Major News and Events of 23 June 2013
What Happened on 23 June 2013
It may take a fortnight to rescue of the flood victims: Uttarakhand CM
Mamata questions whether all women in Bengal are being raped
Abhishek Kapoor yet to finalize the female lead for his next film
India wins the Champions Trophy
Rate cut for 4G services by Bharti Airtel
It was a grim week again for business as India’s leading nine blue-chip companies witnessed increasing fall of their market value to the tune of Rs. 35,893 crore. HDFC Bank and ITC faced the maximum downslide. Companies like ONGC, RIL, TCS, HDFC bank and ITC suffered losses whereas Infosys saw its market value increase by Rs. 1,390 crore and consequently it stood at Rs. 1,38,916 croreThe downslide in the market value was
- HDFC Bank- decline by Rs. 6,977 crore stood at Rs. 1,51,325 crore
- ITC -a slump of Rs. 6,756 crore, stood at Rs. 2,55,110 crore
- RIL-a dip of Rs. 5,877 crore, stood at Rs. 2,56,936 crore
- ONGC – a slip by Rs. 3,293 crore stood at Rs. 2,63,509 crore
- CIL – a dip by Rs 1,137 crore stood at Rs. 1,88,985 crore
- HUL- a decline by Rs 567 crore stood at Rs. 1,27,732 crore
Mamata Banerjee surprised everyone with her question which she asked at a rally in Minakhan, North 24 Parganas whether all the women in the state were being raped. This targetted the media which was stressing on the rising crime against women in Bengal. She also stated that the news channels were acting hand in hand with the Opposition and maligning the image of the state.
The West Bengal CM received lot of criticism when she responded angrily to the protestors in Kamduni village where a student was gang raped and murdered. Kolkata’s intellectuals have taken out a huge rally as a mark of protest against the crime incidences involving women. Bengal is at the top as per data of the National Crime Records Bureau regarding crime against women with 30,942 incidents registered in 2012.
Inclement weather hindered rescue operations in Uttarakhand. The CM Vijay Bahuguna informed that another fortnight may be needed for evacuation of the flood victims and it was also stated that casualty figure may be over 1,000.
Overcast skies was not what the rescue team was looking for on Sunday which was the most critical day of the rescue operation as rains are predicted to descend again from Monday. In spite of all odds, hundreds of people were rescued today from remote parts. The CM also stated that Kedarnath Yatra won’t be possible for two years.
Lt. Gen. Anil Chait who is heading the rescue operation assured that the army will rescue everyone stranded there even in the most remote parts. He also said that 8,500 soldiers were at this duty in what was the worst tragedy he had seen in his career.
15,000 people still need to be rescued and rains are expected in Chamoili, Pithoragarh and Uttarkashi. Moreover 1,000 roads have been damaged which leaves the air route the only option to rescue the stranded people. 24,000 people were rescued by the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP).
India won the Champions Trophy by defeating England by five runs in a rain-marred but exciting match which was reduced to twenty overs of play at Edgbaston.
India made 129 for 7 to which England responded by making 124 for eight in 20 overs. The batsmen did their bit but it was the bowlers who turned the match in India’s favor with Ishant Sharma taking two wickets for 36 runs. This was a much needed win after the spot fixing scandal back home which gave a huge setback to the most popular game in the country.
Abhishek Kapoor, who will begin shooting for his next film with Sushant Singh Rajput, is yet to finalize the lead female actor for the film. It was earlier in news that Katrina Kaif would have done that role. Kapoor stated the movie is in the scripting stage and nothing is final yet.
The movie will be the adaptation of novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Sushant will work again with the director after Kai Po Che!
Ekta Kapoor is the producer of the movie, which will go on floors in October.
Science and Technology
Bharti Airtel is all set to slash the 4G data charges by 31% on Monday. This aims at increasing the demand among the users for the 4G services, but experts are wondering whether this initiative of offering 4G services at 3G rates will help in increasing user base.
This step follows the measure where 2G data charges were slashed by 90%. At present the number of customers added to Airtel is comparatively low than Vodafone and Idea Cellular as per the data received over the last two months.The 4G data plan will be reduced from 650 to 450 in Kolkata, Bangalore, Chandigarh and Pune.