Major News and Events of 27 February 2013
What Happened on 27 February 2013
India one of world's best Legal Process Outsourcing centres
VVIP chopper deal to be investigated by parliamentary panel
This Friday you will enjoy Crime vs romance at box office
Ministry clears Azlan Shah trip with a warning to Hockey India
Indian nuclear power capacity to grow
A major fire broke out at a multi-storey market complex in Sealdah area of Kolkata in which 19 people lost their lives and over a dozen were critically injured. Fire took place at 4am when many victims were sleeping inside the building. Twenty five fire tenders were pressed into service. State Fire Services Minister Javed Khan informed that the complex in which the fire broke out was illegally constructed during Left rule, and most of the entry and exit gates were locked. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee suggested at sabotage as a possible reason. An enquiry has been ordered in the incident and the chief minister announced compensation of Rs.2 lakh to the kin of each of the dead and Rs.50,000 to each injured person. Kolkata Mayor Sovon Chatterjee stated that much time was required to douse the fire as the lanes leading to the market were narrow and dingy.Locals are of the opinion that the death toll could be more.
Legal services in India have shown steady growth in the past five years and the country is now one of the best Legal Process Outsourcing (LPO) destinations in the world as per the government's annual economic report. The Economic Survey 2012-13 that Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented in parliament specified that legal services showed growth at 8.2 percent annually from 2005-06 to 2011-12. The Indian legal profession comprises around 1.2 million registered advocates and there are around 950 Law schools. 60,000 to 70,000 law graduates join the legal profession every year. India is at the 45th rank with a score of 4.5 in terms of judicial independence in the Global Competitiveness Report 2012-13. In 2011-12 it was ranked 51. In efficiency in the legal framework in settling disputes, India has jumped from 64th position in 2011-12 to 59th in 2012-13.India is considered as one of the best LPO destinations due to low cost of legal professionals (which is 50-80 percent more cost competitive than the US and Britain, geographical advantage (Indian Time Zone enables offering legal services round the clock), language proficiency.
A joint parliamentary committee (JPC) will be investigating the purchase of 12 VVIP helicopters. Along with this decision Defence Minister A.K. Antony Wednesday pledged to punish the guilty for the alleged kickbacks. The opposition parties, however,staged a walk out in the Rajya Sabha over the issue. The motion to set up the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) was taken up in the Rajya Sabha after it was moved by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath. This was after a brief discussion on the $750 million/Rs.3,600-crore deal of helicopters with AgustaWestland by the defence ministry. Many opposition parties were against this setup of JPC including the Bharatiya Janata Party, Telugu Desam Party, Janata Dal-United and the Trinamool Congress. UPA got the support of Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, for the decision on the JPC. Leader of Opposition Arun Jaitley stated that the JPC will be a futile exercise as it is an act of diversion used by the government.What was required according to him was a proper case and custodial interrogation of people to gather the facts and JPC won't be able to do this as it does not have power for that.
The first Friday of March will find movies from two different genres that is "I Me Aur Main", which is a romantic drama and "The Attacks of 26/11", which is a crime thriller based on the 2008 Mumbai terror attack."I Me Aur Main" narrates three characters played by John Abraham, Chitrangda Singh and Prachi Desai. Ram Gopal Varma's gory drama "The Attacks of 26/11" depicts how 10 terrorists came to Mumbai and carried their terror plan in key areas of Mumbai. The execution of Ajmal Amir Kasab,who was hanged on Nov 21, 2012 is also depicted in the movie.
The sports ministry today gave clearance to the Indian men hockey team's trip for the Sultan Azlan Shah Cup overruling the Sports Authority of India's decision, but a strict warning was also issued to Hockey India (HI) not to overshoot its budget in the future.The sports ministry's decision came moments after HI withdrew the team from the 22nd edition of the tournament after the SAI refusal to bear the airfare for the tournament to be held in Ipoh, Malaysia from March 9-17. There is an annual budget of Rs.5.94 crore for Hockey India, but they overstepped it, and Rs.11.27 crore has been spent. So SAI didn't give approval and forwarded the matter to the sports ministry. As Sultan Azlan Shah Cup is a top tournament the ministry gave its nod for the trip. Radhica Sreeman, SAI's regional director (team's wing), stated that in the beginning of the season HI was asked to prioritise its tournament schedule within the stipulated budget and Azlan Shah did not figure in it.
Science and Technology
India's nuclear power capacity will increase from 4,780 MW at present to 10,080 MW by 2017, this report was submitted in the parliament on Wednesday. Minister of State in the Prime Minister's office V. Narayanasamy stated about this in the Lok Sabha. In 2011, nuclear power generation comprised around three percent of the total electricity production in India. In 2017 the target would be achieved with the progressive completion of four ongoing projects of 5,300 MW capacity. Narayanasamy informed that the 12th Five Year Plan proposals specifies initiation of work on 19 new nuclear power reactors with a total capacity of 17,400 MW.