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Major News and Events of 22 September 2013

What Happened on 22 September 2013

Party workers may have to pay Rs 10 to attend Modi's public rally


The BJP party workers may have to pay Rs 10 for attending the public rally of Narendra Modi, a prime ministerial candidate of the party. As per a senior party functionary, the decision of taking money is almost final and this has been taken so that party workers remain committed to the party, Modi and the ideology of the party. The Gujurat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi in the second half of the next month will address the public meeting as per the schedule. This public meeting is considered to be the initial grounding of the next years general elections. In-charge of the rally is the senior party leader M Venkaiah Naidu. Party at present is exploring the right location for the public rally that is expected to attract five-lakh people.

Paying for a rally or a programme is not new for Modi. Earlier this year, general public was charged Rs five for attending Modi’s programme in Hyderabad. It is said that for Modi’s rally in Bhopal on 25th September, party is going to charge Rs five for the party workers. BJP said that taking fee is common in the "Pariwar" conventions as well.

Security guards to get legal support in Anmol Sarna murder case


Two security guards, Surender Bali and Naresh Mishra, booked in Anmol Sarna murder case may get legal support. The support will be provided by the Resident Welfare Association of the South Park Apartments. The security guards have been booked for the murder of Anmol Sarna, an NRI. They have been arrested under the section 302 (murder) of Indian Penal Code. It is said that guards have given severe head injuries to Anmol with batons. The case will be taken up by Anoop Bagai, advocate by profession and resident of the same posh apartment complex. Police had also interrogated two other security guards, Banwari Lal and Joginder, who are now back to work. According to a local resident, guards are wrongly accused and put into a condition of distress along with their families. Local residents also said that guards had bamboo sticks not the batons when the PCR van took Anmol and also he (Anmol) looked physically fine while boarding. The guards have also said that they did not react and kept their calm even after being abused and slapped by Anmol.

Blood stains have been found inside Pranil’s home. Nail samples of Pranil Shah, Shivank Gambhir, Ritham Girhotra and Madhav Bhandari (Anmol’s friends) have been taken. Bail to Bhuwan Sharma and Nehul has been granted by Deepak Wason, Metropolitan Magistrate who were charged of helping his friends in getting drugs consumed during the party. The bail was granted as police was not able to show enormous quantity of drug either for their personal or commercial use from them. Anmol Sarna, 24-year old NRI was a student. He died on 17 September after he attended a party with his friends at one of his friend’s resident. Bail application of four accused had been rejected by the court.

UK and Australia regulators to scan Ranbaxy after US FDA


After a US ban on imports of items prepared at the Mohali plant of Ranbaxy, is the turn of the regulators in Australia and Europe that also includes regulators of UK. Officials are seeking information from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regarding the lapses and necessary action will be taken after getting report from FDA. US health vigilance have found severe problem at Ranbaxy’s plant in Mohali Punjab. Some tablets had black fibres alleged to be hair from the arm of employees and black spots suspected to be oil from the machines. Mohali plant was commissioned in 2011 and export from the same plant started in 2012. Daiichi Sankyo in 2008 had acquired the Ranbaxy Laboratories. At present, this drug maker has 16 manufacturing units in eight countries.

The drug makers have said that they will cooperate with the FDA and all necessary steps will be taken if required. A spokesperson for Australia's Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) said that action plan depends upon the assessment of information received from the FDA. They need to determine whether Australian medicines are also affected or not. Assessment is also going on by the UK's Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). MHRA further said that presently there is no evidence proving the medicine from these plants as affected. The World Health Organization has made no comments on its action plan. On the other hand Ranbaxy had signed consent decree in May with the US FDA. According to this Ranbaxy is ready to pay $500 million to settle charges.  

Chargesheet against Asad Rauf


Asad Rauf, a Pakistan Umpire is one of the main accused in IPL betting case. Bookies have supposedly given presents to him, he on the other hand passed match related information to them and also placed bets on many matches while on his official tour. A case against him by the police is based on strong evidences. Proofs consist of many recorded telephonic conversations between Rauf and other persons accused in the chargesheet. Suspected link of Rauf with actor-punter Vindoo Dara Singh has also been presented in the chargesheet. Again the base is the recorded phone conversation. Vindoo has close links with Gurunath Meiyappan, a former official of Chennai Super Kings. Charges of conspiracy, cheating and forgery are placed against him by the Mumbai police on Saturday along with charge of leaking information. But as Rauf had gone back to Pakistan, the Mumbai police was not able to question him. Rauf on reaching Pakistan, his home country held a press conference in which he stated that he is not a part of any corrupt activity. He said the same after the chargesheet was filed against him on Saturday. A release was also issued by the ICC stating that the umpire was step down from his duties in the Champions Trophy in England and then he was also out of the Elite Panel of Umpires.

Share of free mobile app downloads is growing


Along with smartphones, mobile applications download is also growing in number. It is expected that number of free mobile apps downloads will touch 239.95 billion by 2017. Whereas the number for paid mobile applications would hit 14.78 billion mark. The data are released by research firm Gartner. The firm has the data that shows 57.33 billion free apps were downloaded in 2012 and 6.65 billion paid apps were downloaded in the same time period. Gartner Research Director Brian Blau said that 60% of the total apps in Apple's App Store and 80% in Google play are free apps. In 2013 the free apps download will touch 92.88 billion mark. It expected that share of free app download will increase continuously which was 89.6% of the total downloads in 2012 and will become 91% in 2013.

Hazel Keech is out of Big Boss


The first contestant to leave the Big Boss house is Hazel Keech, a British-Indian actress. She was voted to leave the house on seventh day. As six days is a small period of time so Hazel is not clear about the nature of every contestant but she feels that Pratyusha Banerjee, a co-contestant is a trouble maker where as Kamya Punjabi is a straight forward person saying what she feels is right. Hazel also feels that going to hell (Jahannam) was not as terrible as it looks like. Contestants in hell got bed and water to drink. When asked about the most eligible contestant who can win the title, Hazel said that it depends upon whether people like bitchy or good persons meaning what they enjoy watching. In spite of the fact that she is no longer in the house, Hazel has already made plans to watch the show as a viewer and she would try to see every episode. Hazel did a small role in the movie ‘Bodyguard’ and now she is going to work as a lead actress in a movie called ‘Bold Bollywood’. Apoorva Agnihotri and his wife Shilpa, Armaan Kohli, Anita Advani, Eli Evram, Gauhar Khan, Kamya, Kushal Tandon, Pratyusha, Rajat Rawail, Ratan Rajput, Sangram Singh, Tanisha Mukherjee and VJ Andy and are the remaining contestant in Big Boss Saath – 7. 

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