Major News and Events of 24 October 2013
What Happened on 24 October 2013
Gold hunt by Tamil Nadu government for gold coins
Rs 5.96 crore to be paid to Kunal Saha by AMRI: Supreme Court
Saina and Sindhu in the next round of French Open Super Series
EADS will fund aerospace research projects in India
Manna Dey, the veteran playback singer passes away
Arvind Kejriwal, Aam Aadmi Party has invited the Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit for an open public debate. He said the debate should be held publicly and not in a television studio. He also stated that BJP’s chief ministerial candidate Harshvardhan along with him and Sheila Dikshit can have a debate openly. This invite comes after Dikshit gave a statement to a news channel that she was prepared for a debate. She said she earlier had a debate with Sushma Swaraj and there was no reason she won’t have it with Kejriwal. She had responded to Kejriwal’s challenge of a public debate regarding mounting power and water bills as well concern regarding women’s security in the capital. Dikshit is vying for fourth term and has also said that Kejriwal has influenced people to certain extent. AAP has claimed that it will form the government. Delhi Assembly elections are scheduled on December 4, and 11.5 million will cast their ballots in 70 constituencies.
The Tamil Nadu government is now engaged in a gold hunt too but of a different kind. The government will buy 400 kg of gold for around Rs. 120 crore. A tender to this effect has been released by Tamil Nadu's Social Welfare and Nutritious Meals Programme Directorate. The tender entails to purchasing 100,000 gold coins of 22 carat weighing 4 grams each following the process of competitive bidding by gold manufacturers and dealers. These coins will be given to the poor beneficiaries, those eligible under five marriage assistance schemes of the government. Last date for submitting the tender and its opening is November 22, 2013. The bidder who is successful will have to provide the coins at the specified locations in 32 districts and he has to furnish a bank guarantee of Rs.50 lakh for every 10,000 coins he supplies. The quality of these coins will be checked by the designated assayer. The cost thus incurred for checking of the purity of the coins and its wastage will be borne by the government.
The Supreme Court has slapped a sum of Rs. 5.96 crore to be paid as compensation to Kunal Saha, a doctor by AMRI Hospital which is based in Kolkata. This was regarding the medical negligence by the hospital which led to the death of Saha’s wife Anuradha Saha in 1988.The Supreme Court judge Justice V. Gopala Gowda gave the order responding to the appeal by Saha. The appeal challenged the National Consumer Forum decision of awarding Rs. 1.72 crore of compensation. Before this the Supreme Court had also held some doctors for criminal liability. The hospital will also have to pay 6% interest to Saha. From the total compensation amount, Dr Sukumar Mukherjee and Dr Balram Prasad are supposed to pay Rs.10 lakh each and Dr Baidyanath Halder will have to pay Rs. 5 lakh to Kunal Saha within the time span of eight weeks. The remaining amount will be paid by the hospital.
Saina Nehwal and P.V. Sindhu reached the 2nd round of women’s singles at the French Open Super Series in Paris while Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa, who have joined again as a pair lost miserably not only the doubles match but also mixed doubles matches. Sindhu overpowered Ji Hyun Sung of Korea 21-8, 21-12 in less than 30 min at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. With this her encounters with Ji stands at 3-0. Ji being in superb form herself had last week defeated Saina to get to the final of the Denmark Open Super Series Premier. Saina Nehwal who is seeded fourth won against Nichaon Jindapon of Thailand in a grueling tussle which lasted for 52 minutes and she won the match 12-21, 21-16, 21-13 to reach a 2-0 lead in career meetings. Saina will next face Yeon Ju Bae with whom she has 5-3 lead but it was this South Korean Player who had defeated her at the World Championships in August.
Science and Technology
The EADS or the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company N.V. will be funding the research projects of Indian universities and institutes in aerospace. EADS which is based in Netherlands and is a global entity in aerospace will offer funds in research projects which concerns composite materials, avionics, nanotechnology, high-performance computing and applied mathematics. The agreement inked at the India-France Technology Summit in Delhi also mentions that "EADS post-doctoral fellowship" will be launched for young French scientists who will do research work in leading Indian universities and R&D institutes. The company stated that it is committed to promote aerospace research in India and with its vast resource pool and acclaimed institutes, it was an important innovation hub.
Manna Dey, the veteran playback singer succumbed today at a hospital in Bangalore after a long illness. He was 94 years of age and was getting treated at Narayana Hrudayalaya. He was suffering for 5 months and had respiratory problems. He had a cardiac arrest and breathed his last at 3:50 am. His body will be there at Ravindra Kalakshetra for the public. Manna Dey who got the Dadasaheb Phalke award, was born in 1919 and had spent fifty years of age at Mumbai and was there at Bangalore at present. He had rendered his voice for more than 3,500 songs in Hindi, Bengali language. His versatility was evident from the fact that he sang, romantic songs, classical songs, Qawaali to modern songs. There are number of his songs which have been popular like Ae Meri Zohra Jabeen, Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli, Laga Chunari Mein Daag, Poocho Na Kaise Maine.