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Major News and Events of 29 March 2013

What Happened on 29 March 2013


BJP says early polls inevitable

BJP stated that mid term polls are inevitable as the government has lost its mandate long time back and right now the country is passing through a phase of political instability. The government got a jolt when the Trinamool Congress withdrew last year and the next setback has come with the withdrawal of the DMK. The opposition's statement came after Mulayam Singh Yadav stated that the Lok Sabha polls were likely around November. Though the PM is confident that the government will complete its full term and that the elections will be held in time in 2014. The PM also specified that what Mulayam had said is his personal opinion. The government is at present relying on outside support of the Samajwadi party and the Bahujan Samaj Party for its survival.

Civil Services main exam scheduled in Nov-Dec

The Civil Services (Main) examination is scheduled in November or December this year and applications for that will be invited in August or September,this was announced by the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC). UPSC organizes the prestigious examinations to select IAS, IPS and IFS officers among others, and in recent times had issued public notice where it had dropped the mandatory English language paper from the main test. Previous practice of two qualifying papers on Indian languages and English, the marks obtained of which are not included for ranking has also been restored.UPSC had on March 5 issued a notification specifying more weightage to English language. The move had resulted in protests inside and outside Parliament which had prompted the government to keep it in abeyance on March 15. There will be no change in the pattern of Civil Services (Preliminary) Examination, which will be held on May 26, 2013. April 4 is the last day for filling online application for Civil Services preliminary examination is April 4. 

DSIIDC assigns 127 industrial plots

The Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corp (DSIIDC) on Friday allocated 127 industrial plots in the national capital.DSIIDC stated they were allotted under a relocation policy aimed at moving industries to specified areas.The plots are of 100 sq meters, 150 sq meters and 250 sq meters area, and one is of 27.75 sq meters.The allotted plots are in the industrial estates developed by the DSIIDC at Bawana and Bawana-II (Bhorgarh). And the total number of plots thus allotted now stands at  22,472.The relocation scheme was started by the Delhi government in 1996 with the Supreme Court's approval. This was to ensure that the industrial units shifted from residential and non-conforming areas to approved industrial areas.

Indian players rule in IPL

The Indian players are ruling the roost in the IPL scenario, from topping the batting charts to being the most successful captain. The top four run getters since 2008 are all from India. Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) Suresh Raina leads with 2254 runs at an average of 33.64. Next are Kolkata Knight Riders' (KKR) skipper Gautam Gambhir (2065) and batting legend from Mumbai Indians (MI) Sachin Tendulkar, who has compiled 2047 from 64 innings. CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, with 78 matches has not only captained in most games but is the most successful captain with a winning record of 60 percent and two IPL crowns to boast. KKR skipper Gambhir with 2065 runs is the highest run getter as a captain and next is Dhoni who has scored 1783 runs with a strike rate of 136.52. Four desi bowlers are among the top five wicket takers. Though MI's Lasith Malinga tops the chart with 83 scalps, closely following him are four Indians -- Delhi Daredevils' leggie Amit Mishra and MI's Rudra Pratap Singh with 74 wickets each, Kings XI Punjab spinner Piyush Chawla (73) and Munaf Patel of Rajasthan Royals (RR), who has taken 70 wickets.The Indians are also prominent in fielding with MI's Rohit Sharma and CSK's Raina having 42 catches each, to become the highest catchers in the high-profile league. The Indians lag behind the overseas players in scoring centuries as they have scored 15 of the total 24 hundreds.

Ranbir sports de-glam look for a new AD

After featuring as a bald bespectacled old man in Tata Docomo ad, Ranbir Kapoor will now be seen in Pepsi's IPL campaign as a middle-class guy with a "de-glam" look.One of the most stylish stars, the 30-year-old will be come as a simple working class man who wears dull clothes, large spectacles, braces, and a 1990s style chevron moustache in the funny commercial for Pepsi IPL (Indian Premier League) that will go live April 3. It is sans any usual casual and trendy look he generally adopts in Pepsi campaigns or in most of his films. 

Undersea cables sabotaged, internet to slow down for the next 30 days

Internet speeds in India will be hampered in the coming 25-30 days especially for customers of Bharti Airtel, Tata Communications and state-owned BSNL and MTNL . This is because a key undersea cable, carrying data traffic across 14 countries, from Singapore to France, was snapped off the coast of Egypt. Two other key cable networks, linking Asia to Europe, were also supposedly damaged. How much damage is there is still unknown. Bharti Airtel stated that its voice traffic is not affected but they are taking all the required steps to ensure data services were available to their customers. BSNL executives specified that its traffic was redirected on other cables linking India with the Europe and the US. Reliance Communications said its customers were not affected as its cable systems were not hampered, when the undersea cables were allegedly sabotaged.