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Major News and Events of 02 February 2013

What Happened on 02 February 2013

Court frames charges against five accused in Delhi gang-rape

A fast-track court at Delhi framed charges on Saturday against the five men who brutally assaulted and gang-raped a young woman in Delhi on Dec 16. She died 13 days later in Singapore. The counsels of both sides had completed their arguments on charges against five of the six accused in the gang-rape,bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, fruit seller Pawan Gupta, gym instructor Vinay Sharma and bus cleaner Akshay Thakur. The sixth accused was declared a minor by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) so his case will be heard by the board. The five accused are now in Delhi's Tihar Central Jail. The hearing in the case began on Jan 21 at the fast-track court.The five accused have been charged under 13 sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) by the police: sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 376 (2)(g) (gang-rape), 377 (unnatural offences), 395 (dacoity), 396 (murder in dacoity), 365 (kidnapping or abduction with intent to secretly or wrongfully confine a person), 394 (hurting in dacoity), 201 (destruction of evidence), 120B (conspiracy), 34 (common intention), 412 (dishonestly receiving stolen property), and 397 (robbery or dacoity with attempt to cause death or grievous hurt). The accused were arrested between Dec 17-21 after a nationwide outrage over the crime that also led to protests in several cities. In Delhi, protesters clashed with security forces. The union cabinet on Friday had approved an ordinance for increased punishment in cases of crimes against women, including sexual assault, acid attacks, voyeurism and trafficking, as recommended by the Justice J.S. Verma Committee.The government gave a recommendation to President Pranab Mukherjee that an ordinance be issued.

Government willing to review sexual crime ordinance

After the union cabinet gave its nod to an ordinance to bring changes in laws against sexual crimes, the government on Saturday stated it was willing for a consultation and changes after women's groups requested the president not to sign it. External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid stated, "Justice (J.S.) Verma committee and public opinion were both of the view that something needs to be done with a sense of urgency. All you can do is when the parliament is not in the session is to bring an ordinance, which is what we have done."  He also said there is scope for good to amount of consultation when the actual bill is brought into parliament. Law Minister Ashwani Kumar also specified that the government will review the ordinance if needed. This was a message to the women that they should not feel insecure. With regards death penalty in rare cases it was stated by the minister that the Supreme Court had been giving such punishment.

Product labelling guidelines for mutual funds with color coding soon: SEBI

SEBI will bring out guidelines  soon on product labeling with color coding for mutual fund products for assessing risk as per Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) executive director S.V. Muralidhar Rao. He stated that product labeling is an essential component of their agenda for investors' education. The labeling will be with different color codes as per the risks associated with the funds. Product labeling in mutual fund industry in India is now crucial in the context of misselling of products to customers. Even if this won't be the complete solution still it will give some indications to investors as per chief executive V. Ramesh of  Association of Mutual Funds In India deputy.

Hackers steal passwords of 250,000 Twitter users

Hackers have stolen passwords and email addresses of 250,000 Twitter users. This warning was sent to the users by Twitter.It can be termed as one of the biggest security breach to ever affect Twitter, that has 200 million active users. Twitter stated it had intimated all the users who had their passwords stolen, and have asked them to reset it to stop further risk. Security experts warned that the hackers may have access to people's Twitter passwords which may be same to those they use for other purposes, including banking. There is also a danger that Twitter's "internal network" may be affected by the hacking, which may compromise other data. This incident happened one week after Twitter announced that attempts to gain access to its user data was being done. 

Remo will use 'Aa re pritam pyaare' in 'ABCD'

Choreographer-director Remo D'Souza will be using the chartbuster "Aa re pritam pyaare" from the film "Rowdy Rathore", in his new release "ABCD - AnyBody Can Dance" with a new twist. He has assembled various dancers for his dance-based 3D film. He also said that the common factor in the two songs was that  Shakti Mohan, who is a 'Dance India Dance' winner, danced to 'Aa re pritam pyaare' in 'Rowdy Rathore' and Vrushali, another 'Dance India Dance' dancer,will be dancing to the steps in the song. The movie directed by Remo and produced by UTV Motion Pictures,has Prabhudheva and Ganesh Acharya, along with several young choreographers.

Did not write autobiography to skip controversy: Ganguly

Taking a dig at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the issue over author Salman Rushdie's cancellation of his trip to Kolkata, ex Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly stated he never wrote his autobiography only to avoid being the subject of a controversy. He also felt there was no logic in writing if he could not write what has to be written.Ganguly said, "An autobiography is about telling the truth to the world. Sometimes, you are forced not to write everything... Because I don't want a frontpage photograph the next morning like it was of Salman Rushdie today. And he's not being allowed to enter the book fair. I generally tend to keep away from it." 

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