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Major News and Events of 10 February 2013

What Happened on 10 February 2013


Afzal hanging jolts BJP's anti-Congress tirade, say leaders

The hanging of Guru has now done away with the BJP's claim against the Congress that the party was soft on terror and appeased minorities. A senior Congress leader opined that BJP had allegation Congress could not handle terrorism properly but they were not able to take decision themselves. This move will enable the Congress now to counter the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the runup to the 2014 general elections, specifically Gujarat Chief Minister Narnendra Modi, who was seen as the party's prime ministerial nominee in the next Lok Sabha polls. BJP which was till now demanding an apology from Shinde for his "Hindu terror" remark is now  fumbling for a political issue to corner the government after Afzal Guru's hanging.

36 killed in stampede at Allahabad railway station

As many as 36 people died and over a dozen injured when a railing  of an overbridge at Allahabad railway station fell down on Sunday. This happened as there was a huge rush since three crore devotees took a holy dip at the Kumbh Mela during the biggest bathing day 'Mauni Amavasya'. Before this tragedy happened cane charge led to stampede on platform numbers 5 and 6 and the tragedy happened at the footbridge between these two platforms as there was too much of overcrowding. Many people fell down the stairs and on the tracks. After the accident, trains were from the busy Allahabad station to the Prayag station on the outskirts of the city which is 200 km from Lucknow.

54 crore bank customers will have debit cards by 2015

54 crore bank customers or nearly half of India's population will have debit cards in the next three years, that implies impressive progress in making banking a service for all. Though the credit cards would remain only less than three crore during the same period as per a study done by Assocham. In the last year end nearly 31.44 crore bank customers were issued debit cards. As the number is growing at a compound annual rate of 18 percent, and the growth sustained will lead to the figure. Credit cards are mostly common phenomenon in metro cities among the middle and more affluent classes and their growth remian not even half the rate of the debit cards. There were only 1.88 crore credit cards in the market by December 2012. was just 1.88 crore and the annual growth is only six to seven percent. The high rates of interest and excessive penal rates for even small delay in payments act as deterrent for the consumers to adopt them.

Salman Khan will go for treatment

Salman Khan will now take out time and go for his treatment which he has been delaying for long due to his acting schedule and the blackbuck poaching case in court where he had been charged  under the Wildlife Protection Act for supposedly poaching a blackbuck in Rajasthan in 1998. Salman suffers from trigeminal neuralgia and aneurysm in which acute pain occurs in his head, cheeks and jaws. He got this attack first during the making of his 2007 film "Partner" and the pain returned during the shooting for "Veer" (2010). He also underwent a surgery in Pittsburgh, US, in 2011 for this.

Gambhir dropped, Harbhajan back for first two tests

Out of form Gautam Gambhir was dropped and Harbhajan Singh is back to play two tests against Australia. The Sandip Patil led selection committed also brought two opening batsmen Murali Vijay and Sikhar Dhawan as they showed impressive performance for Rest of India against Mumbai in the Irani Cup.Harbhajan who was not in the squad for the fourth Test against England returned after a strong performance in the Ranji Trophy. Harbhajan replaces Piyush Chawla,and he is the third spinner in the side along with Ravichandran Ashwin and Pragyan Ojha. Indian squad is: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain), Virender Sehwag, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Pragyan Ojha, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Dinda, Murali Vijay and Ishant Sharma

Google clarifies no humans read emails for ads

 Microsoft has put a strong allegation on Google that the company indulges in violation of the privacy of Gmail users by reading their emails to facilitate advertisements. Microsoft in competition with Google, has launched a website - www.scroogled.com - that speaks about "Google's practice of going through the contents of all Gmail emails to sell and target ads". Google clarified that no humans go through the mails and the ads are determined only through algorithms. In response to Microsoft's direct attack on Google services with campaigns like 'scroogled', Google has responded by refusing to create Gmail or Google Drive apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone.