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Major News and Events of 13 May 2013

What Happened on 13 May 2013

Manmohan Singh will be invited to Nawaz Sharif's swearing-in ceremony in Pak

Pakistan's Prime Minister-in-waiting Nawaz Sharif will be inviting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to his swearing-in-ceremony. He also expressed his intentions to smooth out the ties between the two neighbors and adopt definite measure to resolve violence, terrorism and extremist activities that had acted as a deterrent in Indo-Pak ties.

Earlier, the Indian government had been prompt in sending an invite to Sharif to come to India and in congratulating him on his recent victory. What was interesting enough was the fact that PM Manmohan Singh specified that India wanted to work out with him a plan for a new dimension to Indo-Pak relations and this was stated while the counting of votes were still going on.

Sharif has said in his campaign that he would work to renew the Indo-Pak peace process which was put on hold in 1999 when in a coup Sharif was ousted by Pervez Musharraf. The peace process was started with Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who was the prime minister at that time.

400000 persons will get pension in Rajasthan

The Rajasthan government has given approval for the pension of 4,00,000 persons in the state. This is part of the initiative to ensure decent and dignified life for those who are needy.

As many as 3000 camps were set up in the state where the officials interacted with the needy and accepted their applications and photographed them at the spot. Simplified procedures were adopted to hasten the process.

Moreover, those who could not come to the camps were helped as well. The people whose applications have been approved include the ones who are disabled, aged people, widows, divorced women, dwarfs who are shorter than three and half feet and people who are below the poverty line.

Rs 48000 is the annual income cap for the old, and widowed and divorced women. 

Sharmila completes tied 17th in Turkey

On the final day of the Turkish Airlines Ladies Open, Sharmila Nicollet, the Indian golfer showed exceptional performance to close at tied 17 at Antalya.

Her score on the final day was one under 72 with four birdies. This ensured that she finish at 17th position with a total score of five over 297.

The tournament which was hosted at the National golf Club involved a prize money of 250,000 euros. It was held from May 9-12 and saw the participation of 120 golfers from across the world. Due to her brilliant game she was able to rise from 30th. She earned 3,158.33 euros.

Sharmila, at present, holds the fourth position in the Order of Merit of the Women’s Professional Golf Tour of India.

Javed Akhtar waits for 'Bhaag Milkha Bhaag'

Javed Akhtar is eagerly waiting the movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag to release. Directed by Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra and the story written by Prasoon Joshi, this movie will depict the life of Milkha Singh, the legend who was also known as the Flying Sikh.

Javed Akhtar thinks the movie would turn out well as he has full faith on the director and the writer. He also appreciated his son, actor-film maker Farhan Akhtar as working hard for the movie.

Sonam Kapoor also features in the movie which will release in July this year. 

Do underwater photography with waterproof Sony Xperia ZR

Sony has done it again. A waterproof phone will be launched from Sony Mobile Communications which can be kept under 1.5 meters of fresh water for half an hour. Sony Xperia ZR facilitates underwater photography as well as shoot HD videos.

The phone comes packed with 13 mp camera that is super fast. The other features are: 4.6-inch screen, 8 GB internal storage, 1.5 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system, Sony Walkman album, screen with Bravia technology for glare reduction among other features. Pricing is yet to be revealed. The phone will be seen in the market from the second quarter of 2013. 

SC refused to hear plea on witnesses by Talwars

The Supreme Court dismissed the petition by Rajesh and Nupur Talwar where they have sought 14 witnesses to be called for the ongoing trial of the Aarushi murder case. The witnesses also include the former CBI official Arun Kumar.

The Supreme court’s vacation bench of Justice B.S. Chauhan and Justice Dipak Misra refused to hear the plea by the Talwars. The dentist couple is charged with the double murder of their daughter and the domestic help, Hemraj. The court expressed its objection specifying that they appealed to the apex the court instead of approaching the Allahabad High Court.

Aarushi Talwar’s body was discovered in the Noida residence of the Talwars on May 16, 2008. Hemraj, the servant, was also found murdered the next day on the house terrace. Earlier the police was suspecting that Hemraj may have murdered Aarushi.

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