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Major News and Events of 08 July 2013

What Happened on 08 July 2013

Hotel in Secunderabad collapses, 12 dead, 17 injured

12 people lost their lives and 17 were injured when a two-storey hotel collapsed in Secunderabad at 6:30 am. The rescue workers and the police were successful in evacuating 22 people. 15 persons have been shifted to the Gandhi hospital. Some are in critical condition.

At that time, the auto rickshaw drivers and the daily laborers assemble there for tea and snacks. Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy has directed for an investigation in the incident. The Hyderabad Police Commissioner stated there may be 20 people trapped in the rubble.

As per a rescued hotel worker, there were at least 30 persons in the hotel when it collapsed. Locals blamed the municipality for their negligence. The municipal commissioner though stated the building did not feature in the 57 buildings in Secunderabad for which demolition notices have been issued. Police said this may have happened due to construction of rolling shutters in the premises and use of huge stoves in the upper floor.

Rs.1.5 lakh each will be given to the families of those who lost their lives and under the 'Apadhbandu' scheme, Rs.50,000 will to be given by the government whereas Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation will give Rs.1 lakh.

10 blasts in Bodhgaya, 13 bombs were planted, CCTV footage released

Mahabodhi temple in Bodhgaya, Bihar will open again to the devotees on Monday evening. 36 hours ago, serial blasts disturbed the silence of the place.

The police have captured the CCTV footage which depicts people rushing in different directions to save themselves. The police are now interrogating one suspect whose ID card was found in the complex. Gaya’s DM stated that the temple will open with a special prayer by Buddhist monks. In the meanwhile, regular prayers went on in the temple. NIA has taken 12 samples from the site.

More arrests will be made based on the CCTV footage as the police have got some lead from that. There were 16 CCTV cameras in the complex and 15 were working when the incident occurred. The Home Minister, Sushilkumar Shinde has said as many as 13 bombs were planted in the complex and there were 10 blasts in all.

Normal life came to a standstill in the temple town as BJP and RJD have called separate bandhs in the district as a mark of protest against the alleged lapses in security by the state government which resulted in the terror attack.

Gold imports drop down by 80.56%

Gold imports in India in June dipped down by 80.56% to 31.5 tons. This was less than the estimated figure. The country is the biggest buyer of gold in the world. As per sources, gold imports may rise in coming months as its prices have reduced.

All India Gems and Jewellery Trade Federation’s estimate for June was around 37-40 tons. In recent times, stringent steps were taken to reduce the imports of gold. For that import duty was increased and there were curtailments on consignment imports when it was over 300 tons in April and May. The CAD or current account deficit touched the highest mark of 4.8% of GDP in the financial year that ended on March 2013 which was spurred by increased oil and gold imports.

India at second position in ICC test rankings

In the recent ICC Test rankings, India is now at second spot, ahead of England. South Africa is now at top position after the annual update of the rankings. England, in spite of winning the last two series,  slipped to 3rd position as its performance was not consistent.

However, it would look to retain its second position after winning the Ashes series and if they do with a margin of 3-0, they will be able to move up. South Africa with a gain of seven ratings point is well ensconced at top with 19 points more than India. That is South Africa is at 135 points and India at 116 points. In the ratings, the present form has been considered. Annual updates are now done on May 1 rather than August 1 so as to take into account the current international calendar.

Lootera does good business working on positive word of mouth

Lootera is doing brisk business and has grossed a domestic collection of Rs. 5.15 Cr on Friday. The positive word of mouth worked for it to start on a good initial. There was a rise in business by 25-30% in the weekend. Opening weekend collection was estimated in the range of Rs 19 crore.

The film has caught the attention of the viewers in Mumbai, West Bengal, Mysore, and Punjab. In the international market, the movie has grossed over $700,000. The movie’s cost was Rs. 32 crore.

Canvas 4 at a price of Rs 17,999

Micromax launched Canvas 4 at a price of Rs 17,999. The phone comes with 5 inch HD. The phone’s touchscreen can be operated even when one is using gloves. The phone is provided with an aluminium case which also works as an antenna. Other features of the phone are:

• Cortex A7 1.2 GHz quad-core processor• Android 4.2.1• 1GB RAM• 16GB internal storage• 13 mp primary camera• 5 mp secondary camera• Burst mode to capture 99 images in less than 15 seconds• Pin a video feature• Eye tracking• Blowing a kiss to unlock the phone

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