Major News and Events of 19 February 2013
What Happened on 19 February 2013
Manmohan-Cameron talks: India expresses serious concerns over VVIP choppers deal
Trade union strike to paralyze economy for two days
Technical snag leads to penalty on Gill in Desert Storm
"The Attacks of 26/11" cleared without any cuts
Microsoft's Outlook in assault mood over Google's Gmail
Charges of gang-rape and criminal conspiracy was framed against three people arrested in the Park Street rape case, in which an Anglo-Indian woman was allegedly raped in 2012. The fast track court framed the charges of gang-rape, criminal conspiracy Ruman Khan alias Tussie, Nasser Khan and Sumit Bajaj. Remaining two are yet to be arrested. The victim, a 37-year-old single mother as per allegation was gang-raped inside a moving car in the night between Feb 5-6, 2012. The police submitted the charge-sheet in May 2012 which named five people, including Kader Khan as the prime accused. Khan and another accused Ali Khan are yet to be arrested. The three accused Ruman, Nasser and Bajaj were arrested Feb 18, 2012. This case was entangled in controversy as West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee dubbed the allegation as "cooked-up to malign her government". But the police headed by then Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime) Damayanti Sen solved the case and nabbed three of the accused. Sen got transferred out of the city police later on. The Supreme Court denied bail to Bajaj and Nasser earlier this year when they appealed in the apex court seeking for relief. The trial will start from March 2.
India on Tuesday expressed its "very serious concerns" over the bribery allegations in the AgustaWestland VVIP choppers deal while talks were held between British Prime Minister David Cameron and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at New Delhi. India got assurance from Britain that it offer support on any request for information. Negotiations on a civil nuclear agreement and cooperation in energy security and trade development as well as regional and global issues which included Afghanistan were part of the discussions between Cameron and Manmohan Singh.Cameron, is on a three-day visit here. A joint statement specifying two countries areas of cooperation, including a MoU on health was released after the morning talk between the two leaders were over. The India-EU Free Trade Agreement was also discussed with both sides stating their strong commitment to its successful processing.
The two days trade union strike stands to cripple the economy as it will shut transport, banking services, markets and the postal system. This has been called after the unions' discussions with the government failed to reach a conclusion. The demand was for some substantial measures for controlling inflation, initiatives for employment generation, universal social security, and making the minimum wage to Rs.10,000 per month along with daily allowance. The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) secretary general Baijnath Rai said that though the labour parliament had agreed to that but the issues have not been implemented. The strike has been called by the BMS, Indian Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC) and other such central unions. The discussions between the unions and a committee comprising Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge failed to reach any conclusion. Rai stated,"The meeting was only eyewash. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram did not come and Pawar and Antony were not aware of our problems. We don't want assurance. We want the demands to be met.” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had also requested to the trade unions to call off their strike as it would lead to heavy loss to the economy and cause inconvenience to the general public. Barring rail and air transport all sectors have been called to go on strike.
After day one in the 11th Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm rally, Suresh Rana of Team Maruti was leading while the favourite Gaurav Gill had to suffer a heavy penalty in the first stage. Gill's Mahindra XUV 500 had serious mechanical problems in the night stage and he was delayed a lot so now he has to incur two hours of penalty. Though he is very much in the game, but he will have to start an hour late than others in the rally. The Desert Rally was started from Delhi on Monday night, and will pass through the Thar Desert and traverse Bikaner and Jaisalmer and cover 2,200 kilometres to end in Jaipur on Feb 23. Only 36 are left out of 52 teams in Rally Xtreme. This rally means all about speed. The other notable upsets of the day were the two teams from Australia of the 'Aussie Sand Surfers', led by Niaz Ali, and Gaurav Chiripal of Delhi.
Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma's new movie "The Attacks of 26/11" was cleared by the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) without any cuts, but with an 'Adults Only' certificate. Ramu had thought the movie would get an 'A' certificate because of the nature of the content. But not a single shot was found objectionable by the Board. Ramu as per sources, didn't make this film to sensationalise the issue. Now the release of the movie is eagerly awaited. The movie based on 26/11 attacks will release on March 1.
Science and Technology
Microsoft in a confident mood that it has the Internet's best email service will spend at least $30 million to broadcast its message across the U.S. The campaign which starts on Tuesday will see email, Outlook.com, take on rival services such as Google Inc.'s Gmail. Microsoft had kept the Outlook.com in a "preview" phase since July 31. To get its message across, Microsoft will spend a hefty amount that is Outlook.com will be shown in ads running on primetime TV, radio stations, websites, billboards and buses. The cost incurred will be somewhat around $30 million to $90 million on the Outlook campaign, that runs for at least three months.