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Major News and Events of 29 August 2013

What Happened on 29 August 2013

Country has to handle uncertainties: PM


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has termed the economic condition prevailing in the country as a difficult one. He also said that various internal as well as international factors have contributed to it. The Prime Minister stated all this in the Rajya Sabha in the question hour when there were continuous demands from the opposition for him to speak on the prevailing scenario. Rupee touched a historic low on Wednesday trading 68.80 against the dollar. The Prime Minister stated he would give a statement on Friday in this regard as he needed some time to think over the issue. He also added that the international situation surrounding Syria are having its effect on oil prices along with the domestic factors. Arun Jaitley, the leader of the opposition in the Upper House asked Manmohan Singh’s response on the panic situation which has emerged out of the plummeting rupee. To which Singh replied the country has to handle uncertainties.

Co-founder of Indian Mujahideen, Yasin Bhatkal arrested


Yasin Bhatkal, the co-founder of Indian Mujahideen (IM) who was in the wanted list for a series of bomb blasts in India was arrested at Indo-Nepal border in Bihar along with another suspected terrorist. This is the second breakthrough in arrests after that of Abdul Karim Tunda, the LeT operative. Incidentally, he was also arrested at the India-Nepal border on 16th August.


Bhatkal figures in the list of most wanted terrorists and was wanted for the past 5 years. The other terrorist arrested was Asadullah Akhtar who along with Bhatkal will be interrogated by the Andhra Pradesh police regarding their engagement in 21st February blasts in Hyderabad at Dilsukhnagar that left 18 dead, while many were injured. Bhatkal’s arrest was done in utmost covert way as stated by Bihar Police. Bhatkal is said to be responsible for 11 bomb blasts in Mumbai, New Delhi, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Pune and Surat.


IM was co-founded by him in 2008 along with Iqbal and Riaz, his brothers and four other people. Bhatkal’s name also features in German Bakery bomb blast in Pune on 13th February 2010 which left 17 people dead. In Mumbai on 13th July 2011 the series of blasts at Zaveri Bazaar, Opera House and Dadar West that took 27 lives was also carried on by Bhatkal. Rs 15 lakh was set as reward for anyone providing details about Bhatkal by the Delhi Police. Maharashtra Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) had also fixed Rs 10 lakh reward on him.

Rupee rebounds, Sensex scores 405 points


The rupee on Thursday got a bit stable and rebounded from the historic low it has touched on Wednesday. This happened with RBI’s initiative wherein measures were undertaken to sell dollars straightaway to oil marketing companies. Rupee closed trading at 66.60 against the dollar, increasing 3.35% from its previous end at 68.83. Rupee started at 67.21 a dollar and was low at 67.94 and high at 66.51. Asian stock and equity markets going strong also contributed to the positive development in the rupee. Sensex ended 404.89 points higher, at 18,401.04 points. RBI had stated yesterday that it will be selling the dollar to Indian Oil Corp. Ltd, Hindustan Petroleum Corp. Ltd, and Bharat Petroleum Corp. Ltd which will be again repurchased after a specific period. This process will be in vogue as of now till further notifications.

Somdev Devvarman in second round of US Open


Somdev Devvarman fought hard to get through rain marred match which continued for three hours and 11 minutes and won over Slovak Lukas Lacko to reach the 2nd round match of the US Open Tennis Championship in the men's singles category. He was a set down and won the next two sets when rain stopped the play. He finally tasted victory 4-6, 6-1, 6-2, 4 6, 6-4 at Flushing Meadows. Ranked 114th Devvarman will meet Andrea Seppi of Italy who is ranked 20th, in the second round. Seppi had earlier defeated veteran Xavier Malisse of Belgium 6-3, 3-6, 7-5, 7-5.

Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif to marry soon?


Ranbir Kapoor and Katrina Kaif may take the plunge now. Even though there has been no disclosure from either of them but as per sources Ranbir has been off late talking to his friends about committing to Katrina and the fact that he liked her very much. Also the fact that their beach holiday in Spain has created a buzz of sorts that the Kapoor family wants the hype to die down. They think that when Katrina and Ranbir would be married no one would have anything to talk about. The couple is supposedly now in Sri Lanka where Ranbir has gone for Bombay Velvet shooting. As per the rumour mills Ranbir may propose Katrina on 28th September when he will be a year older.

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