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Major News and Events of 03 January 2013

What Happened on 03 January 2013


Case filed against Zee News for revealing rape-victim's identity

 A case was filed against Zee News channel on Friday for disclosing the identity of the Dec 16 rape victim as it carried an interview of her friend. The case which is filed at Vasant Vihar is under Section 228-A of the Indian Penal Code. Section 228A (Disclosure of identity of the victim of certain offences etc) inflicts penalty of a jail term that extends to two years for those who "prints or publishes the name or any matter which may make known the identity" of any rape victim.The channel also identified the victim's friend as Avaindra Pratap Pandey.

No consensus on death for rapists

The meeting of state police chiefs and chief secretaries in Delhi on Friday had no conclusion on the issue of death penalty for the accused but there was the broader feeling that the legally defined age of "juvenile" be brought down to 16 from 18 and fast-track trials should be done for offences against women. This was a day-long conference which was addressed by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde, also zeroed in of initiating steps that includes increasing representation of women in police to control crimes against them. Atrocities against the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and the Scheduled Tribes (STs), was also discussed. No consensus was there for amending the law so that capital punishment can be included for rape though some suggestions came in. Denying parole and remission to rape convicts was also discussed. Shinde  stated that crimes against women should be strictly dealt with.

Chronic under-performers to be fired by Infosys

Indian IT bellwether Infosys Ltd announced that the chronic under-performers in the organization would be asked to look out for other jobs but did not admit to the reports about lay-offs. It said that like any performance-driven company they encourage chronic under-performers to look for other jobs. The reports of laying-off about 5,000 techies to manage costs was however not accepted by the company. The company said as performance assessment was done at regular interval, the number of employees that would be asked to quit would be much less than about 5,000 people as per the media report.The company had hired 10,420 techies during the second quarter (July-Sept), net addition was 2,610 as 7,810 employees resigned leading to 15 percent attrition as against 14.9 percent in previous quarter and 15.6 percent year ago. Total employees of the company, including its overseas subsidiaries grew to 153,761 by Sept 30 from 151,151 on June 30 and 141,822 a year ago (Sept 30, 2011).

Sonakshi will dance for a disco number in 'Himmatwala'

Sonakshi Sinha will follow the 1980s' disco style of dance for "Thank god it's Friday", which is a special song in "Himmatwala" remake. The song which will be choreographed by Chinni Prakash, has around 100 dancers and 400 extras. There will be reflective dance floors, mirrors to give a retro feel. And Manish Malhotra has designed Sonakshi's dress for the song. "Himmatwala" is being directed by Sajid Khan and has actors Ajay Devgn and Tammanah. The movie will release on March 29.

Five Indians reach quarters of British Open squash

Indians had a successful day at the British Junior Open squash championship at Sheffield with five of its players making to the quarterfinals in various categories. Mahesh Mangaonkar (Under-19), Kush Kumar (U-17) and Velavan Senthil Kumar (U-15) in the boys section, and Aparajita Balamurukan and Lakshya Ragavendran in the Girls Under-19 section got into the round of eight. Unseeded and first time British Junior entrant, Lakshya struggled from a 0-2 deficit to win her pre-quarterfinal match against 5/8 seed Emilia Soini from Finland. Major turning point of the day was when 9/16 seed Aparajitha knocked out 3/4 seed Salma Esmat (EGY) 7-11, 11-9, 11-5, 6-11, 11-9 to reach the quarterfinals.  Mangaonkar won comfortably  while Kush Kumar had to slog before overcoming 9/16 seed Youseff Soliman (EGY) and Velavan won a five-game tussle against Charlie Lee from England with an impressive play.  

India's Mars mission by October

 Indian space scientists' Mars mission will start with the launch of an investigation  in October to analyze the red planet's atmosphere and look for life-sustaining elements, a top official said on Friday.This is a Rs.470-crore mission which will showcase India's capability to launch a spacecraft on a 55 million km journey from the Earth. The spacecraft will try to find out life-sustaining elements from a 500-km altitude over the Martian surface. The proto flight model has been done and flight model is slated for March this year. ISRO will be using a high-end rocket (PSLV-XL) for launching the 1.4-tonne Martian spacecraft from the Sriharikota spaceport.

Chargesheet filed in Delhi gang-rape

Delhi Police on Thursday filed a chargesheet which seeks for trial of murder and gang-rape against five men which includes the bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, fruit seller Pawan Gupta, gym instructor Vinay Sharma and bus cleaner Akshay Thakur, who brutally assaulted a young woman. Juvenile Justice Board would hear the case of the sixth accused who is a minor. The charges are murder, gang-rape, unnatural offence, destruction of evidence, attempt to murder, kidnapping, causing hurt while committing robbery, dacoity with murder, and common intent. The Saket court of Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover, where the chargesheet was filed has earmarked Jan 5 for taking cognizance. It is expected that a fast track court would take up the case. This is 18 days after the 23-year old was gang-raped. The accused also assaulted the victim's 28-year-old male friend and they were dumped  out of the bus after around 40 minutes, naked, bleeding and shivering. The main witness in the case is the victim's friend.Public prosecutor Rajiv Mohan asked for a day's time to file an e-chargesheet as documents required to be annexed were bulky. An application for protecting the identity of the victim was also filed. 

Supreme Court frowns on government's failure to curb unethical clinical trials

The Supreme Court on Thursday raised concern on the government's failure to curb unethical clinical trials by multinational drug companies on Indian patients who were being treated as "guinea pigs".In reference to a May 2012 report of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on health and family welfare, judges R.M. Lodha and Anil R. Dave stated, "it really pains us that illiterate people and children of India are being used as guinea pigs by the multinational drug companies." The court wanted to know why the government of India was not doing what was its responsibility.The court has also specified that the drug controller appeared to be a misnomer if this responsibility was not fulfilled.The court stated this while hearing a public interest litigation by a Madhya Pradesh-based NGO Swasthya Adhikar Manch that specified that clinical trials in the state were done without informing the patients.

Maharashtra launches a new industrial policy

Maharashtra's New Industrial Policy 2013-18, announced on Thursday specifies a proposed investment of Rs.5 lakh crore, two million jobs, new industrial corridors and incentives for micro, small and medium industries. The new policy aims to raise the state GDP to 28 percent - will be enforced from April 1 and will be operative for five years. The integrated industrial areas (IIA) will look for all-round industrial development and strengthen the "walk to work" concept as per the Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. The special economic zones (SEZs) have issues like minimum alternate tax and dividend distribution tax that is the reason why IIAs are being offered. Those who have got land for SEZs directly from the central government, will have to get it de-notified and then submit for application of the state government for the IIAs. The policy also includes a 1,000 MW gas-based power plant and multi-modal logistics park to be set up in the Talegaon area on the outskirts of Pune, which is part of the state government's initiatives under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC).

Pakistan take 2-0 lead against India in the ODIs

Indian batting failed miserably as Pakistan took a 2-0 lead in the One-Day International (ODI) series by posting a comprehensive 85-run win in the second match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. In reply to Pakistan's 250, which had the opener Nasir Jamshed's second consecutive hundred of the series, India collapsed to 165 all out in 48 overs thus continuing their Eden Gardens jinx against Pakistan.  Pakistan got their fourth win in as many ODIs against India at the iconic ground. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni was not out on 54. Now the final match in Delhi is a mere formality. This is Pakistan's first ODI series triumph in India since the 4-2 win in 2005.

Party in four cities as part of the promotion plan for 'Kai Po Che!'

Filmmaker Abhishek Kapoor is all set with his third directorial project "Kai Po Che!", which is based on Chetan Bhagat's novel "The 3 Mistakes of My Life". He will have a four-city unusual promotion. Bonding with friends in four cities and hanging out with them is part of the strategy. The director earlier debuted with  "Aryan" which didn't do well but his second film "Rock On!" was a blockbuster in 2008. He may be travelling and partying to Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Ahmedabad, where the original story is based in. He stated, "'Kai Po Che!' is a film on friendship and bonding of these three boys that will touch your hearts. As a part of promotions, we will continue doing things that show how friends really bond and partying is something that they certainly do. We will have a blast during promotions."

Policy to include India among top five scientific powers unveiled

 Prime Minister Manmohan Singh launched the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) Policy 2013 which aims to position India among the top five global scientific powers by 2020. The first copy of the policy which stresses on both STI for people and people for STI was presented to President Pranab Mukerjee at the inaugural session of the centenary session of the Indian Science Congress here at Kolkata. It will ensure benefits of science, technology and innovation to national development. The policy also would look into optimizing gross expenditure on research and development. It would be achieved by encouraging private sector participation in research and development, technology and innovation activities and offer incentives for the same.




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