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Major News and Events of 30 September 2013

What Happened on 30 September 2013


Manmohan Singh meets Nawaz Sharif to strengthen bilateral ties

 

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan Prime Minister, Nawaz Sharif met today to strengthen the bilateral ties between the two countries. India was firm in its stand that peace along the LoC was prerequisite for a full-fledged dialogue and bringing masterminds of 2008 Mumbai terror attack was vital. In this meeting which happened at the sidelines of UN general assembly, Manmohan Singh told Sharif also stated it was crucial for Pakistan to take strong steps against those who coordinated the Mumbai terror attack that left 166 people including foreigners dead. Shivshankar Menon, Indian National Security Advisor gave this information to the media. Menon also specified that India did not interfere in the internal matters of Pakistan but the same did not hold good for Pakistan. It was decided at the meeting that the Director Generals of Military Operations (DGMOs) of the two countries will chalk out an effective solution for restoration of the 2003 ceasefire on the Jammu and Kashmir border.

Special CBI Court finds Lalu Prasad guilty in fodder scam

 

A special CBI court today convicted Lalu Prasad Yadav the RJD chief and former CM of Bihar, Jagganth Mishra in the fodder scam case. Along with them 43 others were convicted as well. Their sentencing will be specified on 3rd October via video conferencing. The fodder scam was a multi-million scam in animal husbandry department. Herein the two chief ministers of Bihar Lalu Prasad and Jagannath Mishra, as well as two IAS officers had charges of withdrawing fraudulently Rs.37.70 crore from Chaibasa district treasury. Chaibasa though now falls in Jharkhand. Lalu Yadav is now in soup as the ordinance passed by the Union Cabinet which may have shielded him and has now been rejected by Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and may be withdrawn now. The trial involved 56 accused persons and while the trial was ongoing seven of them died, one was released, and one accepted the crime and two turned into approvers.

Current account deficit in June quarter less than expected

 

It has been analyzed that the CAD or the current account deficit was lesser than what was estimated and it stood at $21.8 billion or 4.9% of the GDP in the quarter from Apr-Jun. But the cause for concern was that it was more than what it was in the Jan-Mar period that is at $18.17 billion which was 3.6% of GDP. There were predictions from five economists that the CAD would increase to $23-$25 billion. There are though expectations that this would be lesser in the coming months as government has initiated various measures to curb the import of gold. Further the weak rupee and easing global situation will further help the exports. In fact the balance of payments was negative in the quarter ending on June at $346 million whereas in the March quarter it was $2.68 billion. The CAD had impacted the economy adversely with increase in the capital outflows in the past few months and rupee dipped to almost 20% in 2013.

Tendulkar to be asked to step down after his 200th test?

 

As per the reports BCCI may be asking Sachin Tendulkar, the legend to retire after he concludes playing the 200th test in November. It is being said that it has also been decided who is going to approach the Little Master. The decision has been taken as Tendulkar has given no hint when he is retiring and the board wants to pave the way for youngsters. Tendulkar’s recent records have been taken into consideration like where he hasn't scored a 100 in the 22 Tests and in the last 12 tests has made two 50s. His overseas records off late has not been so impressive and he had scored 560 runs in 8 tests. Tendulkar’s 200th test may be played at Mumbai but the decision is yet to be taken.

Ranbir not there in the movie based on "The Immortals of Meluha"

 

Ranbir Kapoor has stated he would not be essaying the role of Lord Shiva in the movie which will be based on novel by Amish Tripathi, "The Immortals of Meluha". The grapevine suggested Ranbir has been roped in by Karan Johar and Ayan Mukerji for the role in the movie. Ranbir clarified he had also read in the newspaper about this which was not true. As per reports Karan Johar has bought the rights from Amish Tripathi and the movie will be directed by Ayan Mukherji and will go on floors next year. Ranbir on the other hand informed that he is doing the role of a superhero in a movie by Ayan Mukherji. The actor’s next release is "Besharam", about to be released on Oct 2.

Sensors in smartphones and laptops can record earthquake movement

 

It has been discovered according to a new research that sensors there in smartphones and laptops can help in the detection of moderate and large earthquakes. This can prove quite beneficial in regions with dense population and can offer vast information. The micro-electro-mechanical systems or MEMS accelerometer tap the motion in three different directions and accordingly it tells the phone’s screen to move horizontally or vertically when the phone tilts. The laptop sensor detects when there is a movement of fall and brings the hard drive to safe mode to prevent impact. The National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology in Italy tested to find out whether these can record the movement during earthquake. They did find out that the MEMS chips recorded the movement similar to a standard device.




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