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Major News and Events of 20 September 2013

What Happened on 20 September 2013

IM operative flees from Mumbai court


Afzal Usmani, the Indian Mujaheedin or IM operative who had charges on him in Ahmedabad and Surat blasts in 2008, fled from a MCOCA court in Mumbai. This has caused major embarrassment to the police. Seven of the accused were being taken to the sessions court in Mumbai from Taloja Jail in Raigad district. Usmani may not have been a prominent face of the IM but his arrest had a psychological effect and also he was instrumental in helping the agencies nab on IM module in Mumbai. He used to steal cars to supply them to the terrorists so that they can use them to implant the bombs and he did the same for the Surat blasts. An arrest warrant has been issued against him and search is on to capture him.

Suresh Raina from BJP arrested in connection with Muzaffarnagar riots


Suresh Raina from BJP is one of the politicians who have charges for inciting the Hindu-Muslim tension at Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The communal violence led to death of as many as 50 people and 40,000 had to take shelter in refugee camps. Rana was arrested today. His colleague was the person who shared the fake video that aggravated the tensions and which led to the riots on 7th September. Rana got arrested when he was en-route to Gomtinagar locality from the BJP headquarters. Rana is a legislator from Bhawan in Muzaffarnagar. Charges on him are under section 7 of the Criminal Amendment Act, that is a non-bailable offence. He is also booked under the Indian Penal Code. When news of his arrest reached his supporters they tried to create obstruction to the police. Rana was taken to an unspecified destination. Arrest warrants against 16 political leaders including 4 from BJP, one from Congress and another from BSP has also been issued.

RBI increases the key policy interest rate


RBI increased the key policy interest rate by 0.25% stumping everyone with this move and at the same time rolled back some of the steps taken to boost the depreciating rupee. This had a crashing effect literally on stock market as well as the rupee which dipped. RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan in his first monetary policy review hiked the repurchase or repo rate by 0.25% taking it to 7.5%. This is the rate payable by the commercial banks when they need to borrow short-term money from the RBI. The reverse repo rate was fixed at 6.5% from 6.25%. RBI pays this rate to the commercial banks for their short-term deposits. With the changes in these rates home and auto loans will become expensive. The Sensex slumped by almost 449 points and rupee declined to 62.61 against a dollar.

Srinivasan seems all set to return


N Srinivasan seems all set to return as the BCCI chief and will have no opposition in his pursuit to power. At the BCCI's Annual General Meeting on 29th September in Chennai Srinivasan will be elected with all probability. He has got endorsements from five of the six units in South Zone which has left everyone stumped. The BCCI rules specify that for anyone vying for the top post there should be a proposer and seconder from the zone which is supposed to elect. Incidentally it is the turn of south zone this time and Srinivasan has got the support of Kerala, Hyderabad, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. To bring an opponent in front of him at least support of one unit is needed.

10 GB of free Drive space if one signs for Google Quickoffice


Google will give 10GB of free storage to the Google Drive account when a user logs into their account through Google Quickoffice but one has to do this before 26th September, 2013. Once the application is installed the user needs to run it and then log into their Google account and instantly they would get the free space. Other accounts can be logged in by clicking on the profile picture and opting for changing the account. This free space will be there for two years. It remains to be seen how Google treats the corporate accounts which it terms as Google Apps Accounts.

Hrithik and Sussanne headed for divorce?


Hrithik and Sussanne heading for divorce, this comes as a shocker if it turns true. This is least expected from a couple so much in love but then anything can happen and if rumor mills are to be believed then tension is brewing in the Roshan household. The things are of course under wraps but when Sussanne was conspicuous with her absence at Ganesh Visarjana and her quick exit from Rakesh Roshan’s birthday party did not go unnoticed. She is believed to be now staying with her parents; this has added more fodder to the news. The childhood sweethearts who have two kids should not break apart, that is what all would hope for. Sussanne’s sister refuted all this and stated these were just gossips and that people should not intrude into the celebrities’ personal life. 

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