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Major News and Events of 08 May 2013

What Happened on 08 May 2013

Congress grabs Karnataka, BJP in gloom

The Congress got an emphatic victory in Karnataka to come to power after a seven year gap, routing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a key election ahead of next year's Lok Sabha polls.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi expressed satisfaction over the Karnataka result which put to an end the five years of chaotic rule by the BJP.

Congress activists were jubilant and celebrated all across Karnataka as the vote count made it evident that the party would be compiling 120 votes which was seven votes more than the half way mark. Counting began at 8 a.m. today. The PM said in Delhi, the victory "is a clear result against the ideology of the BJP". He also said that the people know the facts, and they would not accept the BJP ideology, as they have not done in Karnataka. 

The BJP, which came to power in Karnataka in 2008, was hopeful of expanding its base in south India, but its dreams were crushed with this result. 

The Congress was in power in Karnataka singularly till April 2004. It then formed the government with JD-S backing till February 2006. The state went out of its hands to JD-S and BJP after that.

CBI a "caged parrot", heart of the report changed: SC

Supreme Court has come out strongly on the CBI regarding the coal block allocation report which was vetted.

It said that CBI's job was to interrogate the ministers not to be in touch and interact with the officials. It was also observed that the heart of the report was changed. The apex court raised question regarding the independence of the CBI and also said that it seemed like a caged parrot with many masters around it.

The court wanted the CBI to be impartial and that it should be free of all external pressures. The court said it will intervene if the CBI was not made independent. The court stated that the law minister can ask for a report, but does not have the power to interfere with the CBI probe. The court also slammed the two joint secretaries who checked the probe report, the SC asked, "What business does the two joint secretaries have in visiting the CBI office?"

Attorney General GE Vahanvati on the other hand said, "My meeting with CBI officials took place only on suggestions of the law minister." He further added that he did not receive or ask for the CBI's probe report in the coal scam.

Bengal thinking of social security scheme for investors: Mamata

The West Bengal government is thinking of initiating a social security scheme for depositors and investors so that proper return of public money is ensured. This comes in the wake of the Saradha chit fund scam.

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that is there is a people's government to which it has to be accountable. She said that after taking into account the public opinion the government will zero in on the scheme and then pass a law. She said people have suffered the onslaught of the chit funds. But the people will trust the government and even though there will not be high returns but the investors' money would be safe. 

Sensex crosses 20,000 mark, first time since Jan 31

It was a cheerful day for the investors as the Sensex reached the 20,000-level-mark  and that too after 3 months since January 2013.

It scored 119.23 points. Sensex started in the positive at 19,950.22 points, and reached 20,008.18 points just an hour before the day close. This was 0.60 percent more than the previous day's close at 19,888.95 points. The high was of 20,008.92 points and low that of 19,851.22 points in the intra-day trade. 

Indian has grown as a TT nation: Alan Ransome

India has grown significantly as a table tennis nation in the last decade, Commonwealth TT chairman Alan Ransome stated on Wednesday.

India is now one of the top teams at the Commonwealth level and has hosted major international events in the last 10 years.

World Junior Championships was successful in Hyderabad last year, and now the Commonwealth Championships is on after the 2005 edition in Jaipur.

Ransome also said that India has now a larger pool of players to choose from and the country is progressing as the host nation and that it can now pitch for the World Championships. This can be done as the required infrastructure is available. 

India has not played host to the World Championships since 1987 in New Delhi.

"Shootout At Wadala" earns Rs 33 crores, "Bombay Talkies" Rs 6 crores

Crime thriller Shootout At Wadala has grossed approximately Rs. 33 crore till Tuesday, while small budget anthology film Bombay Talkies, which released on the same day, has earned about Rs.6 crore.

Bombay Talkies was made at a budget of Rs.6 crore and hit about 480 screens all over India, while big budget Shootout At Wadala was released in approximately 1,700 screens in the country.

The movies hit theaters on May 3, the day which marked 100 years of Indian cinema. 

Micromax Canvas HD Pro to be launched?

Micromax will launch another device in its Canvas portfolio: Canvas HD Pro.

The specifications of this device have leaked online, and as per reports, the Canvas HD Pro will be launched on June 30, 2013.

Features are

  •  5.5-inch full-HD display
  •  Cortex A7 quad-core processor
  •  2GB of RAM
  •  8GB of internal storage expandable up to 64GB 
  •  13-megapixel rear camera 
  •  3.2-megapixel front-facing camera. 
  •  3,000mAh battery 
  •  Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean).

There is no news on the pricing yet.

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