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Major News and Events of 03 May 2013

What Happened on 03 May 2013

Pakistani prisoner slips in coma after attack in Jammu jail

A Pakistani prisoner was grievously injured on Friday when assaulted by a fellow prisoner in the high security Kot Bhalwal jail in Jammu. This is a day after Indian death row prisoner Sarabjit Singh succumbed to his injuries after being attacked in Lahore.

A former Indian Army soldier Vinod Kumar who has been convicted for murder attacked Sanaullah, a resident of Sialkot after an argument between them on Friday morning.The Pakistani prisoner has incurred serious head injuries and was admitted to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu, where doctors stated he had slipped into a coma, in a similar fashion to Sarabjit Singh. He was taken to Chandigarh for further treatment.

India gave a statement that the attack was "regrettable" and it was announced that "the matter is being investigated and guilty will be punished."Sanaullah was in the Kot Bhalwal Jail for the last 17 years, charged with eight cases, including murder, and been given life imprisonment in two.

Vinod Kumar who hails from Uttarakhand has been in Kot Bhalwal for six years. He is serving life imprisonment for murdering his colleague in Leh.

As per sources, things were normal and both were talking with each other when some altercation took place between the two and Vinod Kumar attacked Sanaullah on the head.

In all the 14 jails in Jammu and Kashmir where about 80 Pakistani prisoners are lodged security has been beefed up. 

Pakistan has asked for immediate repatriation of Sanaullah for medical treatment and on humanitarian grounds.

Khurshid briefs Mulayam on China strategy

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid apprised Samajwadi Paty chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on the government's stand and strategy on handling the Chinese incursion in Ladakh in a meeting held today.

The Samajwadi Party has been slamming the government for not taking up action against China. Mulayam Singh after the meeting told the media that it seemed now the government is showing some seriousness. But what was required was that the Chinese be driven out of our territory and this issue was of grave concern. He did not divulge the details of the meeting with Salman Khurshid.

The SP chief stated that the Chinese army had got 1 km inside Indian territory when he was the defense minister in the United Front government (1996-97) and that he had asked the Indian forces to drive them out and the forces entered 4 km inside Chinese territory in the process.

He also further added that he had asked Khurshid not to trust the Chinese.

Aishwarya, Sonam, Freida to walk Cannes red carpet

Indian actresses Aishwarya Rai, Sonam Kapoor and Freida Pinto will be walking on the red carpet at the Cannes International Film Festival though they will do so on separate occasions.

They will be donning looks inspired by Bollywood's different eras. They will walk the carpet as brand ambassadors of beauty brand L'Oreal Paris, which will complete 16 years as the official make-up artist for the Cannes film fest.

With the celebration of 100 years of Indian cinema this year, L'Oreal Paris in commemoration will launch L’Or Sunset, a new make-up line. Makeup trends which gathers inspiration from Bollywood would be sported by the divas and the company's Indian and international brand ambassadors.

This will be Aishwarya's 12th consecutive appearance this year. At a special evening which celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema at Cannes May 19, Aishwarya will be the guest of honour.

This would be Sonam's third Cannes appearance and she will be there at the opening ceremony on May 15 and also would be seen on May 16 while Frieda will be there at the opening ceremony. 

RBI cuts key policy rates

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) slashed key policy rates by 0.25 percent. This would make auto, housing and other loans cheaper and would boost economic growth. 

The repo rate has been reduced by 0.25 percent to 7.25 percent. This is the rate at which central bank lends to commercial banks. The reverse repo rate, the rate that RBI pays to commercial bank on their parked money, has also been reduced by 0.25 percent to 6.25 percent.

The central bank reduced the key policy rates for the third time since January. The repo and reverse repo rates are at present at the minimum level since May 2011. The central bank has the cash reserve ratio static at 4 percent.

Jonty Rhodes now India's surfing ambassador

The South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes inaugurated the country's first national surfing competition in Kerala's Kovalam beach. He was thoroughly enjoying surfing along with the other participants.

There are 100 participants including 20 international representatives. Jonty stated that surfing was like a lifestyle and it is all about awareness. The most joyful moment is when one returns alive from the sea, which is huge and demands respect. He also said that the participants in the competition were pioneers for this sport in India and that is never easy.

The event organizers are the Surfing Federation of India, (SFI), the governing body for surfing in India and the event has got recognition by the International Surfing Association.

Sony Xperia L at Rs 18,990

Sony Xperia L, which was announced in India last month alongside Xperia SP, is now available for pre-orders. Online retailer Snapdeal offers the smartphone at Rs 18,990 in black and white colours, though deliveries will start in the next seven business days. E-commerce website Infibeam is accepting pre-orders for the device. Sony has not enlisted the phone on its website yet.

The all-new Sony Xperia has a 4.3-inch TFT touchscreen with 854x480p resolution and 228ppi pixel density. The smartphone comes with Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) operating system and has a 1GHz dual-core Krait CPU. The phone has 8GB onboard storage, 1GB RAM and microSD support up to 32GB.

A 8MP camera with LED flash on the back and a VGA secondary unit in front, 2G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, microUSB 2.0 and NFC are its other features.  1,750mAh battery allows continuous talk time of nine hours on a 3G network.

Sarabjit given full state honors, autopsy reveals motive was to kill

Sarabjit Singh was cremated with full state honors as people gathered to bid him farewell. From an ordinary farmer who crossed borders mistakenly and was considered a terrorist in Pakistan to martyr in India, the journey was tragic.

What is shocking enough is the second autopsy report which the doctors did here. It was said that the motive was to kill and his skull was fractured and was in fact in two pieces. His vital organs are also missing which is being presumed must have been removed "as standard procedure to send the viscera for examination."

Though what the Pakistani authorities report said that it was due to a scuffle doesn't seem to hold good as the postmortem report reveals the intention was to kill and that there were two or more persons. 

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