Major News and Events of 24 February 2013
What Happened on 24 February 2013
Army officer arrested with Rs.15 crore worth drugs in Manipur
Higher taxes on super rich will hamper business: Assocham
Indian girls in Round 3 of Hockey World League
Sufi music fest heads to Nagaur after Jodhpur
India's 101th space mission to be launched on Monday
The investigation of Hyderabad terror attack got momentum on Sunday when the police arrested some suspects and National Investigation Agency (NIA) teams spread to different places to gather clues. A special investigation team of Cyberabad police arrested Mohammed Raeesuddin, who stays in Chandrayangutta area of the old city of Hyderabad, for interrogation. After the 2007 blast at Mecca Masjid he was arrested but was later acquitted by a court. Other suspects were also arrested and15 special teams of Cyberabad and Hyderabad police are investigating the twin bomb blasts that killed 16 people and injured over 100. The police scanned the CCTV video footage, which supposedly captured the images of two suspects who planted bombs on bicycles. The shop owners in the area have also been asked to share their CCTV footage for the identification of the bomb planters. The Indian Mujahideen (IM) movement is also being tracked as they had allegedly surveyed some areas including Dilsukhnagar in the past.
Police arrested an Indian Army spokesperson in Manipur with contraband drugs that was worth Rs.15 crore (Rs.150 million) in international market. These intended to be smuggled to Myanmar before the police got hold of them. Col. Ajay Choudhury of Red Shield Division and five other people from Pallel town in Thoubal district were arrested after a tough chase. As per the police the army officer is said to have smuggled banned drugs from Imphal to Moreh town on Myanmar border five times. The five other accused include, Col. Choudhury's assistant R.K. Babblu, a private airlines' assistant manager Ngairakpam Brojendro, Haopu Haokip, Minthang Bongel and Milan Haokip. The accused have been booked under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act, 1985.
Industry lobby Assocham Sunday stated that any higher taxes on the super rich will hamper business sentiment in a time of economic slowdown. The corporate sector survey is said to point out to this fact and the chamber specified that in place of higher taxes for the rich, the government should concentrate more on high growth. It stated that the focus should be on 'super growth' rather than 'more tax on super rich'. The companies survey reveals that there is feeling that the government should emphasize on better tax administration, slashing of non-plan public expenditure and improvement in quality of governance. The survey respondents, in which 85 CEOs and senior executives were included, 61 percent of them said that higher taxes imposed on the super rich would hamper business sentiment and would be a disincentive for wealth and value creation.
A solitary strike by Rani Rampal steered India to win over Russia 1-0 in their last league game, and this helped the team to qualify for the third round by reaching the top of the women's Hero Hockey World League Round 2 at the Major Dhyan Chand National Stadium in New Delhi on Sunday. Rani scored an excellent goal moving past two defenders and hit it from a packed defence in the 51st minute. She was also declared as the player of the match. India made many attempts earlier to pierce through Russian defence, but found it rather hard. India required to draw against Russia to get to the next round and they had to work hard for that. Moreover, India failed to utilize the spaces in the mid-field.In the penalty corners too Sushila Chanu Pukhrambam, Rani and Anupa Barla had their shots saved by the Russian defence.
The sixth edition of World Sufi Spirit Festival (WSSF) will now move to Nagaur after a spectacular performance at Jodhpur where it started on Friday at the Mehrangarh Fort and will end at the Ahichhatragarh Fort in Nagaur. Though the festival had started in Nagaur but for better visibility it was brought to Mehrangarh. This year the footfall was double and the next year’s edition is expected to be more exciting. 100 regional musicians took part in this festival. The festival saw performers from Egypt, Turkey, France, Mongolia and Afghanistan showcase their talent and from India, musicians from Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan took part.
Science and Technology
India is all set for its 101th space mission. The Indian rocket’s fuelling would be completed by Monday morning. This would send seven satellites into space on Feb 25 evening and the countdown for the launch is progressing smoothly. The fuelling started on Sunday night. President Pranab Mukherjee will witness the launch of the first of the 10 space missions planned by the ISRO in 2013. The 44.4-metre tall Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C20 (PSLV-C20) rocket, having a lift-off weight of 229.7 tonnes, will send into orbit seven satellites - one Indo-French and six foreign satellites. The total weight of the seven satellites is 668.5 kg. The entire flight sequence is of 22 minutes. ISRO’s count of launching foreign satellites will then be 35. India started its space journey in 1975 when Aryabhatta was launched using a Russian rocket and till date 100 missions were completed.