Major News and Events of 11 February 2013
What Happened on 11 February 2013
2G case: CBI removes prosecutor for discussing with accused
SC asks the tainted telecom operators to close down services
Rebel tennis players create association
'ABCD' collects Rs 19.5 crore in the weekend
12000 auto rickshaws in Jaipur to be fitted with GPS
CBI removed its chief prosecutor A.K. Singh investigating the 2G Spectrum case as he has supposedly discussed the strategy with one of the accused. An audio recording allegedly with the conversation between Singh and the accused discussing legal strategy has been found and a preliminary enquiry is at place to probe further into the matter. The Special CBI court has also been apprised of the matter. The 2G case is under trial in the court and the prime accused, former union minister A. Raja, Unitech MD Sanjay Chandra and 12 others, including DMK leader Kanimozhi, have been examined by the prosecution. Now the cross-examination of the accused and witnesses is under process.
Afzal Guru's family received the speed post informing them about the hanging on Monday two days after he was hanged. The information sent through speed post was delivered on Saturday evening but since Sunday was a holiday his family in Kashmir Valley's Sopore district got the information on Monday. On Saturday Home Secretary R.N. Singh had stated that he had confirmed from the jail authorities that two letters through speed post has been sent to his family and it was not that his family was kept in dark about his hanging. Omar Abdullah the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister criticized the process of delivering information through speed post and said, "As a human being, I find it very difficult to reconcile myself to the fact that we executed a person who was not given the opportunity to see his family for the last time. If in this day and age, we are relying on speed post to inform a family that their loved one is going to be executed, there is something seriously wrong. I wish we were the ones who were authorised to inform the family."
The Supreme Court on Monday directed that some of the telecom operators to stop their services immediately. These include those whose licences were cancelled and who had not bid for fresh licences and is also applicable to telecom operators who participated in the Nov 12, 2012 bidding and were unsuccessful. It was also specified that the order of auctioning airwaves did not apply to 900 MHz band. This was a total shift from the apex court’s earlier stance that spectrum in 900 MHz band too should have been auctioned. Auction in 1800 and 800 MHz was done in the last round of auctioning of licences that were cancelled by the apex court on Feb 2, 2012. The next round of the auction will be held in March 2013. The court also specified that 83 licences acquired by the Tata Teleservices earlier were not covered by its Feb 2, 2012, order cancelling 122 2G licences issued on or after Jan 10, 2008. The court is also not happy with the government affidavit on auction as it does not reveal the quantum of spectrum that was being kept on the block for auction.
The rebel tennis players have formed the Indian Tennis Players Association (ITPA) with former Davis Cup captain Jaidip Mukerjea as its interim president as a move to voice out their opinions to the tennis administration. The other founding members include, Mahesh Bhupathi, Enrico Piperno, Manisha Malhotra, Prahalad Srinath, Somdev Devvarman, Rohan Bopanna, Aditya Sachdeva Mustafa Ghouse and All India Tennis Association (AITA) vice-president Karti P. Chidambaram. Leander Paes is not among the founding members. ITPA issued a statement specifying its membership is open to all current and former international and national tennis players. It stated that it will operate mainly as a forum and platform to represent its members' professional interests and in the process improving the standard of tennis in the country. The members will have equal voting rights and they will engage in a democratic process to appoint a general body that will be responsible for the operations of the ITPA.
India's first 3D dance movie directed by the Choreographer-director Remo D'Souza, "ABCD - Any Body Can Dance", has got positive response from the viewers. It grossed Rs.19.5 crore in its opening weekend at the domestic box-office. The movie is produced by UTV Motion Pictures at a budget of around Rs.12 crore. On the opening day the collection was Rs.5.5 crore, while on Saturday it got Rs.6.5 crore and Rs.7.5 crore on Sunday. This after there are limited 3D screens in India. The movie's cast includes, Prabhudheva, Ganesh Acharya, Kay Kay Menon and Salman Yusuff Khan.
Science and Technology
Jaipur's 12000 auto-rickshaws will be fitted with GPS which will help the police to track the vehicles in cases of emergencies and also when passengers specially woman are harassed by auto drivers. This initiative is part of the preparedness after the Delhi gang rape case. The autos will ply on a definite route and the control room will monitor their movement. They will be painted in similar colors for a specific route so that they can be identified from those plying on other routes. This scheme will be operational from next month.