Major News and Events of 30 August 2013
What Happened on 30 August 2013
BJP submits memorandum for early elections to the President
Satyagraha fails to impress?
Chawla did what Sachin couldn't
Economy will have 5.5% growth, no 1991 like crisis: PM
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National Investigation Agency (NIA) was given the custody of Yasin Bhatkal, the Indian Mujahideen co-founder who was nabbed at the India Nepal border on Thursday, by a court for 12 days. I.S. Mehta the NIA special judge also sent Asadulla Akhtar aka Haddi who was arrested along with Bhatkal to a similar 12 days custody with NIA. These two operatives of IM were brought from Bihar on transit remand. Bhatkal features on the top in the Delhi Police’s 15 most wanted terrorist list for carrying out a series of bomb blasts in the country. Bhatkal was produced at Patiala House Court in New Delhi.
The Bharatiya Janata Party has asked for early parliamentary elections which were needed to put an end to an uncertain situation in the country. L.K. Advani, the senior BJP leader stated this request was placed with the President Pranab Mukherjee. Advani also stated that the Lok Sabha election which was scheduled for 2014 should be held in 2013. A memorandum to this effect was submitted to the President. He also added that the decline of rupee was the clear indicator of grave issue plaguing the Indian economy. He also expressed surprise with the fact that the current Finance Minister had blamed the earlier one for economic issues whereas, the previous Finance Minister cannot furnish a reply to this.
The movie with a social message which was also intended to entertain viewers as stated by its director, Satyagraha seems to have failed to strike a chord with the viewers. That is what the first impression arises from media reports. It is being said that Prakash Jha blending of current topics along with his movie is somewhere lost in the mix. There are similarities being drawn from the social figures like Anna Hazare, Arvind Kejriwal and the like but whatever may have been the comparisons or feel real approach the basic aspect that is appealing to the viewers is missing. What remains to be seen is whether the media reports work here for the movie or word of mouth by people who watch it.
Sachin Tendulkar would have liked to have this record of scoring a century at the Mecca of Cricket, Lord's. Piyush Chawla has achieved just that. He scored a first-class ton in the County Championship at the ground worshipped by many cricketers. Chawla who is a left-handed batsman playing for Somerset County Cricket Club, made 112 against Middlesex on the 2nd day of the four-day game of Division One County Championship. Chawla who came at number nine, made 112 runs in 170 balls smashing 12 fours and two sixes in his innings. This pushed Somerset score to 449 all out in 136 overs in the first innings. Middlesex on the other hand, were all out for 106. Chawla played well with the ball too and grabbed three wickets for only eight runs in 4.5 overs.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in his statement on Friday said that the country was not moving towards a crisis situation like in 1991. In that year India had to give the assurance of gold for import bill payment. The PM also said that there will be 5.5% growth in the economy. He stated that the foreign exchange reserve was there to the tune of $280 billion which is adequate for financing imports for around seven months. The country’s GDP plummeted to lowest in decade that of 5%. The experts believe it is difficult for the economy to recover in this financial year.
The PM said that the good monsoons will have positive effect on growth which is expected to be flat in the first quarter of 2013-14. Also the measures taken by the government like liberalization of norms of FDI, tax issues resolution, as well as reforms related to fuel subsidy will take time to reflect but would initiate higher growth especially, in manufacturing.
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