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Major News and Events of 30 July 2013

What Happened on 30 July 2013


Telengana to be the 29th state of India

A demand of five decades finally met. UPA takes the decision to carve out a separate state of Telangana from Andhra Pradesh which also becomes the first linguistic state to be bifurcated. Andhra Pradesh was formed on November 1, 1956 when Telangana at that time known as Hyderabad was merged with Andhra state. What is also to be noted here is that Andhra Pradesh was the first linguistic state to be formed out of Madras State in 1953. Being India's 5th most populous state with 84.6 million people it was 4th in area. Telanagan will have a population 35.38 million and 1.14 lakh square km of area and will have 10 districts that include Hyderabad which is to remain the capital of both the states for 10 years.

The UPA coordination committee has given its approval on the carving out a separate state of Telangana by dividing Andhra Pradesh. The decision came in favor of Telangana when the leaders of parties like Congress, NCP, Rashtriya Lok Dal and National Conference attended a meet at the prime minister's official residence. Earlier the Congress President met the Prime Minister to discuss on this. This meeting was followed by CWC meeting where the final decision was taken.

The 29th state of India was formed as a culmination of 'Jai Telangana' movement which started in 1969, in which more than 300 people, mainly students, lost their life in police firing.

Life sentence for Batla House Encounter Convict

The Delhi court assigned life term to Shahzad Ahmad, who is the only convict in the Batla House Encounter. The 24 year old suspected operative for Indian Mujahideen who hails from Azamgarh in Uttar Pradesh was convicted for killing Inspector M.C. Sharma of Delhi Police Special Cell and was also imposed a fine of Rs. 95,000. The court opined that there cannot be graver attack on the rule of law when a police officer is attacked on duty. Though it was not considered as rarest of rare case and so death penalty was not accorded. Of the fine imposed, Rs 40,000 will be given to the family of the inspector and Rs 20,000 to the Head constable Balwant Singh, who got injured in the encounter.

Key policies' rates untouched by RBI

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) did not do anything with the rates of key policies to offer support to the seriously affected rupee. The Central Bank also stated that it will roll back the measures to curb liquidity when the currency markets are stable again. The RBI slashed the growth forecast for the current fiscal to 5.5% from the previous projected figure at 5.7% as domestic and global instability was affecting the Indian economy. The repo or the repurchase rate has been left static at 7.25% and the reverse repo rate has been also left unchanged at 6.25%. The CRR or the cash reserve ratio that is the percentage of deposits banks need to have with the central bank, has been left untouched at 4%.

BCCI Panel termed illegal by Bombay High Court

The Bombay High Court has declared the BCCI panel which was investigating the IPL-6 spot-fixing scam as illegal. The appointment of the panel members which included the retired Tamil Nadu High Court judges was also questioned by the court. The panel had given clean chit to Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings in spot-fixing charges, and had also freed Gurunath Meiyappan and Raj Kundra from the charges to whom earlier BCCI has given suspension orders. The high court has stated that the issue has to be looked into again as there were anomalies in evidences compiled by the probe panel. The fact that BCCI carried out an investigation and created a committee for the same was also questioned by the high court. The panel had blamed Mumbai police of non-cooperation in the investigation which was rejected by the police. Mumbai police also put forward the question about the process of deposing before a private panel as it can only do so before the court of law.

Ranbir's holiday pictures with Katrina not liked by his parents

Ranbir Kapoor’s recent pictures with Katrina Kaif holidaying in Spain has not only created stir all over Bollywood but has also in Kapoor house. Reportedly, Rishi and Neetu Kapoor are not at all happy with the camera snooping into their private lives. Neetu Kapoor is also angry with the fact that this is going to affect her son’s career whereas Rishi Kapoor has clearly stated he is not interested in commenting on this topic as he did not subscribe to this nonsense. What is interesting enough is that Katrina is quite happy with the splash of pictures as this clears any doubts about their relationship and incidentally puts Deepika out of radar.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra up for pre-orders

Sony Xperia Z Ultra has landed virtually and is available online for pre-orders. The device is priced at Rs 44,990. The e-commerce portals are providing offers like free shipping of 5 to 6 days, cashback and so on. Sony intends to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy series with this smartphone. The features of this phone are:

  • 6.4" Screen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution
  • 2 GB RAM
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 8 megapixel primary camera
  • 2 megapixel secondary camera
  • 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 16 GB internal storage which is expandable
  • Dust and water resistant