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Major News and Events of 21 August 2013

What Happened on 21 August 2013

Asaram Bapu charged of sexual assault on a minor


Asaram Bapu, the self proclaimed Godman has been charged of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl who was put up in a hostel that is run by his trust in Jodhpur. The girl, a minor filed a written complaint at central Delhi’s Kamala Market Police Station. Though the incident occurred in Rajasthan, her complaint was lodged as 'zero first information report under section 376', wherein a crime victim can reach out to the police anywhere. This case will be forwarded to Rajasthan police.

Asaram was earlier too embroiled in controversy when he had said the Delhi gang-rape victim could have saved herself by addressing the rapists as her brother. Bapu and his son also got in trouble when two cousins staying at the Ahmedabad Ashram died. Their parents had claimed black magic to be the reason of their death.

Curfew lifted in Kishtwar, all party delegation hope for peace


In violence-hit Kishtwar, curfew was finally lifted after 12 days since first it was clamped on 9th August and the town was gradually limping to normalcy with no incidents happening in the day. The State Government will most probably submit a report on the Kishtwar riots to the Supreme Court as the division bench of the apex court had asked for a detailed affidavit on the communal tension which prevailed there.

The all-party delegation which has come here has hopes for achieving peace. The delegation includes National Conference-Congress alliance, the BJP, the BSP, the SP, the NCP, CPI-M, Panthers' Party and Shiromani Akali Dal and it is here in the town since past two days. They had discussions with the members of the two communities separately, though the joint meeting was postponed.

Kohli and Raina in ICC Twenty20 rankings, no bowlers feature in the list


Virat Kohli is the top Indian batsman who has got sixth position in the ICC Twenty20 rankings. After him there is Suresh Raina at 8th position whereas, Yuvraj Singh is at 16th rank. The bowlers do not figure in the top 10 list and R Ashwin secures the highest rank among the Indian bowlers at 16th. Even though India plays so many matches in this format what may be the reason for them not featuring in the list? Does that mean as it is perceived India plays too many matches and so the players don’t get ample breathing space to excel in the game?

Rupee plummets, Sensex tanks below 18,000 points


The rupee plummeted to 64.52 against the dollar which is again the record low. There were interventions from the RBI and the government but to no avail as it seems the Rupee has adopted the free-fall mode seriously. This was of course aggravated by huge demands for dollar from importers and banks. The distressing factor is that rupee has plunged to record lows for the fourth session consecutively. Today it edged past yesterday’s low of 64.13. It had an impact on the equities market and the Sensex ended at 17,905.91 points that is down by 340.13 points or 1.86%. The stocks almost all of them were trading in red.

Sanjay Dutt applies for 14 days parole


Sanjay Dutt, who is serving a term of 3.5 years at the Yerwada Jail in Pune, has applied for parole so that he can get treated for a disease. He has asked for 14 days of leave. Dutt was said to have problem while walking due to blood circulation and had applied for parole 20 days back. No decision is yet taken regarding his application and the actor’s application has been forwarded to the divisional commissioner. Even Dutt’s behaviour at jail will be taken into consideration while granting the leave. Parole is granted in emergency situations and is different from furlough which is a temporary leave and is considered as a right for any prisoner.

Samsung leading phone brand in India


Samsung which is the leading brand in the phone industry in the world has now snatched the coveted position from Nokia in India as well. Though Nokia still has the trust and reliability factor but Samsung has grabbed the top position from it in the country. Samsung now has 31.5% of the market share and has shown immense growth in the past one year. Nokia has 27.2% of the market share and has been focusing on Lumia and Asha series of phones though the former is over-priced. Nokia seems to be losing grip on the low end phones as well. Samsung has positioned in the market with phones ranging from Rs 1,500 to the Rs 45,000 category.

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