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Major News and Events of 09 July 2013

What Happened on 09 July 2013

Rescue workers in trouble in Uttarakhand

74 NDRF members have not received food supplies for the past 5 days. Their stock of medicines is also finished and some have taken ill as well. Bad weather has obstructed the airdrop of medicine and food supplies. They now have ration for only a day. These members are at Kedarnath which was worst hit by the floods. The supplies are waiting to be airdropped at Guptakashi.

From the Sikh regiment, a 15-member team was sent to assist the rescuers. The weather can further complicate the situation and can have effect on these officials. Also shortage of wood and other materials is stopping the cremation of the dead bodies. Till now, 93 bodies have been cremated. The heavy downpour has resulted in the loss of life of seven people. The rivers like Ganga in Haridwar and Rishikesh are flowing above the warning mark of 339 m and may flow above the danger mark of 339.70 m. People are being evacuated from the Chandrabhaga and Mayakund areas. More rains are predicted by the Met department.

Lalu's trial in CBI special court in fodder scam case suspended by SC

The proceedings in a CBI Special Court at Jharkhand against Lalu Prasad in a case related to the fodder scam were suspended by the apex court today. This case was related to alleged financial anomalies in the animal husbandry department. Lalu Prasad had sought for the transfer on grounds that the proceedings can be biased in the court.

The Supreme Court issued the suspension order after Ram Jethmalani, the senior counsel has stated in his application to the court that an unusual process was followed by the trial court where a notice was issued while the trial was on. The notice asked the party to submit the written argument by July 1, so that the judgment could be given on July 15. The fodder scam emerged in 1996 involving millions of rupees. There were 61 cases out of which 54 was transferred to Jharkhand when it was formed and in 40 cases judgments have been given by various CBI special courts.

India will tour South Africa in November

India always has a busy schedule as far as cricket is concerned and plans have already been made for the winter tour of South Africa. India will play the Twenty20 matches, ODIs and test matches there.

The tour begins on November 18 when India plays with South African Invitation XI to prepare for two Twenty20 matches on November 21 and 24. Then the seven matches ODIs start from November 27 till December 15 and tests will be played from December 26 and January 19, 2014. There will be two warm up matches as well. It is to be noted here that the series will be played in the summer at South Africa as it is in the southern Hemisphere.

Guarantors of loan defaulters in trouble too

Banks have now decided to adopt a unique process to get the payment from loan defaulters. Henceforth they will not only publish the names and photographs of the loan defaulters in the bank branches, community centers and newspapers but also the pictures and names of the guarantors along with that so that there would be more pressure on the defaulters to pay the amount.

What is interesting enough is that the public sector banks are spearheading in this and SBI, UCO Bank and Allahabad Bank have already adopted this unique measure. This is mainly done for the willful defaulters who have the requisite cash flow but are not paying the amount or those who channelized the bank’s money to some other work rather than what disclosed. Private Banks are thinking over using this.

Remake of 'Saajan' to be made

Now a sequel of his 1991 super hit movie Saajan will be made by director Lawrence D'Souza next year. It will have young star cast as per the director. The director stated that the scripting of the movie is complete and it will have the love triangle theme as the former movie but there will be younger stars.

In the original movie, Sanjay Dutt, Madhuri Dixit and Salman Khan were in the cast. The songs of the movie were a big hit as well. Lawrence got the idea of remake when he was approached by people to do so. The shooting for the movie will start in Kashmir from next year.

Samsung launches Galaxy S4 Mini

The smartphone world never seems to be dull. If Micromax Canvas 4 stirred up emotions yesterday today we have Samsung Galaxy S4 mini, but what has raised eyebrows is that it tagged at a price of Rs. 27,990. In the mid range segment the phone offers

  • 4.3 inches Super AMOLED screen
  • Display resolution of 540x960 pixels and 256 pixel per density
  • 1.7GHz dual core processor
  • 1.5GB RAM
  • Internal Storage of 8GB, expandable
  • 8MP primary camera
  • 1.9 mp secondary camera
  • 1,900 mAh battery
  • Android Jelly Bean latest version

Within the range of Rs. 27,000, there are many phones like HTC One X, LG Optimus G and Galaxy SIII of Samsung itself. Also Note II Samsung is offering for Rs 27500 under an exchange offer.

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