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Major News and Events of 04 February 2013

What Happened on 04 February 2013

Kashmir's all-girl rock band will not perform

The teacher of the all-girl rock band who was issued a 'fatwa' stated in Srinagar that the girls have quit and will not perform even though they got assurance from the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for police investigations into the threats. Adnan Muhammad Mattoo, who gave training to the three Class 10 girls before they formed the valley's first girls' rock band, specified that the grand mufti, who was treated as part of the government, was against them playing music so the three girls have decided to quit. He also said that he felt as if he had wasted seven years of his life in forming the valley's first rock band, Blood Rock. He stated he will also quit his pursuit of rock music. There were around 40 rock bands in the state and their future seems bleak now according to him. Threats were received on social media, following which the family sources of the three girls who formed the Pragaash band asked their wards not to continue their pursuit. Bashir-ud-din Ahmed, head of the Muslim clergy in Kashmir, imposed a 'fatwa' (religious decree) on Sunday specifying that the parents of the three girls should impart religious education to their daughters and termed the girls' performance as "a shameful act".

Charges framed against Kalmadi and 9 others

Charges were framed against former Commonwealth Games (CWG) Organising Committee chief Suresh Kalmadi and nine others for forgery, cheating and conspiracy connected to a corruption case in the 2010 Delhi Games by the judge Ravinder Kaur at the special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court. Among those charged is the former Organising Committee secretary general Lalit Bhanot. The court had passed the order before for framing the charges for illegally allocating the Rs.141 crore contract to Swiss firm Swiss Timing Omega that incurred a loss of over Rs.90 crore to the exchequer. Kalmadi got arrested in the case on April 26, 2011. The court stated: "Charges under section 120B (criminal conspiracy), 201 (destruction of evidence), 420 (cheating), 467, 468, 471 (relating to forgery), 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and section 13(1)(d) read with section 13(2) (criminal misconduct by public servants) of the PC (Prevention of Corruption) Act are ordered to be framed against all the accused."

Snow Soccer League starts in Mumbai

More than 32 teams are participating in India's first five-day Snow Soccer League (SSL) at the Phoenix Marketcity in the Mumbai's Kurla area which started from Monday afternoon. The event started at the same time along with the Special Olympics World Winter Games which was held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The matches will have five categories -- inter-school, inter-college, inter-corporate, inter-city and international  and will be played at an indoor venue, Freezing Rains, in temperatures around -10 degrees Celsius. The proceeds from the tournament will help people with intellectual disabilities.

Composer Lalit denies blaming his nephew for his sister's murder

Composer Lalit said he has not blamed his nephew for his sister Sandhya Singh's murder. He also stated that his family would like to have "a decent closure of her case" and wanted to know "who killed her". Sandhya, 50, was missing since Dec 13 from her residence in Thane and the police after forty-nine days of her disappearance recovered remains believed to be of her. Lalit stated that when his family has come to know of her brutal murder they want the case to be closed with dignity. Police sources have quoted Lalit putting the blame on his nephew for his sister's murder. Lalit denied that he had ever held anyone culpable. He even said that police at the Nerul police station has told him no such statement had been issued by anyone in the police department. He admitted though his nephew was a problem child.

Haryana atomic plant to set up

Haryana's first atomic power plant will be constructed in an area of 1,503 acres in Fatehabad district. Today the process was initiated with setting up of a barbed wire fencing around the project site at Gorakhpur. When this is completed then a concrete wall will be set up around this which will cost Rs.18 crore. The project will be spread over an area of 18 sq km and will include Gorakhpur, Badopal and Kajalhedi villages. The project was entangled in lot of controversies in the last two years as farmers protested against land takeover. There were concerns over safety as well.

India is now net exporter of cotton due to Biotech

Biotechnology has led to India turning up into net exporter of BT Cotton from being an importer, with production twice of the previous yield that is of 510 kg per hectare from 225 kg over a decade ago.Biotechnology has enhanced standards in bio-agriculture with stupendous success in BT (bacillus thuringiensis) Cotton production increased to 90 percent across the states as per Karnataka's Biotechnology Vision Group chairperson Kiran Mazumdar Shaw. Dismissing fears of genetic modifications in food crops, Shaw stated that the industry's investment till date is $7.5 billion and has been solely for initiating new methods in bio-agriculture so that different varieties can be produced and bio-pharma can be used for improving healthcare with new drugs.

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