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Major News and Events of 21 July 2013

What Happened on 21 July 2013

Highly toxic substance found in the mid-day meal samples in Bihar


The findings of the forensic report specify that traces of pesticides were there in the free lunch given to the school children in Bihar. It was found in the oil samples, food remaining on the plate, rice with vegetables mixture stored in aluminum utensils. What is distressing is the fact that the percentage was five times more than what is used in commercial preparation. The highly toxic substance Monocrotophos was found in the samples. Amid public outrage and debate over mid-day meal programs which aims at providing free meals to 120 million children, the school principal is still absconding, charged with criminal negligence. A second incident of 170 children falling sick after having meal in Neyveli has unearthed in Tamil Nadu.

Congress and BJP in war of words over Gujarat riots

Congress put the blame on Gujarat riots for emergence of Indian Mujahideen, the terror group. While BJP stated that the Congress for vote bank was indulging in playing the communal card. Congress said that the terror outfit was constituted after the Gujarat carnage and still the BJP and RSS were not stopping the communal politics. BJP on the other hand specified that this was indeed a stupid comment as these terror groups had a Pakistan linkage and they got aid from the neighboring country. It said that the Congress was getting into blame game as it lacks answers for its own wrongdoings and that terror groups existed even before the 2002 riots.

Vodafone's revenue grew by 13.8% in Apr-Jun Quarter

Vodafone India, which holds the 2nd position in the country among the mobile service providers as per customer base has announced that its service revenue grew by 13.8% to Rs 9,917.53 crore in the Q1 compared on yearly basis. This was due to stable growth in mobile voice minutes and increased average revenue per minute (Arpu) and also since there steady competition. The subscribers grew by 2.7 million during the Apr-Jun quarter. There was 29% increase in data usage when compared to the 4th quarter. Not only there were more customers but also there was increased usage mainly among 3G customers. Data customers at June end was 41.2 million and 3G customers rose to 3.7 million compared to 3.3 million in the previous quarter.

Shah Rukh and Salman end bitterness?

This may be the biggest news of the entertainment industry when its two mega stars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan decide to end their bitterness and hug each other at the Iftar party hosted by the Congress leader Baba Siddique.Baba Siddiqui stated he initiated the union and was hopeful that they will be friends again. To say the least the guests present there were pleasantly surprised. The actors were not even talking with each others for five years now.

Indian team off to Zimbabwe for 5 ODIs

The Indian cricket team of 15 members with Virat Kohli as a skipper headed for Zimbabwe for a five matches ODI series that starts on July 24. Mahendra Singh Dhoni is not a part of this series as he has been rested by the selectors. Three pace bowlers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar along with spinner R Ashwin have also been given a break. This tour of Zimbabwe comes after three years when in June 2010, Indian squad led by Suresh Raina participated in a tri-nation ODI series.The tour schedule is:

Matches at Harare Sports Club, Harare-


  • 1st ODI- Jul 24
  • 2nd ODI- Jul 26
  • 3rd ODI- Jul 28

Matches at Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo


  • 4th ODI- Jul 31
  • 5th ODI- Aug 3
5G technology by Huawei by 2020


Huawei Technologies has stated it is in the process of providing the fifth generation (5G), which people can use by 2020. It stated now 200 people are engaged in this project and a stipulated time is kept aside for R&D. It also stated that by 2020, 5G will offer huge connectivity as there will be billion connections. In this technology the speed will be 10 GBps that will have 100 times more speed than what is used now. Samsung has also declared that testing of 5G technology has been successful and by 2020 it will be ready to roll out.

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