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Major News and Events of 09 February 2013

What Happened on 09 February 2013

Shutdown brings Darjeeling to a standstill, GJM demands Mamata's apology

Bimal Gurung, chief of Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) has demanded an apology from the chief minister Mamata Banerjee and stated that she has hurt the sentiments of the people. The normal life in the hills were affected as there was a 12 hours shutdown in protest against government's declaration to establish the Lepcha Development Council(LPC). Banerjee when she saw the activists with the placards  "We want Gorkhaland"  shouting slogans for Gorkhaland, stated,"We must not say anything which will give a wrong message. It is neither your party's programme nor my party's programme. I am very rough and tough in this regard." The shutdown was peaceful in the three hill districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong and Kurseyang. The arrival of North Bengal Development Minister, Gautam Deb was termed by Gurung as a visit to sow the seeds of difference in Darjeeling which may lead to riots. The Lepchas under the Lepchas Rights Movement are demanding for a Lepcha Council and are opposed to GJM sponsored shutdown. The state government's bid to create LDC is being viewed as an attempt to put pressure on GJM who want a separate state to be carved out of West Bengal. This is being viewed as divisive politics. 

Economy will grow at 5.5% :Chidambaram

The GDP growth will be 5.5% and not 5% as stated by Central Statistical Organisation (CSO).This was informed by the Finance Minister P. Chidambaram. He also added that this will not be the lowest GDP growth as in 2000-2001 and 2001-2002 it was lower than 5%. The growth was 5.4% in first five years of the millenium, 8.4% from 2005-2009 and 7.3% after. China, Philippines and Indonesia only have growth rate more than India. Chidambaram said that CSO bases its projection on numbers till November-December. GDP growth can be best analyzed when it tracks a trend instead of when it is turning. The final number can be revised and will be close to government's estimate.

Month long standoff in Tennis ends

The month long standoff was resolved today when the 11 rebel players agreed to make themselves available for the Davis Cup tie. This development happened when All India Tennis Association agreed to their working conditions in writing which earlier they had disapproved of. The rebel players led by Somdev Devvarman have earlier disagreed to play and as a result India had an inexperienced side against Korea except Leander Paes. India lost 1-4 in this tournament. Now the team will play against Indonesia in first round play-off Davis Cup tie. The players had put forward their charter of demands before the Chennai Open.

No danger from Asteroid DA14: NASA

Asteroid 2012 DA14 will come closest to the earth on February 15. It will be only one tenth of the distance between earth and moon and at 27300 km will be closest of any previous object of its size. Though 13 stories tall it won't be visible to the naked eyes. NASA which has been tracking its movement since last year ruled out any impact with earth. The asteroid will have a speed of 27700 km per hour. An asteroid of this size comes close to earth every four decades and impact occurs every 1200 years. The asteroid will come close at 740pm GMT on Friday.

256 films denied certification by Censor Board in 10 years

The Censor Board did not give clearance to 256 films in 10 years from 2001 to 2011. This was revealed in response to an RTI query by activists Amitabh and Nutan Thakur. The maximum number of movies which did not get certification were 59 in 2006, followed by 33 in 2002 and 31 in 2004. 78 Hindi movies and 52 English movies were rejected clearance by the Censor Board. 51 Tamil films, 33 Kannada, 14 Telugu and 14 Malayalam movies did not get clearance. Most of them had sexually explicit material.

Parliament attack accused Afzal Guru hanged

Parliament terror attack accused Afzal Guru has been hanged today in Tihar Jail in New Delhi. Home Secretary R.K. Singh confirmed the execution of the man who had been sentenced to death for his main role in the Dec 13, 2001 parliament attack that spiraled almost into a war between India and Pakistan.Earlier President Pranab Mukherjee rejected his mercy petition. The president's press secretary Venu Rajamony specified that the President had rejected his mercy plea a few days ago. Curfew was imposed in all the major towns of Kashmir Valley after reports came in that Afzal Guru, had been hanged in Tihar Jail in New Delhi. He is from Tarzoo village on the suburbs of Sopore town, 52 km from Srinagar.

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