Major News and Events of 26 February 2013
What Happened on 26 February 2013
Rail Budget 2013-2014-No fare hike, focus on travel comfort
NIA wants to question two Delhi prisoners in connection with Hyderabad blasts
Sensex closes 1.64 percent down; auto, oil and gas stocks go down
2000 episodes 'Saraswatichandra' on air
Goa students to get tablets, notebooks for just Rs.25
India won the first test against Australia by eight wickets. They reached the target of 50, losing two wickets in the process in the second innings before lunch. This was the final day of the first cricket Test at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium at Chennai on Tuesday. Sachin Tendulkar was not out at 13 in which he hit two sixes, and Cheteshwar Pujara made 8. Australian innings were wrapped up for 241 in which Moises Henriques remained unbeaten on 81 and wicket of Nathan Lyon (11) was taken by left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja, who took three wickets for 72.Australia was able to score only nine runs when they resumed play at 232 for nine and their innings lasted only for 30 minutes on the final day.
Australia 1st innings: 380 all out
India 1st innings: 572 all out
Australia 2nd innings (overnight 232/9):
Ed Cowan lbw Ashwin 32
Shane Watson c Sehwag b Ashwin 17
David Warner lbw b Harbhajan Singh 23
Phil Hughes c Sehwag b Jadeja 0
Michael Clarke lbw Ashwin 31
Matthew Wade b Harbhajan Singh 8
Moises Henriques not out 81
Peter Siddle b Jadeja 2
James Pattinson c Sehwag b Ashwin 11
Mitchell Starc c Tendulkar b Ashwin 8
Nathan Lyon c Vijay b Jadeja 11
Extras (b 15, lb 2) 17
Total (all out in 93 overs) 241
Fall of wickets: 1-34 (Watson, 15.6 overs), 2-64 (Cowan, 28.6 ov), 3-65 (Hughes, 29.5), 4-101 (Warner, 38.5), 5-121 (Wade, 44.5), 6-131 (Clarke, 49.3), 7-137 (Siddle, 55.4), 8-161 (Pattinson, 63.1), 9-175 (Starc, 65.5)
Ravichandran Ashwin 32-6-95-5
Harbhajan Singh 27-6-55-2
Ravindra Jadeja 31-8-72-3
Ishant Sharma 3-1-2-0
India 2nd innings:
Murali Vijay c Henriques b Pattinson 6
Virender Sehwag c Clarke b Lyon 19
Cheteshwar Pujara not out 8
Sachin Tendulkar not out 13
Extras (b 4) 4
Total (for two wickets in 11.3 overs) 50
Fall of wickets: 1-16 (Vijay, 2.6 overs), 2-36 (Sehwag, 9.2)
James Pattinson 3-1-13-1
Nathan Lyon 5.3-0-29-1
Peter Siddle 3-2-4-0
In the rail budget of 2013-14 there was no mention of fare hikes, 106 new trains, a number of proposals for travel safety and comfort, which includes escalators at key stations, a new e-ticketing system and a plush coach in select trains were the key features. The Railway Minister Pawan Kumar Bansal while presenting his maiden annual budget stated that the growth of the Indian Railways is linked with the growth of the country. As the fares were revised last month there will be no major fare hikes this time though proposal for minor revisions such as those for tatkal and reservations would be there. Routine 5-6 percent fare hike will be there every year to balance the hike in fuel costs. He specified that freight and passenger fares must be dissociated from the fuel costs with automatic adjustments periodically. He was pleased that the operating ratio of Indian Railways to earn Rs.1 in revenue -- had dipped down to 88 paise from around 95 paise. The plan target for 2013-14 is at Rs.63,363 crore (Rs.633.63 billion or $11.5 billion) Mechanization of 13,000-odd unmanned level crossings, deployment of 400 lifts and 179 escalators in category one stations., coaches to be wheel-chair friendly and approaches comfortable for the differently-abled were the other things mentioned. India's railway network is ranked among the top five in the world. It encompasses over 64,000 km with 7,083 stations, to ferry 23 million travelers and 2.65 million tonnes of goods daily on 12,000 passenger and 7,000 freight trains.
The National Investigation Agency moved a Delhi court asking for custody of two jailed alleged operatives of banned terror outfit Indian Mujahideen for interrogation over the Hyderabad twin blasts in which 16 people died. District Judge I.S. Mehta released production warrants for Wednesday against Syed Maqbool and Imran Khan, put in Tihar Jail. They have been in judicial custody after they were arrested in link with the August 2012 Pune blasts. The court asked the Tihar authorities to present both of them before it. Maqbool and Khan had in July 2012 allegedly surveyed, and gathered information about Hyderabad's Dilsukhnagar, where the Feb 21 blasts took place. This was done on the order of Indian Mujahideen's Pakistan-based founder Riyaz Bhatkal, the National Investigation Agency (NIA) informed.Their questioning will provide insight on the exact plan formulated by Riyaz.
The 30-scrip Sensex of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) closed more than one and a half percent lower in trade which was in controlled matter as a preparation to the general budget and on negative global signs.This is the lowest level in the last three months. Automobile, oil and gas, capital goods, bank and metal scrips dipped. Information technology (IT) and media, entertainment and technology (TECk) stocks stood in the face of negataive sentiments.The 30-scrip Sensex,started at 19,290.66 points, but ended at 19,015.14 points, down 316.55 points or 1.64 percent from its previous close at 19,331.69 points. The Sensex reached an intra-day high of 19,293.49 points and a low of 18,976.94 points. The midcap index ended at 115.21 points, while the smallcap index ended at 157.29 points lower.The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) traded at 93.40 points or 1.60 percent lower at 5,761.35 points. The BSE automobile index, dipped by 297.20 points, followed by the oil and gas index, by 274.81 points, the bank index dipped by 232.19 points, the capital goods index, down 232.14 points, and the metal index, dipped by 217.50 points. The four out of 30 Sensex companies who were gainers included Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), up 1.56 percent at Rs.1,494.30; Infosys, up 1.47 percent at Rs.2,960.10; Bharti Airtel, up 1.38 percent at Rs.311.30; NTPC, up 0.73 percent at Rs.151.00; and Hindustan Unilever, up 0.22 percent at Rs.453.00. Those who had to suffer loss included Hindalco Inds, down 4.49 percent at Rs.102.00; Bajaj Auto, down 4.20 percent at Rs.1,921.90; HDFC, down 3.74 percent at Rs.772.15; ONGC, down 3.74 percent at Rs.306.30; and Reliance Industries, down 3.51 percent at Rs.823.95.
Sanjay Leela Bhansali's debut TV show "Saraswatichandra" is now on air and the director-producer is hopeful that 2,000 episodes will be completed in it. This show has been adapted from the novel written by Govardhanram Madhavaram Tripathi. The first episode went live on Monday on Star Plus. Gautam Rode and Jennifer Winget are the lead actors in it. Bhansali stated that he wanted everyone to do a good job and that the serial become the biggest and most memorable serial. Till now Ekta Kapoor's "Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi" has been the longest running serial on Indian television with 1,833 episodes. It started in 2000 and ran till 2008.
Science and Technology
Students in Goa will get a tablet PC or a notebook for just Rs.25. This is a part of the Goa government education department's initiative to acquaint Class V and VII students with computers so that they can get prepared for life and develop curiosity for the e-systems.” The additional director education Anil Powar said, “General category students will have to pay only Rs.25 while SC and ST students will have to pay Rs.10 to register for the scheme." Around 50,000 notebooks and tablet PCs for distribution will be purchased. The computers will have special e-learning packages. It will enable the students to revise their tuition at home over the tablets. A provision of Rs.95 crore had been earmarked for the purchase of the computers in the last budget presented by Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar.