Major News and Events of 28 January 2013
What Happened on 28 January 2013
India, Bangladesh sign extradition treaty, new visa regime
Lower inflation and fiscal consolidation required for monetary easing: RBI
Mumbai thrash Saurashtra for 40th Ranji Trophy title
Padma Shri a pleasant surprise: Sridevi
Quadcore CPU Smartphone Karbonn 'Smart' Titanium 1 launched
One of the accused in the Delhi gang-rape was declared a minor by the Juvenile Justice Board. The Juvenile Justice Board stated that the sixth accused was a juvenile according to the date of birth on his school certificate which states June 4, 1995 as informed by the prosecutor Ishkaran Singh Bhandari after the hearing before the board. The accused would be 18 in June. Apart from the juvenile, five others brutally gang-raped the 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist in a moving bus. The five accused's trial is being held in a fast-track court in Saket in south Delhi.
The Reserve Bank of India on Monday stated that inflation continues to be above the comfort zone and fiscal and current account deficits still remain high, which dampens the expectations of an interest rate cut. The RBI also stated that even though measures taken by the government to lower the fiscal deficit to the 5.3 percent of the gross domestic product target had done away with the near term risks, further reductions in subsidies were required for sustainable fiscal consolidation. The RBI last deducted rates in April 2012 by 50 basis points. It stated that though the headline inflation toned down in third quarter with significant moderation core inflation, but consumer price index inflation shot up to double digit.
India and Bangladesh Monday signed an extradition treaty and a much friendly visa regime, as New Delhi lauded Dhaka's role contributing towards addressing India's security concerns, that is in controlling Indian insurgent groups operating out of Bangladesh. The agreements signed during the visit of Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to Dhaka, also saw both the sides affirm their resolve to "act against elements inimical to both countries". Shinde and the Bangladesh home minister Muhiuddin Khan Alamgir, during the fourth Bangladesh-India home minister-level talks at Dhaka, also stated they were satisfied with the "smooth operation" of the Coordinated Border Management Plan (CBMP) and also decided to increase joint patrolling to control criminal activities along the border. In a joint media statement, the two sides have also decided to initiate development work within 150 yards of the zero line and for enhanced border management immediate consultations between the district commissioner and district magistrate of border districts for doing away with the local issues will start. Cooperation will be increased in areas such as human trafficking, drugs, and with Interpol.
Mumbai got their record 40th Ranji Trophy title after thrashing Saurashtra for 82 in their second innings on day three of the final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday. The Saurashtra batsmen succumbed before the Mumbai bowlers, their innings lasting just 36.3 overs on a pitch that did not seemed to be fatal. Medium pacer Dhawal Kulkarni got five wickets to end the game with a nine-wicket haul. Earlier Mumbai went on to make 355 in their first innings that saw Wasim Jaffer breaking the record for most centuries in Ranji Trophy by an individual when he struck his 32nd Ranji ton. Mumbai had a strong hold on the game after they bowled Saurashtra out for 148 on the opening day. With this Mumbai has now competed in 44 Ranji finals and lost only four times that is against Karnataka, Holkar, Delhi and Haryana.
Bollywood diva Sridevi, who made an emphatic comeback to acting after 16 years of domesticity with "English Vinglish", stated that "acknowledgement" and "recognition from authoritative quarters are important to every artiste". She was happy that people still loved her on screen and to her the Padma Shri was a pleasant surprise. She thinks she must have done something right so that the government gave her this award. People were shocked when they saw she missed out on the popular awards for her stellar performance in "English Vinglish".
Science and Technology
Karbonn Mobiles released the Karbonn Smart Titanium 1 - India’s first quad-core CPU smartphone. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and has a 4.5” IPS qHD display, Android Jelly Bean; the device is said to be a blend of faster processing and mobility. Other features include 1 GB RAM and a 4GB ROM, a 1600mAh battery, 4.5” qHD display with vivid colours on the 540x960 pixel IPS matrix, a high-performance 5MP camera with flash capability, a digital front camera for video calling and supports 3G connectivity as well as pre-embedded Google apps. The device is priced at Rs 10,990/-