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Major News and Events of 30 May 2013

What Happened on 30 May 2013

BJP to announce its Prime Ministerial candidate soon

The BJP will soon come up with its candidate for the prime ministerial position, as specified by its president Rajnath Singh. He also stated that the decision pertaining to this will be taken up at the right time. Singh further added there was no doubt about the popularity of Narendra Modi, though he did not categorically state that Modi would be the choice for the PM’s post.

Rajnath Singh also specified that if any of the allies would have an issue with Modi being the prime ministerial candidate, then that can be discussed. This was in reference to Janata Dal who reportedly have objections to Modi being a choice.

In 2009, L.K.Advani was projected as the prime ministerial candidate. Rajnath Singh also said that he was hopeful that this time the BJP will acquire more seats than before. Also, the recent loss at Karnataka would be carefully evaluated to find out the shortcomings, he said.

Spot fixing in IPL: latest updates

The BCCI has not got in touch with the Home Ministry for a CBI investigation of the spot fixing issue in the IPL. When the Home Secretary R.K.Singh was asked whether the ministry had any issues with a CBI probe this information was passed by the ministry. 26 people have already been arrested by the Delhi Police.

On the other hand, Sreesanth’s friend Abhishek Shukla, who was arrested for having removed money and some things from the hotel room where Sreesanth stayed, was granted bail by a Delhi court. The Delhi police had asked for the judicial custody of Shukla but the court stated that the offence under Section 201 which entails to causing disappearance of evidence was bailable.

Mahendra Dhoni decided to avoid the questions again regarding the recent controversy in IPL and stated he would respond at the right time. He also said that people should not generalize every cricketer and it is not so that Indian cricket had lost its honor.

Delhi Police Commissioner has specified there was a possibility of another team to be involved in spot-fixing apart from Rajasthan Royals.

Ankeet Chavan was given interim bail as his marriage is to take place on June 2. 

Inflation bonds to be sold by the government on Tuesday

The government will soon release inflation bonds in a bid to stop the frenzy of gold purchase. These bonds were launched a decade back but were not so successful.

The RBI will kick start the first auction of Rs 10 million on next Tuesday and till March 2014 the government intends to sell off Rs 150 billion.

The target buyers are the banks who want the bonds to be kept apart for meeting the regulation needs and also those investors who have an eye for long term investment. What can act as a deterrent to the success of these inflation bonds are the price and the liquidity factors.

Individual and institutional investors will get 20% of the 10 year bonds, though initially it will be offered to institutional investors only. All this effort is to restrict the import of gold which figure next to oil imports and has caused critical deficit in trade and current accounts.

Rituparno Ghosh dies at 49

Acclaimed filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh passed away today in his sleep due to a massive cardiac arrest. He died at 7:30 am and was merely 49 years old. He had pancreatitis.

His films had won 12 national awards and he came to limelight with his movie Unishe April in 1994 though he started his career with Hirer Angti. He got positive response for his acting in Memories in March. His death creates a void in the Bengali film industry for thoughtful cinema.

Sony's Xperia Tablet Z at Rs 46990

Xperia Tablet Z by Sony was released at a steep price of Rs 46,990. The tablet’s weight is just 495 grams and has a thickness of 6.9 mm. The features include:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM,
  • 16 GB internal storage along with 16GB microSD card
  • 10-inch full HD screen
  • A resolution of 1920x1200 pixels
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean to be upgraded soon to Android 4.2
  • 6,000 mAh battery
  • Water resistance
  • Duct proof
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2.2 MP front camera
  • IR Sensor that enables to connect to TV
IAF to enhance support in Bastar region of Chattisgarh

The Indian Air Force will expand the support which it provides for anti-naxal operations and there will be enhanced cooperation in the Bastar region of Chattisgarh where recently the Maoists unleashed terror and killed 27 people including top Congress leaders.

There will be more helicopters available and new system will be incorporated in the Maoist infested area. Now there are six MI-17 choppers functioning from the Gorakhpur unit, soon a unit will come up at Nagpur which will be at a much shorter distance for faster operations in Chattisgarh.

Defence Minister A.K. Anthony, meanwhile, clarified that the armed forces do not have a direct role in the Naxal area and the choppers of Air Force are used to carry injured persons and transfer police and central forces to areas where their services are needed.

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