Major News and Events of 24 January 2013
What Happened on 24 January 2013
Gadkari's states to IT officers that Congress is on their way out
Committee to probe Walmart lobbying
Subhash Ghai gets his 'Kaanchi'
SAI chooses Jamia to promote sports
Twitter introduces changes in Embedded Tweets
Former BJP President stated that income tax officials should not forget that the Congress was on its way out. The Congress slammed him for threatening the officials and asked for a probe. Gadkari said, "The income tax department hatched a conspiracy on the direction of the Congress government. I have also got the names of the officials from some others who are sympathetic to me and our party. They (IT officials) should remember the Congress's boat is sinking, and when they go and our government comes, no Chidambaram or Sonia Gandhi will be there to save them." He also said that earlier the CBI was at the beck and call of the Congress and now it the income tax department. Gadkari also said that there was only one ruler in the Congress while others were merely servants. He also did not spare the media and said they had no right to disturb an honest politician.
Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) operative Pakistani-American David Headley, who had a major role in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, got just 35 years in prison and not life sentence by a court in Chicago. He faced life imprisonment without parole, but US District Judge Harry Leinenweber gave him only 35 years of imprisonment. US federal prosecutors had asked for 30 to 35 years in prison for him specifying that he had made a considerable cooperation in US government's efforts to combat terrorism. The judge also stated that he wanted to make sure that Headley is "never in a position again to commit a terrorist attack." He said he should be kept,"under lock and key for the rest of his life." Headley's 35 year imprisonment would be followed by five years of supervised release. No federal parole is there and defendants have to be serve at least 85 percent of their sentence.
India's federal cabinet on Thursday gave a nod for a creation of a one-man committee which would probe into the allegations of violations of Indian regulations by the US retail giant Walmart as it supposedly indulged in lobbying activities to get entry in the country's market.The Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari stated that either a retired judge of the Supreme Court or chief justice of a high court will investigate the allegations. The report will be submitted within three months, according to an official statement given after the cabinet meeting presided by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
On his 67th birthday, filmmaker Subhash Ghai stated that Bengali girl Mishti will be the leading lady in his 19th film "Kaanchi". Ghai said he was on an "intense struggle" to find his Kaanchi. He auditioned around 350 girls. He said he found many beautiful girls with talent but could not get the one who can be his Kaanchi till he saw a picture of Mishti, who is from Kolkata. In the very first shot while audition he knew that she was the Kaanchi he was looking for. Kartik Tiwari, who was last seen in "Pyaar Ka Punchnama" and is in "Akaash Vani" will be the male lead of the movie.
The Sports Authority of India (SAI) has selected Jamia Millia Islamia as its extension center for promotion of athletics, hockey and football. The educational institution which have sports infrastructure and a history of producing national and international sportspersons can be considered for the program promoted by SAI, the nodal agency of the sports ministry. Jamia met all the criteria. The aim is to promote sports especially at the junior level.Under the program, Jamia will organize selection trials for athletics, hockey and football from Feb 4-6. Boys in the age between 12 to 18 years can appear in the trials. Those who are not the students of Jamia can also also be part of the program. The venue for Feb 4 trials is the TTI Ground, Faculty of Education, Jamia Millia Islamia. Other details can be taken from the Office of the Advisor (Sports), Jamia Sports Complex, Jamia Millia Islamia by calling 011-26983602/26981717.
Science and Technology
Twitter introduced a number of enhancements to embedded tweets and now they would appear more like tweets you see on Twitter.com. It is now easier to embed tweets just by clicking the more button and selecting the "Embed Tweet" option. They have the photos, videos, and article summaries below the text of the embedded tweet, and it will also have retweet and favorite count, so readers can gauge how popular a particular post might be. Whatever content is visible in the embedded tweets is limited to what is visible on the Twitter cards on the website and Instagram photos will appear as a link, while Twitter photos will show as the full photo.