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Major News and Events of 12 March 2013

What Happened on 12 March 2013


Italy refused to send marines, India to study the decision

The government was surprised by Italy's decision not to send back its two marines who are charged with the killing of Indian fishermen. There was no response as such from the government and only the External Affairs Salman Khurshid stated that the government was studying Rome's decision. He also added that it was India’s collective decision to send back the two Italian marines to vote in the country's general election and not only just Supreme Court decision. Khurshid also said that they returned after Christmas. India will respond after analyzing what reasoning Italy has provided. Italy's defence and justice ministries in consultation with the country's prime minister's office took the decision of not sending back Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone. The two Italian marines have been engaged in the year long controversy for supposedly shooting two Indian fishermen after thinking them to be pirates, off the southern Indian state of Kerala in February 2012. Italy had claimed that this happened in international waters and was aiming to get Latorre and Girone tried in Italian courts, while India contended that the shooting occurred in its own territory. Supreme Court in February gave permission to Latorre and Girone to return to Italy to vote in the Feb 24-25 national election. Similarly they were allowed to go home for Christmas.

Ram Singh's death happened due to hanging: medical report

The prime accused in the Delhi gangrape case, Ram Singh's death happened to hanging in Tihar Jail as per the autopsy report. There were no external injury marks on his body, the doctor who did the autopsy report stated. He requested his name to be kept anonymous as he was not authorised to speak to journalists. A panel of three doctors did Ram Singh's post-mortem at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) before the body was handed over to his family. As per AIIMS, the final autopsy report will be submitted to the police "within a couple of days". Ram Singh allegedly committed suicide in Tihar Jail on Monday morning. He was facing charges for the brutal rape and death of a 23-year-old woman in a bus which he was driving.He was arrested on Dec 17, a day after the brutal gang-rape led to outrage all across India. A magisterial inquiry will be done into Ram Singh's death.

PayTM launches bus tracking service

PayTM mobile solutions has released a new service, which will help the bus travelers booking their tickets online through paytm.com to know about the estimated arrival time of their bus before they depart from the boarding point. The  e-commerce company which is Noida based on Tuesday made an announcement that this is the  industry's first real time updates of bus location which wil enable the passengers to board in time. The service is available on mobile as well. It was launched on Tuesday on buses of major operators in Hyderabad, Guntur, Vijayawada, Bangalore, Chennai and other cities in south India. There are plans to roll out the service in 100 cities across India. More than 1,000 buses with real-time GPS will be there for commuters in a couple of months.

India win compound archery gold in Asian GP in Bangkok

The Indian men's compound team that includes Sandeep Kumar, Abhishek Verma, Jignas Chittibomma won the gold medal in the Asian Archery Grand Prix in Bangkok on Tuesday. The Indian trio won over Vietnam 226-218 in four sets (60, 53, 56, 57 versus 53, 53, 55, 57). India was leading over Vietnam in first, third and fourth round and there was a tie in second.They defeated Singapore 234-221 in the quarterfinal before winning over Indonesia 226-212 in the last four stage. India was leading in qualification round scoring 2061. Vietnam and Thailand were at second and third ranks earning 2054 and 2045 points. Sandeep Kumar's individual position was second behind Chinese Taipei archer Tien Chong Ngugyun while Jignas Chittibomma was fifth and Abhishek Verma eighth. Recurve men's team that comprises Atanu Das, Rahul Banerjee, Binod Swansi defeated Malaysia 113- 108 in the semi finals and will face Japan in the final on Wednesday.

MARD, a campaign for women's safety by Farhan

Actor-filmmaker Farhan Akhtar will be using social media for a campaign titled MARD - Men Against Rape and Discrimination. The campaign looks forward to sensitise men towards the safety of women.He tweeted, "If you are a man who respects women... her rights, her dignity, her independence, her mind, her body, her life... you are a MARD." Farhan has requested all men to sport the logo of MARD on their clothes and spread the message. He stated that there will be no restrictions on the logo use. He has even requested the school authorities to inculcate gender awareness among boys at a very young age. Farhan has been vocal about women's safety and had penned down a poem on women-related issues after the Delhi gang rape on Dec 16, 2012.

Sony looks for 30 percent of total business from smartphones

Japanese consumer electronics-maker Sony is looking for generating 30 percent of its total business in India from the smartphone segment in the financial year 2013-14. The firm is banking on its newly-launched premium smartphone 'Xperia Z' and developing market in this category. Sony currently has 11 models, ranging from Rs.8,500 and going up to Rs.39,000, in its smartphone portfolio. Though there are no feature phone in its products. The Xperia Z comes packed with features like water-resistance, durability, sleek design and with a 13 MP camera and various other features. Sony has a target to triple its sales of mobiles in the country to Rs.35,000 crore in fiscal year 2013-14 in India. The company aims to promote the new Xperia Z on a large scale and will be investing around Rs.300 crore in marketing and promotions in this year.