Major News and Events of 24 July 2013
What Happened on 24 July 2013
Yechury and 8 other ministers deny signing letter for Modi visa
India wins against Zimbabwe by six wickets
5 kg LPG cylinder now available
Salman to be tried for culpable homicide not amounting to murder
LINE app has 5 million users in India
The principal of Dharmasati Gandaman Primary School where the Bihar mid-day meal tragedy happened, surrendered today. This was after a notice was put at the Principal, Meena Devi's house specifying that if she did not surrender then the process of attachment of her property would start. She was absconding since the tragedy happened. Her lawyer has filed for a bail and the matter may come up for hearing tomorrow.
Three lakh school teachers in Bihar have decided to boycott the mid-day meal scheme. They have stated that the teachers and the principals have to do with the corruption rampant at every level. They added that they are forced to involve in non-academic work whereas they have repeatedly requested to recruit an agency for the purpose. On the other hand, the state government said that it was not possible to hire an agency to manage 72,000 students for this scheme.
The CPM leader Sitaram Yechury has said that he has not signed the letter which urged the US President Barack Obama to deny US visa for Narendra Modi, CM of Gujarat. Yechury stated that someone must had copied and pasted the signatures as the letter which is in circulation in online space has been signed months back and is now visible on the internet. Also he said he would never do that and it was against the principles of his party to file a petition on matters strictly within the sovereign domain of the country.
The letter containing signature of 65 MPs was sent to Obama and the British Prime Minister last year and a copy was dispatched again when Rajnath Singh on his US visit asked government officials to eliminate the ban on visa to Modi. Mohammed Adeeb, independent member of the Upper House who forwarded the letter expressed surprise at the reaction of Yechury and he said he being a member of the Parliament would never copy and paste signatures. Adeeb stated that 40 MPs from the Upper House and 25 MPs from the Lower House signed a letter in November 2012 prior to the Gujarat assembly elections. Other 8 MPs have also denied signing the letter.
In the first ODI of the five-match series, India beat Zimbabwe by 6 wickets. The match was held at the Harare Sports Club. Zimbabwe batted first and made 229 runs. India reached the target and made 230 for four with 31 balls to spare. Ambati Rayudu was not out at 63 and Kohli, the captain made 115. Though given a low total to chase, wickets of openers Shikhar Dhawan (17) and Rohit Sharma (20) were out in 13 overs with the score being 57 runs. Then Kohli came in and contributed to 159 runs partnership for the third wicket which actually worked for India to win the match. The Zimbabwe bowlers could not materialize the initial swing much.
Under the Free Trade LPG Scheme sanctioned by the government on Wednesday, 5 kg LPG cylinders will be available in some selected, company-owned, company-operated petrol pumps in metropolitan cities. The cost of the cylinder will range between Rs. 362 and Rs. 370. This will be initiated on a pilot basis in Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata and the cylinders will be sold with or without the domestic pressure regulator (DPR). The customer needs to at first pay the deposit for the cylinder and pressure regulator and later on only for the cylinder. For purchase, identity proof is mandatory. Installation and after sales services will also be provided for the customer on request.
Mumbai sessions court specified strong charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder for Salman Khan in the hit-and-run case of 2002. The trial will be under Section 304 (II) of the IPC and if convicted, he will be imprisoned for ten years. The next hearing for this matter will be on 19 August. The metropolitan magistrate after examining 17 witnesses imposed this charge and the actor was earlier tried for negligent driving which is less severe. One person lost his life and four were injured when Land Cruiser which Salman was allegedly driving in a drunken state rammed over a pavement early morning on September 28, 2002.
Science and Technology
LINE which offers free calls and messages stated that its registered users in India are now 5 million and has 200 million users from the world. This was within three weeks of its official launch in India on July 1. What has captured the fancy of the young generation are the sticker and voice chat functionality. The LINE Corporation aims to have 10 million users in India. The application is available on smartphones as well as PCs and is functional on various operating systems like BlackBerry, Android, iOS, Nokia Asha, Windows phones and on Windows and Mac.