ram-Leela" was banned by Allahabad High Court in Uttar Pradesh. The movie had its share of protests and its screening has been stopped in few places. The movie which hit theaters on November 15 has grossed Rs 69 crore at the box office. In fact the Bombay High Court had also asked the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to submit an affidavit specifying that it had conformed to the guidelines formulated under the Cinematograph Act before the issuance of 'U/A' certification to the movie. The Bombay High court had also asked for the copy of Madhya Pradesh High Court’s interim order passed by the which had put restrictions on the movie’s release with the title 'Ram-Leela'.
Science and Technology
Google India has launched a project where it would help 50 million women to access the internet by the end of 2014 by organizing various initiatives across India. The project named 'Helping women get online' will be encouraging women to use internet effectively. In India women comprise 1/3rd of the internet users and there may be factors like lack of resources or knowledge which is stopping them from getting into the online world. Google wants to inform the women how this can be useful in their lives. In the first phase of this project a mass media campaign will be launched and the website www.hwgo.com designed specifically for the purpose will be promoted. The website will display content which will provide basics of internet in Hindi and English language. The toll free number 1800 41 999 77 will be available for offering answers to questions.
Sensex slumped by 406.08 points on Thursday which is the highest in more than 2 months. This has again set the fear that US Fed will start reduction of its economic stimulus much earlier than it is expected. Along with this the rupee value also declined and stood at 62.97 versus the US dollar. Sensex started the day at 20,579.26 and was in red throughout. A low of 20,189.23 was reached intra-day, and the Sensex ended at 20,229.05, where there was a dip of 406.08 points. This is the highest loss since September 3 when the Sensex plummeted by 651.53 points. On Wednesday there was a fall of 256 points. The wider scrip NSE closed at 5,999.05 that is 2.02 % or 123.85 points down.
Helen, the cyclonic storm in Bay of Bengal will be hitting the Andhra Pradesh’s south coast between Nellore and Machillipatnam on Friday. Cyclone warning has been issued in southern Andhra Pradesh and coast of Northern Tamil Nadu. Helen was positioned around 230 km S-SE of Vishakhapatnam, 460 km E-NE of Chennai,360 km E of Ongole and 260 km E-SE of Machillipatnam. It has developed into a severe cyclonic storm. The storm can lead to heavy to very heavy downpour in some places. Wind speed can rise up to 100-110 kmph and gust to 120 kmph when the storm strikes. The waves can surge 1 to 1.5m height flooding the low lying areas of Prakasham, Nellore, Krishna and Guntur. At the state secretariat in Hyderabad a control room has been set up and the numbers are 040-23456005, 23451043.
The police of Goa have started its proceedings against Tarun Tejpal, who is the founder and editor-in-chief of Tehelka, the weekly news magazine. This was for the complaint of sexual harassment against him by a a female employee of Tehelka. The victim did not lodge a police compliant but told a news channel that she was not happy with the way Tehelka dealt with this issue. The victim had written mail to the Managing Editor Shoma Chaudhury wherein she described about two incidents of such assault by Tejpal. She had asked for unconditional apology from Tejpal and she had demanded the same should be circulated among other employees. On the other hand Tejpal has stepped down from office for six months for what he describes as penance for a bad judgment. The assault is said to have occurred at the Thinkfest in Goa. Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar had directed for a preliminary investigation and based on that further action will be taken. The National Commission for Women will also probe into the case.
In the first match after the nation was jolted by the retirement of Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma cruised India to an easy win of six wickets over the West Indies in the 1st ODI of the three match series. India received a setback when they lost the wicket of Shikhar Dhawan for 5 runs. After that Rohit and Kohli formed a 133-run partnership for the 2nd wicket in just 130 balls. Kohli made 86 off 84 balls, while Rohit compiled 72 off 81 balls. In the match played at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi West Indies were restricted to a humble score of 211 runs. The batsmen failed again for the West Indies and only Darren Bravo reached 59.Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina took three wickets each and Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed two wickets while Mohammed Shami got one and West Indies were all out in 48.5 overs