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Major News and Events of 06 January 2013

What Happened on 06 January 2013


States ask for stricter punishment for rapists, more women police

The conference of state police chiefs and chief secretaries has given suggestion for a number of measures such as greater punishment for gang-rape and absorption of more women in police to combat crimes against women. Inclusion of fast-track courts for crimes against women, a single dedicated helpline for women across the country, zero tolerance for petty offences and bringing down the age of juveniles to 16 from 18 are other measures. The conference of which Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde was the chairman also asked for a national data base for sexual offenders, gender sensitization of police force, deployment of women police  at every police station, and enhancing forensic capabilities and community policing.Use of global positioning system in transport buses, standard process of operation in crimes against women, specification of rights of victims, nodal officers' appointment in each district, women judges and prosecutors and doing away with the discretion in grant of bail in grave cases or when there is an indiacation of crime having been committed. There was no consensus on what the increased punishment for gang-rape should be. These suggestions may be sent to the Justice J.S. Verma panel which has been set up for reviewing laws to provide for speedier justice and enhanced punishment in cases of aggravated sexual assault.

Two Delhi gang-rape accused express desire to become state's witness

Two of the five accused in the brutal Dec 16 gang-rape stated their desire to become witnesses on behalf of the state in the case. Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma while appearing before the Metropolitan Magistrate Jyoti Kler, after the expiry of their judicial custody, specified that they wanted to be witnesses in the case and did not agree to take the service of legal aid counsel.The two other accused in the case, Ram Singh and his brother Mukesh have asked for legal aid for their defence. The court's order stated that the two accused have been asked make an appropriate application to become witnesses in the case before the court concerned.The two other accused (Ram Singh and Mukesh) should be provided the legal aid counsel, court said.The four will be brought before the court on Jan 7, according to the production warrant issued to them after the cognizance of the charge sheet filed against the five accused on Jan 3 was taken by the court.

India's business confidence worsened in Q3

Business confidence in India dampened during the October-December quarter, as there were high interest rates and infrastructure issues, as per survey by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has revealed. The quarterly Business Confidence Index slumped below the 50-point-mark during the third quarter of the current financial year, indicating a prolonged deterioration in the macro economic scenario. The index dipped to 49.9 points for the October-December period in comparison to 51.3 points recorded in the previous quarter and was much below 55 points registered in the first quarter of 2012-13. Though there was a slew of economic reforms but it was not enough to lift the mood.

Sehwag dropped for first three ODIs against Englan

The opening batsman Virender Sehwag was dropped from the 15-member squad for the first three One-Day Internationals (ODI) of the five-match series against England which begins on Jan 11. He was replaced by Cheteshwar Pujara, who will make his debut. Rohit Sharma though managed to be in the team. Sehwag was also dropped from the third and final ODI against Pakistan on Sunday. Two selectors, Vikram Rathour and Saba Karim, were seen discussing with Sehwag on the eve of the match at the Ferozeshah Kotla in Delhi on Saturday. The Sandip Patil-led selection committee announced the team immediately after the ODI that India won in a thrilling way by 10 runs. Pacers Shami Ahmed, who debuted here finished with figures 1/23, and the impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar also found a place in the side. The five-match ODI series are scheduled at Rajkot (Jan 11), Kochi (Jan 15), Ranchi (Jan 19), Mohali (Jan 23) and Dharamsala (Jan 27).

The squad is: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C) (WK), Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ashok Dinda and Shami Ahmed.

Marathi actor sets Guinness World Records with 10,700 stage shows

Acclaimed Marathi actor and comedian Prashant Damle will set the Guinness World Records with his 10,700th show, staged in Mumbai on Saturday night. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan, Home Minister R.R. Patil, Cultural Affairs Minister Sanjay Deotale, and Mumbai Mayor Sunil Prabhu were there to see the performance and later on felicitated Damle in the presence of top personalities  from Marathi cinema. The present record is by a Japanese actor with 10,288 shows to his credit. His record-breaking performance was a popular comedy play "Gela Madhav Kunikade". 

SMS system to help poll panel supervise 2014 elections

In a technological leap from the 2009 general elections when COMET online monitoring system was launched the Election Commission of India now has decided to monitor the 2014 national elections with a coded SMS-based alert system. The Communication Plan for Election (COMET), which had the vision to create a database of mobile phone numbers of around 1.1 million government officials positioned for the 2009 general elections with the purpose of reaching to them quickly, has changed into a high-tech SMS-based alert system. The system deploys coded messages to collect data about officials on duty. It also helps in supervising events of a particular polling booth at the click of a mouse. The new system was first initiated in the assembly polls in Goa, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Manipur in early 2012 and in Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat towards the year-end. The new system is said to work seamlessly and only in 10 percent of the cases complaints are reported.




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