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Major News and Events of 13 January 2013

What Happened on 13 January 2013


3.5 lakh pilgrims take holy dip at Gangasagar

As many as 3.5 lakh devotees took a holy dip in the Ganga on Sunday one day prior to Makar Sankranti at the confluence of the river and the Bay of Bengal at the Sagar Islands and about 50,000  pilgrims are expected to join them for the Sankranti on Monday as per the South 24 Parganas's Superintendent of Police Pravin Tripathi. Elaborate arrangements have been made for the fair. Sagar Islands 150 km from Kolkata in South 24-Parganas district is regarded as auspicious by the Hindus. People come here on Makar Sankranti for a holy dip and to pray and offer coconuts at the Kapil Muni temple. People believe that a single dip in the sacred water will wash off sins of one's lifetime.

Railways prepare for Kumbh Mela

As lakhs of people will go to Allahabad for the Kumbh Mela which starts on Monday, the railways have some steps ready to help passengers. Special trains will run coaches will be added in popular trains, additional ticket counters will be there at the Allahabad railway station. Apart from that new foot over bridges, escalators and waiting halls with drinking water facilities and toilets have been arranged at the station along with close-circuit TV, medical facilities and crowd management. 1,900 extra coaches have been put into requisition by the three railway zones catering for the Kumbh. More than 750 special trains by the North Central Railway  will be run during the Kumbh with additional stoppage at Etawah, Allahabad, Naini, Cheokki and Vindhyachal stations. Fourteen additional companies of the Railway Protection Force (RPF) from other zones have been put into operation.

New Shatabdi Express will connect Chandigarh-New Delhi

After being appointed as the railways minister, Chandigarh MP Pawan Kumar Bansal will gift a new train to Chandigarh which will connect it to New Delhi. On Monday morning a new Shatabdi Express will be flagged off from Chandigarh by Bansal. It departs from Chandigarh at 11.40 a.m. and reach New Delhi at 3 p.m. The return trip from New Delhi is at 7.15 p.m. With this, it would be the  third Shatabdi Express to connect Chandigarh and New Delhi covering a distance of 250 km. There are two Shatabdi Express trains (each side, morning and evening).

High expectations from Hockey India League

Lot of hope is pinned on Hockey India League (HIL) whether it can change the lifestyle of hockey players as it happened for cricket in the Indian Premier League? The money involved in the HIL, which starts on Monday, is nowhere compared to figures of the IPL, but is enough to motivate the Indian hockey players to improve their play. The players, who are paid peanuts for playing in the Indian team were traded in big-time dollars at the auction last month. India captain Sardar Singh who will be leading the Delhi Waveriders in the tournament was the star player at the auction where he got a price of $78,000. The overseas players like Australia's Jamie Dwyer ($60,000 -- Jaypee Punjab Warriors), German Mortiz Fuertse ($75,500 -- Ranchi Rhinos) and Dutch legend Teun de Nooijer ($66,000 -- Uttar Pradesh Wizards) got high prices as well. Top coaches will also be there in the event. Hockey India (HI) wanted to start the league with six teams but did not get a buyer for the city of Bangalore. The success of the league will mainly depend on how many spectators it will pull.

'Life of Pi' wins best original score Golden Globe

Composer Mychael Danna received the best original score motion picture award for "Life of Pi" at the 70th edition of the prestigious annual Golden Globe awards at Los Angeles. Danna edged past Alexandre Desplat ("Argo"), Dario Marianelli ("Anna Karenina"), Tom Tykwer, Johnny Klimek, Reinhold Heil ("Cloud Atlas") and John Williams ("Lincoln") to get the prestigious trophy. The movie "Life of Pi" directed by Ang Lee,is based on Canadian author Yann Martel's Man Booker Prize-winning novel of the same name. It conveys the journey of an Indian boy who survives a storm and is isolated on a life-boat with a tiger.

Indian scientists develop 16 disaster management drugs

Indian scientists have come up with 16 drugs that can be used for disaster management like any chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) incidents. There is an anti-cyanide drug, an anti-nerve gas drug and an anti-toxic gas drug. The Drug Controller General of India has approved several radioactive decorporation agents and drugs for anti-cyanide, anti-nerve gas and toxic gas injuries have as trial drugs. The drugs which have been developed by scientists at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) Institute of Nuclear Medicine and Allied Sciences (INMAS) have passed the efficacy test and will come at lesser price than those currently available in the market. These will be used as samples by the armed forces, the paramilitary, the National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) and the Ministry of Health.