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Major News and Events of 24 May 2013

What Happened on 24 May 2013


India Cements disowns Gurunath Meiyappan

India Cements Ltd. today announced that Gurunath Meiyappan was in no way associated with Chennai Super Kings. The company also informed that it will take suitable steps against corruption. If anyone is found embroiled in the spot-fixing controversy then necessary action will be taken, it said.

The company was willing to assist the BCCI and other law enforcement agencies in whatever way it is possible. Meiyappan is son-in-law of N.Srinivasan the BCCI president. All this seems to be casting a shadow on N. Srinivasan, and there are talks about him stepping down if Meiyappan is found guilty. In all this it seems the IPL tournament is losing its sheen and the game is being affected. This has happened when the cricketing event is at its most exciting stage.

45 Indian fishermen released by Pakistan, authorities not informed

As a mark of goodwill, Pakistan released 45 Indian fishermen though amid confusion.

The formalities are yet to be completed, and the Indian authorities have not been informed officially. The fishermen were released from the jail in Karachi, but their identity verification has not been done, and even some of them have not completed their jail terms. It is being said that if these formalities are not completed then they cannot cross the border.

Earlier, it was stated that 51 fishermen will be released then the number was reduced to 49 and eventually it stood at 45. Pakistan is also hopeful that India will release their fishermen. There are 482 Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails and 496 Pakistani prisoners in India. The decision to release the prisoners was taken after Sarabjit Singh died in Pakistan’s jail while Sanaullah Ranjay succumbed to injuries after being assaulted in a Jammu jail.

Gun battle between security forces and guerillas continue in J&K

The ensuing gun battle between the security forces and the guerrillas in Jammu and Kashmir resulted in five deaths when a soldier breathed his last due to injuries. The militants started firing when the Rashtriya Rifles and police were cordoning off in Bachoo village in Pulwama district which is 35 km from Srinagar.

Lt Col Ankur Vasisht of the Srinagar-based 15 Corps informed that three soldiers lost their lives in the gun battle while one militant was also believed to be killed though the forces have not recovered his body. The militant has been identified as Burhan of Hizbul Mujahideen. This incident took place after Hilal Molvi, a commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba was killed by the police.

Amazon Appstore for Android comes to India

Amazon Appstore is now available in India along with 200 other countries. Now games and apps from reputed brands will be available to the users and one can avail games like Angry Birds Friends, Iron Man 3, Temple Run among others.

One can get the ‘Free App of the Day’ where Amazon gives one paid app for free on a day like Cut the Rope: Experiments was free on May 24, 2013. Apart from this Amazon has also informed that from June 2013 Kindle Fire will be available in 170 countries.

"Chennai Express" to be promoted during the finals of IPL

Shah Rukh Khan will be promoting Chennai Express during the IPL finals. He will feature in the show Extraa Innings which is screened on SET MAX.

Shah Rukh will launch the promo which asks the fans to express themselves. There are possibilities that he may launch the trailer of the movie that day itself. The movie, which stars Deepika Padukone along with him, releases in August and the shooting for which was completed on Thursday.

Yamaha's unit to roll operation in Chennai in mid 2014

The manufacturing unit of Yamaha Motors will be operative at Chennai by mid 2014. This information was passed by Hiroyuki Suzuki, CEO and MD of India Yamaha Motor Pvt. Ltd. It was said that the agreement with the Tamil Nadu government has been formalized and duly completed.

It is expected that over one million two-wheelers will be manufactured out of the unit in the first year, and the target is to bring out two million two-wheelers by 2016. India is being viewed as the largest market for two-wheelers though there was a trend towards the negative in the past few months and so a 0.3 percent decline in demand was there. In this period Yamaha's two-wheelers sales saw a rise of 22 percent.




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