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Major News and Events of 08 January 2013

What Happened on 08 January 2013

Norway kids case: Court gives custody again to uncle

Adding more twists to the story the custody of two siblings - brought from Norway after a legal and diplomatic tussle last year - has been given to their uncle. This was done hours after the Burdwan policemen handed Abhigyan and Aishwarya  over to their mother,  Sagarika Bhattacharya acting on a directive from the district child welfare committee. But the Calcutta High Court, after hearing an appeal by their foster parent-cum-uncle Arunabhas Bhattacharya, gave the children to his custody. Abhigyan and Aishwarya, aged three and one, were under emergency foster care in May 2011 of the Norwegian child welfare agency. It was alleged that their parents showed negligence towards them.The issue led to outrage in India, and then the Indian government activated the diplomatic channels. Subsequently a Norway court ordered that the children be placed in the custody of their uncle. They were then brought to their home in West Bengal's Burdwan district in April last year.

Pakistani soldiers kill two Indian soldiers near LoC

In a blatant violation of the 2003 ceasefire, Pakistani troops trespassed into Jammu and Kashmir. Two Indian soldiers were killed as their throats were slit by the Pakistani soldiers who apparently belong to the 29 Baloch Regiment. The dense fog helped them to get into an Indian post in Sona Gali area in the border district of Poonch. They wounded a third soldier. The incident took place at 11.30 a.m. They even mutilated the body of one. Pakistan did not accept the responsibility for the killings but Indian officials termed this as a farce also said their action was  "provocative" and this issue will be taken up with the Pakistan government. India's Northern Army Command chief Lt. Gen. K.T. Parnaik, asked the army to "stay alert and calm" and stated that "appropriate action will be taken at the appropriate time". The Pakistani troops are also said to take away the weapons of the dead Indians: Sudhakar Singh and Hemraj of 13 Rajputana Rifles. In fact one of the Indian soldiers was decapitated and the Pakistani soldiers are said to have taken away the head, but this report has not been confirmed.

Karnataka will help ICT industry create 2 million jobs

The Karnataka government would collaborate with the growing Information & Communication Technology (ICT) sector to offer two million jobs in the state by 2020. The state government will make budgetary provisions over the next four-five years to enable the ICT industry generate these jobs. The state government has also set up the 'Karnataka ICT group' in June 2012 under the chairmanship of T.V. Mohandas Pai, chairman of Manipal Global Education Services Ltd and former director of Indian IT bellwether Infosys Ltd. The aim is to triple ICT exports to Rs.4 trillion (Rs.4 lakh crore/$74 billion) from Rs.1.35 trillion (Rs.135,000 crore/$25 billion) in the period of eight years and enable incubation of 1,000 start-ups and entrepreneur-driven firms by 2020. For successful implementation of this target, the group will set up a Rs.1,000-crore (Rs.10 billion) ICT & Innovation fund for infrastructure development and Rs.100 crore for incubating start-ups and new IT firms.

ICC ODI rankings: Jamshed biggest mover, Dhoni in top 5

Pakistan opener Nasir Jamshed has has jumped 45 places to 31st position in the latest Reliance ICC Player Rankings for ODI batsmen while Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni came back to the top five. Pakistan's duo of Saeed Ajmal and Junaid Khan gained position, while Mohammad Hafeez became the number-one ranked ODI all-rounder, a career first.  Other batsmen to show ascent were Suresh Raina in 26th (up by one) and Shoaib Malik in 78th (up by two), while Yuvraj Singh has got into the rankings in 41st position. The batting rankings 1st spot is held by South Africa's Hashim Amla followed by teammate AB de Villiers in second place, with Virat Kohli at third position. Number-one ranked bowler Saeed Ajmal who notched eight wickets in the series at an average of 10.75, got him career-best rating of 801 points. He is the third Pakistan bowler after Wasim Akram and Saqlain Mushtaq to edge past the 800-point barrier, which in ranking terms is the benchmark for top bowlers. Saeed's 801 points has got him in joint 25th position along with West Indies' Courtney Walsh in the Reliance ICC Best-Ever ODI Ratings. Pakistan paceman Junaid Khan, who also got eight wickets, rose 62 places to 55th, and got a career-best rating of 466 during the series.  India paceman Ishant Sharma jumped 24 places to 72nd.  Ravindra Jadeja jumped up two places to seventh in the all-rounders' list. He has 70th position in the batting list and has jumped 11 places to 23rd in the bowlers' table.

Dharma Productions schedules three releases in 2013

Karan Johar's Dharma Productions has scheduled dates for releases of its three films "Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani", "Gippi" and "Ungli". The first release "Gippi", directed by debutant Sonam Nair will be a children's film. It will release on April 5 and this would be the production house's first association with a female director. Riya Vij, 13 will be playing the lead role in "Gippi". Next will be much awaited Ranbir Kapoor-Deepika Padukone starrer "Yeh Jawani Hai Deewani", scheduled for May 31 release. Directed by Ayan Mukerji who directed "Wake Up Sid", the movie is in focus as it brings real life ex-lovers Ranbir and Deepika together on the silver screen after 2008 movie "Bachna Ae Haseeno". The movie also has Kalki Koechlin in the cast. Dharma's third release will be Rensil D'Silva directed "Ungli" to be released on Sep 6 it has Emraan Hashmi and Randeep Hooda in the cast.

4.3-inch Android 'U4' smartphone at Rs 6,499 by Zen Mobile

Following the launch of U1, Zen Mobile has now released its U4 smartphone, which comes at Rs 6,499. The phone uses Android 2.3 OS, and is powered by a 1 GHz processor. There is a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, 1.3 megapixel front camera, GPRS/EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth with A2DP, and a 3.5 mm jack and a dual SIM as features. The phone comes with a 1500mAh Li-ion battery. No specifications have been given about the internal memory of the phone, but the phone's memory can be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card.

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