Major News and Events of 22 February 2013
What Happened on 22 February 2013
Sensex closes in red; FMCG, auto stocks lose
The country committed to combat terror: Shinde
Clarke leads Australia's recovery after Ashwin struck through the batting line up
Chetan Bhagat's son debuts with 'Kai Po Che!'
Google launches high-end Chrome OS laptop
The Justice Usha Mehra commission which had been set up to probe into the various aspects of the Dec 16 gang-rape presented its report to Law Minister Ashwini Kumar on Friday who assured of serious consideration to the report. The commission, which is led by the former Delhi High Court judge, was formed on Dec 26 to look into different aspects of the brutal rape and find the lapses, if any, on the part of the police or any other in the administration. Three months were given for submitting its report.
A benchmark index for Indian equities markets slumped for the second straight day on Friday with heavy sale in fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) and automobile scrips. Healthcare, information technology (IT) and oil and gas stocks gained. After a loss of 300 points on Thursday, the 30-scrip Sensex opened at 19,341.90 points on Friday and closed at 19,317.01 points, down 8.35 points or 0.04 percent from its previous close at 19,325.36 points. The Sensex reached an intra-day high of 19,401.75 points and a low of 19,289.83 points. The midcap index increased by 1.59 points, while the smallcap index rose by 7.15 points.The 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed flat, dipping by 1.95 points or 0.03 percent at 5,850.30 points. The major losers were Hindustan Unilever, down 2.60 percent at Rs.455.40; Coal India, down 2.31 percent at Rs.332.35; Maruti Suzuki, down 2.09 percent at Rs.1,439.75; HDFC, down 1.84 percent at Rs.800.35; and Tata Motors, down 1.60 percent at Rs.293.00. The major gainers were Bharti Airtel, up 4.64 percent at Rs.309.80; Wipro, up 2.43 percent at Rs.415.55; Sun Pharma, up 1.96 percent at Rs.811.30; ICICI Bank, up 1.22 percent at Rs.1,091.65; and Infosys, up 1.06 percent at Rs.2,836.55.
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde stated that Indian government is committed to fight terrorism specifying that the National Investigation Agency (NIA) would investigate the Hyderabad bombings along with the Andhra Pradesh Police. He confirmed the number of people killed in the twin bombings on Thursday evening at 16 and said 117 others were injured. The monitored the situation along with the Andhra Pradesh governor and chief minister as well as police officials as well as paid visits to the injured in hospitals. Shinde also informed that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had announced a compensation of Rs.2 lakh to families of the deceased.The Andhra Pradesh government will be giving Rs.6 lakh to families of the dead and Rs.50,000-Rs.1 lakh to the injured. He also specified that the situation was under control.
A century by Michael Clarke led Australia to score 316 for seven at the end of the opening day of the first cricket Test against India at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium at Chennai on Friday. Clarke was not out at 103 at stumps with new batsman Peter Siddle at the crease. Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin got six wickets for 88 runs. Michael Clarke got a life in the middle and led Australia's recovery after Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin struck through the batting line up and took five wickets by tea on the opening day of the first cricket Test here. Medium pacers Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar failed with the ball while off-spinner Harbhajan Singh in his 100th Test was pitching it too short to pose problems for the batsmen.
"Kai Po Che!" will be special for Chetan Bhagat not only as an author, but also as a father, since his eight-year-old son Ishaan makes his debut with the film. "Kai Po Che!" is the screen adaptation of Bhagat's novel "The 3 Mistakes of My Life" and has Sushant Singh Rajput, Amit Sadh and Raj Kumar Yadav in main roles. Directed by Abhishek Kapoor, the film released on Friday. Chetan Bhagat stated that Abhishek was a perfectionist and he made Ishaan perform for at least 35 times. To him his kid's education is the priority and once they complete that then they can choose their own professions.
Science and Technology
Google has launched its own high-end laptop Chromebook Pixel which is powered by its Chrome operating system. This is specifically for power users who have fully adopted the cloud. Chromebook Pixel, with a 4.3-million-pixel touchscreen, will have the highest pixel density of any laptop screen at present. The laptop has an Intel Core i5 processor. The local solid-state storage is just 32 GB, consumers can get one terabyte of free cloud storage space with Google's Drive service for three years. The basic Wi-Fi version of the laptop comes at $1,299 in the US.The model with built-in LTE will come at a price of $1,449. The Chrome OS which was announced in 2009 would work exclusively with web applications. The user interface of the system will only have a browser with a media player and a file manager. The documents and applications are stored and based in the "cloud", Google's data centres.