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Major News and Events of 04 August 2013

What Happened on 04 August 2013

Center demands a report from UP government over IAS officer's suspension


The Centre has asked for a report from Uttar Pradesh government regarding the suspension of Durga Shakti Nagpal, the IAS officer, who was instrumental in coming down heavily on the sand mafia. This mafia was quarrying along the Yamuna banks. Earlier Sonia Gandhi had written a letter to Manmohan Singh specifying Nagpal should get a fair treatment. The PM has the responsibility of Ministry of Personnel. It is compulsory for the state government to furnish a report to the center when an IAS officer is suspended and the UP administration is yet to submit that. Nagpal from UP cadre, got suspensed on July 27 when she gave the order for the demolition of a wall of a local under-construction mosque as it was stated she did not comply with the required process.

Air India generates a cash surplus of Rs. 460 crore


Air India has generated a cash surplus of Rs 460 crore in April-June 2013 as it had a sustained growth since July last year and also followed cost cutting measures as well as a strong marketing strategy which involved the airlines fleet, schedule, revenue management and more. The running cash loss of the national carrier dipped to Rs. 432 crore in October-December 2011, from Rs. 512 crore in Jan-Mar 2012 and then to only Rs 37 crore in April-June 2012. Over its variable cost the surplus was Rs. 51 crore in July-September 2012, Rs. 312 crore in October-December 2012, Rs. 361 crore in January-March 2013 and Rs. 460 crore in April-June 2013. The carrier’s domestic occupancy has spiked since September-October 2012 compared to other competitors.

Parliament to pass 44 bills in 16 days


The monsoon session of Parliament will start from Monday and there is an insurmountable work to be done that is to pass 44 bills in merely 16 days. The bills also include the food ordinance, which the UPA government wants to pass on an urgent basis. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has asked for the cooperation of the opposition parties for the legislative procedure to be run smoothly.

The food ordinance bill can only be passed if there is support from the UPA allies like Samajwadi Party. But this seems unlikely in the backdrop of IAS officer Durga Shakti Nagpal's suspension and Sonia Gandhi writing to the Prime Minister and subsequently, the center demanding a report from the state government on the same. Other bills which need to be passed include Land Acquisition Bill and amendments to the RTI Act.The Opposition has various topics to debate on like the matter of relaxation of local sourcing process for FDI in multi brand retail, the devaluation of rupee, the tussle between the CBI and the IB over Ishrat Jehan's supposedly fake encounter as well as the condition of the economy. Incidentally, since UPA came to power in 2004 there are following pending bills:

  • 14 on financial issues
  • 12 bills of HRD
  • 9 bills related to internal security
  • 8 bills of Health ministry
  • 7 bills related to labor issues
  • 6 bills concerning agriculture
Indian junior women hockey team creates history


Indian hockey is now in news and this time it is because of the girls who have made the country proud by winning first ever bronze medal for the country in the Junior Women Hockey World Cup. India defeated England 3-2 with penalties in Germany. On the other hand, the champions Netherlands toppled Argentina 4-2, again on penalties, to lift the cup. In India’s game the vice-captain Rani Rampal scored the only goal and the match was at 1-1 and then in shootouts also she scored two more to lead India to get a historic victory. The goalkeeper saved goals for India in the shootouts and she stepped in for the first time to do the contribution. The Indian team in this tournament defeated Russia, Spain and New Zealand after they were defeated by Australia in the opening match.

Remembering Kishore Da on his birthday


Legendary singer and actor Kishore Kumar was remembered on his 84th birthday with his songs and by delving in the unknown facts of his life. Radio and TV shows played his popular songs like Bachna Ae Haseeno, Aane Wala Pal, Aa Chal Ke Tujhe, Aadmi Jo Kehta Hai, Yeh Shaam Mastani, Zindagi ka Safar and more. These events and shows shared and discussed about his voice, career and various incidents associated with his life.

India second in the reward program for bug reporting in Facebook


Facebook has shelled out more than $ 1 million in Bug Bounty program where the security researchers were rewarded for reporting a bug in Facebook. What is interesting enough is that in India there are 78 million Facebook users and the country is the second among the bounty recipients to have received the rewards after the US. As many as 329 people have got the rewards and it includes a 13 year old as well. Moreover only 20% of the bounties have been paid as of now. The program was unveiled two years back.

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