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Major News and Events of 15 July 2013

What Happened on 15 July 2013

Now Congress slams Modi

The war of words between Modi and the Congress continues with Congress retaliating aggressively to Modi’s remark of Congress hiding behind a secularism veil whenever confronted with a real issue.

Congress has said that cover of secularism is better than naked communalism which divides states whereas secularism unites. It was also said that Modi should not be speaking about UPA’s performance as he has failed as a CM in Gujarat. It was also stated that the good things which the UPA has done should be brought to the fore and that UPA was better in governance than NDA led by BJP in many counts like economic growth, education, sports and health.

It remains to be seen how Modi responds to this.

22 banks penalized by RBI

RBI announced on Monday that 22 banks that include the SBI, PNB have been penalized for KYC norms violation and money laundering. This was done after the central bank did an investigation of account books, processes and compliance followed in the banks. Rs. 3 crore fine has been imposed on SBI and Rs 2.5 crore on PNB. Show cause notices were issued to banks who responded with replies. Other banks who were penalized were

  • Bank of Baroda
  • Andhra Bank
  • Vijaya Bank
  • Ratnakar Bank
  • Yes Bank
  • Deutsche Bank
  • Canara Bank
  • Indian Overseas Bank
  • Bank of India
  • Central Bank of India

The RBI, after a close scrutiny of all the documents and the individual replies, came to the conclusion that monetary penalty should be imposed on the banks.

5748 people missing in Uttarakhand, may be declared dead

In Uttarakhand, 5748 persons are still missing but the CM Vijay Bahuguna does not want them to be declared dead. He said he was hopeful that somehow they will come back.

But as the deadline for finding the missing is nearing, the relief money will be paid to the next of kin. If the person is found, the family will have to return the amount. Out of the compensation amount, Rs. 3.5 lakh will be paid by the central government and Rs 1.5 lakh by the state government.

There are 934 people belonging to Uttarakhand among the missing. The debris at Kedarnath are yet to be removed due to bad weather and also because the equipments cannot be air-dropped. Bodies have been found at Rambada but authorities are not able to reach it. Telephone connections have been restored in the villages by BSNL.

Shiv Kapur is all geared up for the Open Championship

The Indian golfer Shiv Kapur feels he is now more experienced and ready to make his second appearance at the Open Championship which begins on Thursday.

Kapur won the Asian Tour and two weeks ago was selected to play at the Local Final Qualifying (LFQ) event in Dunbar, Scotland. He first made an appearance at the Open Championship in 2006. He thinks that that was the most amazing period in his life when he felt he had entered a candy store like a kid and was awed by the experience.

What is heartening to note that he is the only Indian in this exclusive domain which has the likes of players like Ernie Els, Tiger Woods, Y.E. Yang and K.J. Choi. He stated he would require his experience playing there as he is not too familiar with playing links golf.

"Mumbai Saga" to be Sanjay Gupta's next

Sanjay Gupta is now ready for his next project Mumbai Saga. He considers it his most ambitious project till date. The movie is based in the period between 1980s and 1990s. The story, which revolves on crime, has the elements of action, drama, cops, politics and more.

Gupta has earlier given hits like Kaante, which came in 2002; Shootout at Lokhandwala, which released in 2007; and the recent Shootout at Wadala.

He plans to rope in John Abraham, Anil Kapoor, Manoj Bajpayee, Sonu Sood and Tusshar Kapoor, the actors who were also cast in his last movie. Some new actors would also be included in the cast.

Social media vacation

A social media break is the 'in' thing now. You go on a vacation when you are overwhelmed with the volume of information. Here the vacation is detaching yourself from social networking sites for some time as there is overload of updates and maintaining emails.

A survey conducted on some adults found that 40% of 2000 persons shift between multiple networks. 50% use the social networks more than they did in the past two years. 35% spend at least 31 minutes per day in reading and replying to emails. What was alarming was the fact that 60% of those surveyed had the fear they would miss an important update or won’t be able to monitor the network fully.

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