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Major News and Events of 09 June 2013

What Happened on 09 June 2013

Enforcement Directorate to investigate the money flow in the spot-fixing scandal

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has been asked to investigate IPL spot fixing and analyze how the money flowed.

It would also look into the money laundering which happened via hawala through rackets in Pakistan and Dubai. The information about this was received from Ramesh Vyas, a bookie who was nabbed by the Mumbai Police Crime Branch. Vyas is in police custody for 10 days with the Delhi police. 92 mobile phones and 18 SIM cards were confiscated from Vyas after his arrest on May 18.

He is supposed to get in touch with many players and tried to convince them for spot fixing. He was also in touch with the other bookies and was the operator of south Indian betting syndicate of the underworld.

26 people have been arrested in this scandal of which 24 have been given judicial custody and Sreesanth's friend Abhishek Shukla has been released on bail. Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act has been imposed on them. Till now, 60 people are arrested in connection with the scam in the country.

Reactions to Modi's elevation by different parties

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal welcomed the selection of Narendra Modi as the chairman of the BJP election campaign committee for the Lok Sabha election in 2014. He also termed this move as a master stroke and said this would be a blow to the UPA government and the Congress party.

He stated this has already sent shivers in the UPA camp and the morale is shaken as the leaders are now nervous with this development. He further added that the political atmosphere in the country was clearly against Congress and the UPA.

Badal had a talk with Modi BJP president Rajnath Singh. Badal is confident Modi’s influence as a mass leader will penetrate grass root levels and will be a great asset for the BJP and its allies.The BSP and SP did not show much reaction to Modi’s elevation as SP stated it was an internal matter of the BJP while BSP said it is not going to accept Modi as a leader. The Janata Dal-United (JD-U) also termed it as an internal matter.

Private equity investments at USD 2.1 billion in May

The investments of private equity players stand at USD 2.1 billion in May for Indian companies. It is the maximum for any month in more than five years, as per Ernst & Young.

This was mainly achieved due to Qatar Foundation Endowment's investment of USD 1.26 billion deal which was the highest. This investment was with telecom major Bharti Airtel. There have been as many as 30 deals in May and it was the highest since January 2008.

Srikanth clinches maiden Grand Prix title

India has found a new badminton champion in K. Srikanth who defeated top seed Boonsak Ponsana to win at the Thailand Open Grand Prix Gold badminton event in Bangkok. This was his maiden Grand Prix title.

Ranked 61 in the world, Srikanth was not at all nervous against his much popular Thai opponent. He said when he stepped in, he just wanted to play his game and did not think if winning or losing.

He won by 21-16, 21-12 onslaught in the face of spectators at the Nimibutr Stadium who were not supporting him in any way. Srikanth had earlier won at the Maldives International Challenge in 2012.

Manna Dey's condition critical

Manna Dey’s condition stayed critical as he is suffering from multiple organ failure. He is in a hospital in the outskirts of Bangalore. He has been suffering for more than a month mainly due to complications arising out of old age.

He was admitted to Narayana Health hospital on Saturday and had been complaining of breathlessness.

Mannada has sung over 3,500 songs in a career of seven decades, which started in 1943.

Indian monitoring system can have an effect on rights: Rights body

Human Rights Watch has stated that the Indian government should formulate laws in such a fashion that enhanced monitoring should not curtail the rights to privacy and freedom of expression.

The government unveiled the Central Monitoring System (CMS) in April to put surveillance on phone and net communications in the country which would go beyond the purview of the service providers.

The CMS will entail centralized access by the government agencies to the telecommunications network and will enable direct surveillance of phone calls, SMS, and Internet communication.

Human Rights Watch feels that the centralized access can be frightening as Indian government has a record of not using the sedition and internet laws responsibly.

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