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Major News and Events of 29 April 2013

What Happened on 29 April 2013


Sarabjit to be treated in Pakistan: Medical panel

India on Monday appealed to Pakistan to release Sarabjit Singh on humanitarian grounds, but found that he will be treated in Pakistan.

This was decided by a medical panel constituted to give its opinion on whether the Indian death row prisoner, who was critically injured in an attack in the Kot Lakhpat jail, will be sent abroad for specialised treatment. The four-member medical panel has done away with that possibility and stated that he would continue to be treated in Pakistan. This information was provided to the caretaker Pakistani Punjab government.

Lahore Jinnah Hospital Principal Mahmood Shaukat, who led the panel, conducted an examination of Sarabjit Singh and his two CT scan reports. Sarbajit Singh had suffered severe head injuries, the reason why he could not be operated according to the medical board.

The panel also consisted of Professor Zafar Iqbal, Professor Anjum Habib and Professor Naem Kasuri. This panel was formed by the caretaker government of Punjab state in Pakistan.

Parliament adjourned till Tuesday over coal blocks

Both houses of the Parliament were adjourned till Tuesday as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday demanded Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation over the controversial issue of coal block allocation.

The all-party meeting called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar in an attempt to break the ensuing logjam stated that the critical finance bill, the railway appropriation bill and matter of the demands for grants of various ministries will be discussed Tuesday. The financial bills have to be passed on an urgent basis, so that funds can be allotted for smooth functioning of the government.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath prior to the all-party meeting appealed to the opposition to let the house function as five days were lost.  Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were first adjourned till noon, then till 2 p.m., and finally for the day. 

In the lower house, BJP members gathered near the speaker's podium soon after the house started after its first adjournment, and shouted slogans demanding the prime minister's resignation. In the chaos, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav put forward the issue of Chinese incursion in the Ladakh area of Jammu and Kashmir. After unruly scenes ensued Congress MP Girija Vyas, who was in the chair, adjourned the house till 2 p.m. Later, deputy speaker Kariya Munda adjourned the house till Tuesday as the chaos resumed. 

Rajya Sabha chairman M. Hamid Ansari had earlier adjourned the house till noon after members of the BJP did not let the question hour begin. The din continued even after the house met again, it was then adjourned till 2 p.m. and later for the entire day.

Sensex increases by 100 points; HUL, Wipro surge

Sensex rose 100 points on Monday due to a strong buying support in FMCG, consumer durables, realty and power stocks, prior to the Reserve Bank of India's monetary policy review later this week.

The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which began in the positive at 19,306.67 points, ended at 19,387.50 points, up 0.52 percent or 100.78 points, from its previous day's close at 19,286.72 points. The Sensex reached a high of 19,428.94 points and low of 19,284.40 points intra-day. 

The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also jumped 0.56 percent or 32.65 points at 5,904.10 points. The BSE consumer durables index grew by 2.43 percent. FMCG index increased by 2.30 percent. Realty index rose by 1.53 percent and power index ended at 1.44 percent higher.

Hindustan Unilever, India's biggest manufacturer of consumer goods and household products, increased 6.98 percent at Rs.497.60 after an announcement of more-than-expected earnings. Hindustan Unilever stated that its net profit grew by 41 percent to Rs.3,796.67 crore for the year that ended on March 31. For January-March quarter, the company recorded 15 percent year-on-year increase in net profits. 

Other main Sensex gainers were: Wipro, up 3.57 percent at Rs.341.90; Hero MotoCorp, up 3.24 percent at Rs.1,648.65; Sterlite Inds, up 2.29 percent at Rs.91.75; ITC, up 1.69 percent at Rs.324.35; and ONGC, up 1.37 percent at Rs.328.80.

The main losers were: Jindal Steel, down 4.24 percent at Rs.301.35; Coal India, down 1.74 percent at Rs.313.55; Sun Pharma, down 1.50 percent at Rs.941.55; and HDFC, down 0.99 percent at Rs.863.95.

Top seed Sindhu looks for Malaysia Open title

Indian shuttler P.V. Sindhu will be looking for her maiden level three title at the $120,000 Malaysia Open Grand Prix Gold where she is top seed in the women's singles.

The tournament will start at the SUKPA Indoor Stadium on Tuesday and the 17-year-old Sindhu will take on world no.48 Jiayuan Chen of Singapore in the first round in their first ever encounter. But her first real challenge could come in the semifinals where she would have to face Thai third seed Sapsiree Taerattanachai, against whom she has a 1-1 in career head-to-head. 

Sindhu, ranked 15th in the world, is in excellent form and reached her second Super Series semifinal last week at the India Open.

The Indian women's singles campaign will also be carried forward by Kerala's P.C. Thulasi, Arundhati Pantawane and Mumbai's Tanvi Lad.

R.M.V. Gurusaidutt, seeded 11 and who reached the India Open men's singles quarterfinal, will face Chao Huang of Singapore in the first round. H.S. Prannoy, Sameer Verma, Abhimanyu Singh, Oscar Bansal and K. Srikanth will be the other Indians participating in the tier three event.

Do not deserve being in 'The Great Gatsby' poster: Big B

Amitabh Bachchan, who is going to make his international debut with Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby thinks he does not deserve to be on the film's poster as he has a blink-and-miss appearance in it.

But director Baz Luhrmann stressed upon putting him on the film's posters - something he could not refuse.

In the poster, Big B appears wearing a hat and beard on his face. He is playing Meyer Wolfsheim in the $125-million 3D project, which is an adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel with the same name.

The superstar will be seen in the movie along with Hollywood stars Tobey Maguire and Leonardo Di Caprio. Joel Edgerton, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fisher are also in the cast.

The Great Gatsby is scheduled to open the 66th edition of Cannes International Film Festival, starting May 15. Bachchan will be walking the red carpet with the team at the gala event.

Chat apps more popular than SMS

Instant messaging on chat apps, such as WhatsApp, has taken over the traditional SMS text message for the first time as per a new research. 

Around 19 billion messages were exchanged per day on chat apps in 2012, in comparison to 17.6 billion SMS texts as per survey by telecom and media consultancy firm Informa. 

The shift will have a major impact on mobile operators for whom SMS is a key revenue source. In fact, it is predicted that there will be more growth in this direction in future and the projection can be that nearly 50 billion messages will be sent per day using these apps by 2014, as compared to just over 21 billion traditional SMSs.

It is also specified that the SMS will still be a key player in the sector as there are a large number of consumers, especially in developing and lesser developed economies, who use normal mobile phones and depend on SMS as the preferred messaging tool. 




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