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Major News and Events of 13 August 2013

What Happened on 13 August 2013

Firing from Pakistan side at LOC again


Pakistan has violated the ceasefire agreement again and they started firing in Mendhar sector at the Line of Control in Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. It all began at around 1:50 am on Monday and Indian troops retaliated thereafter. No case of killing or injury has been recorded for this ceasefire. Ram Niwas Meena, BSF head constable of 200th Battalion, died of injuries which were inflicted to him in cross border firing that happened on 5th August. Also, on 6th August, another soldier got paralyzed during a similar incident that happened in the Poonch sector.

Kishtwar Violence Continues: Parliament adjourned over the clashes


Violence in Kishtwar continued and its effect was not only felt in the town and the state of Jammu and Kashmir but also in the Parliament where the proceedings were halted with noisy protests by BJP members. The war of words between the BJP members and the J&K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah also continued. Tension brewed in the town when 11 people including two police persons were arrested. In Jammu as many as 110 people have been arrested. Curfew prevailed in 8 districts of Jammu.

The Amarnath Yatra was started after three days though the army convoy will be there along with the pilgrims. Mobile services were still not operational. Normal traffic movement was still not restored on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. In fact traffic on Pathankot-Jammu and Jammu-Srinagar highway was obstructed as well. Protestors which even included women and children resorted to stone pelting and defied all curfew norms.

Onions and vegetables prices shoot up


Onion and other vegetables prices have shot up. If at the wholesale market prices of onions was Rs 50 per kg in the retail market it ranged from Rs 60-Rs 80 per kg. This is due to bad harvest as there was low rainfall in Maharashtra. Prices are expected to rise further. Also the trader’s hoarding was one of the reasons for the price increase but the traders stated they were doing so for maintain the stock as the next few months will have no onion supply.

Dhawan said he could have made 300 runs


The opener Shikhar Dhawan stated he may have hit a triple century in India A’s match against South Africa A. But Dhawan was happy that he scored the super fast 248 runs in a match which India A won against South Africa A by 39 runs. The record of the highest score in List A limited overs cricket was that of the England batsman Alistair Brown that of 268 runs and Dhawan was just 20 runs short. Though this was the highest by any Indian batsman as earlier Sehwag had made 219, Tendulkar 200 and both were unbeaten. Dhawan also has the credit of scoring the fastest century in his Test debut. Dhawan stated that in the 44th over when he got out, he believed that had he batted till the end he would have scored 300 runs. This is a warm up series between India A, South Africa A, Australia A.

Chennai Express reaches Rs 100 crore in the shortest time


Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express, has etched history in Bollywood by reaching the Rs 100 crore club in shortest time, that is, in three days after its release. Not only the lead actors, Deepika Padukone and Shah Rukh Khan are getting the accolades but also the director Rohit Shetty who has churned a 100 crore movie for the 4th consecutive time after Golmaal 3, Singham and Bol Bachchan. He is now the undisputed king of Rs. 100 crore club. The movie hit 3,500 screens in India and 700 screens abroad. On Thursday, paid previews brought Rs. 6.75 crore, Friday’s collection was Rs. 33.12 crore in the domestic market. On Saturday, Rs. 28.05 crore was earned and Rs 32.50 crore was collected on Sunday. The earnings thus were Rs 100.42 crore whereas, it was made with a budget of Rs 70 crore.

Samsung Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets to support 9 Indian languages


Samsung has made an announcement that its Galaxy range of smartphones and tablets will now have the support for 9 Indian languages. Samsung has collaborated with Reverie Language Technologies for this and the phones and tablets will have support for Hindi, Bengali, Punjabi, Gujarati, Tamil, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam and Kannada. The company aims at reaching the masses and specifically targets the first-time internet users as well as those who don’t speak English. This functionality will be there in Samsung Galaxy S4, Galaxy Grand, Galaxy Tab 3 series as well as the entry level Galaxy Star. Other devices will have this feature in the next two months. Samsung will be in touch with the content providers and developers so that more regional apps can be developed.

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