Major News and Events of 22 November 2013
What Happened on 22 November 2013
Charges of rape on Tejpal
India to lobby rupee trade payments to stabilize currency
HTC One Max along with fingerprint scanner launched
Yuki Bhambri poised to enter in the Australian Open
Minor fire at Shah Rukh Khan's residence
Cyclonic storm Helen struck Andhra Pradesh coast near Machilipatnam today. Torrential rains and strong gales resulted in death of seven people and huge damage to the crops in the coast. Strong winds with a speed of 100-110 kmph uprooted the trees, damaged the electric lines and halted the traffic movement as well as snapped connections. People died as trees fell. Sea was turbulent and sea water came for few meters over land in some places. The cyclone hit the land at 2.00pm close to Machilipatnam in Krishna. Several parts of Guntur, Krishna, West and East Godavari districts as well as Vishakhapatnam were affected. IMD has sent a warning that storm may swell over for about 1 to 1.5m and the low-lying areas of Krishna, West and East Godavari, Guntur districts and Prakasham district will be affected. The storm will create havoc for about 6 hours after the landfall and finally weaken into a deep depression encroaching westwards across coastal Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. 17,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas.
Charges of rape has been put on Tarun Tejpal, editor-in-chief of Tehelka by the Goa Crime Branch. He was accused of sexual assault on a junior colleague in a Goa hotel during the Thinkfest earlier this month. The FIR which has been filed by the crime branch mention charges under sections 354 and 376 of the IPC that relate to criminal use of force on a woman and rape. Tejpal had assaulted his junior in the Goa hotel in an elevator. Goa crime branch has started its investigation and will be sending a team to Delhi as well. Police has also got hold of the CCTV footage of the Goa hotel. Police has not got a reply to the letter which was sent to the magazine’s managing editor, Shoma Chaudhary, wherein she has been asked to hand over to the police the letter written by the alleged victim. Tejpal on the other hand has said he will fully cooperate with the police.
India is looking into convincing trade partners like Japan, Iraq and Venezuela to approve rupee payments for few export items. This is a measure to make the currency stable and viable globally. Large transactions in rupees are restricted so that doesn’t hamper the currency. As many as ten countries will be targeted for the deal, specifically the nations who are oil exporters. Finance Ministry has given its approval for lobbying with Venezuela for the oil transactions. The partners' currencies for trade will also be accepted. China is interested in yuan-rupee trade, and India is pinning its hope that Japan may be doing so as well. It has to be noted here that this agreement is already in place with Iran though in Iran’s case the factor which may have led to acceptance is that there are sanctions by Western nations. In this week the World Bank's IFC issued the first rupee bond worth $160 million. It is a component of a $1 billion offshore rupee bond programme.
Science and Technology
HTC, the phone manufacturer from Taiwan has unveiled a phone which has a fingerprint scanner which is provided in the rear side below the camera. This scanner not only unlocks the phone but users can allocate different applications to different fingers like starting the camera app with the left index finger and the right thumb press to open the browser. This is the most expensive series of phone and is priced at Rs 56,490. This phone features include 5.9-inch screen, internal storage of 16 GB and 32 GB, Android 4.3, Sense user interface,Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 1.7 GHz quad-core. 2 GB RAM. The phone is provided with a 3,300 mAh battery which enables 25 hours of talk time. Along with this HTC One Mini+ and HTC Fetch were also launched. Fetch pairs with the phone and reminds when the phone is out of range and Mini can be used for sending text messages and making calls.
Yuki Bhambri is getting closer to get in as a wild entry in the Australian Open in the singles as well as the doubles by scoring victories at Luohu Tennis Club. Bhambri, second seeded won over unranked Zhicheng Zhu of China 6-2 6-1 to get into the semifinals Bhambri who is ranked 204 will now meet Di Wu, third seeded, who is ranked 205 in the world to reach to the finals. Bhambri along with Michael Venus of New Zealand also got in the doubles final. The second seeded pair overthrew Chieh-Fu Wang and Jimmy Wang 6-2 6-0 in flat 40 minutes and will now meet fourth seeds Mao-Xin Gong and Zhe Li.
On Thursday night fire broke out at Mannat, Shahrukh Khan's residence. This happened when there was a short circuit in the exhaust fan in one of the bathrooms. What worked was that it set the fire alarm. The security guards rushed in and called the fire brigade and the fire was doused. Two fire engines were pressed into service. Shah Rukh Khan tweeted that everything was fine and fire was under control and posted a light joke as well regarding this. He even thanked everyone who helped in the situation.