Major News and Events of 26 August 2013
What Happened on 26 August 2013
Tensions in Silchar, Assam
Gold prices dip, silver prices rise
Madras Café earns Rs 20 crore in three days
Jwala Gutta angry with the crowd behaviour, won't complain
New vaccine for typhoid unveiled
The Supreme Court rejected the plea which sought contempt of court proceedings against the Uttar Pradesh government for the suspension of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal. Durga Shakti was suspended when she ordered demolition of a wall of a mosque in Gautam Budh Nagar. This has led to widespread protest. The state government stated her action may have led to communal disturbances though media reports stated that the fact that Durga Shakti took the sand mafia head on so she was punished in this way. Replying to the PIL that this action of the state government was contempt of court the apex court bench asked how this was contempt of court and also specified that it would have been so if the state government would have directed not to remove illegal structures from public areas.
Tension prevails in Silchar in Assam where violence broke out injuring 50 people including 20 policemen, late on Sunday night. This incident happened at Rangpur town regarding a local matter. After that as many as 2,500 people gathered on the street and blocked the traffic, and even attempted to put some vehicles on fire. When the police arrived matters have turned for the worse. A clash happened between the police and the mob and the Superintendent of Police Diganta Bora was also injured. The police had to do lathicharge to disperse the mob. Police has detained 20 people and the situation is under close surveillance. CRPF troops are also patrolling the streets and the Army has been called on the standby.
Gold prices dipped by Rs 200 to Rs 31,500 per ten grams in Delhi as there was low demand coupled with weak market in Asian region. Silver prices increased by Rs 470 to Rs 54,000 per kg as industrial offtake rose. Gold in Singapore, known to usually fix the price trend here slumped to $ 1,394 an ounce that is a dip of 0.27 per cent. Also since the equity market got stable the investor transferred their funds to bullion for a speedy profit, which led to reduction in the demand for gold. In Delhi. gold of 99.9% purity dipped by Rs 200 to Rs 31,500 and 99.5% purity by Rs 200 to Rs 31,300 per ten grams. There was a gain of Rs 280 in Saturday’s trade. Silver prices increased by Rs 470 to Rs 54,000 per kg and by Rs 150 to Rs 53,750 per kg for weekly based delivery. The same trend was not visible in case of silver coins and there was a decline of Rs 1,000 to Rs 89,000 for buying and Rs 90,000 for sale of 100 pieces.
Shoojit Sircar’s "Madras Cafe", which got entangled in controversy when Tamil activists stated it presented the LTTE cadres in the negative light and stopped its release in Tamil Nadu has collected Rs. 20 crore in three days and has also been termed an intelligent film. The movie hit theaters on Aug 23 on 1,200 screens. The movie has grossed approximately Rs 20.42-20.67 crore net. On Friday, it collected Rs. 5.17 crore, Saturday the earnings was Rs. 7 crore and on Sunday it grossed Rs. 8.25 crore to Rs. 8.50 crore as stated by trade analyst Taran Adarsh. John Abraham is the co-producer along with Viacom 18 Motion Pictures. John also plays the lead in the movie which also has Nargis Fakhri and Raashi Khanna. The movie was made at the budget of Rs. 10 crore.
Jwala Gutta of Krrish Delhi Smashers was very angry after she had to face indecent comments from the fans at the Sree Kanteerava Indoor Stadium where she was playing a tie with Banga Beats in the IBL at Bangalore. Jwala along with V. Diju, defeated the hosts in the mixed doubles 4-1 but she had to face inappropriate remarks from the crowd who continued taunting her as the match ensued. Jwala even had heated discussions with some of the officials. Jwala has said she will not take the matter with the IBL officials but pressed the need for educating the boys so that they respected woman.
Science and Technology
A new vaccine for typhoid was launched by Bharat Biotech, which specializes in vaccines. This vaccine can be given to babies who are less than two years of age and even to adults. The vaccine Typbar-TCV is believed to be the first typhoid conjugate vaccine in the world which has been clinically proven. It can offer protection to adults too along with children six months old and above for a long time. The fourth generation vaccine is projected to offer the long term protection which is missing in case of the vaccines for typhoid available now and also children below two years of age cannot be administered this vaccine. The company’s Hyderabad unit can manufacture million doses annually and there are future plans to increase it to 50 million doses. The vaccine will come at higher cost than the present cost of typhoid vaccine at Rs 180.