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Major News and Events of 01 January 2013

What Happened on 01 January 2013


New Year Day: Cry for justice lingered on

The cry for justice for the gang rape victim continued  on day one of the New Year on Tuesday as hundreds assembled near Jantar Mantar in the heart of the capital. People also demanded stricter legislation against rape and other crime against women.There were 800-1,000 people, on a quarter kilometer on the road which connected to Jantar Mantar. There were innumerable candles  lit on the middle of the road with posters saying, "Dear daughter, we are sorry we could not save you", "Give justice to Damini", "Chemical Castration for Accused" and "2013: Make India Safer for Women". People voiced for social change and revolution, some groups also shouted anti-government and anti-police slogans.There were activists, students and professionals in the crowd.

Bid to run bus over gang-rape victim may be included in the charges

Ram Singh, the driver of the bus the mastermind behind the Dec 16 gang-rape and brutal assault also tried to run the vehicle over the victim. This fact would be included in the charge sheet. There is around 1,000-page formal set of charges, which will be filed in a court in New Delhi on Jan 3. The victim's friend pulled her away and saved her. The forensic reports mention that the woman bit three of the men who assaulted her. These marks may be part of the prosecution evidence. The charge sheet mentions Indian Penal Code (IPC) provisions dealing with murder, gang-rape, sodomy, robbery, dacoity, attempt to murder, abduction and destruction of evidence. The victim's statements, made to two different judges in hospital would be an important factor for the formal set of charges. The charge sheet will also state that Ram Singh assaulted the 23-year-old victim and her 28-year-old friend with iron rod and he was helped by the co-accused Akshay Thakur and a minor boy. Ram Singh and Thakur would be the main accused as they will also face charges of destruction of evidence.  Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, fruit seller Pawan Gupta, gym instructor Vinay Sharma and Thakur are in judicial custody and the juvenile involved in the crime has been sent to a special home. 

More than 5,000 policemen will be posted at Eden Gardens

More than 5,000 security personnel will be posted at the Eden Gardens on Thursday when the India and Pakistan One-Day International match would be held. There will be  strategically located watch towers and intense patrolling as per Joint Commissioner of Police Jawed Shamim.  President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will also be in the city on Thursday so checkposts have been put up at important points in the city. Many important roads which lead to the Eden Gardens during the match day may remain blocked for security purposes so people have been requested to get in early for the game. High Radio Flying Squad (HRFS) of Kolkata Police and crack commando units will be positioned around the stadium during the match. 

Direct transfer of subsidies begins in 20 districts

The central government started the New Year by initiating the ambitious direct cash transfer of benefits which covers seven welfare schemes in 20 districts across the country Tuesday. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram termed the move as a "game changer" and the real test would come in implementing the scheme. The direct benefit transfer (DBT) scheme will aim at reducing staggering subsidy bill of Rs.1,64,000 crore. The party general secretary Rahul Gandhi has told the workers that if the plan is successfully implemented,this would  party win the next two Lok Sabha polls, including the 2014 elections. This is first of its kind scheme in India with the poor getting the cash directly sans any middlemen and it aims to remove corruption to some extent.

Punjabi number gets 1 million views in 80 hours

A foot tapping Punjabi number by singers Jazzy B and Honey Singh has got over one million views online in just 80 hours. The song "This Party Gettin Hot" released on Dec 28, is among the world's Top 10 shared videos like Facebook and Twitter. The video has been watched in more than 150 countries and is now ranked as the No.1 most watched video in India on YouTube. The video finds itself in the Top-5 most watched videos in UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand over the last few days.

Internet celebrates 30 years

The Internet, the cheap communications system which brought revolution in communication that changed the lives of billions of people across the world, completed 30 years on Tuesday. The computer network officially started the technological revolution when it was chosen over earlier networking systems on January 1 1983 on a day known as "flag day".  On this day the US Department of Defence (DoD)-commissioned ARPANET network fully shifted to the Internet protocol suite (IPS) communications system. The data "packet-switching" was the new process of linking computers that also marked the arrival of the World Wide Web.