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Major News and Events of 14 May 2013

What Happened on 14 May 2013

Same day priority visa for Indians visiting Britain

A 'super priority' visa service (SPVS) will be launched for the Indians travelling to Britain. This is part of honoring the commitment which David Cameron, Britain's PM, made when he visited India.

This is the first time such an option is available in the world. The SPVS though comes at an additional cost of Rs 51000 apart from the other costs which are incurred regarding the type of visa availed by an individual. This adds on to other facilities available like the Fast Track Service and the Online Payment Option. This visa service can be availed by Indian nationals, except students who want to apply for six-month or two-year multiple entry visit visa.

It would cater mostly to  those who have visited, in the past five years, countries like Great Britain, Canada or a Schengen country, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand. Those who are sponsored by the companies or are  members of the UK Business Express Programme can also enjoy this facility.

The service will be launched from Mumbai and  Delhi, and later on from Chennai. Those applying for this visa will have to complete an online form before 9:30 am and, if the application is approved, then they will get the visa at 5:30 pm in Delhi and at 6:30 pm in Mumbai the same day. 

CBI's autonomous status to be decided by Group of Ministers

Merely a week after hearing strong words from the apex court regarding the CBI being a ‘caged parrot’ and whether the government intended to do anything regarding that to remove the external influences, the Prime Minister has formed a Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by the Finance Minister, P.Chidambaram.

The GoM will formulate the proposal to ensure autonomy of the CBI. The GoM also includes the Law Minister, Kapil Sibal, External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and Minister of State for Personnel V. Narayanasamy. They will come up with the affidavit which will be then submitted to the apex court for its perusal.

Court approves ED investigation into Saradha Group deals

The Calcutta High Court has approved the investigation by Enforcement Directorate in the Saradha Group scam which involved crores of money.

In response to a Public Interest Litigation filed by Subrata Mukherjee, the division bench of Chief Justice Arun Mishra and J.M. Bagchi asked the state government to furnish the FIR to the ED. As the same involves crores of rupees, this may be the case of money laundering and thus is a fit case for ED to probe into.

Saradha group recently got bust failing to pay lakhs of hard earned money of the poor people in the state and its CEO Sudipta Sen and two of his close associates are behind bars.

The High Court has also asked the CBI to make an affidavit specifying its probe in the matter in other states.

Sanjay Dutt to surrender tomorrow, requests for Yerwada jail in Pune

Sanjay Dutt requested the TADA court to let him surrender in Pune's Yerwada jail instead of the special court. The court has asked the CBI to reply  to this and submit the same tomorrow.

Earlier, the apex court had rejected a film producer's plea for giving him more time to surrender as the movies which he was doing were still awaiting completion.

The Supreme Court dismissed this request and Sanjay Dutt will have to surrender tomorrow. He was given five years' jail term by a TADA court for the illegal possession of  9 mm pistol and an AK-56 rifle.  

Dutta had earlier moved court seeking six month's time to surrender but the court gave him only four weeks to surrender by April 17, which is tomorrow. 

India off to a winning start in the Table Tennis World Championship

India had a good day today at the World Table Tennis Championships being held in Paris. In the men's qualification event, Soumyajit Ghosh, Harmeet Desai and Sanil Shetty all started their winning spree. The women players also matched them and in the preliminary round of the singles event, Mouma Das, K Shamini, Madhurika Patkar and Neha Aggrawal reached the round of 128 after winning their respective matches. The match details were: 

  • Soumyajit Ghosh beat Zokhid Kenjaev of Uzbekistan 4-2
  • Harmeet Desai defeated Pablo Tabachnik of Argentina 4-0
  •  Sanil Shetty won against Gautemala's Jose Migue Ramirez 4-1

They all reached Round of 64 (Prelims).

In the women's category:

  • Neha Aggarwal won 4-0 against Israel's Neli Shoifer 
  • Mouma Das posted a win against Aziza Karieva of Tajakistan
  • K Shamini defeated Ridhmi Karadanaarachchi of Sri Lanka 4-0
  • Madhurika Patkar won against Portugal's Ann Silva 4-0

All players will need to enter round of 32 so that they get into the main draw of the tournament.

Google will now offer 15 GB storage

Online storage just got bigger and better. Google has tripled its storage space for the users across its platforms like Google+, Gmail and Google Drive and the jump is from 5GB to 15GB and the businesses will see their storage space shoot to 30GB from 25GB. This feature will emerge in the coming weeks.

What is interesting enough is that this announcement comes up just before Google's I/O conference slated to begin this week.

Google definitely has an edge over its competitors - Dropbox, which offers 2GB for free, Microsoft SkyDrive, which offers users 7GB, while 5GB is the storage offered by others like Apple iCloud, Amazon Cloud Storage, and SugarSync. 

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