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Major News and Events of 16 August 2013

What Happened on 16 August 2013

Home secretary in Jammu to take stock of Kishtwar, border situation



The home secretary paid a visit to R.S. Pura in Jammu district to get update of the situation prevailing at the international border (IB) and he is also supposed to visit the headquarters of the BSF in Paloura in Jammu to have a talk with senior officials. BSF guards the international border while army the LOC in Jammu. Since few days tension has been brewing in this zone after ceasefire violations by the Pakistani army on a continuous basis.

On the 8th day too curfew prevailed in Kishtwar. Anil Goswami, Union Home Secretary has reached the Jammu town to monitor the law and order situation. He is also there to get heads up ofsituation on the international border. On the Independence Day curfew was relaxed for some time.Though curfew was removed from 7 districts in Jammu region which had curfew clamped on 10th August as a measure of precaution. Schools and colleges will also open in Jammu and other districts.

Five sailors' bodies recovered in bad shape from INS Sindhurakshak


The bodies of five sailors have been recovered from the sunken submarine INS Sindhurakshak which suffered two huge explosions and sank at its berth in the Naval Dockyard at Mumbai. Though there is no stone unturned for the search of survivors and tracing of bodies the situation seems grim and the defence ministry has ruled out any possibility of survivors. 18 sailors including three officers were trapped in the submarine when it sank. The five bodies which were discovered were in a bad shape and their DNA identification will be done at Sir J.J. Hospital. Moreover, inside the submarine the water was boiling so search operation could not be carried on earlier. In fact the heat has melted the steel inside and so there is very little space and only one diver can work at a time. The Indian Navy has hopes though that they would be able to recover the armaments inside the deep sea fighter vessel, as the flames had not reached the back portion of the submarine where they were stored.

Sensex slumps by 750 points with rupee downslide


The Sensex closed on Friday at 750 points down after slumping over 807 points in the day due to rupee’s down-slide when it stood at 62 per dollar initiating large scale selling by foreign funds. The 30 scrips BSE started at 19,297.11 points, ended (provisional) at 18,618.20 points, which was a dip of 749.39 points or 3.87% compared to Wednesday's end at 19,367.59 points. The 50 scrip NSE was down by 225.35 points or 3.92 percent down at 5,516.95 points (provisional). Intra day high was 19,310.95 points and a low of 18,559.65. The bank index slipped to 622.62 points, consumer durables index dipped to 548.28 points, capital goods crashed by 394.96 points, metal index crashed to 451.20 points, oil and gas index dipped by 402.45 points.

Saina overcomes Sindhu in the IBL


Saina Nehwal overcame early pressure from PV Sindhu and then edged past her opponent in straight sets 21-19, 21-8 win which helped Hyderabad Hotshots post a 2-0 lead over Awadhe Warriors on the second day of the IBL. This match was what everyone was looking forward to where the two top players were to come face to face but the clash turned to one sided. The rivalry between the two players was palpable though both deny about its existence.

The IBL has been launched to emulate the success of IPL. The success of Saina Nehwal in the London Olympics when she got a bronze medal has been one of the factors for the initiation of this tournament and the success of PV Sindhu, who had a dream run in Guangzhou when she got third medal for the country in world championships simply added to it.

Movie war this weekend


Shah Rukh Khan and Deepika Padukone’s Chennai Express has reached the Rs. 150 crore mark in the first week of release and has grossed Rs 156 crore till now. Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara also had packed houses but the movie did not get much space with Chennai Express still ruling the theaters. Once Upon A Time in Mumbai Dobaara will show its true colour today though it is not receiving very kind reviews from the critics. Will the movie be able to churn out some magic in the backdrop of Chennai Express creating records after records is yet to be seen but from some quarters Akshay Kumar’s performance has been well appreciated.

Samsung launches Android flip phones


This news may be awaited by some section of the smartphone users who miss the flip phones. Samsung has got an answer to them and has launched Android flip phones, but it has been launched in China and there is no clarity when it will reach the other markets. The Samsung W789 has two screens 3.3”, one with the 320x480 pixel resolution and another with HVGA displays. The device has a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and sports a 5 MP primary camera with a flash. The phone has a dual SIM functionality and dual standby. The device has a 1,500 mAh battery as well as WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS functionality.

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