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Major News and Events of 01 December 2013

What Happened on 01 December 2013

Two persons killed in bomb blast before Modi's rally in Jammu

Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is going to address a rally in Jammu on Sunday, but ahead of his rally two people were killed in Jammu in bomb blast by cheating the security arrangements. Venue of the 'Lalkar Rally’ is M.A. Stadium, in the center of the city. Before two days of rally, all the unofficial movements in and around the rally venue were stopped by the security forces. Even the details about Modi’s security had been given by the Gujarat Police teams. On the basis of this, local police and paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) also performed a security drill at the stadium on Saturday. For extra security, more CRPF and security forces have been deployed in Jammu and Kashmir. Crowded and major roads are facing traffic restrictions. The army gave the required assistance to civil administration for fool-proof security. Army troops were seen checking the vehicles entering from Akhnoor, Nagrota and other outskirt areas. Modi will be accompanied by senior Bharatiya Janata Party leaders Rajnath Singh and Arun Jaitley for the rally and will reach at around 11:00 AM. Modi and senior leaders will fly back to Delhi on Sunday afternoon. Common man is facing hardship in movement due to traffic restrictions.

Sushilkumar Shinde on Tarun Tejpal

On responding to the sexual assault case against Editor of Tehelka, Tarun Tejpal Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that center cannot interfere in this case. Answering the question on delay in Tejpal’s arrest, he said that their government does not protect culprits and it is the case of a different state so center cannot interfere. He turned down to answer any question related to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. When asked if Modi should face trials for misusing state’s machinery he said that decision will be taken on the basis of inquiry. On rationalist Narendra Dabholkar murder case he said that probe is going on and police had got some clues about the culprits. Shinde was in Mumbai for the construction of memorial of late Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray. He said that Thackeray was more than a leader.

Domestic segment of Mahindra and Mahindra facing decline in profit

Mahindra and Mahindra sold 39,255 units in November and there is 18% decline in the sale as compared to last year when this leading sports utility vehicle (SUV) maker of India had sold 48,143 units. The market after October remained slow. Though some steps to revive it had been taken but there is no improvement in the same. According to the company, no turnaround could be seen in the immediate future unless some concrete measures were taken to revive the industry. M&M has 116% rise in its exports in November. It sold 2,994 units as compared to 1,388 units a year ago. But this did not solve the problem of the company as domestic segment declined considerably. Praveen Shah, chief executive of the automotive division at M&M said that depreciating rupee and increased input cost are one of the major factors leading to the same. Total sales of passenger vehicles stood at 16,771 units that was 24,604 last year so there is a fall in it by 32%. Even there is a decline in the sale of four-wheel commercial vehicles by 8% from 14,353 units a year ago to 13,186 units this year. Sale of three-wheelers also dropped by 15%.

Diesel price raised by 50 paise per litre

Diesel price has been raised by 50 paise a litre by State-run fuel retailers on Saturday and the hiked price would come into effect from the intervening midnight of Saturday and Sunday. The price excludes state taxes and there is no change in the price of petrol. Government in January, had allowed the fuel retailers to revise the pump price every month to make the price according to the market rate. This is the 11th increase after this change. In Delhi the new price will be Rs 53.67 per litre whereas in Mumbai it will be Rs 60.70 a litre against 60.08 at present. Petrol price is unchanged irrespective of international rate of fuel and the exchange rate of rupee against the dollar. These factors were pointing towards the petrol price hike by 25-30 paise a litre. On the basis of oil prices and currency exchange rate, petrol price is revised by the firms twice in a month i.e. on 1st and 16th. Earlier the petrol price was cut by Rs 1.15 a litre on November 1. Fuel retailers are also losing Rs 36.20 per litre on the sale of kerosene through ration shops. The condition is same on subsidized cooking gas cylinder where they are losing Rs 542.50 per cylinder. It is expected that Indian Oil Corporation will gain under-recovery of approximately Rs 72,000 crore on sale of diesel, kerosene and cooking gas in 2013-14.  

ICC rating is out and India is at second position

In the latest list of ICC Test rankings, Indian cricket team is still at number two with 119 points and R Ashwin is at the top in all-rounders' chart. South Africa is at number one. The teams are prepared to play match against each other in a two-Test and three ODI series going to start on December 5 in South Africa. As per the list Cheteshwar Pujara is the best Indian batsman at sixth position and after him is Virat Kohli at 20th position. In the list of bowlers R Ashwin is at number five and Pragyan Ojha at number nine. ICC also said that New Zealand and the West Indies will try to improve their rating by playing a three-Test series from December 3 in Dunedin. West Indies is at sixth position with 95 rating points. New Zealand is at eighth position with 75 rating points. 2-0 win of New Zealand will provide the team 82 ranking points while 3-0 win will give New Zealand 83 rating points. With this West Indies will move down to seventh place. West Indies final position in the chart will remain same even its 1-0 or 2-1 win in the series or in case there is a draw 0-0 or 1-1. For West Indies the series is a way to reduce gap with Australia which is ranked at fifth position. But for this they have to win the series by either a 2-0 or 3-0 margin.

MOM is out of Earth's atmosphere

India’s spacecraft to Mars is now out of Earth’s orbit and heading towards Mars. Today by getting the required velocity it left the Earth’s atmosphere. It will cover the distance of 680m km (422m miles), and reach Mars on 24th September 2014. The Mars Mission by India known as the Mars Orbiter Mission (MOM) is designed to prove India’s technological ability to reach Mars orbit. Apart from this the experiment will also look for methane gas in the atmosphere of Mars. Tweet by MOM says - "Earth orbiting phase of the #Mangalyaan ended and now is on a course to encounter Mars after a journey of about 10 months around the Sun." K Radhakrishnan, the head of the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) also confirmed the same. With the series of engine burns, the craft’s orbit around the Earth raised successfully. Every plan was going well except for the fourth manoeuver in which a problem with the liquid fuel thruster arose. But now everything is working according to the plan of Isro.

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