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Major News and Events of 03 December 2013

What Happened on 03 December 2013

Modi's remark on Article 370 invites sharp criticism

Narendra Modi’s statement for a debate on Article 370 of the Constitution, that assigns a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, has stirred a hornet’s nest. Apart from the criticism which is coming from different quarters the legal experts have opined that repealing the provision would entail to more difficulty in the accession of the state to India. In fact it is also being said that if this is repealed then accessing Jammu and Kashmir to India would legally be tough as the very foundation will be shaken. On the other hand Shanti Bhushan the former law minister stated the Parliament has the power to amend the constitution under Article 368 but it does not have power to change the basic structure of the constitution. The Union Minister Farooq Abdullah has stated that Modi will not be able to repeal the provisions even if he becomes Prime Minister for 10 terms. Modi in a rally in Jammu on Sunday had stated that Article 370 had been detrimental to the growth of the state. In this rally he had also stated that Omar Abdullah’s sister who was married to Sachin Pilot will not be able to enjoy the same rights as the Omar enjoys. To which Omar had challenged Modi on Twitter to reproduce the details of Article 370. The controversy regarding Modi’s remarks seems will continue for some time.

Delhi gets ready for the political battle, goes for poll tomorrow


Delhi goes to vote tomorrow and the focus is on Aam Admi Party. In the tussle where BJP is trying to get into helm of power and Congress pitching for its unprecedented fourth successive win, it has to be seen how AAP features in. The third dimension will win seats or will just be a spoiler that time will tell though opinion polls specify they have chances of winning the polls for their anti-corruption movement. BJP had deployed top brass for the election campaigns and the likes of L K Advani, Narendra Modi, Sushma Swaraj, Arun Jaitley, and Nitin Gadkari were there addressing rallies. In fact in this they have overshadowed the Congress campaign which was handled mostly by Sheila Dixit with Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi sharing among themselves three rallies. At the same time AAP was involved in door-to-door campaigning and Arvind Kejriwal gave speeches in number of road shows. December 8 will tell who is going to come to power.

1000 km long gas pipeline project inaugurated by the Prime Minister


A 1000 km long gas pipeline was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. This project developed by GAIL or Gas Authority of India Limited which is worth Rs.4,500 crore links Dabhol in Maharashtra to Bengaluru. The project was inaugurated at Delhi at the 8th Asia Gas Partnership Summit jointly hosted by GAIL and FICCI. The project has a capacity of 16 million standard cubic feet per day (MMSCMD) of natural gas which can generate 3,000 mega watt of clean energy. The pipeline crosses over Belgaum, Gadag, Dharwad, Devanagere, Bellary, Chitradurga, Ramanagaram, Tumkur, Bangalore Urban and Bangalore Rural districts. The project which had been finished in 19 months its span there are 18 National Highways, 382 other road intersections, 20 railway juncture, 83 cased crossings and traverses 11 major river and 276 water body crossings. In fact the pipeline also goes over the rocky topography at Ghatprabha making it the largest river crossing in Asia.

Dhoni in ICC test and ODI team, Kohli not there in ODI team


Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni features in both ICC Test team and the ODI side of the year. Virat Kohli, even after being a prolific in getting runs in the ODI in the past one year, does not feature in the ODI team. David Richardson, chief executive of ICC stated Kohli was very much unlucky not to figure in the LG ICC ODI Team of the year and that he would feature next year in the team. He also added that since there was a stiff completion always those who do not feature in get more talked about than the ones who did. From last August 7 to August 25 this year Kohli compiled 689 runs, two centuries and had 40.52 average. Dhoni featured for the sixth time in the list and is the captain. The squad also has opener Shikhar Dhawan and all rounder Ravindra Jadeja. In the test team Dhoni has with him Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravichandran Ashwin as the 12th man. Alastair Cook, the England skipper is the captain of the Test side. Dhoni is also shortlisted for the ICC Cricketer of the year and is in the line for winning the ICC ODI Cricketer of the year. In this category he has the teammates Ravindra Jadeja and Shikhar Dhawan. Pujara and Ashwin along with four other players are shortlisted for the ICC Test Cricketer of the year.

India tests nuclear-capable missile successfully


The successful testing of Prithvi-II surface-to-surface missile from Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Odisha was done today. In fact in two months this is the third time the testing was done. The missile which is the country’s 1st indigenously built ballistic missile has a range of 350 km. The testing operation was handled by the Strategic Forces Command (SFC). It was at this base only that earlier the missile was tested on October 7 and 8. The missile is one of the five missiles which are being prepared under Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme. It has 483 seconds of flight duration, can carry a 500 kg warhead and has 43.5 km peak altitude and is more lethal than the similar caliber missilesin the world.

South Africa has a role to play in MOM launch


In India’a journey to the red planet and the deep space exploration there is an important role played by South Africa. South African National Space Agency or SANSA’s Hartebeesthoek (HBK) ground station offers satellite tracking, command services and telemetry to the MOM. When the PSLV-C25 with MOM shot into the sky from Sriharikota on November 5 HBK intercepted the signal from the satellite after its launch and provided transfer-orbit support services afterwards. The fact that HBK is positioned closest to the satellite per pass it was selected for this operation. An Isro scientist was there during the launch of MOM for coordination.

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