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Major News and Events of 27 October 2013

What Happened on 27 October 2013


Bomb blast at Patna ahead of Narendra Modi's rally at the Gandhi Maidan

 

Today Narendra Modi is going to address a mega rally in Patna at the Gandhi Maidan and just few hours before the rally, a bomb exploded at Patna railway station. One person got injured in the same. Another bomb found in a toilet has been defused. Nobody has been arrested so far in connection with the bomb blast yet. Lakhs of party workers and supporters are expected to take part in Modi’s rally. To bring supporters to the rally, buses and trains have been organized. The BJP spokesperson Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi condemned the bomb blast and said that investigation must be carried out to find out who is behind it. This rally has been planned to be a big event by the BJP in a state.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar distanced himself from Modi after 2002 communal riots in Gujarat though their parties were old associates. Muslim communities in Bihar support Kumar and among thousands of people who got killed in the communal riots were Muslims. Partnership with BJP was ended in June this year by Kumar when BJP declared Modi as a head of their national campaign. Kumar then said that projecting him as the face of national campaign surely means that he is going to be the BJP’s face as a candidate for position of Prime Minister.

Central team to assess flood situation in Odisha

 

Cyclone Phailin and following floods have caused enough damaged in Odisha. Now a central team will visit Odisha tomorrow to assess present conditions. Joint Secretary of the Ministry of Home Affairs Rashmi Goel will lead the team comprised of the 12 inter-ministerial members. While their stay at the place, on-the-spot assessment will be made by the team. The team will be divided into two parts to complete the assessment task. They will visit the badly affected areas such as Ganjam, Puri, Balasore and Mayurbhanj. Cyclone Phailin damaged the properties and lives in most of the Odisha. The cyclone made landfill on October 12 night and since then climate is not favorable. Also floods in Andhra Pradesh are getting worse and more rain is expected in the coming 48 hours. Death toll has reached to 32. Due to flood 15,000 houses crumpled in about 4,000 villages. But the condition in Odisha is better than Andhra Pradesh. Death toll due to flood and rain reached to 17 where seven people died yesterday. The flood waters in Odisha is now receding. Condition in West Bengal is also poor where heavy rains flooded the streets and uprooted many trees.

Pune Warrior is out of IPL 2014

 

Due to non-payment of the bank guarantee of Rs 175 crore for IPL 2014, the Pune Warriors team is out of IPL 2014. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has taken this decision at a working committee meeting. In the franchise agreement, March 2013 was the due month for the bank guarantee but it was not paid. Sahara  had bought the Pune Warriors for a sum of Rs 1900 crore. The IPL governing council chairman Ranjib Biswal and Ravi Shastri, a member of the governing council took part in the meeting. With this decision, IPL 2014 will now have eight teams instead of nine. As per BCCI five reminders in written had been given to Sahara for the payment but Sahara did not make it. All legal implications had been looked into before taking the decision of terminating the contract. After Kochi Tuskers Kerala and Deccan Chargers, Pune Warriors is the third team to be ousted from the IPL. Problems with Sahara and the BCCI started when Sahara demanded that franchise fee should be reduced as the number of matches had also been reduced from 18 that was promised earlier. In addition to this issue, India’s tour to South Africa, board’s legal matters have also been discussed.

India to open Next Year's 2014 ICC World Twenty20 Championship against Pakistan

 

Next year’s World Twenty20 Championship inaugural match will be played between the Indian cricket team and Pakistan team. Twenty20 Championship is scheduled in Bangladesh from 16th March to 6th April. In this 22 day tournament, 60 tournament matches will be played, consisting of 35 men's and 25 women's matches, at Chittagong, Dhaka and Sylhet. The ICC also said that semi final as well as final of men and women matches will be played on the same day and date as in the past. With an increase in the number of team from 12 to 16, the format of men’s event has been changed in the next year’s tournament. Bangladesh and Zimbabwe will take part in the first round that will be held from 16-21 March.

The two groups of the men's Super 10 stage are:

Group 1 - Sri Lanka, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Group B Qualifier 1 (Q1B)

Group 2 - West Indies, India, Pakistan, Australia, Group A Qualifier 1 (Q1A)

The women's groups are:

Group A - Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, Ireland

Group B - England, West Indies, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh.

Gold price may touch all time high on this Dhanteras

 

In India 'Dhanteras' is considered to be an auspicious day for buying gold. It is expected that on 'Dhanteras' the gold may cross the Rs 33,000 level. High demand and tight supply are causing the price rise of this precious metal. It is also expected that demand for jewelry on 'Dhanteras' on November 1 will remain stable though there will be low sale of gold coins and bars by almost 50% as compared to last year. On August 28, the gold touched its all time high price i.e. Rs 34,500 per 10 grams in the New Delhi market. At present price of gold in Delhi is Rs 32,570 and in Mumbai it is Rs 31,700. In case the gap between demand and supply keeps on increasing then there will be further rise in the premium on gold from the present level of Rs 1,500-2,000 per ten grams. But because of weak global factors the year-on-year jump in domestic gold price on Dhanteras is less.

Galaxy Golden, another flip phone by Samsung

 

It looks that Samsung is ready for another big launch during this festive season. As per the report on AndroidOS.in website, Samsung is fully prepared for the launch of Galaxy Golden in India, a flip phone of the company. As per a news report, near about 1650 units of the phone have been imported in the country. These will soon be seen on the shelves of the retail stores. Chances are that in the coming week the phone will be officially announced. In South Korea, Galaxy Golden was launched in August this year. The phone has clamshell design and dual touchscreens and alphanumeric keypad. A dual-core 1.7 GHz processor, 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 1.9 MP front camera are few of the features of Galaxy Golden. The phone has Android 4.2 operating system and 1820mAH battery. As of yet there is no formal information regarding its price but it is expected that the Galaxy Golden will cost around Rs 45,000. A recent addition to the flip phones by Samsung is Galaxy W789 that has two 3.3-inch TFT touchscreens with 480x320p resolution. Launch of phone took place in China earlier this year. The phone has 5MP camera and 1,500mAh battery.