Major News and Events of 27 January 2013
What Happened on 27 January 2013
Government defers Telangana decision; BJP, TRS term it a betrayal
Indian economy to grow at 5.5 percent in 2012-13: Ansari
England post consolation win
'Vishwaroopam' ban can mean Rs.30 crore loss: Experts
Micromax launches Smarty 4.3 A65 in India
In a major development which adds more boost to its military potential, India on Sunday successfully tested a medium-range ballistic missile launched from underwater. In the Bay of Bengal off the coast of Visakhapatnam, The Defence Research and Development Organisation-developed BO5 was launched from an underwater pontoon. It was tested for the full range and met all the mission objectives. The parameters were checked by radar and the trajectory and terminal events took place as it was analyzed.
The Telengana issue has emerged again on Sunday when the central government deferred the decision on a separate state prior to its own Jan 28 deadline. The government stated that consultations were going on and more time was needed. Pro-Telangana groups termed this as a betrayal.The announcement was however welcomed by proponents of an united Andhra Pradesh.At an all-party meeting on Dec 28, Shinde said that the government will decide on the issue within a month. The BJP blamed the Congress of "betrayal"and stated this was "playing with the sentiments" of the people of Telangana.
India's economic growth may decline to 5.5 percent in the financial year ending on March 31, a sharp plunge from an average nearly eight percent growth registered in the last 10 years as per Vice President Hamid Ansari. While addressing the partnership summit organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) at Agra he stated that the global economic situation has adversely affected India's economic growth in the past few years. Ansari stated,"Even though we could not maintain the robust pace of 7.8 percent average annual GDP growth of the decade from 2002-03 to 2011-12, we did record GDP growth of 5.3 percent in the July-September quarter of 2012-13 and are expecting to end the current fiscal year at 5.5 to 5.6 percent." India's gross domestic product (GDP) growth has dipped to an average of 5.4 percent in the first half of the current financial year, a sharp dip from the 6.5 percent growth recorded in 2011-12. Ansari further added that the recent economic reform measures introduced by the government would help revive economic growth.
Ian Bell's unbeaten 113 helped England post a seven-wicket win over India in their fifth and final One-Day International played at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium at Dharmashala. This was the consolation win for them and they made India's score of 226 all out without much difficulty and with 16 balls to spare. The Indian batsmen were in trouble from the beginning and they lost half of the batsmen by the 22nd over with the score on 79. Gautam Gambhir (24) Rohit Sharma (4), Virat Kohli (0) and Yuvraj Singh (0) all failed with the bat. Suresh Raina was the lone person who shined with the bat and made 83 off 98 balls and he was well supported by Ravindra Jadeja (39). Bhuvneshwar Kumar made 31. England's innings was also shaky. Indian umpire Sudhir Asnani made a bad decision once again and made a case for the Decision Review System (DRS). Ishant Sharma in his first over got the English captain caught behind but Asnani could neither see nor hear the edge thus leaving the bowler and fielders dumbfounded.
Science and Technology
Micromax has launched the Smarty 4.3 A65 in India after the Smarty 5.4, the Smarty 3.5 and Smarty 2.0. The device is available on Flipkart for Rs 4,999. It runs on Android Gingerbread and the features include 1GHz single-core processor, a memory capacity of 512MB RAM, 190MB user memory, and 4GB ROM.The phone comes with a 2-megapixel back camera with flash, and a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chatting. The 1,350mAh battery offers 5 hours of talktime, and 200 hours of standby time.
With the delay in the screening of Kamal Haasan's Rs.95 crore film "Vishwaroopam" after a ban from some groups which has said it is anti-Muslim, there will be a loss of Rs.30 crore as per industry experts. In fact if the movie gets more delayed then the loss may even cross more than Rs.30 crore. The international espionage drama, directed and produced by Kamal has been banned in Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, distributors and theater owners are concerned how to recover the cost.