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Major News and Events of 23 December 2013

What Happened on 23 December 2013


Test firing of Agni III off Odisha Coast done successfully

 

Today at 4:55pm the test firing of Agni III from Wheeler Island off the Odisha Coast was done successfully. The operation was handled by Strategic Forces Command of Indian Army. A nuclear capable ballistic missile Agni III has a 3000-km range and has been included in the weaponry of the Army. It has a 2 stage surface-to-surface missile, which utilizes solid propellants. The missile is 17 m in length, has a diameter of 2m and has 50 tons of weight. The distance it can cover in 14 minutes ranges from 3,000 to 3,500 km. It has the capacity of carrying the nuclear warhead of about 1.5 tons weight. The test was done to achieve the precision of single digit accuracy touching zero circular error probability (CEP). The test thus confirmed the technical specifications for the user and how readily the weapon can be used in crisis situation.

Ganguly raises many questions in his letter to CJI

 

A.K. Ganguly, the retired Supreme Court judge has denied allegations of sexual harassment and has written to Chief Justice of India P. Sathasivam. Ganguly has come up with many questions about the Supreme Court panel's report which accused him of "unwelcome behaviour". In the copy which has been forwarded also to the President, A.K. Ganguly has specified that he was forced to break his silence after there have been media reports where his intern has accused him of sexually harassing him. He stated that he has not made any indecent advance to any female intern. He also said he is being given the same treatment which a person who is imprisoned is given. Ganguly has asked many questions regarding the procedure being followed in the investigation process.

AAP will be forming government in Delhi

 

Arvind Kejriwal, the AAP founder will be holding the position of the Chief Minister of Delhi as AAP is all set to form the government with Congress offering support thus ending a situation of no results for a fortnight. Kejriwal offered to form the government after meeting Lt Governor Najeeb Jung. Kejriwal also stated that he and his ministers will take oath at the Ramlila Maidan. This is where Anna Hazare held his 12-day fast in 2011 protesting for the Jan Lokpal bill. AAP had got 28 seats while Congress had got 8 seats. Kejriwal also had a training session for his 27 legislators as they have never been acquainted with politics. Among the promises of AAP includes slashing of power tariff and offering 700 litres of water to each household.

Rupee touches highest in a week after RBI's Governor's statement

The rupee gained strength and touched its highest in a week spurred by the comment by the RBI Governor where he has specified his reluctance to tighten further the monetary policy. Last week the interest rates were left untouched which came as a surprise for all. Rajan had said that RBI will be keeping the rates static and also specified that when growth was sluggish precaution should be taken for "over-tightening". The market took this as a cue where the central bank in support of growth would not like to tighten the strings around the monetary policy. Now it is being hoped that dollar/rupee will hover around 61.65 levels and will stay within 61.60 to 62.40 range till the year ends. The rupee ended today at 61.9525/9625 against the dollar whereas it closed at 62.04/05 on Friday. It had touched a high of 61.8350 which was the maximum since December 18.

India and South Africa end the test match in a thrilling draw

India and South Africa ended the test match in a draw whereas eight runs were needed by the hosts to win and visitors needed three wickets at the New Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg. South Africa began the day at 138/2 and they had to make 458. Though they lost early wickets but Faf du Plessis (134) and AB de Villiers (103) compiled a 205-run for the 5th wicket. The last hour was thrilling when three wickets fell and South Africa was restricted for 450/7. This is the third highest score in the world of cricket and highest 4th innings score for South Africa. In fact this was the highest any team made against India in the fourth innings. Earlier record was held by England when they scored 369/6 in August 2007.

20 GB of SkyDrive storage for Windows Phone Users

 

The Window phone users have some reason to be happy about. Microsoft will be providing extra 20GB of free SkyDrive storage for a year apart from the 7GB of free storage which is already there. This token of appreciation will be available to the users for an year and this offer can be availed by the users by the end of January. SkyDrive is file manager stored in the cloud which can be synced between computer, Windows Phone and tablet for documents and other media files. With the purchase of Surface 2 or Surface Pro 2 tablets 200 GB of storage is already being provided.