Major News and Events of 22 July 2013
What Happened on 22 July 2013
152 dead, 5 lakh displaced in UP floods
Supreme Court to hear the petition of Ambanis on Wednesday
Manoj Kumar admitted to hospital
Saina for $120,000 to Hyderabad, $135,000 for Lee Chong Wei for Mumbai in IBL
Karbonn launches A29 at Rs 8,990
A division bench of Delhi High Court comprising Justice G.S. Sistani and Justice G.P. Mittal issued a notice to Congress Leader Sajjan Kumar acting on an appeal of CBI which challenged his acquittal in an anti-Sikh riots case of 1984. Sajjan Kumar has been asked to respond by August 28. On May 30, Kumar was acquitted by the trial court in a case which involved the killing of five persons after the Prime Minister Indira Gandhi was assassinated. CBI in its appeal has stated that it was Kumar who incited the mob on that day and the trial court has done a mistake in ordering acquittal of Kumar. Incidentally five others were convicted by the trial court. The court gave Kumar the benefit of doubt as the main witness did not mention him as an accused in her statement. Sajjan Kumar’s case was registered in 2005 after being recommended by the Justice G.T. Nanavati Commission.
Uttar Pradesh is facing the wrath of floods where the death toll reached 152 on Monday and many rivers have breached the danger mark. The situation is further worsened because of the torrential downpour and more than 5 lakh people have been displaced. The government is yet to extend help to the villages where the waters have inundated lands. Ten rivers, namely, Ganga, Yamuna, Betwa, Kain, Sharda, Ghaghra, Gomti, Sai, Saryu and Ramganga, are flowing above danger mark and have caused large destruction. Villages in Lucknow, Sultanpur and Sitapur are now flooded by the waters of the Gomti while River Sai is showing its fury in Rai Bareilly and large parts of Lucknow. Similarly, River Saryu and River Ghaghra have unleashed their fury in many villages of the state. Livestock casualty stands at 478 and flood waters have submerged huge expanses of agricultural land in 15 districts.
The Supreme Court will be hearing the plea of Reliance Telecommunications which seeks to challenge court’s order regarding the 2G spectrum scam case. Anil Dhirubhai Amabani Group's Chairman, Anil Ambani with his wife Tina Ambani were therefore summoned to appear in the court as prosecution witnesses. The Supreme Court bench headed by CJI P. Sathasivam stated that the issue will be heard by a suitable bench on Wednesday. The court gave its orders after senior advocate Mukul Rohatgi stated that the petition has been submitted and requested to be heard. CBI had claimed that Tina Ambani was heading the relevant meetings where related decisions were taken.
Manoj Kumar, the yesteryear actor is undergoing treatment at the Kokilaben Hospital in suburban Andheri after he had a pain in his gall bladder. He has been there since past two days. As per the reports he is doing well and will be discharged in a few days. Manoj Kumar has been a prominent figure in Bollywood known mostly for his patriotic films which earned him the title of Bharat Kumar. The actor who is 75 now is known for his popular movies like Purab Aur Paschim, Upkar and Neel Kamal, among others. He was conferred with the Padma Shri Award in 1992. He would be celebrating his 76th birthday on July 24.
Now money is talking in badminton too as Saina Nehwal bagged a price of $120,000 when she was sold to Hyderabad Hostshots at the players’ auction of Indian Badminton League (IBL). In the same auction the highest price was fetched by Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia who is also World's No.1 player. Mumbai Masters put the highest bid of $135,000 for Lee. Banga Beats paid $75,000 for Parupalli Kashyap and Lucknow Warriors gave $80,000 for P.V. Sindhu.
Though all four icon players had the same base price of $50,000, Ashwini Ponappa and Jawala Gutta got bids below their base price and were sold to Pune Pistons and Delhi Smashers, respectively. As the IBL has no double matches so the base prices of these two players were slashed by 50%. Delhi Smashers paid $31,000 for Jwala and Pune Pistons gave $25,000 for Ashwini, though the two players will be compensated by the IBL to do justice to their base prices. IBL will be hosted in 6 cities from 14th August to 31st August.
Science and Technology
Karbonn has launched a new smartphone, Karbonn A29 that is available at e-commerce sites for Rs 8,990 and will be delivered within four business days. The phone features include:
- 4.7” IPS LCD display with qHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels
- Android v4.1 Jelly Bean platform
- 1.2GHz Dual core processor
- 512 MB RAM
- 8 MP primary camera with LED flash
- 2MP secondary camera
- Dual SIM
- 4GB Internal storage
- Expandable storage upto 32 GB
- 2000mAh battery
The specifications may attract users with its competitive pricing but other devices with quad-core processors available at near about same price may have an edge over this.