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Major News and Events of 24 June 2013

What Happened on 24 June 2013

Heavy rains in Uttarakhand, rescue operations halted

Rescue operations have been halted due to heavy rains in Dehradun and other regions of Uttarakhand on Monday. There is torrential downpour in Rudraprayag and connection to Gauikund and Tilwada has been snapped. 500 people are stuck up in Gaurikund but nothing can be done as of now to evacuate them.

Guptakashi, Badrinath and Harsil all were experiencing heavy rains. IAF had to withdraw eight choppers from the rescue operations as conditions were dangerous for flying. Water level of rivers like Alaknanda and Mandakini have risen again. Also, a cloudburst has supposedly occurred but till now no casualties were reported. As many as 15,000 people are still there in the region. One chopper was missing in the inclement weather.

Indians to shell out Rs. 2.7 lakhs to enter Britain after November

As per reports, people from six countries who will be visiting UK after November will have to shell out a bond of 3,000 pounds or Rs. 2.7 lakh for a six month’s visa and once they leave the country after that period, this money will be returned to them.

But if they stay beyond this period, this amount will be forfeited. This has been done so that immigration rules are not abused. The countries include India, Pakistan, Nigeria, Sri Lanka, Ghana and Bangladesh. These countries, as per reports, have been declared high risk.

Initially hundreds of visitors would be targeted but later on this scheme will be effective for many thousands of visitors. From India, 2,96,000 people were thought to be of risk last year.

Reliance gears up for launch of 4G services

With the number of mobile users in India standing at 870 million, it would be a breakthrough of sorts when Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) forays to invest in 4G in the country in a huge manner.

The project which is worth billions of dollars is aimed at providing high-speed and cost-effective wireless broadband solutions. The strategy would be to unveil a never-tapped technology as well as that which is gradually emerging. The services will initially start in Mumbai and Delhi and would roll out in other cities as well soon.

No more details have been divulged by the company. RIL had got the nationwide licence to operate 4G services in the country three years back. One of its units, Reliance Jio Infocomm had got into a telecom-tower sharing agreement with Reliance Communications this month and also had inked an agreement with Bharti Airtel for lease of international bandwidth.

Glory and money for the Indian cricket team

The Indian team is basking in the glory of the win at Edgbaston and, if that is not enough, there is money to keep their spirit soaring up the sky.

Team India has got as much as Rs. 12 crore with this win in what is going to be the last edition of this tournament.

BCCI will give Rs. 1 crore each to the team members and the support staff will get Rs. 50 lakhs each. This is the first time India was victorious in the tournament which had started 38 years ago and skipper Dhoni has made a unique record of heading a team which won all the forms of ICC tournaments.

Indian team will now play with Sri Lanka and West Indies in an ODI tri-series in the Caribbean which begins from 28th June.

Salman to be tried for culpable homicide

A Mumbai sessions court has rejected Salman Khan’s review petition. He will be tried for charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder in a hit and run case in 2002.

Salman has been provided a month to appear in court. If his charges are established, he will have to serve 10 years of imprisonment.

Earlier on, his trial was for rash and negligent driving, where his sentence would have been for not more than two years. Salman in his review plea had mentioned the decision of the lower court, which gave the order of charges of culpable homicide not amounting to murder erroneous and setting a bad example of law.

In 2002, he rammed his SUV onto the people sleeping on a pavement and killed one and injured four.

BSNL will restore the towers in Uttarakhand in three days

BSNL has stated that it will need three days for the restoration of the mobile towers in Uttarakhand where the  most number of people are stranded.

It was further informed that its 270 mobile towers were not functioning till Sunday evening and three of these at Barkat, Phata and Janki Chatti have resumed operation. 10 out of the 72 telephone exchanges in the state were also restored. The fact that roads have been damaged is causing hindrance to speedy restoration work. Further, as there is no electricity in the region, this has further complicated the situation as diesel has to be supplied but there are no roads for this to be done.

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