Major News and Events of 24 August 2013
What Happened on 24 August 2013
50 ascetics going to 84-kosi parikrama arrested
Closed door meeting of the FM with the bankers
Somdev Devvarman in the main US open draw
How the movies fare this weekend?
Cyber criminals can get through two way authentication in online banking
In a horrifying incident a woman constable who was trying to perform the last rites of her brother-in-law was gang-raped in Latehar District of Jharkhand. The woman was offered the job on sympathetic grounds after Maoists killed her husband. She was going to Garwah with the body which is at a distance of 150 km from Ranchi. Her vehicle was intercepted near Jaldaga bridge on NH-75 by armed robbers who looted her relatives. Then she was raped in the same vehicle where the body was lying by three of the men. Police are trying to arrest the accused. In recent times sexual crime has increased in Jharkhand. Last month at Pakur six minor girls were raped.
50 ascetics who were going to Ayodhya from Rajasthan by a bus to carry on the 84-kosi parikrama were arrested at the Chauma Shahpur border and jailed for a temporary basis. This operation happened at midnight. The ascetics will be staying at the police lines in Agra for some time this was informed by the Senior Superintendent of Police Shalabh Mathur. The VHP has organized this parikrama and as many as 2000 ascetics have started the journey and 64 have been arrested till now. This yatra is to demand for resuming religious activities at the disputed Ayodhya site. Police has sealed all the borders and there is screening of the vehicles to obstruct the people from carrying on the march. Section 144 of the Criminal Procedure Code has been imposed and those who have gathered for the march have been asked to leave the area.
P Chidambaram, the Finance minister had a meeting with top bankers to get heads up on the financial situation in the country considering rupee’s volatility. The meeting which was held closed doors was also to look into the options to bring in foreign capital to cover the staggering gap in the current account. Chidambaram also had a meeting with the foreign institutional investors today. Arvind Mayaram, the economic affairs secretary and Rajiv Takru, the financial services secretary were also with Chidambaram. Some of the prominent bank’s top officials who met the finance minister included SBI,Bank of India, ICICI HDFC, Canara Bank and Citigroup. With the rupee facing the brunt of widening current account deficit and plummeting to record low of 65.56 against rupee, RBI’s intervention to put a hold on withdrawal of capital, this meeting is said to be crucial in the current situation. There are apprehensions in the market that we may relive early 1999 crisis, when stringent capital control was there due to balance of payment crisis.
Somdev Devvarman has fought his way into the US Open main draw when he defeated James Ward of UK in a closely fought three-set match at New York. Somdev who was sixth seeded won the match 6-3 3-6 6-4 in the third round qualifier, which went on for two hours and 15 minutes. Somdev will now meet Lukas Lacko of Slovakia who is at 85th position as his first round opponent. If Somdev wins this then he will face Andreas Seppi of Italy who is number 21 in the world. Somdev had earlier got into the second rounds of Australian Open and French Open while could not qualify at the Wimbledon.
The movie scene as of now is such that at one end where Madras Café is receiving positive reviews from the critics, the same cannot be said about the commercial success. The film is yet to catch up with the crowd and had 20-30% start in the though it picked up in some multiplexes with 40%. On the other hand Once Upon Ay Time in Mumbai Dobaara has gained with the Rakhshabandhan holiday and is all ready to edge past the prequel with the collections in the second week. At the same time Chennai Express is on with its collections and is now past the Rs200-crore-mark in the second week and is still on with its collection spree. The movie is on the verge of breaking the records of 3 Idiots.
Science and Technology
Online banking users may not like this piece of news. The McAfee Threats Report 2013 reveals cyber criminals can get access to their accounts even when there is two way authentications.When online banking is done the user has to not only key in the login details but one time password sent to the user’s phone for the transaction to happen. Malicious software can not only hack the login details but can also intercept the second authentication password. But the good part is that this can be avoided if one is using the official application of the bank for the transaction. In 2013, 320000 of malwares have been discovered mostly through dating and entertainment apps.