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Major News and Events of 28 October 2013

What Happened on 28 October 2013

Supreme Court rejects the PIL against Vadra


Today the apex court rejected a PIL seeking CBI enquiry against Robert Vadra, Priyanka Gandhi’s husband and Congress President, Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law. The petition which was filed by advocate ML Sharma was dismissed on the grounds that Vadra cannot be termed a sinner by the Supreme Court Bench of Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice HL Dattu. The bench asserted this was a publicity stunt. The bench also specified that Vadra cannot be called a sinner only due to his linkage with a political party.

The senior IAS officer Ashok Khemka, in his report had stated that Vadra had given inaccurate documents to close a number of transactions which can be termed as fraud for the Rs 58 crores land sale in Gurgaon to DLF. He also stated that Haryana government has done Vadra a favour in these deals to which the state government has denied. Khemka was chargsheeted on grounds that he went beyond his power and cancelled the land deal between Vadra and DLF.

Patna serial blasts death toll reaches 6, BJP sees it as a conspiracy against Modi


The death toll in the Patna serial blasts reached six with the bomber’s death late at night yesterday. He was grievously injured when a bomb exploded while he was planting it at Patna railway junction. 83 people who were injured were admitted to Patna Medical College and Hospital on Sunday and now 38 are being treated. Among these five are said to be in critical condition. The security has been beefed up in the city after this incident where six bombs exploded near Gandhi Maidan where Narendra Modi, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate addressed a rally. This happened hours before that. One blast also happened at the railway station.

BJP has blamed the Nitish Kumar government for not taking up adequate security measures in spite of intelligence warning. They have also blamed the center for downplaying this incident. The party has also termed this as a conspiracy to kill Modi.

NIA has started its investigation. Police has detained 13 suspects which included the bomber who died on Sunday night.

RBI may hike rates, Sensex dips by 113 points


The experts believe RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan in all probability is going to hike policy interest rate by 0.25% at least on Tuesday. Mainly to be done to curtail inflation this would be the 2nd hike in 1.5 months. On September 4 the repo rate was increased by 0.25% and the same is being expected to be the hike this time. The RBI had slashed the MSF or the marginal standing facility rate by 75 basis points or 0.75% on September 20.

The apprehension of the RBI’s monetary policy had an effect on the equity market. Sensex dipped by 113 points as FMCG, metal and bank stocks crashed. The 30 scrip BSE started at 20,696.51 points, and ended (provisional) at 20,570.28 points dipping by 113.24 points or 0.55% from Friday’s close at 20,683.52 points. NSE also closed in red, slumping by 0.71% or 43.80 points.

Dawood Ibrahim was asked to leave the dressing room by Kapil Dev in 1987 at Sharjah


Did Dawood Ibrahim walked into the Indian team’s dressing room and offer Toyota cars if they won the tournament? This fact was revealed by Dilip Vengsarakar the former cricketer but Kapil Dev, who was the skipper at that time has a different version. He said a gentleman walked into the dressing room and since outsiders were not allowed so he asked him to leave. The gentleman left immediately. Kapil Dev also stated he had no inkling of the car story and Vengsarkar may be knowing more if he said so. Incidentally Jaywant Lele, former BCCI Secretary has also mentioned about this in his book and has stated that since India lost as Australia had a better run rate, the man cried a lot. Later on they came to know he was Dawood Ibrahim and was the mastermind of Mumbai blasts in 1993.

Ram-Leela gets UA certification


Ram-Leela has been given a ‘UA’ certification by the Censor Board though this has raised the eyebrows as the movie has liberal dose of violence and explicit scenes not to be watched by anyone below 12 years of age even with parental guidance. Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movie which stars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone is all set for a release on November 15. In fact Bhansali has himself accepted this is the most violent film he has ever made. The movie also has usage of foul language but in spite of all this the fact that the movie has received a UA certification will work for Bhansali. Bhansali’s all movies have earlier got a UA certification except Guzaarish.

LG launches curved smartphone like Samsung


LG has launched a curved smartphone. Earlier Samsung had launched a similar product and this is being viewed as an attempt to take on Samsung’s curved phone. Even though G-Flex is said to be curved phone but it doesn’t bend but offers a curved display through flexible organic light-emitting diode. LG has given an official statement saying their phone is the best example of how a curved phone should be, pitching its product against Samsung’s Galaxy Round. The market for curved screens is very niche and it remains to be seen how it picks up. LG’s phone will be available in the South Korean market like Samsung’s though the pricing has not been revealed.

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