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Major News and Events of 04 October 2013

What Happened on 04 October 2013

Seemandhra boils with protests against the formation of Telengana

There were violent protests in Seemandhra where a shutdown was called. Some central ministers and MPs also stepped down as a mark of protest as the cabinet has given a nod for the formation of a separate state of Telangana. Y.S. Jaganmohan Reddy, YSR Congress president said he will be observing an indefinite fast from Saturday. 70 State ministers of Seemandhra and Congress legislators did not resign with the aim to defeat resolution of Telangana in the assembly. This decision was taken with Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, who is not in the favor of split of Andhra Pradesh.

Normalcy was disrupted in Seemandhra’s 13 districts as 48 hours of shutdown has been called by the groups who are not supporting the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. There were also instances of violence. Police had to use tear gas to disperse the crowd in Vijayanagaram who unleashed an attack on the camp office of state Congress chief Botsa Satyanarayana. There were clashes between activists of YSR Congress and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) at Anantpaur and Prakasam districts. Road blockades, burning of tyres, shops and hotels beings were closed and effigies of Congress leaders were burned. In fact 6 lakh government employees, workers and teachers have gone on strike since Aug 13 as a mark of protest against the July 30 decision of the formation of Telengana state by the Congress party.

In November-December 5 states to go for polls

Assembly elections will be held in Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram and Chhattisgarh in November-December. Results of these will be declared on Dec 8. Polling in Chhattisgarh will take place on November 11 and 19. In Madhya Pradesh it will be on November 25. Rajasthan will go for poll on December 1 while Delhi and Mizoram will vote on December 4. This was stated by Chief Election Commissioner V.S. Sampath. 110 million people will exercise their voting rights for the Assembly election which is going to be held few months before the Lok Sabha elections due in 2014. Along with this the by-elections will happened at Surat West in Gujarat and Yercaud in Tamil Nadu simultaneously. There will be total of 130,000 polling stations in all 5 states. The prominent parties in the fray are the Congress and the BJP while Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has also made its presence as a third force in Delhi. Congress has a stronghold in Rajasthan, Delhi and Mizoram, while BJP is strong in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh.

India to begin power supply to Bangladesh from October 5

Taking forward the bilateral co-operation, India will begin supply of electricity to Bangladesh from October 5. The two countries have now a new transmission line through which the supply between the countries will begin. This would be the first time high voltage direct current transmission between two countries will begin. Last year a purchase pact between NTPC Vidyut Vyapar Nigam Ltd and Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) was inked. With this India’s eastern grid and Bangladesh’s western grid would be linked. The testing for this was in the process since September and now the transmission will begin from tomorrow October 5. Asian Development Bank has stated the supply will scale up to 250 MW in November and another 250 MW will be included in December 2013. The aim is to make it a 1000 MW transmission. This would ensure that Bangladesh can buy power from India at affordable rates than purchasing it from rental plants in that country.

Sania Mirza-Cara Black reach the finals of the China Open


Sania Mirza and Cara Black on Friday caused a major upset defeating top seeded Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci from Italy to reach the finals of the China Open. This is the 8th match which the pair has won in a row. Cara from Zimbabwe and Sania had earlier won at the Tokyo tournament and had got into this event toppled the Italian duo 6-4 6-4 in an hour and 12 minutes. Sania who had been playing well was in constant search for a partner. Earlier she had paired with American Bethanie-Mattek Sands but she was concentrating more on singles. Sania played half the season with Bethanie-Mattek, Sania and then paired with four partners —Liezel Huber from America, Flavia Pennetta from Italy, Jie Zheng from China and at present Cara from Zimbabwe. With Cara, Sania reached the semis of US Open, was a winner at New Haven event with Zheng and won with Cara again at the Tokyo Open. She also won at Dubai and Brisbane events with Bethanie-Mattek and now is poised to win the fifth title in this season.

Mars mission not to be affected by NASA findings: ISRO

ISRO scientists have stated that NASA findings will not affect Mangalyaan Mission or MOM that is Mars Orbiter Mission. NASA has revealed through its findings by rover Curiosity on September 19, that there is no methane trace on the Mars surface. This would be the 1st mission outside the gravitational zone of the earth and is slated for launch on October 28. It aims to find the traces of methane, which indicate sign of life that may have been there on the red planet. At the same time the objective of the mission has been altered and it now includes study of the surface of the Mars and atmosphere by indigenous scientific instruments. The mission is in the final stage, and the work is on full-fledged for the mission which is worth Rs 450 crore.

Salman wants to have a girl child

Salman Khan who is considered as the most eligible bachelor in Bollywood has expressed his desire to have a girl child. He is yet to find his life partner, but he stated if he had to have a child then it would be a girl child. He was taking part in the awareness campaign of "Girl Child, Women Empowerment". Salman was vocal in his criticism for people who were involved in female foeticide. He adding that without women can never be a burden on anyone stated that they were ruling at present. He said his sisters took better care of his parents.

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