Major News and Events of 22 October 2013
What Happened on 22 October 2013
Ceasefire violation by Pakistan in Poonch again
Ban on gold coins and medallions imports to continue: Chidambaram
Kandivli ground to be named after Sachin Tendulkar
Priyanka Chopra joins crusade against cancer
BBM for Android and iPhone rolls out
Lalu Prasad and Jagdish Sharma faced disqualification today from the Lok Sabha after they were convicted in the fodder scam. Lalu will face disqualification for 11 years which is inclusive of 5 years he will spend in jail while Sharma will be disqualified for 10 years as he has got 4 years in jail sentence. They are the first members to be disqualified from the Lok Sabha whereas Rasheed Masood got disqualified from Rajya Sabha yesterday; he was also the first member from the Upper house to face disqualification. It was S. Bal Shekar, the Lok Sabha Secretary General who notified about the disqualification of Lalu and Sharma. The Election Commission was also apprised about this development as this entails to seats being vacant in the Lok Sabha.
Heavy shelling by the Pakistani troops continued at Indian posts in the Poonch sector on Tuesday afternoon. Sushilkumar Shinde, the union home minister is on the visit to Jammu and Kashmir for reviewing the security status. Firing began at 12:30 pm and went on for an hour in the Bhimber Gali sector in Poonch, this is when the army responded to it.
Similar firing also happened in Hamirpur. Last night RS Pura sector along the LoC was the target. 82 mm mortars and similar heavy weapons have been used for firing at Indian posts in RS Pura sector last night at 09:45 pm. The home minister assessed the situation in Samba sector and also had a meeting with the BSF personnel stationed at the International Border. The tension is palpable at the villages on the border where there is frequent violation of the ceasefire. Some villagers have deserted their homes for safer places.
Shinde also stated that Hafiz Saeed may be helping in infiltration as per the intelligence reports. Shinde also stated that both the sides have to compromise and if the situation becomes uncomfortable then India will have to take a stand.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram stated that there was no possibility of removing the ban on gold coins and medallions import. He also directed the banks to adhere to the guidelines regarding that. The Finance Minister while replying to the suggestion of the government lifting the ban on the gold coins as it would be needed for gifting on the auspicious occasions. To this the FM replied that gold can be bought from the domestic market by the traders to make into coins but no restrictions on the gold coins import will be lifted as it was there to put the CAD into check. 845 tons of gold were imported which had widened the CAD to 4.8% of the GDP, the highest till now and the deficit stood at 88.2 billion, in the last fiscal. In May the gold imports were 162.4 tons which dipped to 7.2 ton in September.
The Mumbai Cricket Association will name the Kandivli ground after Sachin Tendulkar. The ground will be known as the Sachin Tendulkar Gymkhana. Tendulkar will be inaugurating the ground on 11th November. The managing committee of the MCA had passed the resolution regarding this. The Kandivli ground has been constructed in the similar fashion as the Bandra-Kurla Complex. It will have a clubhouse and a cricketer’s academy. Uddhav Thackeray, the Shiv Sena chief had emphasized that this be named after Sunil Gavaskar, though it is being perceived that he will not oppose against this decision. Sachin’s final test will be played at Wankhede Stadium from 14th to 18th November.
Priyanka Chopra is supporting the crusade against cancer and thinks that no one should go untreated for cancer, and the treatment should be given to people suffering from the disease. She also added that not many can avail the facilities and afford the treatment. Cancer is tough not only for the person suffering from it, but also the patient’s family and those who take care of them. Priyanka lost her father to cancer after he was detected with cancer in 2005, and lived only for 8 years after that with proper care and treatment. Her mother being a doctor herself had done a lot of research regarding the disease. Priyanka inaugurated a cancer center at a local hospital in the name of her father and did a donation of Rs 50 lakh for the cancer ward.
Science and Technology
Blackberry’s rollout for the BBM was delayed for a month due to technical issues but finally it was launched for the Android and iPhone users. Blackberry will be using another line-up system today for smoother functioning. Once the users have downloaded the application, they will be in queue and would be asked to key in their email id and when their turn comes, they will receive an email alert. At the same time the wait will be pretty much as there are 5 million users in the queue.
BBM was intended to be launched a month ago, but in the meanwhile an unofficial version of the app hit the stores which was even downloaded by 1.1 million users. This was the reason BBM’s launch was delayed.