Major News and Events of 26 July 2013
What Happened on 26 July 2013
Rs 5 enough for a meal in Delhi and Rs 12 in Mumbai: Says Congress
5 children ostracized for their parents having AIDS, forced to stay at graveyard
Now PF claims can be settled online
"Satyagraha" should entertain viewers: Prakash Jha
India's advanced weather satellite INSAT 3D launched
India got a 2-0 lead in the five match series when they won the 2nd ODI against Zimbabwe by 58 runs. India made 294 runs for the loss of 8 wickets with a 167 runs partnership between Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik. Dhawan was adjudged man of the match for his 116 runs while Karthik made 69 runs. The mid-innings collapse snatched the match from Zimbabwe when they could make only 236 runs for the loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs.
The irony in our country is that where at one hand people live below poverty line and do not get two square meals a day on the other hand out comes the remarks by the Congress leaders who say Rs 5 and Rs 12 are enough to have a meal at Delhi and Mumbai respectively. On one hand Rasheed Masood stated that at Rs 5 one can have full meal at Jama Masjid area on the other hand Raj Babbar stated one would get thali with rice, daal/sambhar and vegetables in Mumbai for Rs 12. There has been huge criticism on this by the opposition who has stated that the effort is to lower down the benchmark for poverty and in the process take out many from below poverty line slab. Congress has distanced itself from the leaders’ remarks and subsequently Raj Babbar apologized for hurting in anyway the sentiments of the people.
As if this was not enough now comes the statement of Farooq Abdullah where he opines one can have a meal at Re 1 too. It depends on the affordability of the common man and how he manages things.Incidentally as per the estimates of the Planning Commission the national poverty line for a village is Rs 816 per capita per month and for cities, Rs 1,000 per capita per month for 2011-12.That means if a person spends more than Rs.27.20 daily in rural areas and Rs. 33.33 in the cities will not fall into the category of poor. We have ministers already trying to state that much is available in Re 1 to Rs 12. Will the definition of poverty change?
AIDS is a challenge for humanity but it seems the bigger challenge is our attitude towards it. In Pratapgarh's Jamua village, A couple died of AIDS, first the husband and two years later his wife. After this their five children were secluded by their relatives and villagers as they feared they may spread AIDS. Finally, they had to resort to staying in the graveyard as they had no other place left but still the villagers were not satisfied. They feared the children will now even contaminate the graves so the children had to shift to the grave of their parents. When this story was carried in media the UP Chief Minister, Akhilesh Yadav pitched in and arrangements were made to shift them to government guest house as of now. The CM has said they will be given shelter and Rs 1 lakh would be deposited in each of these children’s bank accounts and they would also be provided with BPL card and facilities under Lohia Awas Yojna.
Employees’ Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO) will now offer facility to its subscribers to settle the provident fund claims online, from August 2013. This is aimed to help the 1.3 million applicants looking for settlements of PF claims. It is expected that of the 1.3 million transfer claims submitted in this year, as much as 1.0 million cases will be resolved online. The main target groups are those working in the IT industry as they hop from one job to another frequently and also the fact that they are tech savvy. To avail this service, online digital signatures will be required. The revised PF transfer forms have already been introduced for this purpose.
Filmmaker Prakash Jha has stated he did not aim to bring change in the society with his movie "Satyagraha", but if his movie can inspire people then he would consider this as a bonus. He said he wanted to provide entertainment to the people, give them satisfaction after watching the movie and provide them value for their time and money. The filmmaker said this when the song "Raghupati Raghav" was launched. Jha had earlier also stated that the movie is not in any way inspired from Anna Hazare's movement. Amitabh Bachchan along with Ajay Devgn, Kareena Kapoor and Arjun Rampal will be seen in the movie which hits theaters on Aug 30.
Science and Technology
INSAT 3D, the sophisticated weather satellite was launched on Friday from the spaceport of Kourou in French Guiana by Arianespace's Ariane-5 rocket at 1:24 a.m. The weather satellite was positioned in the Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (GTO) after a flight of about half an hour at an altitude of 36,000 km above the earth. Now the two tonne satellite is in orbit around earth closest (perigee) at 249.9 km and farthest (apogee) at 35,880 km. The satellite's observational instruments will be operative in the 2nd week of August.