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Major News and Events of 06 March 2013

What Happened on 06 March 2013


PM gives assurance of action on farm loan waiver irregularities

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that strict action will be taken if any anomalies are found in the Rs.52,000 crore farm loan waiver scheme of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. As the reference is to the CAG report on loan waiver scheme this will be within the purview of the PAC (Public Accounts Committee). He was replying after the opposition Bharatiya Janata party questioned the issue and termed it a "scam". BJP leader Ravishankar Prasad stated that there was account tampering and 34 lakh (over three million) farmers could not get the benefit of the scheme. It was stated that it was not account fudging but a scam and there should be explanation why such irregularities existed. The PM though gave assurance of action to be taken but there were disturbances in the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha also saw disturbances with question hour adjourned over the issue.

1.25 lakh bottles of IML and CL, 85000 beer cans consumed in Gurgaon

Gurgaon,the millennium city, on an average, has consumption of more than 1.25 lakh bottles of Indian made foreign liquor (IMFL) and country liquor (CL) and nearly 85,000 beer cans per day, this fact came up when a hike in liquor prices from April 1 was announced. IMFL and country liquor prices will rise in Gurgaon in the next fiscal and there is a hike in the excise duty on per proof litre by 5 and 7 percent, respectively.The excise department has allocated 1.34 crore proof litre quota of IMFL for the financial year 2013-14. The quota for country liquor on the other hand will be 62.4 lakh proof litre. The department has also provided licences to 216 bars and pubs in Gurgaon.

Wipro one of the world's most ethical firms

Wipro Ltd has got the acclaim for the second year as one of the world's most ethical firms by top business ethics think-tank Ethisphere Institute. The company stated this was in recognition to its commitment for ethical leadership, compliance practices and corporate citizenship.Wipro chief sustainability officer Anurag Behar stated that integrity and ethics have been the focal point of the way the company thinks and acts and the aim was to excel in the same with the stakeholders, including employees, customers, suppliers and investors. As per Ethisphere executive director Alex Brigham, more companies have registered this year than previous years for the recognition making it evident that ethical activity was considered an important aspect.Companies from 100 countries in 36 industry verticals sent application for the recognition this year.

Aircel extends contract with Chennai Open

The ATP Chennai Open got a fresh lease of life when mobile service provider Aircel extended its sponsorship for the tournament until 2016. Anupam Vasudev, Chief Marketing Officer, Aircel stated that their four-year association with the tournament was very fruitful and enabled them to engage directly with their key audience. They expressed their pleasure over the extension of the association till 2016 and were confident that they will be able to rope in the young tennis talent of India, and the vision was also to become a global platform thus positioning Chennai on the international tennis map.Fernando Soler, Head of Tennis, IMG Worldwide also welcomed this news and stated that the path was set for Chennai to experience three more seasons of exciting tennis action.

Radio from Chor Bazaar from Aamir

Aamir Khan is these days shooting for Rajkumar Hirani's "P.K." in Rajasthan. In the shooting he has used a radio acquired from Chor Bazaar for one of the scenes in the film. The 47-year-old was wearing a skirt and a blazer in the scene and carries a radio in his hand. The movie sources said that the Aamir had seen that in early days and wanted to have. The production team then researched though they had a difficult time getting the radio but finally it was found in Chor Bazaar.

India is at third rank on spam release in the world

India is on third position in the list of the countries which distributes spam across the world, after US and China. US was the only highest-ranking country while Asia was on top of the list of continents from where 36.6 per cent of the spam come from.In the second half of 2012, India led in spam producing nations but later slipped to the third position, with China jumping into second place. US stays on the top and releases more spam than any other country in the world which is 18.3 per cent of junk email sent.