Major News and Events of 31 May 2013
What Happened on 31 May 2013
No difference with the Congress President: PM
Telecommunications to be brought in Naxal-affected areas
Tendulkar shocked with the IPL scandal
Ranbir to be a detective in Anurag Basu's next
Fakingnews.com acquired Firstpost.com
Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde stated that there was no intelligence failure in the recent Maoist attack in Chattisgarh. He further added that the two investigations, one by the judicial commission and another by the home ministry itself, was being done and reports were awaited for the same then only any conclusive statement can be made.
It is alleged that there were intelligence inputs about Naxal attack in Darbha Ghati but the Home Minister stated that these inputs have to be authenticated before any action can be taken on them. He also specified that at one end there were talks of development steps being taken in the Maoist infested area but when such incidents happen then one has to think over the initiation of projects which are in the pipeline.
Prime Minister has clarified that there are no differences between him and the Congress President Sonia Gandhi and that they discussed on a number of issues and then came to a decision. He was responding to the query regarding the resignation of the railway and the law minister.
He also provided inputs regarding allies which Congress may be looking in the next elections. He specified that there was no concept of permanent allies or enemies in politics.
The PM regretted the fact that the opposition was being impatient and obstructing the legislative process thus withholding the passage of bills. He also said that nothing has been fixed regarding his visit to Pakistan even though an invite has been received from there. The PM stated about all this on board his special aircraft.
The Department of Telecommunications has given its nod to the setting up of mobile towers in the Naxal affected areas, but the final approval will be given by the cabinet this was informed by Kapil Sibal the Communication Minister. This is aimed at providing better security and offering enhanced connectivity in these regions. Sibal inaugurated the 'e-Gov Appstore' which has applications, web services and components which can be used by the government agencies and department both at the state and the union level. 2199 sites in Maoist infested areas are in the need for connectivity. Steps are being taken to set up mobile services in six Naxal-affected states which cover 80 districts.
Sachin Tendulkar said he was shocked and very much disappointed with the spot fixing scandal in the IPL and the situation which prevailed in the Indian cricket at present. He stated a cricketer was supposed to play his game in the right spirit and make the country proud. It has to be seen how the issue can be solved at the root level as every cricketer right from those who played in the maidans to the club, state and national levels were looking forward to this issue getting sorted as soon as possible. Sachin also stated that the faith of the millions of people in cricket should be respected. He also admitted this was one of the difficult times for Indian cricket.
Ranbir Kapoor will be seen as a detective in Anurag Basu’s next movie Jagga Jasoos. Basu has also written the script for the movie.
In fact, Ranbir would be doing two more movies with Basu in which one is a biopic on Kishore Kumar shooting for which is on hold for some time. Ranbir has shown his acting skills in a very limited span, and he said he was thankful to his grandfather for whatever he has achieved till now.
Science and Technology
Firstpost.com has acquired Fakingnews.com for an amount which has not been disclosed. Firstpost is the digital wing of the News 18 network and Fakingnews is a news satire site.
The Fakingnews founder Rahul Roushan, said that the satire in his site needed a reference point of news while Firstpost’s Durga Raghunath said they believed those who liked news also would love satire.
It was also stated that the difference between news and satire will be maintained.