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Major News and Events of 05 April 2013

What Happened on 05 April 2013


31 years after staged shootout, three UP cops get capital punishment

After 30 years of cold-blooded shooting of 12 villagers and a police official, a special CBI court on Friday sentenced three Uttar Pradesh Police personnel to death and gave life imprisonment to five.A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) court specified the sentences on the 18 police personnel convicted in the March 12, 1982 staged shootout where residents of Madhopur village in Gonda district were killed. The 10 other convicts have passed away during the period of the trial. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) K.P. Singh also died in the incident. His widow Vibha Singh suspected that the shooting was staged and she along with Allahabad-based social activist Chitranjan Singh filed separate petitions in the Supreme Court (SC) which directed a CBI probe into the matter. The premier investigative agency started its investigation in 1984 and found 19 police officials to be involved. In March, after 31 years of legal procedure, the special CBI court convicted 18 officials while accused Prem Singh was acquitted due to want of sufficient evidence. CBI judge Rajendra Singh, in his judgment, specified that there was enough proof for capital punishment against the then Kaudia station house office (SHO) R.B. Saroj, constable Ram Karan Yadav, and head constable R.N. Pandey for conspiring to kill the DSP. Ramakant Dixit, Nasim Ahmad, Mangla Singh, Rajendra Prasad Singh and Pervez Hussain were given life sentences for helping in the same. All the officials have retired except Pandey who is currently posted as a sub-inspector in Jaunpur. The widows of the victims have asked the state government to give their families ex-gratia payment of Rs.25 lakh each, pension and build an inter college at Madhopur in the memory of the slain DSP. They have also demanded for jobs to be given to one member from each family that suffered in the staged shootouts.

Thane building collapse toll rises

48 people died in the incident at Shil Phata area of Thane district where a seven storied unauthorized building collapsed.  59 people who were critically injured were also rescued from the same spot. 17 people were discharged from the hospital after they were admitted on Thursday when the building collapsed in the evening. Rescuers also saved some minors alive though injured amid applause of onlookers who cheered the rescue effort. The survival of the children was viewed as a miracle as they were saved after almost nearly 12 hours after the building collapsed at 6.30 p.m. on Thursday. 25 people are still believed to be trapped under the rubble. At least 10 children died due to injuries in the incident.  Case has been filed against the developers of the seven-storey building,  Jamil Qureshi and Salim Shaikh who have fled along with their families. The building was constructed in four months and had been functional since December. Another adjoining building constructed by the same developer has been evacuated as a precautionary measure. Sub standard material were used in the construction and it is being said that there are several such buildings in the Mumbra-Kalyan region due to the builder-officials-police-politicians nexus.

Coal India may stop supplies to NTPC as quality row aggravates

Coal India Ltd (CIL) could stop the supply from eastern region to India’s largest power producer, NTPC, by the end of April, as the tussle between them over quality between aggravated, raising fears of mass blackouts. Head of Eastern Coalfields Limited (ECL), a subsidiary of Coal India, stated on Friday that it may stop supplies to two plants of NTPC after the latter has withheld full payment for shipments. On the other hand NTPC has complaints that the coal is heavily adulterated with rocks and stones for its plants, affecting output and slowing the signing of new contracts. R. Sinha, chairman and managing director of ECL, stated that the Coal India unit had been forced to liquidate fixed deposits to pay employees' salaries, since NTPC's non-payments amounted to Rs. 1,000 crore.

TOIFA starts with a musical nite

Times of India Film Awards(TOIFA) started with a musical night with dazzling performances from Sunidhi Chauhan, Mohit Chauhan and Hard Kaur to Kavita Seth and Shalmali Kholgade. The audience listened to numbers like "Pee loon", "Masakali" and "Ishq sufiyana", leaving them mesmerized. The event was hosted at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum on Thursday. Kavita sang her hit songs like "Iktaara" and her most recent "Tumhi ho bandhu", while Mohit Chauhan, known for his romantic numbers sang "Dooriyan", "Pee loon", "Masakali" and "Nadaan parindey". Sunidhi with her peppy and foot-tapping numbers, set the stage on fire. She sang "Ishq sufiyana", "Aavaiye", "Bin tere", "Halkat jawani", "Te amo", "Babli badmaash" and "Yaram". Hard Kaur performed some of the most popular dance tracks like "Peeney Do", "Char baaj gaye" and "Singh is king". Shalmali of "Pareshaan" fame performed to"Lath lag gayi" and her recent hit song "Radha". From Bollywood those present included Anurag Basu, Ranbir Kapoor, Anushka Sharma, Gauri Khan, Karan Johar, Urmila Matondkar and Gauri Shinde.

Davis Cup: Somdev;s win puts India 1-0 ahead

Somdev Devvarman, though not in his elements but defeated Indonesian Wisnu Adi Nugroho 6-1, 6-2, 6-2, in the first singles tennis match to give India a 1-0 lead in the Asia-Oceania Davis Cup Group 1 relegation play-off at Bangalore on Friday. Devvarman, ranked 208 commited errors in the  fag end of the match, but Nugroho could not capitalise on it and lost. The slow-paced match had nothing to offer as excitement to the spectators as Devvarman was rarely in trouble and went on doing what he wanted with Nugroho clearly looking out of sync.

Police investigating whether "Mapathon" run by Google was illegal or not

Investigation is on by the police to determine whether Google Inc violated rules in "Mapathon" a competition where it asked users to update information about their local areas for its online map services. Google ran this competition in February and March, as it wanted more local information accessible to everyone and it thinks it has not broken any laws.Police got complaint from Survey of India, the country's national survey and mapping agency, which stated that the contest was illegal and may be a threat to national security. Google officials stated that the company is yet to receive an official communication from the police.Google asked its users to help "create better maps for India" by compiling knowledge of their neighborhoods and specified that the top 1,000 mappers will get prizes in the form of tablets, smartphones and gift vouchers.




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