Major News and Events of 05 March 2013
What Happened on 05 March 2013
Major lapses in farm loan waiver scheme: CAG
Officers to be charged for missing rape files: Delhi High Court
Urban planners meet to discuss about making Indian cities better
Six instances of irregularities in clinical trials in India
Humor and thrill this Friday at the box office
Mahendra Singh Dhoni is now the most successful Indian Test captain; edging over Sourav Ganguly’s records after India won the second cricket Test against Australia by an innings and 135 runs on Tuesday. The 31-year-old Dhoni, who has two World Cup wins (2007-T20, 2011-ODI) to his credit has now 22 Test wins that is one more than Ganguly. Mohammed Azharuddin is on the third position with 14 wins while Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi and Sunil Gavaskar are on fourth with nine wins each. Ganguly's record of 21 Test wins remained unbroken for eight years before Dhoni overtook him after Australia suffered a massive defeat and also became the first cricket team in the history of Test cricket which lost a match by an innings after having declared in the first innings. Dhoni was captain in 45 matches, won 22, lost 12 and drawn 11, with a percentage of 48.88. And he has achieved this in fewer games than Ganguly. Three overseas wins, one each in New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies are also included in the list of victories. Ganguly captained India in 49 matches - 21 win, 13 loss and 15 draw with a winning percentage of 42.85. Azharuddin won 14, lost 14 and drawn 19 out of the 49 matches he captained India. Both Pataudi and Gavaskar won nine matches as captain but Pataudi captained in 40 Tests, losing 19 and drawing 12. Gavaskar led in 47 matches to record nine wins, but he scored the most runs (3449) while being a captain.
The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) mentioned about serious lapses and malpractices in the process of implementation of the government's Rs.52,000 crore ($9.5 billion) farm loan waiver scheme in 2008. There were anomalies in at least one in five cases as per the report presented in the Parliament on Tuesday on the "Implementation of Agricultural Debt Waiver and Debt Relief Scheme, 2008". The performance audit also specifies that in 20,216 or 22.32 percent of the 90,576 cases test that were analyzed in audit, lapses/errors are a cause of worry about the implementation of the scheme. UPA had made an announcement regarding a debt waiver for farmers in 2008, this the analysts state has been helpful for the government to win the 2009 general election. The scheme’s intended to benefit 3.69 crore marginal and small farmers and 60 lakh other farmers.In the last four financial years the government has done waiver of more than Rs.52,000 crore related to approximately 3.45 crore small, marginal and other farmers.What has come to the fore is that out of the 9,334 accounts test checked in audit in nine states, 1,257 accounts, or 13.46 percent were those who were eligible for benefit of Rs.3.58 crore under the scheme, but they had not been considered as a beneficiary by the lending institutions.
The Delhi High Court has asked the district and sessions judge to take action against officers for non-availability of files of a 20-year-old rape case. A division bench of Chief Justice D. Murugesan and Justice V.K. Jain also set up a three-member committee to look into the practices and systems existing in connection with the custody, maintenance, handing over, taking over and disposal of judicial record. The bench also asked the committee to give suggestions on ways to do away with instances like this and submit a compliance report before the high court registrar in three months.The district and sessions judge was also directed to "reconstruct the records" of the 20-year-old rape case whose judicial and police files went missing.The matter pertained to a 16-year-old girl's alleged rape in central Delhi's Connaught Place by Karan Pal in June 1993. The case files went missing during the proceedings and the accused got release on bail Feb 23, 1994.
The 11th edition of Municipalika will have 1,000 delegates and 100 speakers from 200 cities with a vision to improve the condition of the Indian cities. The three-day event will be organized at the India Expo Centre in Greater Noida from March 13-15. There are many aspects which would be looked into like safety and security of women, waste management and sanitation, affordable housing. These aspects have been earmarked to be crucial for the development of India's cities.The conference organizer is NGO Good Governance Foundation India which is hosting this event in collaboration with a number of public and private bodies such as state governments, infrastructure providers and even resident welfare organizations. For the third time this event is being held in New Delhi. Earlier Chennai, Bangalore, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Ahmedabad have played host to this event.
Science and Technology
There has been a report of six cases of alleged irregularities in the handling of clinical trials in the past two years, parliament was apprised about this on Tuesday. Specifying measures to control the anomalies, Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad stated in the Rajya Sabha that 12 new drug advisory committees comprising leading experts from government medical colleges and insitutions in the country who will offer advice to the Central Drugs Standard Control Organisation (CDSCO) in issues related to approval of clinical trials and new drugs. Applications of investigational new drugs (IND), or new drug substances that were not used on human beings, are analyzed by a committee, led by the director general of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). Also the process of registration of clinical trial in ICMR's registry at www.ctri.in is now compulsory. Further the guidelines for organizing inspection of clinical trial sites and sponsor or clinical research organizations have also been formulated. Drugs and Cosmetics Rules, 1945 have been amended as well Azad informed.
The films which releases this Friday include- "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster Returns" and "Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga". "Saheb Biwi..." is a thriller-drama while "Saare Jahaan..." is a satire on inflation.Directed by Tigmanshu Dhulia, "Saheb Biwi..." is the sequel to "Saheb Biwi Aur Gangster" (2011), noted for its intense script, narration and performances. The cast includes Jimmy and Mahie, Irrfan and Soha Ali Khan and was made on a budget of Rs.7 crore. The movie is co-produced by Dhulia and Rahul Mittra. "Saare Jahaan Se Mehnga" is Anshul Sharma's directorial debut.Satire with undertones of humor this movie is produced by Ashok Pandey, "Saare Jahaan..." and has Sanjay Mishra, Pragati, Vishwa Mohan Badola, Ranjan Chhabra, Disha, Pramod Pathak, Zakir Hussain and Sitaram Panchal in the cast.