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Major News and Events of 07 February 2013

What Happened on 07 February 2013


Apex court asks Karnataka to release 2.44 tmc Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu

The Supreme Court ordered Karnataka to release 2.44 tmc (thousand million cubic feet) of Cauvery river water to Tamil Nadu for the purpose of irrigation of its standing crops in the delta basin. The apex court bench of Justice R.M. Lodha passed its order after it received the report of the expert committee that had surveyed Tamil Nadu part in the delta region and have submitted the recommendations that 2.44 tmc water should be released for the standing crop. The court made a strong comment when Tamil Nadu objected to the expert committee report and stated that the report was not based on objective grounds. Tamil Nadu had asked for nine TMC of water for the standing crops in six lakh hectares of land. It was also stated that one-third of the crops in over three lakh hectares of land were damaged due to drought and the remaining crop in six lakh hectares area needed to be irrigated twice. On the other hand, Karnataka's stand point was that 40 percent of standing crops had been harvested and the remaining had to be harvested so Tamil Nadu needed no water for irrigation.

Women left in open field after sterilization in Bengal

A number of 100 women who had operations at a sterilization camp in a rural health center in West Bengal's Malda district were left in unhygienic conditions in fields as there were shortage of beds. Officials stated that an investigation was in the process for this. The ligation process was done in the Manickchak Rural Health Centre on Wednesday. When they received criticism for this then departmental investigation was started by the district health officials. Health workers claimed that the women - majority of whom were from the Muslim community - were kept in an adjoining field before they gained consciousness after the procedure.The health workers said that the center did not have the basic amenities which was much required for such surgeries. District health officials on the other hand said that the camp was organized by the block authorities who did not apprise them about this.

Economic growth may be lowest in the decade at 5 percent

India's economic growth may dip to 5 percent in the current financial year, which will be the lowest in a decade, due to dismal performance of manufacturing, agriculture as well as services sector. For the advanced analysis of national income, the Central Statistics Office (CSO) slashed the gross domestic product (GDP) growth forecast to 5 percent for the year ending March 31, 2013 in comparison to 6.2 percent in the previous year. After  2002-03 when the growth was recorded at 4 percent, this will be the lowest growth rate. Services sector, which accounts for 50% of India's GDP, as per estimates will register a sluggish 5.2 percent growth in the current financial year whereas it registered 7 percent in the previous year. The industry sector growth will decline to 1.9 percent in the year ending March 31, while the farm sector growth will dip to 1.8 percent.  The recent official projection is much lower than the budgetary estimate and projections by the central bank and other organisations. The union budget for 2012-13 presented in March last year, the government had estimated the economic growth at 7.6 percent. 

India's per capita income may increase to Rs.39,143

India's per capita income is poised to rise by a sluggish 2.9 percent to Rs.39,143 in the year ending March 31 in comparison to Rs.38,037 in the previous year as per the government data.The Central Statistics Office (CSO) released the data which states, the per capita income in real terms (at 2004-05 prices) during 2012-13 is likely to stick at Rs.39,143 as compared to the Rs.38,037 registered in 2011-12. This year the growth rate in per capita income will be at 2.9 percent during 2012-13, in comparison to the previous year's estimate of 4.7 percent. In the context of current prices, per capita income in 2012-13 will be at Rs.68,747 as compared to Rs.61,564 recorded last year that reflected an increase of 11.7 percent.

India post a six wicket win over Pakistan, end ICC Women's World Cup campaign

India completed their ICC Women's World Cup on a high note as they posted a 6 wicket win over Pakistan. Captain Mithali Raj led the team to a six-wicket win over arch rivals Pakistan at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Thursday.Despite failing with the bat in the group stages, Pakistan showed best batting display of the tournament as they made 192 for seven. Raj's valiant century (103 not out) assured India victory as they went on to score 195 for four in 46 overs.

Brief Scores:Pakistan: 192 for seven in 50 overs (Nain 58, Nida 68 not out; Goswami 2-17, Niranjana 3-35) vs India 195 for four in 46 overs (Raj 103 not out, Kamini 26)

Jagjit Singh tops the list of most searched ghazal singer on Google

Late ghazal legend Jagjit Singh, whose 72nd birth anniversary falls on Friday, is the most searched in the list of popular singers of the genre. As per Google Search Trends, Jagjit Singh was leading, both in India and abroad, when it came to songs, lyrics, and mp3s of ghazals. People in the Indian subcontinent search the most for Jagjit Singh, followed by Pakistan, Bangladesh and United Arab Emirates. In India, people from Ludhiana, Bhopal and Indore have the maximum search for queries related to Jagjit Singh. The ghazal maestro is best remembered for numbers like "Jhuki jhuki si nazar", "Tum itna jo", "Koi ye kaise bataye", "Yeh tera ghar yeh mera ghar", "Tumko dekha toh yeh khayaal", "Kaagaz ki kashti", "Hoshwalon ko khabar kya", "Koi fariyaad" and "Chitthi na koi sandesh". He passed away on Oct 10, 2011, following brain hemorrhage.

Google India launches Mapathon 2013

Mapathon 2013 will be India’s first mapping competition by Google India. This is part of the initiative where Google wants to crowdsource  to improve Google Maps in India. The registration has started and the completion will be from February 12 to March 25, 2013. The top 1000 mappers may win Android tablets, smartphones, gift vouchers and Google merchandise. The participants can update the maps via Google Map Maker.  The entry once submitted to Google, will be verified and then added to Google Maps. Other than adding new locations, participants can also update sites that are there on Google Maps. 




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