Major News and Events of 25 November 2013
What Happened on 25 November 2013
Madhya Pradesh saw good response in voting
82% voters' turnout in Mizoram
Sensex closes at 388 points up
Zaheer in, Gambhir out for the Indian squad against South Africa
No food for the contestants of Bigg Boss for 24 hours
Rajesh and Nupur Talwar, the dentist couple were convicted of the murder of Aarushi, their daughter as well as the domestic help Hemraj. This case has been in the limelight since five years. The Special CBI judge Shyam Lal gave the verdict at 3.25 p.m. and stated that the punishment will be specified on Tuesday. The couple broke down after hearing the statement but conveyed through their lawyers that they would struggle for justice. They are charged under sections 302 (murder), 34 (acts done by several persons in futherance of common intention) and 201 (destruction of evidence) of the IPC. Rajesh Talwar also has the charges under section 203 (misleading the probe). After this the police took them to the Ghaziabad’s Dasna Jail. Aarushi was discovered dead at her residence in Noida on May 16, 2008 and the next day the domestic help’s body was also discovered.
Madhya Pradesh saw good response from people in voting where polling started at 8 am in 230 seat assembly. In three constituencies at Balaghat polling began 1 hour prior to that as this region is Maoist infested. As many as 4.66 crore had voted till 12 pm. The electorate will be deciding the fate of 2586 candidates and the main tussle is between BJP ruling there for 10 years and the Congress. The voters this time had the option of opting for NOTA that is “None of the above”. Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, stood from Budhni constituency from where he always participates and also from Vidisha. The BJP overthrew the Congress government in 2003. In 2008, it won again by capturing 143 seats compared to Congress’ 71 seats. Results will be declared on December 8 along with the polling results of Rajasthan, Delhi and Chhattisgarh elections.
Polling in Mizoram was peaceful with 82% voters’ turnout of a total of 690,860 voters. In December 2008 the percentage was 80.02 % and 78.77% men and 81.24% women had cast their votes that time.People stood in queue even before 7 a.m. the time fixed for polling. This poll will decide the standings of 142 candidates which includes 6 women and several independents. Counting will be done on December 9. People lined up even after the time of casting vote was over at 4pm. Among the 40 assembly seats, 39 are earmarked for tribals and one is for the general category. Mizoram has the distinction of being the only state in India where women voters are 350,333 in comparison to 340,527 men voters that is 9806 more than the male voters. There were in all 1,126 polling stations set up in the state. For the first time in India the Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) was used. This is used for confirming that voter’s vote has been cast as he desired. It was used in 10 out of the 40 assembly seats.
Sensex closed at 388 points or 1.92% higher when there was a dip in the prices of crude oil due to the important nuclear deal between leading entities in the world and Iran during the weekend. The main sectors which spurred the rise were bankex, FMCG, PSUs, oil and gas as well as auto sectors. BSE started at 20,326.66 points and ended at 20,605.08 points, that is 387.69 points or 1.92% more than Friday’s close at 20,217.39 points. In the intra-day trade Sensex reached a high of 20,626.15 points and a low of 20,326.66 points.The capital goods index was up by 346.48 points, bankex increased by 443.10 points, PSU index got a gain of 126.86 points, FMCG index rose by 133.89 points, auto index soared by 242.95 points and oil and gas index got a gain of 145.36 points; while IT index dipped slightly by 3.80 points. National Stock Exchange ended at 119.90 points or 2% up at 6,115.35 points.
The Indian squad for the Test and the ODI against South Africa which starts from December 15 was announced. Zaheer Khan will be returning to the team after a span of a year. The 35 year old had fitness issues and did not feature even in the list of contracted players by the BCCI. He has been called when he grabbed 13 wickets in three matched in the Ranji Trophy matches. He had the bowling statistics of 19.84. Gautam Gambhir has been left behind though he had an average of more than 74 in the Ranji Trophy matches. The BCCI Secretary Sanjay Patel stated that Gambhir’s name was discussed and Indian skipper Dhoni’s opinion was also sought. Ambati Rayudu the experienced player from Baroda finds his place in the squad both for the Test and ODI. Virender Sehwag and Harbhajan Singh are there in the reserve. Interestingly Ishant Sharma, who is fighting for his form, has been selected for both the squads.
The popular reality show on television, Bigg Boss inmates will have to stay without food for 24 hours as they have flouted the rules of the house. They have been repeatedly warned by Bigg Boss not to talk in English but still they continued doing so. The ones who were defaulters on a regular basis were Gauahar, Kushal, Armaan and Tanisha. They conversed in English. Some were found to even talking about the nominations which were totally against the rules of the reality show. Whatever may be the reason, it is evident this measure is going to increase the TRP as viewership will increase considering the fact this unusual situation has been created.