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Major News and Events of 01 July 2013

What Happened on 01 July 2013

Uttarakhand rescue operation's last day today

Uttarakhand rescue operation was in its last leg today with the army personnel doing their best to bring back 900 people from Badrinath to Joshimath from where they would move by foot.

But the weather was playing truant and only 36 bodies could be cremated in Kedarnath. Teams of doctors and experts have been flown in for extrication of bodies from the debris and preservation of DNA samples. Those bodies whose DNA samples are not received have been preserved.

The exact count of casualties is still unknown. 3000 persons remain missing. Hundreds of villages remain cut off by roads.

Rains now trouble UP, 570 villages flooded

Incessant rains in Uttar Pradesh have resulted in floods in more than 570 villages. The rainfall received is up to the amount 25 to 30 mm in a day and rivers are overflowing leading to villages being flooded.

More rains are predicted as low pressure has been formed over eastern UP. In these areas, provincial armed constabulary (PAC), NDRF and state police teams have been deployed to evacuate people to safer regions. Rivers are flowing above the danger mark in eastern UP villages like Ghagra, Sharda and Boodhi Rapti. A bridge situated on the Siddharthanagar-Basti national highway has been destroyed by the Jamuar Nala.

There is high alert in 12 districts of the state. June has been announced as the wettest month of the decade.

Trading in Mahindra Satyam scrips to end from July 4

Mahindra Satyam which was earlier Satyam Computer Services Ltd will be history soon in the database of BSE and NSE.

Trading in the company’s scrip will most probably end from July 4 and last day of trading is July 3. From July 4, 2:17 swap ratio will be effective. In this Mahindra Satyam’s shareholders will receive two shares of Tech Mahindra at Rs 10 each for 17 shares held by them.

Satyam Computer had a merger with Tech Mahindra last month and thus country’s fifth largest software services company with turnover of $2.7 billion emerged.

Doorstep banking service offered by State Bank of Travancore

Doorstep banking has been introduced by State Bank of Travancore in Thiruvananthpuram wherein customers can deposit their money at their doorstep as bank vehicles with state-of-the-art technology will come after a pre-request has been made.

This service will be functional between 10:00 am to 4:30 pm and the collection time will be increased in future. The minimum deposit is Rs. 5 lakhs and the maximum being Rs. 20 million. Customers can also fix the convenient time for collection with the bank. This service has been rolled for business and government establishments as of now. This will be operational in other cities of the state as well.

Kalmadi ousted as the president of Asian Athletics Association

Suresh Kalmadi lost the race for the Asian Athletics Association (AAA) president thus ending the 13-year run.

In the re-election attempt he lost 18-20 to Dahlan Jumaan Al-Hamad of Qatar. The tussle was a close one though. This was the first day of a two-day Congress. It seemed history repeated itself as it happened in 2000 when Kalmadi had won against the former president of Indian Olympic Association (IOA), Bob Hassan 19-15 in his home ground in Jakarta. Now, he stands defeated in Pune.

He was in jail for nine months and is released on bail. He is serving term on charges of corruption at Tihar Jail in Delhi. The 20th AAA Congress has been scheduled before the Asian Athletics Championships which will be held from July 3-7.

"Policegiri" to be screened at Yerawada jail

Policegiri may be screened in the Yerawada Jail as its makers are trying to arrange the same.

Sanjay Dutt, the lead actor of the movie, is serving jail term of three and half years and is like a normal prisoner out there. Conforming to a jail policy, he can join the other inmates and watch his upcoming movie, where he plays a policeman.

Producer Rahul Agarwal is looking into the arrangements for the screening. Sanjay had worked hard for this movie as he didn’t have much time before the surrender. So, now the filmmakers are trying to do their best. Also as per jail policy, the inmates can watch one movie each month. So, the permissions for the same are awaited.

Google closes Google Reader

Google has decided to close down its RSS reader, Google Reader which was very popular. The decision was taken as it was observed that its usage had declined over the years.

This did not go down well with the loyal users of the Reader and some even said that Google should have closed down Google+ instead.

Now the options for the users can be either AOL Reader unveiled earlier this week and the full feature launch to be today. Digg also launched an RSS reader service, and Facebook is in the process of launching an alternative for Google Reader. With so many players ready to capitalize on Google’s exit in this sphere, it remains to be seen which one is accepted by users.

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