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Major News and Events of 07 March 2013

What Happened on 07 March 2013

Murder charges on Raja Bhaiyya slapped by CBI

The CBI has charged the former Uttar Pradesh minister Raghuraj Pratap Singh alias Raja Bhaiyya in the murder of deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Zia-ul-Haq, basing its investigations on the complaint of his widow Parveen Azad. It has also registered four FIRs in the case. This was along with the charges of criminal conspiracy, which the state police had imposed on Raja Bhaiyya on last Sunday after Parveen's allegation that the former minister, who was an Independent legislator from Kunda, weaved a conspiracy to kill her husband. Officials specified that with the charges now changed to murder under section 302 of the IPC, the arrest of Raja Bhaiyya was in the offing, and the CBI team probing the matter could question him and then arrest him.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) took the case on late Wednesday night and on Thursday began the investigation into the killing of Haq and the Bilaspur village headman Nanhe Yadav and his brother Suresh Yadav. Four others named in the accused list are - Rohit Singh, Guddu Singh, Om Srivastava and Gulshan Yadav. After his name figured in the FIR filed by Parveen, Raja Bhaiyya had resigned from the one-year-old Akhilesh Yadav ministry. The chief minister had till now evaded the questions on the possibility of the arrest of Raja Bhaiyya, but now he said that the law will take its own course and that the CBI would proceed further in the case.

100 huts reduced to ashes in Mumbai slum blaze

A major fire broke out in a slum near Bandra station in west Mumbai, which gutted 100 huts and eight people suffered burn injuries. The fire happened at around 2 a.m. and instantly spread to nearby slums in the congested Shastri Nagar slum colony. People were caught unaware as they were sleeping. The local youths acted instantly and raised an alarm and assisted in the evacuation of the people and their belongings quickly to safer places. The flames spread and a number of gas cylinders also caught fire and started bursting, thus aggravating the damage and losses. Ten fire tenders were pressed in service and fire was controlled by 6 a.m. The cause of the fire is not known yet and is being investigated. Among the eight injured, five were discharged after treatment for minor burns.

Understanding with Pension Parishad on different aspects reached: Ramesh

Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh on Thursday informed that an understanding with the Pension Parishad has been reached regarding some of the demands. Pension Parishad is a conglomeration of organizations which works for pension reforms. Ramesh also stated he was in favor of liberalizing the pension norms for the elderly, widows and the disabled. Ramesh stated that consensus has been reached on the principle that pension should be provided on a universal criterion based on the exclusion and the requirement to do away the above poverty line (APL) and below the poverty line (BPL) classification. He specified that the government was geared up to make suitable changes to National Social Assistance Programme (NSAP). Relaxation of the eligibility criterion for extending assistance under the pension scheme has also been discussed. Ramesh said he supported bringing down the age of widows eligible for pension from 40 to 18 years and giving disability pension to everyone suffering from 40 percent disability. He also opined that the pensions should be brought at the same initial level and linking it with inflation was required. Timely disbursal was another aspect which has to be looked into and for that changes in pension distribution system was required. Pension Parishad’s demands include universal and non-contributory old age pension system with minimum monthly pension being not less than 50 percent of minimum wage or Rs.2,000 per month, whichever is higher.

Delhi government not aware of special Olympians' rich medal haul

It is ironical that special Olympians, who came back from South Korea with 18 of the 46 medals were not even been felicitated or rewarded. The differently-abled athletes won 13 gold, 17 silver and 16 bronze at the Pyeongchang-Gangneung World Winter Games.  2,200 athletes from over 120 nations participated in this event and India's tally this time was double of what they won at the 2009 Games.From Delhi fourteen athletes participated in five events - five in floor hockey, four in figure skating, two each in speed skating and snowshoeing and one in Alpine skiing. They returned with six gold, nine silver and three bronze medals, but the government did not get in touch with them. Satpal Singh, the Delhi government's additional director of sports and physical education stated that there was no way the government would have got to know until the federation concerned approached them with an application for rewarding the special Olympians.

Shah Rukh Khan and 'Jaago Re' campaign on Women's day

 TATA Tea's 'Jaago Re' campaign has earlier crusaded against non-voting and corruption but in its recent initiative it is Women First,with a vision to change the society's attitude towards women. In this they have got the support of the Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan who features in an ad - and takes a pledge. The ad, shot by filmmaker R. Balki, will release on Friday on International Women's Day. On Wednesday Shah Rukh announced his association with the campaign.

Shah Rukh pledged that henceforth in all his movies, the women actors name will come before his name and this trend will start with "Chennai Express". He also stated, "I will not make women centric films just for the heck of it. In all my films, I'd assure all my actresses get enough importance for their roles. I would like to work with many more women directors."

Free national roaming may start before October: Sibal

Telecom Minister Kapil Sibal stated that the national free roaming for customers may be started before October this year. As Trai had floated a consultation paper on national free roaming in December once its recommendations come then the process of free roaming can start before October. The pre-consultation paper sought views from stakeholders on tariff for national roaming services and its different aspects like the cost components of call rates, the way of cost recovery in case incoming calls were free, the tariff for video calls and SMS while roaming, requirement for allowing special tariff vouchers for roaming customers. Currently telecom operators pay number of charges like termination charge, interconnects charges, for completion of call of their customers on to other networks which is then added to the final cost of the call for the customer.

Manmohan Singh in an aggressive stance says UPA did better than NDA

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in an aggressive mood countered the BJP stating that the Congress-led UPA showed better performance than the BJP-led NDA. This was in response to the discussion on the motion of thanks on President’s address to a joint sitting of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha. PM also stated that he was hopeful people would bring the ruling UPA back to power in 2014 as they did in 2004 and 2009. He further added that the BJP had thrown the "choicest abuses" against the Congress leadership, so he was responding in "that language". In reference to Rajnath Singh he said, "Jo garajte hain, woh baraste nahin (thundering clouds do not produce rain)." Rajnath Singh had criticized the government in the house. Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, also referrred the Congress as "termites" and the prime minister as a "night watchman" at the BJP's national council meeting in Delhi on Sunday. Manmohan Singh comparing the performances of the UPA against that of the NDA stated that UPA had done better work on many aspects like agriculture, GDP, per capita consumption in rural areas, health, literacy and regional equality. The prime minister in a reminder to the BJP opined that its "India Shining" campaign failed in the 2004 general elections and the opposition party couldn’t do much by projecting senior leader L.K. Advani as its prime ministerial nominee in 2009.He also pledged the government's commitment to ensure the dignity, safety and security of every woman in the country. He also mentioned that the economy did come through a difficult situation in the past year but the government was committed to achieve an average growth of eight percent during the 12th Five Year Plan, along with inclusive growth.

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