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Major News and Events of 26 April 2013

What Happened on 26 April 2013

CBI informs SC it shared coal blocks probe report

The CBI on Friday told the Supreme Court that its March 8 status report on investigations into coal blocks allocation was shared with union Minister for Law and Justice Ashwani Kumar and a senior bureaucrat in the Prime Minister's Office.

The status report of April 26 is yet to be shared with anyone, including the political executive, CBI director Ranjit Sinha informed the apex court.

This statement came up in reply to the March 12 orders of the apex court where the CBI director was questioned whether the March 8 status report was vetted by him and whether the contents were shared with the political executive.

Sinha added that CBI’s status report of April 26 was personally vetted by him, and not shared with anyone, including the political executive.

Chinese troops have set up tents 19 km inside Indian territory: Govt

The government informed the parliamentary committee that Chinese troops have set up tents 19 km deep inside the Indian territory in the Ladakh region of Jammu and Kashmir. It was stated that efforts are on to maintain normalcy. Forces have been positioned to "keep a close watch on the border.”

Defence secretary Shashi Kant Sharma and some other senior officials appeared before the committee after BJP members Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi and Prakash Javadekar demanded to know about the actual information in the Depsang sector of Ladakh where the Chinese incursion happened in Daulat Beg Oldie area a week ago. The meeting of the committee was interrupted as members were not satisfied with the insufficient information provided by the officials.

The officials were asked to report back in the next meeting on May 30 with proper and exact details of the situation.

The officials had informed the committee that Indian Army patrols reported on April 16 the presence of the Chinese People's Liberation Army in Depsang, setting up tents 19km inside the LAC.

Sensex ends half a percent down; bank, oil and gas stocks tank

A benchmark index of the Indian equity markets on Friday ended more than half a percent down, breaking the sequence of four days of gain, after banks, oil and gas and technology stocks plummeted.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) ended at 19,286.72 points, down 0.62 percent or 120.13 points from its previous day's close at 19,406.85 points. The reason was profit booking and lower-than-expected yearly results. The index reached a high of 19,834.95 points and a low of 19,249.75 points in intra-day trade on Friday. The Sensex on Thursday increased by 227 points as the market was in an upbeat mood over hopes of a cut in interest from the Reserve Bank of India early next month.

The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) ended Friday's trade 0.76 percent or 44.85 points down at 5,871.45 points. Again there were pressures of heavy selling due to profit booking in bank, oil and gas, metal, information technology (IT) and health care.

The BSE bank index closed 201.57 points lower, followed by oil and gas index, down 142.49 points, the metal index, down 121.57 percent, IT index, down 86.13 points, and health care index, down 69.22 points. Whereas the automobile index went up by 90.50 points and the capital goods index closed higher by 27.85 points.

Of the 30 sensitive stocks on the BSE, 11 ended the day's trade in gain. These included Maruti Suzuki, which jumped 5.26 percent at Rs.1,673.45; Bharti Airtel, up 4.55 percent at Rs.318.40; Bajaj Auto, up 3.09 percent at Rs.1,893.15; GAIL India, up 1.78 percent at Rs.350.80; and Larsen and Toubro (L&T), up 1.52 percent at Rs.1,541.80.

The major losers were Jindal Steel, down 4.29 percent at Rs.314.70, Reliance Industries, down 3.19 percent at Rs.793.15; ICICI Bank, down 2.82 percent at Rs.1,144.30; Hindustan Unilever, down 2.70 percent at Rs.465.15; and Tata Steel, down 2.46 percent at Rs.304.85.

Thomas, Uber finals in May 2014 in Delhi

Badminton's premier events, the Thomas and Uber Cup finals, will be hosted in Delhi next year from May 18 to 25.

Badminton Association of India (BAI) president Akhilesh Das Gupta revealed the dates and the location of Badminton World Federation's (BWF) two premier tournaments after there was a official signing ceremony between the BAI and BWF at the Sri Fort Sports Complex.

BWF deputy president Paisan Rangsikitpho said that India was the place where badminton started and BWF was happy to award its two most prestigious tournaments, the Thomas and Uber Cup finals, to India.

The Thomas Cup (Men's World Team Championships) was first hosted in 1948-49 while the Uber Cup (Women's World Team Championships) was started in 1956-57. The Thomas Cup, that was staged every three years initially, was the BWF's first major international tournament. The Uber Cup finals was hosted alongside the men's competition since 1984 with both taking place biennially since then.

Big B geared up to shoot promo of KBC 7

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is set to shoot the promos of the seventh season of popular quiz show Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC). He was very excited about this and even tweeted that the show just got over and he will start the shooting again. 

The 70-year-old star hosted five seasons of the show, all except for the third edition, which was hosted by Shah Rukh Khan. 

The show airs on Sony TV and is based on the international show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?

Samsung Galaxy S4 launched at Rs.41,500

Samsung on Friday launched Galaxy S4 priced at Rs.41,500 which will go on sale from Saturday. This device will compete with Apple iPhone5, HTC One and Blackberry Z10 -- all priced above Rs.40,000. The smartphone will be available in Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore and for online purchase as well.

Features include five-inch full HD (high definition) AMOLED (active matrix organic light-emitting diode) display with a resolution of 1,920 by 1,080, powered by a 1.6 GHz (gigahertz) quad-core processor and 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with 2 GB RAM  for fast computing. It comes with Android's 'Jelly Bean' system with an internal memory of 16 GB (gigabyte), extendable up to 64 GB. The phone has a 2,600 mAH (Milliamp Hour) battery. There is a "dual camera" function, which has a 13 megapixel rear camera and a two megapixel front camera that can simultaneously take pictures. It can also record sounds while clicking a still picture. 

The Galaxy S4 also comes with nine sensors like accelerometer, RGB light, geomagnetic, proximity, gyro, barometer, temperature and humidity reader and gesture recogniser which can study users' gestures, where they are looking at the screen, movement of their fingers, wrist to scrolls the pages, etc. The phone comes with "Smart Pause" function which lets users control the screen by where they look. The "Air view" and""Air Gesture" features lets the users preview and browse emails, messages and photos without even touching the screen. 

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