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Major News and Events of 31 July 2013

What Happened on 31 July 2013


Mayawati demands division of Uttar Pradesh into 4 states

As Telengana has got the green signal to be a state it was evident that the demands for formation of other states will pick up momentum. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has put forth its demand for splitting Uttar Pradesh in four distinct states: Bundelkhand, Purvanchal, Awadh Pradesh and Harit Pradesh. Mayawati has stated that her party had always supported smaller states. She further added that a proposal regarding this subject was passed in the Assembly in November 23, 2011 by her government but is still pending with the Central Government. Mayawati said that the formation of smaller states will lead to better governance and management and she hopes that the Central Government relooks in to the proposal. Besides this, formation of Vidarbha out of Maharashtra and Gorkhaland from West Bengal are also in demand.

Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya gets CISF for security

The Mahabodhi temple in Bodh Gaya, where multiple blasts occurred on July 7, will now get protection from the Central Industrial Reserve Force (CISF). In India, this will be the first case where a paramilitary force will be guarding a place of worship. The Centre accepted the state government’s request for CISF protection in Bodh Gaya, which is one of the holiest Buddhist sites in India. All the costs will be borne by the state government. Earlier the state police offered security in the temple complex and there was a private agency also assisting the police. There was no guard the night before the incident happened. The Chief Minister of Bihar, Nitish Kumar had said that the mistakes have been pinpointed and requisite corrective measures have been taken. He also added that the temple complex has a special status and thus adequate security measures were needed.

Return can be filed till August 5

This will be the music to ears of the tax payers as the last day of filing returns has been extended to August 5 instead of July 31. The finance ministry in a release stated that this was done for the convenience of the taxpayers. The government had to extend the deadline as there was heavy traffic on the site in the past few days and technical snag obstructed the users in getting access to the e-filing portal. It was said that this was because of bandwidth constraints of the local internet service providers. There was an increase of 46.8 percent of e-filers this year that is 92.03 lakh filed their return online.

Salman Khan to be the highest paid TV star

Salman Khan is all set to become the highest paid TV personality where he will be paid Rs 5 crore per episode for the 7th season of Bigg Boss. That means he will get double of what he got last year that is Rs. 2.5 crore per episode. Bigg Boss will be aired in the middle of September and has Salman essaying a double role of an angel and devil. As per sources he will be earning Rs 130 crore for this show. Salman will be shooting twice a week for Bigg Boss. The show starts in September as Salman wanted the same to be done earlier than the usual time in October as he may be engaged in the legal case. Earlier Aamir Khan was paid Rs 3 crore per episode (Satyamev Jayate) and Amitabh Bachchan (Kaun Banega Crorepati) Rs 2.5 crore.

Somdev Devvarman wins against World No. 25 Alexandr Dolgopolov

Indian tennis player Somdev Devvarman created a huge wave at the ATP 500 Citi Open when he posted a win against Alexandr Dolgopolov, the defending champion of Ukraine in a match 6-3, 7-6 (7/4). Devverman who had grabbed gold at the CWG defeated 9th seeded and world number 25 player to forge ahead to the pre-quarters. He will meet the player who wins the match to be played between John Isner and Alex Kuznetsov on Thursday. Devvarman served nine aces in the match whereas Dolgopolov served only 5 and also made eight double faults. On the other hand, Somdev who is 129 in world ATP rankings, committed only one double fault, and also won 25 first serve points. Devvarman seems to have got in the fitness groove after an extended time of fighting with injuries.

Google India unveils 'Start Searching India' campaign

Google India has unveiled 'Start Searching India' campaign in Bhopal which will enable the internet users to extract more from the web with its search functionality. This will save time as it will show users how to get precise answers to their common questions. Google identifies the fact that internet is now for everyone as stated by Sandeep Menon, Google India Director (Marketing). The top search trends state that e-governance has got its presence strong in Madhya Pradesh with related sites coming in the top five web searches.