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Major News and Events of 08 February 2013

What Happened on 08 February 2013

Rajapaksa arrives in India for pilgrimage amid protests

Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa arrival in India led to sporadic protests. He has come here for a two days pilgrimage and on Friday prayed at Bodh Gaya and then took a flight to Tirupati. The protests, alleging that he was denying equal rights to Tamils in Sri Lanka, happened at Tirupati, New Delhi and Hosur in Karnataka. The president will return on Saturday after spending a night in Tirupati.Rajapaksa and his delegation were at the 1,500-year-old Mahabodhi temple, about 100 km from the Bihar's capital Patna for an hour amid tight security. Media was not allowed to talk to the president by the security personnel. The president is said to be avoiding New Delhi though Sri Lanka is worried about India voting on a US-sponsored resolution against Colombo at the UNHRC meet in Geneva. Police is said to have detained over dozen protesters in Gaya and arrested 100 in Tirupati. 

Swine flu alert in Kashmir

Swine flu alert has been issued in the Kashmir Valley on Friday as doctors stated that the H1N1 virus was visible in some parts of the local community. It was specified that in 2008-2009,53 cases of H1N1 virus were tested positive for the disease. This happened as people carrying the virus arrived here or people from the valley visited the places where the disease had spread and brought the virus here. This implies that adequate steps should be taken to control it. The symptoms of the disease are high fever hovering around 104 degrees Fahrenheit, running nose, sore throat and cough. G.M. Qadri, an epidemiologist stated that it was always better to prevent the disease though it is treatable with tamiflu drug. An employee of the super specialty Sher-e-Kashmir-Institute of Medical Sciences Soura (SKIMS) last week succumbed due to H1N1 infection while doctors informed that four others were successfully treated during the last five months.

India will have record food production

India may have a record production of 250.14 million tonnes of foodgrain during 2012-13 though there is a drop of 7 million tonnes in kharif crop due to irregular monsoons as per the government's statement. The second advance estimates  by the agriculture ministry reveal production of major crops, except pulses will be less than last year when favorable monsoon led to record crop production.To increase the pulses' production the government hiked minimum support price (MSP) in recent years. The estimation of production of different crops is done on the inputs received from states and supported with information available from other sources.

Sachin Tendulkar equals Sunil Gavaskar first class record of most centuries

Sachin Tendulkar added another record today when he equaled Sunil Gavaskar's record of most first-class hundreds by hitting an unbeaten century against Rest of India on day three of the Irani Cup. This was his 30th domestic hundred added up to the 51 Test tons. He made 140, his 18th century for his home state. Gavaskar had scored 81 first-class hundreds between 1971 and 1997, including 34 in 125 Tests for India. Tendulkar also completed 25,000 runs in first class cricket. He needed 104 to complete that and he crossed that in his 479th innings in first class cricket.

Re-recording "Himmatwala' song was like being part of history: Sajid Khan

Filmmaker Sajid Khan stated that recreating legendary song "Naino mein sapna" for his "Himmatwala" remake project was for him like being part of history. The new version will be now sung by Amit Kumar whereas Kishore Kumar had lent his voice to the original song. Music directors Sajid-Wajid have recreated the music in sync with today's music and Shreya Ghoshal will be singing the female part of the number. The song is shot on Ajay Devgn and Tamannaah, while the original one had Jeetendra and Sridevi in the lead.

Sari-sun combination can sterilise dirty water

As per an Indian study even dirty water can be sterilized and is potable after it is filtered through a four layer folded cotton sari and then exposed to sunlight for less than an hour. In rural areas cloth filtration is done when water becomes turbid during the rainy season. But now scientists have proved  that the sari-filtered water when kept in sunlight gets sterilized and becomes fit to drink without any need for boiling. Scientists have stated that disinfection can be done even at sub-boiling temperatures as low as 55 degrees Celsius and that can be achieved using solar energy. The scientists also claimed that this heating can be achieved on a partially cloudy day as well. 

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