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Major News and Events of 16 January 2013

What Happened on 16 January 2013


India, Pakistan agree to maintain peace on LoC

 Indian and Pakistani forces decided to maintain peace on the LoC in Jammu and Kashmir after days of tensions that had threatened their ties. They have agreed that they will not violate the 2003 ceasefire on the LoC. The DGMOs (Director General of Military Operations) of India and Pakistan had a 10 minute discussion in the morning regarding this and decided not to allow the situation along the LoC, to escalate further. The diplomatic ties between the two neighbors were affected ever since on Jan 6 a Pakistani soldier was allegedly killed in firing by Indian troops. Two days later, Pakistani soldiers brutally killed two Indian soldiers and beheaded one of them, on the LoC. India showed its  protest over the killing and also summoned the Pakistani envoy in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Tuesday stated that there can be "no business as usual" after this. India has also withed the Visa on Arrival regime for senior Pakistani citizens and Pakistani hockey players for the Indian Hockey League were asked to return on Tuesday.

Juvenile inmates go on rampage, many run away

Juvenile inmates of a reform center in Uttar Pradesh fought with the security personnel and injured many of them on Wednesday as per the police. Many of the inmates also managed to escape. The tussle started on a small issue at the reform center in Hardoi which is around 100 km from Lucknow.The inmates also snatched rifles of the security personnel and some of them even fired in the air. A search has been launched to catch them as informed by the Superintendent of Police R.K. Srivastava.He further informed that the inmates gained control of the center for over an hour and after firing some rounds many of them escaped.

India Inc opposed to higher taxes for super rich

India Inc said Wednesday did not agree to the fact that there should be any increase in taxes for the "super rich" as it would further dampen business sentiments and lead to relocation of professionals to low tax regions like Singapore, Dubai and London. This was stated by Naina Lal Kidwai, president, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) at a meeting with Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. It was also specified that it was not the time to further dampen the confidence of the investor community which has been jolted on account of last year's tax amendments. She said, " The Government should not fuel the black economy by increasing tax rates." Adi Godrej, the president of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) expressed his strong opposition against any such move of increasing taxes for "super rich."

Australian Open: Bhupathi, Bopanna win; Devvarman, Sania out

 India's doubles specialists Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna got victory in their first round matches with different partners. Somdev Devvarman lost a marathon match against Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in the men's singles second round at the Australian Open in Melbourne on Wednesday. In the women's doubles second round, 10th seeds Sania Mira and Bethanie Mattek-Sands lost to Spain's Silvia Soler-Espinosa and Carla Suarez Navarro 6-7 (4-7), 3-6 at Melbourne Park. This was the major upset of the day. Bopanna along with Rajeev Ram of America beat Australia's Thanasi Kokkinakis and Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 6-4. The 12th seeds will now meet Italian pair of Simone Bolelli and Fabio Fognini. Fifth seeds Bhupathi and Daniel Nestor got a comfortable win by getting past Spain's Pablo Andujar and Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-2, 6-4. The Indo-Canadian pair will now face either Brian Baker and Raven Klaasen or Victor Hanescu and Martin Klizan in the second round. 

'Inkaar' has no explicit scenes

Sudhir Mishra's "Inkaar" though is based on sexual harassment at the workplace and word 'sex' has been used as many as 262 times in it, but the director has not kept any explicit scenes in the movie.The film will release on Friday with U-A certificate, and the real story will be revealed only after that. As per the sources there was a kiss and few lovemaking scenes between the film's lead pair - Arjun Rampal and Chitrangada Singh - in the script, however due to Chitrangada being uncomfortable with that, changes were made in the script. Chitrangada supposedly put her foot down about not doing any revealing or sexual scene in the film and Mishra made the required changes for her. 

Facebook launches new search feature

Social media giant Facebook launched a new tool -- Graph Search which would let users carry on targeted searches for people, places, photos and interests on the site.Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg stated, "You should theoretically be able to ask Facebook 'Who are my friends who live in San Francisco?' and Graph Search should be able to return an answer to you." The Graph Search also has the photo component which is the first of its kind. Photos will come up based on the query, and in the order of importance based on the number of likes and comments. It will enable users to know which of their friends dined at which restaurant and did they like it or not. Graph Search will also scour through the billions of "Likes" to curate results. The content which can be searched will only be those which are shared with the users. Users will be reminded to review their privacy settings before the feature rolls out this week.