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Major News and Events of 26 March 2013

What Happened on 26 March 2013


President, vice president wish people on Holi

President Pranab Mukherjee and Vice President Hamid Ansari greeted people on the occasion of Holi and expressed the hope that the festival will foster the feeling of unity and harmony. In his message, the president stated that the colours of Holi expressed the country's diversity and multi-cultural heritage. He said, "This festival which marks the advent of spring, is a harbinger of joy, hope and fulfilment for all. The myriad colours of Holi are a reflection of our diversity and multi-cultural heritage." Ansari said Holi emphasizes the message of unity in diversity and of equality of all human beings. 

Delhi Gang-rape accused seeks tutor for IAF exam

Vinay Sharma, one of the accused in the Delhi gang-rape has requested for a tutor so that he can prepare for an interview with the Indian Air Force (IAF), this was informed by his counsel on Tuesday.An application was moved by his counsel before the fast-track court which is hearing his case  that a "tutor be provided to Vinay to help him prepare" for his interview for C grade category of the IAF and that "he will serve" the force. Sharma's counsel also sought for a day-to-day trial specifying that a call letter for "selection test for recruitment of group 'C' civilian LDCs in Indian Air Force" had been received by the accused. The counsel stated that once he had a job he will lead a good life and earn well. He also informed that he is the sole breadwinner in the family. Additional Sessions Judge Yogesh Khanna directed the police to file their reply on the application and the matter will be heard on April 28.

Six FDI proposals worth Rs.732.77 crore got approval

The government gave its approval for six proposals of foreign direct investment (FDI) amounting to Rs.732.77 crore.The Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) led by Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram had given clearance to the FDI proposals at a meeting held on March 6. The highest amount of overseas funds will be going to a Hyderabad-based infrastructure firm Navayuga Road Projects. The company has investment of Rs.357.60 crore to make downstream investments in its special purpose companies.Next is Mumbai-based SIDBI Social Venture Trust, which has been approved to receive Rs.285 crore foreign investment to allot 'Class A' units of the fund to bring foreign investment. Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia's proposal also got approval to set up a new airline in the Indian civil aviation sector with partners like the Tata Group and Arun Bhatia promoted Telestra Tradeplace.The initial investment approval for the new airline is Rs.80.98 crore. Seven proposals  were deferred and one rejected.

Himmatwala to take you back to the 1980s

Drama, actions, Bollywood masala  and much more will be in Sajid Khan-directed "Himmatwala" which will take the viewers back to the 1980s when it releases this Friday. The film is hyped to be high on entertainment and has actor Ajay Devgn performing high voltage stunts, including a fight scene with a tiger. A solo release, the film is a modern version of the 1983 "Himmatwala", which churned lot of money at the box office, due to Jeetendra and Sridevi's performances, K. Raghavendra Rao's entertaining screenplay and superb direction. "Himmatwala", narrates a story of a poor and wronged mother's son who comes to the village to avenge his father's death. The film promises lot of drama too.

Issue with the Sri Lankan players matches at Chennai

As Tamil Nadu Chief Minister J. Jayalalitha has written to the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting for Sri Lankan players and officials to be excluded from Indian Premier League (IPL) matches to be staged in Chennai, the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) has stated they can host these matches at Kochi.KCA secretary T.C. Mathew said they would be happy in doing so and he will be meeting the Chief Minister Oommen Chandy to discuss this since the full support of the state government and the Kochi Corporation is required. Also they would need to get exemption in entertainment taxes.

On the other hand the governing council of the Indian Premier League has almost decided to keep the Sri Lankan players out of Chennai. IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla said, "All the matches scheduled to be held in Chennai will go on as scheduled. As far as Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is concerned, we have briefed them about the security measures taken by the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India)."

Indian and British experts have discussions on cyber security

Top experts from India and Britain had a discussion on cyber and online security, which is a major concern globally and requires global cooperation.The discussions were part of a four-day workshop, which started on March 24 and has been jointly hosted by Research Councils UK (RCUK) and India's department of science and technology, the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology-Delhi (IIIT-D), and Britain's Science and Innovation Network (SIN). The topics which were discussed included,cyber crime, privacy and security in online social media, human role and usable security, risk identification and surveillance of systems and networks.The world's growing dependence on electronic systems implies that cyber attacks are likely to have a major impact. RCUK deputy director Helen Bailey stated, "We need a clearer understanding of our current and future vulnerabilities and the inadequacies of current approaches, along with innovative solutions to tackle the important challenges." While Ponnurangam Kumaraguru, a teacher at IIIT Delhi said: "We are also exploring the strengths and complementarities of our respective research capabilities; and identifying key areas of research which may offer a great potential for international research collaboration for mutual benefit."