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Major News and Events of 23 March 2013

What Happened on 23 March 2013


Kejriwal starts indefinite fast over power and water bills

Arvind Kejriwal started an indefinite fast against increased power and water bills in Delhi. He started the fast in the morning in Sundari Nagar area in a house near the sub judicial magistrate's office. Though his health remains a concern he wants to take this movement forward and AAP members will be carrying this campaign in 264 wards and will ask the people not to pay the increased bill. It was stated that chief minister has colluded with the power and water company and was responsible for illegal increase. BJP also held protests in front of the CM's residence over this issue.

Hizbul terrorist planned to attack South Delhi mall, Chandni Chowk

Delhi police sources stated that the alleged Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist, Sayyed Liyaqat Shah who was arrested from Gorakhpur had the responsibility to carry out a big terror plan. Even though he claimed that he was returning home via Nepal under the J&K government's rehabilitation policy for surrendered militants. As per the sources, Shah underwent training in the Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and had got instructions by his handlers to focus crowded areas of Delhi around Holi, that included a popular mall in South Delhi and Chandni Chowk in Old Delhi. Search is on for six other suspected terrorists who may be hiding in the capital.The police raided a guest house in Jama Masjid area and acquired arms and ammunition though the occupants of the room from could not be arrested. Police think they could be suicide bombers and may target the capital on Holi. This revelation came while there has been a debate whether Liyaqat Shah was hatching a terror strike in Delhi or was returning to surrender. Shah's wife Ameena Begum stated that her husband was returning home under the state government's rehabilitation policy and that he was not carrying any weapons.

Coal India asks for more railway rakes

State-run Coal India Limited (CIL), the world's largest coal miner, has asked for more rakes from the Indian Railways to fulfill targeted off-take of 492 million tonnes of the fuel in the next financial year.CIL has requested for 212.2 railway rakes per day, on an annual basis for 2013-14 against the average availability of 167.7 rakes during 2011-12 and about 184 rakes during 2012-13. In comparison to 5.21 percent a growth of coal movement through rail was around 5.21 percent during the last four years whereas CIL aims for a growth of around 8.67 percent through rail for achieving the above target.A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed with its administrative ministry, the Ministry of Coal, regarding its key performance areas for the fiscal year 2013-14.Coal Ministry Secretary S.K. Srivastava and CIL Chairman S. Narsing Rao signed the document in Delhi. As per that, in the next fiscal the coal ministry has specific coal production and off-take targets of 482 million tonnes (mt) and 492 mt respectively compared to previous year's coal production and off-take target of 464.1 mt and 470 mt respectively.

CJM reads charges for blackbuck poaching case

The court of chief judicial magistrate at Jodhpur specified the charges against four Bollywood stars -- Tabu, Sonali Bendre, Neelam and Saif Ali Khan involved in the 14-year-old case of the blackbuck poaching while shooting for a film. This happened during the shooting of Rajshri Productions' "Hum Saath Saath Hain" in 1998. The chief judicial magistrate C.K. Jain read out charges of all the film stars, except Salman Khan, who is also an accused in the case and who has sought exemption from the court on the ground that he has to move out of the country for medical treatment. The charges have been framed under the Wildlife Protection Act 1972. If the actors are proved guilty they will have to face an imprisonment of up to six years. The actors denied the charges and April 27 has been fixed as next date of hearing.

Trott breaks Manjrekar's record

England's Jonathan Trott broke Indian batsman Vijay Manjrekar record in scoring the most number of runs in Test matches without a six.The England top order batsman surpassed Manjrekar at the Eden Park in Auckland when he scored 27 before being bowled out by New Zealand pacer Trent Boult in the third and final Test.Now Trott now has 3,215 runs that is seven more than Manjrekar's 3,208. Manjrekar in 55 Tests from 1951 to 1965 scored 3,208 runs at an average of 39.12. In this he had scored seven centuries with a highest of 189 not out.

DoT refuses extension of licences of Airtel, Vodafone

Vodafone India received a setback when the telecom department rejected its request for extension of licenses in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata which are up for renewal in late 2014. A similar request from Bharti Airtel was also denied this was revealed by the sources. The telecom department (DoT) in its communication with Vodafone India has specified that under the new policy on spectrum allocation, airwaves have been delinked from license. So it had to take part in the auctions scheduled later in this year to access airwaves at market price. The department also added that government had the sole right to assign spectrum and that Vodafone cannot claim for any right, "much less preemptive right" for the extension of its permits under Clause 4.1 of the license.