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Major News and Events of 05 December 2013

What Happened on 05 December 2013

NIA for spectrum allocation in 15-20 days

The secretary of Department of Telecommunications (DoT), M.F. Farooqui has informed that NIA or notice inviting applications for auction of spectrum in January 2014 will be dispatched in next 15-20 days. He was speaking at the India Telecom 2013 hosted in Delhi by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and DoT. NIA specifies the rules and regulations of the auction. The government is looking for compiling Rs.40,000 crore from the auction in January as specified by the Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal as new regulations which are industry friendly has been incorporated. Previous two auctions generated only Rs.12,000 crore as majority of the operators did not take part in it due to high base prices. The revenue target this fiscal from the auction is Rs.40,874.5 crore. It will for more than 400MHz of airwaves for commercial use in 1,800 MHz and 45MHz of airwaves in 900 MHz.

More than 2 million passwords stolen and put on site


In a major compromise with data security, over two million passwords that were stolen from Google, Facebook and Yahoo were posted by the hackers online. These were taken from the computers infested with malicious software which tracked the key presses. As many as 30-40% of the people use the same password on various websites, and that makes the data hack more vulnerable as more profiles are compromised. The passwords are suspected to be snooped by a botnet names Pony which scoured data from millions of computers across the globe. These were put on a site in Russian language which offered 318,121 username and password combinations for Google, Twitter, Facebook, Yahoo and LinkedIn. Facebook has given the statement that its network was not to be blamed but it was due to infected systems of the users.

Sachin suggests to MCA to allow 15 players in club cricket to give youngsters scope


Sachin Tendulkar has given his suggestion to the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) for allowing 15 players in each team in inter-school and inter-collegiate cricket. This way he stated those who did not get to feature in the team will also have the scope. He also added that Mumbai cricket should show the way and this can be emulated by other zones. Sachin even said that when he played club cricket there were 15 players in the team. This way, selectors also have more options than selecting from only 12 players. He also encouraged the Mumbai Ranji team who will have to play the league matches without key players like Zaheer Khan, Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma.

Sensex edges past 21000 intra-day, closes at 249 points up


Sensex rose by 249 points or 1.20% highest in a month spurred by a healthy buying in bank, oil and gas, capital goods and stocks. This was due to positive mood in the market with the exit poll results which has predictions that BJP will have strong performance in four out of five states. BSE started at 20,992.25 points and ended at 20,957.81 points, with an increase of 249.10 points or 1.20% from an earlier day close at 20,708.71 points. In the intra-day BSE edged past the 21000 points and reached a high of 21,165.60 with a gain of 456 points and reached a low of 20,929.20 points. NSE ended at 6,241.10 points which was 80.15 points or 1.30% up. The BSE bank index increased by 565.50 points, capital goods index increased by 353.09 points, oil and gas index rose by 107.09 points, metal index ended 105.66 points up and PSU index soared by 87.34 points. The dip was seen in healthcare index by 141.01 points, FMCG index by 60.39 points and IT index by 42.80 points.

Common consensus of matters of legislative importance: PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has stated that a common consensus is required on matters which are of legislative importance. This statement comes when there is controversy over a bill to stop communal violence. This was also after Narendra Modi wrote to the PM urging for more consultation on the bill. Modi had also expressed on Twitter that he had opposed the bill and that he has written to the PM. He had said that the bill has been poorly drafted and would be disastrous is passed. He had further added that vote bank politics and other political factors were the guiding factors of the bill rather than concern for the public and that the bill was a violation of the federal structure of India as the matter was enlisted in the state list. The bill may be taken up in the winter session of the parliament.

Haryana government sends chargesheet to Ashok Khemka

Haryana government has chargesheeted Ashok Khemka, the senior IAS officer for cancellation of the mutation of the Rs.58 crore land deal which happened between Robert Vadra and DLF. The cancellation was done in October last year. Khemka was at Delhi when the chargesheet was served to his son. Khemka has stated he will give a reply. The chargesheet mentions he went beyond his jurisdiction when he cancelled the deal between Skylight Hospitality, Vadra's company and DLF. 15 days have been assigned to him to reply to it failing which it will draw huge penalty under All-India Service Rules, and can entail to removal from service. Khemka at that time had also directed for an investigation to be under in the undervaluation of the land in the deals. Moreover he took this step after being transferred as director-general-consolidation and inspector general-registration.

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