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Major News and Events of 22 March 2013

What Happened on 22 March 2013


Violent scenes in Rajya Sabha, chairman's mike broken

There were violent scenes in the Rajya Sabha where the agitating members from the DMK and AIADMK broke the chairperson's mike.After two adjournments the upper house met for the proceedings at 2.30 p.m. Members from DMK and AIADMK, who were protesting regarding the condition of Sri Lankan Tamils, went near the chairperson's podium. They stated that the anti-Sri Lanka resolution in the United Nations Human Rights Council was not strong enough, and they blamed the government of not doing much. Renuka Choudhary was at chair and she requested the members to go back to their seats and refused to adjourn the house. Then some members snatched and tore papers from the chairperson's podium.Still the proceedings continued after which V. Maitreyan of the AIADMK broke the microphone at the chairpersons' podium. The house was adjourned till April 22 and Chowdhury said to the protesting members, "Do not behave like animals". Similarly the upper house was adjourned twice over the same issue. The first adjournment came just after it met at 11 a.m., when Chairman M. Hamid Ansari adjourned the house till noon. Then at noon it was adjourned again till 2.30 p.m.

Diplomacy wins, Italian marines to return: Khurshid

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid informed that the Italian marines were returning to India and it was diplomacy which has done its bit and ensured their return. He said the Italian government has confirmed the return of the marines within the stipulated time frame allotted by the Supreme Court. Khurshid also said that he was happy that the issue got resolved satisfactorily and the trial of the marines will now be done as per the directions of the Supreme Court in its order of Jan 18, 2013. He also asked the media not to write off diplomacy in a hurry. As it works when people think everything else has failed and that diplomacy should be given a little more chance to do what needs to be done.

Spinners write Australia's downfall again

The Australian batting crumbled again on a turning Ferozeshah Kotla wicket in Delhi, and the visitors at stumps on the opening day Friday of the fourth and last cricket Test were 231 for eight.Australia depended on their tailenders again who took them from a mere 153 for seven to a respectable score.Steven Smith (46) and No.9 Peter Siddle (47 batting) stayed on a pitch where their top-order batsmen were fumbling against India's spinners. Siddle pulled out Australia from getting bowled out for less than 200 runs. He with Smith added 53 runs and then went on to make 42 for the unfinished ninth-wicket partnership with James Pattinson (11). The bowling of Ishant Sharma (2/35) in the first session, Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin (4/40) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/34) destroyed the Australia innings as the visitors lost five wickets for 30 runs in the second session before regaining to add 78 in the last post-tea session.

Government gave approval to 12 FDI proposals worth Rs.2,609 crore

The government gave approval for 12 proposals of foreign direct investment (FDI) amounting to Rs.2,609.27 crore.The highest amount of overseas fund will go to an Ahmedabad-based pharmaceutical firm Claris Otsuka Limited. The company is getting into a new joint venture with foreign direct investment of Rs.1,050 crore. As per the recommendations of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) the government has given approval for 12 proposals of Foreign Direct Investment amounting to Rs.2,609.27 crore.Mumbai-based Glynwed Pipe Systems India Private Limited has got the sanction of Rs.800 crore foreign investment for making downstream investments.Decathlon Sports India Private Limited was approved induction of Rs.700 crore foreign equity in its equity share capital to carry on the business of single brand retail trading.Nine proposals were deferred and one rejected.

Katju bats for Sanjay Dutt

Press Council of India chief Markandey Katju said that the actor Sanjay Dutt, who was convicted to five years in prison in the 1993 Mumbai blasts case, has already undergone suffering for 20 years and he should get mercy on humanitarian grounds. Katju, the former Supreme Court judge stated he was not questioning the Supreme Court verdict but raising this concern as a citizen. Katju specified that Sanjay was not a terrorist or was engaged in a terror act but he kept arms without licence. He said, "Sanjay Dutt's parents have done social service. He himself has done some good things like promoting Gandhian philosophy in movies. He has two small children and suffered for 20 years."He also added that the actor had already served 18 months imprisonment and had undergone many hardships.

BlackBerry 10 has now more than 100,000 apps

BlackBerry 10′s app store, the BlackBerry World has now over 100,000 apps prior to its US launch. After the launch of the BlackBerry 10 devices in January, over 30,000 applications were added to its new platform. The names include-Amazon’s Kindle, OpenTable, and The Wall Street Journal. In the coming weeks CNN, The Daily Show Headlines, eBay, eMusic, Maxim, MLB at Bat, MTV News, Pageonce, PGA, Rdio, Skype, SoundHound and Viber will be available on the device. What has helped the BlackBerry’s store is the Android porting. Many developers have not actually developed native apps but only ported apps from other platforms though with minor changes.