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Major News and Events of 21 April 2013

What Happened on 21 April 2013

Angry protests continue in Delhi over rape of 5 year old

Delhi seethed with anger over the brutal rape of a 5 year old.

Protests continued and people broke barricades in front of PM Manmohan Singh's and Congress President Sonia Gandhi's house. Around 40 A.A.P. protesters were detained as they tried to break the barricades outside the prime minister's house.

Protesters have been asking for the sacking of Delhi Police chief after the girl's parents, poor labourers, mentioned police apathy over their complaint for their missing daughter. They also stated that policemen tried to bribe them for being silent over the rape incident.

Two officials have been suspended and another officer, who slapped a woman protester, was also suspended.

Indian mathematical genius Shakuntala Devi no more

Indian mathematical genius and astrologer Shakuntala Devi, who was known as "human computer" for her fast numerical calculation technique, passed away at Bangalore on Sunday after a brief illness.

She breathed her last at 8:15 am and is survived by her daughter, son-in-law and two grand daughters. She was hospitalized on April 3rd due to her kidneys becoming 80 percent weaker as well as due to respiratory problems.

Her mathematical skills had come to the fore when she was six years old, at a public function in Mysore. She was termed a wizard in number games at the Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu's Chidambaram, which is at a distance of 200 km from Chennai. In 1977, she mentally discovered the 23rd root of a 201-digit number. Then in June 1980, she multiplied two 13-digit numbers picked at random at the Imperial College in London in 28 seconds -- an event which was recorded in the Guiness Book of World Records. She was the author of many books on mathematics and astrology including "Fun with Numbers", "Astrology for You", and "Puzzles to Puzzle You."

Gold may remain stable at Rs.25,000/10 gm

Gold prices slumped almost 20 percent from the record high of Rs.32,500 ($602) per 10 gram last September.

The prices are expected to stabilise in the range of Rs.25,000 to Rs.26,000 in the medium term as per the analysts. They also feel that in the long term (2-3 years) gold prices will regain their 2012 high. 

Gold prices reached an almost three-year low of Rs.25,680 on Wednesday, 21 percent less than the record high of Rs.32,500 in September 2012. The price regained towards the end of the week due to retail buying. Gold was traded at around Rs. 27,100 on Saturday.

The prices dipped this year after 12 consecutive years of gains. The reasons were a fear that the debt-ridden European countries will sell off gold and liquidations in exchange-traded funds.

DD post thumping win of 9 wickets over MI

Delhi Daredevils won over Mumbai Indians by nine wickets for the first time in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday. 

Virender Sehwag (95 not out) and skipper Mahela Jayawardene (59) fought for the home team, which reached the 162-run target in 17 overs. Mumbai had scored 161/4, thanks to Sachin Tendulkar (54) and Rohit Sharma (73).

Jayawardene stated that Sehwag had decided to end the team's six-match losing streak in the IPL.

Hema Malini receives P. C. Chandra award

Bollywood 'Dream Girl' Hema Malini was given the P. C. Chandra award for her contribution to Indian cinema. 

P.C. Chandra Group Managing Director Prashant Chandra presented the award at a gala function in the Science City auditorium in Kolkata. Chandra stated that Hema Malini was one of the greatest and successful actresses in the history of Indian cinema.

Hema Malini said the award is "more special to me as it has been given when Indian cinema is celebrating its centenary".

The award since 1993 has been given to Manna De, late Pandit Bhimsen Joshi, Gulzar, Mahasweta Devi and Sourav Ganguly.

CBI to take over Mapathon case from Delhi police

The CBI will take over investigation from the Delhi police to probe whether Google violated the rules when it hosted a competition, “Mapathon” asking its users to include information about their local areas for its online mapping services.

The competition was launched in India in February and March to make more local information accessible to all. The investigation is being conducted after a complaint which stated the contest was illegal and may hamper national security.

In the competition, Google invited users to “create better maps for India” by adding inputs of their neighborhoods and offered the top 1,000 mappers prizes of tablets, smartphones and gift vouchers. Survey of India had first written to Google saying its “Mapathon” was against rules and then filed a police complaint.

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