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Major News and Events of 24 April 2013

What Happened on 24 April 2013

Another day of rapes and molestations

Incidents of rape, molestation and incest, sexual abuse - particularly against minors, has emerged from several parts of the country on Wednesday.

Fathers have abused their daughters in two cases in Gurgaon and Puri. In Bihar, an incident of gang rape of mother and daughter came up which was carried out of revenge. A Bihar court ordered police from the state three-day transit remand of a 35-year-old power plant worker who supposedly committed the crime.

In Agra, two people were sent to judicial custody in the rape and murder case of a 25-year-old research student at the Dayalbagh Educational Institute. In fact, one of the accused was Udai Swaroop, grandson of the institute's chairperson Prem Kumar.

As there is public outrage over the Delhi case, the Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) used government statistics to show a 336 percent increase in child rape cases in 10 years -- from 2,113 cases in 2001 to 7,112 in 2011.

More reforms in 2-4 months: Chidambaram

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said there was no possibility of early elections, and stated that the government will be opting for more reforms in the next two to four months.

He said the government will proceed with small significant steps and push for the initiation of major reform regulations, like land and insurance bills, in the present budget session of parliament. The finance minister also stated that the government would require support from the main opposition party to get the bills passed in parliament.

The government has taken several measures in the last year to proceed further the reform process which included cutting subsidies on petroleum products and liberalising overseas investment norms for retail, aviation and some other sectors.

Jet will sell 2.73 crore shares to Etihad

Airline major Jet Airways announced that it would be seeking the approval of its shareholders through an extraordinary general meeting for issuance of the company's 2.73 crore equity shares to the Abu Dhabi-based Etihad Airways.

This information was given by the company to the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) on Wednesday. It said that the board of directors has given approval for the company and Etihad to enter into the investment agreement. The extraordinary general meeting of shareholders is scheduled later.

With this deal, Jet Airways hopes to acquire around Rs.2,000 crore. The airlines recorded a net profit of Rs.85 crore in the third quarter of 2012-13 whereas it had incurred a net loss of Rs.101.22 crore in the similar period of the previous year. The total income of the company in the quarter under review grew by 6.6 percent to Rs.4,205.77 crore, from Rs.3,939.16 crore in the corresponding quarter of last fiscal.

The negotiations with the two airlines were on since last year though the deal was delayed due to investment protection and management control issues.

Wish to personally meet and thank fans: Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar, who celebrated his 40th birthday, was in a very cheerful mood and wanted to thank all his fans. He expressed a wish to be able to meet them all personally to thank them for their "unconditional love".

He cut a 5-kg oval chocolate cake resembling a stadium at a ceremony at the ITC Sonar hotel in Kolkata. He said it was due to the wishes and prayers of his fans he was there after 23 years.

Sachin made his international debut against Pakistan in November 1989.

He was accompanied by his wife Anjali.

Shamshad Begum no more

The famed playback singer Shamshad Begum, whose songs "Mere piya gaye rangoon" and "Kabhi aar kabhi paar" passed away on Tuesday evening, her family sources informed the media on Wednesday. She was 94 and had been ill for the past few months.

She being a widow since 1955, stayed with her daughter Usha Ratra. The funeral ceremony was a small, private affair with a few friends and admirers in Andheri east.

Shamshad Begum was one of the first woman playback singers in the Hindi film industry. Her voice had a nasal tinge and it was a rage in her time as she sang for top heroines of the era. Some of the popular songs include "Kajra mohabbatwala", "Leke pehla pehla pyar", "Kahin pe nigahen, kahin pe nishaana", "Chhod babul ka ghar", "Saiyan dilme aana re" and "Teri mehfil me kismat ajmaa kar hum bhi dekhenge". She also sang songs in Punjabi, Bengali and other Indian languages.

7-inch FonePad with 3G, Intel processor for Rs 15,999 by Asus

Asus released its 7-inch FonePad in India at Rs 15,999. This was first announced at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this year.

It is a seven-inch tablet with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean platform and also allows users to make calls from the tablet itself. Features include-an Intel Atom Z2420 processor 1.2GHz, a screen resolution of 1280 X 800 wit LED Backlight and In-Panel Switching (IPS). The screen has 10 finger multi-touch support. The phone/tablet has 1GB RAM, and comes in 8GB and 16GB storage versions. There’s also a MicroSD slot with a 32 GB limit. There is a 1.2 megapixel front camera, with 720p video recording and a 3 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus, and 720p video recording. WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 3G and voice calls are supported in the device. It has a 9-hour battery life.

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