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Major News and Events of 02 October 2013

What Happened on 02 October 2013

Controversial ordinance ended by the Cabinet


The controversial ordinance, which negates Supreme Court’s directive of disqualifying the lawmakers who are convicted with two or more years and that had created a stir of sorts finally had its end today. This is a rare case when an ordinance which has been sent to the President has been withdrawn. Rajya Sabha chairperson was also asked to remove the ordinance. Before this decision was taken there were a series of meetings. 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had a meeting with Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi over the ordinance. Rahul Gandhi had termed this ordinance as negative and had stated that it should be torn up and discarded. This created quite a stir, and there were speculations that Rahul Gandhi had publicly undermined the authority of the PM and his cabinet. In fact,the BJP demanded that the PM should step down but Manmohan Singh said he will not be stepping down over this. Singh also had a meeting with the President over the ordinance after there was a Congress Core Committee meeting attended by Sonia Gandhi. Yesterday evening a cabinet meeting was also called by the PM to review the situation created over the ordinance.

ADB slashes the growth forecast for India


The Asian Development Bank slashed its economic growth forecast for the developing economies in Asia. It has specified that China and India the most prominent in the region have shown signs of weakness. Its decision is also spurred by the prospects of curtailment of US stimulus which had a telltale effect on financial markets. The ADB which is based in Manila has stated that the developing economies will grow at the rate of 6% and not 6.6% as was the prediction in April. 2014 growth forecast has also been reduced to 6.2% from 6.7%. The Asian Development Outlook report, which encompasses 45 developing countries in Asia and the Pacific region except Japan carries all these updates. ADB specified that growth in Indian economy is sluggish as industry and investment are facing hurdles due to weak infrastructure and excessive delays in structural reforms. For India the bank has put the growth forecast at 4.7% from 6%.

Pakistan violates the ceasefire again

Pakistan violated the ceasefire agreement again, and on Tuesday its troops opened fire at Indian posts on the LoC in Mendhar sector of Poonch in Jammu and Kashmir. The meeting between PM Manmohan Singh and Pakistan’s PM Nawaz Sharif just concluded along the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly where it was decided that efforts will be undertaken to stop the violations of ceasefire across the borders. This incident happens after the PM returned to India. Small arms and automatics were utilized for this attack at 2:30 pm on 1st October. Indian soldiers responded with similar weapons and the firing continued for an hour. No casualty was reported in the firing. This adds to the ceasefire violations of the agreement signed in November 2003 inked by both India and Pakistan.

Champions League Twenty20 semis to have 3 Indian teams


Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) reached the semis of Champions League Twenty20 after defeating Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi. They topped the Group B. CSK was restricted to 118 in 19.4 overs after they were put to bat. T&T then chased the target in 15.1 overs and will now meet Mumbai Indians in the second semifinal. On the other hand, CSK will face Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur on Friday.

In another match Mumbai Indians won the match against Perth Scorchers by 6 wickets at the Ferozeshah Kotla thus ensuring there were three Indian teams in the semis of Champions League Twenty20. The Australian side could make 149/6 in 20 overs, and Mumbai Indians reached home in 13.2 overs in the Group A match.

FFI and Ritesh Batra lock horns over India's entry to the Oscars


War of words has ensued between the Film Federation of India (FFI) and the Ritesh Batra, director of the movie ‘Lunchbox’. The bone of contention is the selection of the movie 'The Good Road' in the foreign category for the Oscars. It is to be noted here that it is FFI which has the deciding power of which movie will be the Indian entry for the Oscars. FFI secretary general Supran Sen has in strong words asked for an unconditional apology for his remarks against the body and its jury. Batra has replied stating that he has been only asked for an apology as he is the first time director. He also added if an apology was what that was required he will give it. He at the same time urged for a transparent process of selection of the movies. Earlier Anurag Kashyap who is the producer of the movie and presenter Karan Johar had also showed their disappointment at the selection of Gyan Correa's 'The Good Road' which is in Gujarati as India's Oscar entry and had stated there was a lack of transparency. The letter to Batra was also marked to UTV, Kashyap and Karan Johar’s Dharma Production.

Twitter conference on Mahatma Gandhi


A Twitter Conference on a global level was organized by the Planning Commission and the topic delved with the life and message of Mahatma Gandhi to commemorate 144th birth anniversary celebrations. The conference was moderated by Sam Pitroda, Chairman National Innovation Council. He tweeted from his handle @pitrodasam. The conference was from 7.00 p.m. and 8.00 p.m. and the hash tag used was #Gandhi. The Gandhi Heritage Portal was recently unveiled by the Prime Minister. This showcases Father of the Nation’s autobiography in 22 different languages and has been developed by the Sabarmati Ashram and was organized by Ministry of Culture.

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