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Major News and Events of 28 April 2013

What Happened on 28 April 2013

Sarabjit critical, family requests for help

The chances of survival for Sarabjit Singh seem slim with the doctors in a Lahore hospital describing his condition as critical. His family requested the Indian government for help to move him to any country for treatment. It was reported that he was lying in the ICU in a coma.

The government has said it would do everything it could to bring him home. Sarabjit's family reached Lahore from Amritsar on Sunday afternoon to be with him. 

India's Minister of State for External Affairs, Preneet Kaur, responded later in the day and stated that at this moment what was needed was his condition to be stabilized making it impossible for him to be moved. She added that the government will do everything possible and take it up at every level.

Sarabjit has been diagnosed with 3/15 Glasgow coma scale (GCS).

GCS is a neurological scale which assesses the level of consciousness after a deep head injury and the reading of 3/15 implies deep unconsciousness.

Sudipta Sen interrogated by Assam Police

Sudipta Sen, the boss of scam-ridden Saradha Group, was interrogated by Assam Police in cases of fraud and forgery lodged against him.The police asked him questions on Saturday and Sunday about the four cases filed against his group companies in the northeastern state.

Two of the cases have been filed in Dispur and one each in Geetanagar and Paltan Bazar. The group's companies went bust in mid-April and closed down across West Bengal after they were unable to repay lakhs of depositors - hard earned money of mainly poor people from villages and small towns lured by the promise of huge 25-30 percent returns.

This has already led to four agents and depositors committing suicide in West Bengal, while the group's offices have been attacked.

The ruling Trinamool Congress is on a sticky wicket over allegations of links of its leaders, including MPs and a minister with the group. Two first information reports (FIRs) have been filed against Trinamool MP Kunal Ghosh after complaints by employees of media organisations which were operated by the group for non-payment of salaries and for not depositing provident fund and tax deducted at source (TDS) with authorities.

The media units were closed down by Sen in March and April.

During interrogation, the police have come across 210 bank accounts of the group.

HTC 34 Gb variant available at Rs 39500 online

The release of Galaxy S4 in India at Rs 41,500 has everyone in awe but at the same time HTC One - the rival smartphone is available at an online retailer at a lesser price.

HTC One, the dream smartphone, was launched at Rs 42,900 - a price tag that discouraged many people. But now the 32GB variant of the device is available at a lesser price of Rs 39,500. Its specifications are- 4.7-inch Super LCD 3 capacitive touchscreen display with a full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7GHz quad core Qualcomm APQ8064T Snapdragon 600 processor, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean OS, 4MP UltraPixel rear camera with BSI sensor, 2.1MP front camera for video calling, 2GB RAM, 32GB/64GB internal storage, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, 4G, high speed HSPA+, micro USB and a 2,300 mAh battery.

HTC One has an UltraPixel camera, which absorbs 300% more light than a standard smartphone sensor. This provides excellent low light performance than other high-end smartphone cameras. 

'Aashiqui 2' - opening weekend collection Rs.13 crore

Aditya Roy Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor's romantic-action film Aashiqui 2 is proving a hit on the box office and has grossed approximately Rs.13 crore in the opening weekend despite the fact that Hollywood venture Iron Man 3 released on the same day and was giving a tough competition.

The movie was made on a budget of Rs.12 crore and its first day collection was Rs.6.35 crore, earning Rs.6.75 crore on the second day. The movie has been directed by Mohit Suri and co-produced by Bhushan Kumar and Mukesh Bhatt under their respective banners - T-Series Films and Vishesh Films.

Aashiqui 2 got the audience's attention after the release of the song “Tum hi ho” which is a romantic number with meaningful lyrics and got over 1,852,947 hits on YouTube within 10 days of its launch.

KKR defeated by CSK by 14 runs

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) won over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 14 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday. 

While chasing the target of 201, KKR managed 186 for four in 20 overs. Two-time champions CSK now reached the top of the IPL table. 

Michael Hussey made a swashbuckling 59-ball 95 that led Chennai to a formidable 200 for three in 20 overs and cruised them to win. 

Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir's decision to field proved to be a wrong decision from the start as Hussey and Wriddhiman Saha (39) compiled 103 runs for the first wicket. Runs were amassed from both the ends and Gambhir in desperation had to use seven bowlers within 10 overs.

State Bank of Travancore's made a total business of Rs.1,50,000 crore

State Bank of Travancore (SBT), headquartered at Kerala, has recorded a growth of 20.49 percent in net profits in the fiscal 2012-13, thus making a total business of Rs.1,50,000 crore.

SBT registered an operating profit of Rs.1,351 crore compared to Rs.1,249 crore during the fiscal 2011-12. The net interest income increased from Rs.1,898 crore during 2011-12 to Rs.2,128 crore in 2012-13, recording a growth of 12.12 percent. 

Total income in the year 2012-13 was at Rs.9,287.86 crore,  from that of Rs.7,477.04 crore. The total expenditure of the bank, excluding provisions and contingencies, was Rs.7,936.85. crore in comparison to Rs.6,228.25 crore in the fiscal 2011-12.

A dividend of Rs.20 per share with a face value of Rs.10 was also announced. The earnings per share increased to Rs.123.01 from Rs.102.09 at the end of the corresponding period last year. The book value per share was Rs.797.46. compared to Rs.749.76 a year ago. 

19.94 percent overall business growth was registered and was at Rs.1,52,108 crore in 2012-13, up from Rs.1,26,816 crore in 2011-12. Total deposits recorded was Rs.84,624 crore, up from Rs.71,470 crore the previous year, while total advances was at Rs.67,484 crore, up from Rs.55,346 crore in 2011-12. 

The percentage of gross NPAs (non-performing assets) to gross advances was at 2.56 percent as on March 31, 2013, with the gross NPA level at Rs.1,749.88 crore.

134 new branches were opened during the financial year 2012-13, which made the total number of branches to 1,013 with 758 branches being in Kerala, making it 75 percent of the bank's total network.

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