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Major News and Events of 20 August 2013

What Happened on 20 August 2013

Parliamentary proceedings stalled, both houses adjourned till Thursday


The parliamentary proceedings were stalled today after there were disruptions. These were over BJP’s demand of statement by the Prime Minister regarding the missing files concerning coal block allocations. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have been adjourned till Thursday over the continuous disruptions. Wednesday is being observed as a holiday on the occasion of Rakshabandhan. When the Lok Sabha met for the first time in the morning at 11 am, the issue of price rise initiated by Left parties and Janata Dal (United) rocked the house and noisy scene prevailed in the house forcing the speaker Meira Kumar to adjourn it for 30 minutes.

Next after reassembly, the leader of the opposition asked for a statement from the PM regarding the missing files. Allegations were also put forward that the missing documents may have the names of the Congress leaders. Swaraj also requested the Home Minister to bring the Prime Minister in the Lok Sabha. The BJP, Shiv Sena and JD-U members protested and shouted slogans against the UPA government. The CPI(M) stuck on the issue of price rise while the TDP and Congress members raised their voice against the decision of separate statehood for Telangana. The house was adjourned till 12 pm, 1 pm, 2 pm and for the day. The Rajya Sabha also faced disruptions and adjournments till 2.30 pm. regarding the missing files. Amid all this the food bill could not be discussed upon and passed.

Tunda sent to police custody for 4 days, slapped inside the court


Abdul Karim Tunda, the expert bomber supposedly belonging to Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) stated he is innocent and had no links with the bomb blasts. He is accused of as many as 40 bombings in India. While he was taken to the court he was slapped by a man. The Metropolitan Magistrate Jay Thareja has assigned four days police custody to Tunda for further questioning while the police wanted 10 days custody. As there was noisy scene in the court created by an advocate the Magistrate decided to have in-camera hearing. Tunda will now be presented 24th on August. He said he was innocent and did not inspire anyone to organize terror attacks and that he taught Quran which did not permit him to do harm to women, old people and children. The court has also asked the police to provide adequate security to Tunda after he was slapped inside the court.

Rupee posts record low 64 against dollar, recovers a bit, closes at 63.48


The Indian rupee gained marginally after slumping to a record low yet again of 64.11 against the dollar in the pre-noon trade. It now remained at 63.48 after the RBI’s intervention. Rupee thus edged over its previous low of 63.30 against the dollar on Monday. The weak rupee had an adverse effect on the equities markets which witnessed foreign institutional investors turn to net sellers, as now the investment in US economy seems more lucrative. BSE started at 18,142.83 points but ended at 18,246.04 points, dipping 61.48 points or 0.34 percent from yesterday’s end at 18,307.52 points. The Sensex reached a high of 18,306.46 points and touched a low of 17,970.98 points in the intra-day trade.

Saina beats Schenk the World no. 3


Saina remains the unabated player till now in the IBL and she continued her winning spree with a 17-21, 21-19, 11-6 win against Juliane Schenk, world's no. 3. Hyderabad Hotshots team overpowered Pune Pistons with 4-1. As much as she was aggressive on the field which reflected in her game, Saina did have some complaints like she thought line judgments went against her and she said she was thankful that in the end they were able to win. Saina has also said she loves playing against Schenk as there always is a good competition between them. The players have played 12 matches together till date and Saina’s record is 8-4, that is 8 win and 4 losses. Both the players are aware about the strength and weakness of their opponent.

Weight depends on location


According to a recent research conducted by Curtin University in Australia it has been discovered that our weight does not remain static and it changes with the change in location too. In fact if you are there on the higher altitudes your weight will be lesser than what it will be in the plains. Gravity which is the determining factor in weight is not same across the globe as the earth is not a perfect sphere or is uniform. So the gravity is weakest at the equator because of the presence of centrifugal force created due to earth’s rotation and also at higher altitudes the gravity is lesser. It has been stated by the researchers that Mount Nevado Huascaran in Peru has the weakest gravitational acceleration. On the other hand, the surface of the Arctic Ocean has the highest.

Mental will topple Chennai Express' records: Sohail


Actor and filmaker Sohail Khan, Salman Khan’s brother has stated that Salman’s upcoming movie, Mental will cross all the records and edge past Dabangg and Chennai Express. The fact that Chennai Express has toppled all the records set by Salman has not gone down well with the Salman camp it seems. The movie is releasing on January 26 and its success is being compared to that of the movie already released. This may seem too far-fetched but is a clear indicator of the rivalry that exists in Bollywood. What is interesting in this context is that the movie may not be called Mental but is referred as Jai Ho by Salaman’s family. As per sources this is going to have another name change. At this moment it seems we need to think that Salman’s next movie is going to topple the records set by Chenani Express as per Sohail Khan.

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