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Major News and Events of 02 August 2013

What Happened on 02 August 2013

Assam seethes with the demand for a separate statehood


A 100 hour bandh has been called in the hill districts of Karbi Anglong and Dima Hasao beginning on August 5 to boost up the demand for separate statehood for Karbi Anglong. Two people died in police firing as violence erupted in the Karbi Anglong district.

Assam is seething with protests after the approval by the center to Telengana for a separate statehood. A 12 hour bandh virtually snapped off the northeast from the rest of India and there is 60 hour bandh again called by the Bodos next week. The demand for Bodoland has picked up momentum. Previously 16 years of armed protest got expression in signing of a peace accord with Delhi where the Bodos got autonomy in more than 4 districts but now they want the center to look into the demand for a separate state.

Puja will begin at Kedarnath temple


Puja will be held again at Kedarnath temple in Uttarakhand from September 11. This was decided at a meeting of the office bearers with the Chief Minister Vijay Bahuguna. The date has been fixed as it is the auspicious day of "Naag Panchami" festival. Puja was on hold in the revered shrine since the flash floods struck the area. Even though the surrounding areas were submerged under several feet of slush and rubble, the shrine remained intact. The temple houses 11th "Jyotirlinga". Earlier it was announced that 'puja' would begin at the Kedarnath shrine in the month of "Saawan".

Government to sell 10% of stake in IOC


Government has decided to sell 10% of its stakes in the Indian Oil Corporation (IOC). This is expected to bring Rs 3,750 crore as revenue to the government and it targets to accumulate at least Rs 40,000 crore in current fiscal by sale of its shares. Till now Rs 929 crore have been generated with the disinvestment in Hindustan Copper, MMTC and National Fertiliser. The decision was taken by the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs. Five merchant bankers that is HSBC, Citibank, SBI Capital, J M Financial and UBS Securities have been selected for the stake sale by the Disinvestment Department. IOC the leading oil refiner has a market cap value of Rs 54,519 crore and it recorded a net profit of Rs 5,005 crore in 2012-13 which was Rs 3,954 crore more than the previous year.

BCCI working committee meeting called off


The crucial meeting of the BCCI working committee was called off today as there were apprehensions that it would lead to widespread protests and PILs being filed if the previous Board President N Srinivasan returned to power. Moreover, after the Bombay High Court declared the BCCI panel probing the IPL spot fixing scandal as illegal, the board is more cautious and taking careful steps so that nothing tarnishes its image. With the two vice-presidents and some officials of the board threatening to resign not much was left for the cricket board to call off the meet and Dalmiya continuing in power at present as the acting president.

Salman Khan's visa to UK denied


Salman Khan’s visa request for UK to shoot for his new film Kick has been rejected. The director of the movie is Sajid Nadiadwala. Salman was to start shooting for this movie last week. It is being said that at present the pending cases against the actor may have been the reason for the denial. There are charges on Salman for shooting two chinkaras and a blackbuck illegally during the shooting of the movie “Hum Saath Saath Hain” in October 1998. In fact, Salman had also spent some days in imprisonment in April 2006 and in August 2007. There is grave charge on Salman for culpable homicide not amounting to murder in a hit-and-run case for which he will be tried too.

Google launches Motorola Moto X


Google and Motorola have come up with Moto X a smartphone which stresses more nonuser experience rather than technical specifications. The phone has gesture controlled camera and is said to be designed on the model of an iPhone with simplicity being the main feature of the device. It has 24 hours of battery life between two charges. In this phone Motorola will be sending the OS updates rather than the service providers. The phone responds well to voice commands and gets ready instantly when you say “Ok Google Now”. You need to twist your wrist twice and you would be able to open the camera. Apart from these the technical specs are:

  • 4.7 inches display
  • 720p resolution
  • 1.7GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor
  • 10 MP camera (primary)
  • 2.1MP camera (secondary)
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB/32GB internal storage

The phone is also available with 18 backside covers and wallpapers which the users can customize.

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