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Major News and Events of 25 April 2013

What Happened on 25 April 2013

Six fishermen missing after trawler hits merchant ship off Goa

A trawler collided with a merchant ship on the deep seas off the coast of Canacona sub-district in south Goa and six fishermen are missing as per the police.

There were twenty-nine fishermen and crew on board the trawler Sea Merces MFR1125 when the incident occurred on Thursday mid-morning, around 70 nautical miles off the coastline. Out of the twenty-three sailors rescued, 12 were injured and admitted to the Hospicio Hospital in Margao for treatment.

Indian Coast Guard and the Goa Police Marine unit did the rescue operation. Search is still on for any remaining survivors.

20 stars and 20 singers for the title track of "Bombay Talkies"

Twenty screen stars will come together for a special title track of the movie "Bombay Talkies", which celebrates 100 years of Indian cinema. The stars include the Khans - Aamir, Shah Rukh and Saif Ali -  leading ladies Madhuri Dixit, Vidya Balan and Rani Mukerji as well as Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Shahid Kapoor, Ranveer Singh, Ranbir Kapoor, Imran Khan, Sonam Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, Anil Kapoor, Sridevi, Akshay Kumar, Karisma Kapoor and Juhi Chawla.

An interesting fact is that 20 singers have also taken part in the song and have done playback singing for the stars they usually sing for. Some of the singers  are Sunidhi Chauhan, Shaan, Kavita Krishnamurthy, S.P. Balasubramaniam, Abhijeet, Kumar Sanu, Alka Yagnik, Mohit Chauhan, Sonu Nigam, Sudesh Bhonsle, Shreya Ghosal, Shilpa Rao, Udit Narayan, KK and Sukhwinder Singh.

Bombay Talkies is actually a compilation of four short films by four filmmakers - Zoya Akhtar, Anurag Kashyap, Dibaker Banerjee and Karan Johar. The movie hits theaters on May 3 and will also be screened at the Cannes film festival this year.

Tendulkar can play till 50 if he wants: Viv Richards

West Indies legend Sir Vivian Richards said that Sachin Tendulkar can play till the age of 50 if he wants to and it should be his decision when to retire.

Richards, an advisor for the Delhi Daredevils in the Indian Premier League, said there should be an appreciation of what Tendulkar has done for the game and giving him advice about when to retire should stop.

Richards also talked about Virender Sehwag who was left out of the Champions Trophy list of probables. Richards stated he would always like to have a batsman like Sehwag in his team to unleash destruction on the bowlers.

China's incursion at Ladakh, third flag meet may happen tomorrow

Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid has given confirmation that he will visit China on May 9. There are tensions at the disputed border in Ladakh.

As per sources, the third flag meeting between Indian and Chinese troops may be held tomorrow. Defence Minister AK Antony has also been apprised by Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh on the situation in Ladakh.

China has dismissed the claim that a platoon of its soldiers entered into Indian territory on April 15 to set up camp in the Depsang valley and were provided cover by the Chinese helicopters which entered Indian airspace.

The Indian army has informed the government that no build-up on the Chinese side of the Line of Actual Control (LAC) was detected. Unmanned aerial vehicles have been positioned to monitor the Chinese army's activities near Daulat Beg Oldi, where a landing strip was setup during the 1962 war. This was reopened in 2008.

Not much breakthrough has been achieved in the previous two flag meetings. In the second meeting, which happened yesterday, China stated that its camp was not on the Indian side of the disputed border and its soldiers would not withdraw.

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is expected in New Delhi on May 20 for his first overseas trip. Khurshid’s visit is only part of the preparations of that visit.

In the past, small incursions have occured but setting up of a camp so deep in the disputed zone is rare.  Khurshid has expressed confidence that the present tension between the troops of the two countries on the LAC in Ladakh would be dissipated soon. He also specified that there was a working mechanism between the two countries to tackle such situations.

60 fraudulent firms like Saradha operating in Bengal

The experts state that as many as 60 fraudulent firms like the Saradha Group, which is involved in the West Bengal chit fund scandal, may be operating in the state and may have accumulated around Rs.10 lakh crore from duping innocent people into depositing money with them with false promises of high returns.

According to the experts are innumerable small and unregistered money laundering firms operating in the state, particularly in North and South, 24 Parganas, Malda and Birbhum districts. 

There has been public outrage after the Saradha Group has gone bust as the depositors attacked the firm’s offices and hit the streets. There were clashes between agents and depositors as well. Lakhs of its depositors were promised high interest rates - ranging from 25 percent to 30 percent. Mainly poor people in the state's villages and small towns had deposited their hard-earned money here.

Saradha Group chairman and managing director Sudipta Sen and his two aides were today produced before the  Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate's court in Kolkata which sent them to 14 days' police custody. 

The Ministry of Corporate Affairs has informed that it would to set up a special task force which will probe into the chit fund scam.

Lunar eclipse today, several celestial events this month

Several celestial events will happen during April-May starting with Thursday's partial lunar eclipse - the only visible lunar eclipse of the year in India.

The lunar eclipse starts at 11:32 p.m. today and ends at 03:43 a.m. on April 26.

The Planetary Society of India (PSI) said that noticeable darkening of the moon's disk will be visible between 1:22-1:53 a.m. This coincides with rare meteor showers, and the conjunction of Saturn with the moon on April 26.

The eclipse will be visible in Asia, Australia, Africa, Europe and Antarctica.

Three more lunar eclipses will take place this year including a penumbral lunar eclipse on May 2, and a solar eclipse on May 10, but these will not be visible in India.

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