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Major News and Events of 02 January 2013

What Happened on 02 January 2013


Rape victim's, family ok with naming her

The Delhi gang-rape victim's family on Wednesday stated they had no issues if her name was revealed and a revised anti-rape law was named after her. On the other hand protests continued at Jantar Mantar for strict punishment for rapists. Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit led a peace march to Rajghat in memory of the brutally gang-raped and tortured woman who on died Dec 29. Dinesh Yadav, the owner of the bus in which the heinous crime was committed was also arrested by the police. The Delhi High Court has put up a fast track court for hearing of the case on a daily basis and the Saket Court Bar Association has specified that no lawyer would defend the woman's attackers. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded for honoring the victim, with Vijender Gupta, chief of the Delhi unit requesting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to posthumously award her the "Ashoka Chakra award for bravery". Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor tweeted on Tuesday that there was no reason why anonymity was being maintained with the rape victim and if her family had no objections then she be named and honored. The victim's family supported this.

Cold wave in North India, Delhi coldest in 43 years

North India reeled under a cold wave with maximum temperature in the national capital dipping to 11 degrees below normal thus breaking 43-year record. The cold wave also brought the temperatures down below zero in Kashmir and Himachal and due to fog, air, train and road traffic in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Delhi were affected. In Jammu and Kashmir minimum temperature fell to minus 3.9 degrees in Srinagar, minus 7.7 degrees in Pahalgam and minus 9.2 degrees in Gulmarg and at Leh it was minus 16.2 degrees Celsius. Kargil had minus 14.8 degrees. Himachal Pradesh was sunny but it was chilly with Keylong in Lahaul and Spiti being the coldest place in the state with temperature at minus 8.9 degrees Celsius. Kalpa in Kinnaur district saw a low of minus 3.6 degrees and Manali minus three degrees. Dharamsala was 4.6 degrees. It was 2.1 degrees Celsius in state capital Shimla. The plains of Uttar Pradesh also experienced extreme cold wave conditions. 

$5 billion worth of US treasury bonds with Tamil Nadu agri-product trader

An application made to set up crude oil petroleum refinery at a capital of $28 billion and the purchase of a new car brought the Income Tax (IT) officials to an agricultural product trader's house in Tirupur in Tamil Nadu. But he refused to make any comment on the alleged $5 billion worth of US treasury bonds with him that stumped the taxmen during the probe.He said: "As the matter is under investigation I would not like to comment any further. The bonds are current." Ramalingam is in trading in agricultural products for the past 15 years and he had decided he would take a loan from banks if he got the licence for the refinery project. The I-T investigators have seized US treasury bonds worth about Rs 27,500 as well as other financial documents that includes Rs 1.5 crore in fixed deposit receipts from banks in Tirupur district.

India in need to win Kolkata match against Pakistan

Struggling with the new rules and batting woes, India has to win the second ODI of the three-match series against Pakistan at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. The home team is 0-1 down after a massive defeat in Chennai ODI. Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be looking to replicate his Chennai batting form in this match where defeat would end all hopes in the series. India has to worry about the form of Virender Sehwag, who has compiled only 216 runs at an average of 21.6 last year in the 50-over format. Rohit Sharma, the 25-year-old Mumbai batsman has been able to score only 89 in his last 10 ODI innings. The positive factor is that Virat Kohli will be available in the team. 

Manisha nervous about first chemotherapy

Actress Manisha Koirala after undergoing surgery for ovarian cancer, was jittery about her first chemotherapy session in New York on Wednesday but she was willing to face the challenge with courage. Manisha wrote on her Facebook page,"Today is my first chemo... between being nervous of unknown and courage to face the challenge, I am in a state of prayer and in gratitude of the support I have received from mom, dad, Koi, (sister-in-law) Yulia... though she is far but her love and prayers do touch me." Her surgery was done in New York on Dec 10, 2012, and she was discharged from the hospital after 11 days.

Science Congress to open in Kolkata

The country's science and technology policy will be launched at the centenary session of the Indian Science Congress which starts on Thursday at an event attended by six Nobel laureates,60 scientists from abroad among the 15,000 participants.President Pranab Mukherje will inaugurate the five-day event which will also be attended by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the Salt Lake Stadium.The country's science and technology policy will be presented at the event by the prime minister and the activity report of the Indian Science Congress will also be unveiled. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will release a special publication "The Balancing Act: Stories of Women in Science" there. The event will be attended by Union Minister for Science and Technology S. Jaipal Reddy, Communications and Information Technology Minister Kapil Sibal and West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan.