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Major News and Events of 10 April 2013

What Happened on 10 April 2013

Train derails near Chennai

One person died and 21 others injured when 11 bogies of Muzaffarpur-Yashwantpur Express derailed in Tamil Nadu. The rescue operation is now over as per the officials. The accident happened at Chitheri area near Arakonam, around 60 km from Chennai, at about 6 a.m. on Wednesday. Railway ministry officials in New Delhi and officials in Chennai specified that one person was killed and 21 others injured but there were conflicting reports from Chennai regarding the toll. The railway officials have earlier stated that two people were killed in the accident. This incident led to the cancellation of seven express trains in Tamil Nadu on that route. 

Mamata going to return to Kolkata, says Delhi unsafe

Mamata Banerjee said that she will return to Kolkata as she found Delhi unsafe. Mamata Banerjee and state finance minister Amit Mitra were heckled on Tuesday when they went to the Planning Commission. She said her cadres were silent and listen to her and that there could have been a bloodbath. She also said that someone was behind what happened as when they went to the Planning Commission police said that they did not have the keys and they were not allowed to enter. Banerjee said doctors have asked her to get hospitalized, but she did not want to. She was supposed to meet the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister P. Chidambaram but had to call off the meeting. Governor M.K. Narayanan has expressed shock over the "premeditated assault" on Mamata Banerjee and state ministers in New Delhi, and have asked the CPI-M politburo for a public apology.  CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury stated that the delegation from West Bengal headed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee chose to get  into a confrontation with SFI activists at the Planning Commission and even though they were asked by security personnel to enter the Planning Commission through another gate

Rs.2.61 crore loss incurred in Himachal power project: CAG

CAG has said the state-run Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation showed undue favor to a private contractor in 2009-10 that resulted in a loss of Rs.2.61 crore to the exchequer.The power corporation, while carrying on the 111-MW Sawara Kuddu Hydro Electric Project in Kinnaur, funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) favored Patel Engineering Ltd. At that time BJP was in power in Himachal Pradesh. The Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) in its report tabled in the Assembly has specified that the Himachal Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (HPPCL) did not do much to recover mobilization advance within the stipulated time from the contractor which resulted in undue benefit of Rs.2.61 crore to Patel Engineering Ltd.. This has been termed as a violation of the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) guidelines which specifies that the payment of mobilization advance to a contractor should be done only if there is a need and its recovery should be time based and not related with the progress of works for ensuring recovery of advance. An interest-free mobilization advance amounting to Rs.14.17 crore was given to the contractor in three installments between 2009 and 2010, released as per specified time schedule in lien of bank guarantee of the corresponding amount but its recovery was connected with the progress of work/certified interim payment exceeding 30 percent of the accepted contract amount. Then the total advance amount was there with the contractor till Nov 23, 2011, without any recovery as it had failed to execute specified 30 percent quantity of the work.

Tax free IPL tickets in Chhattisgarh

BJP government in Chhattisgarh will exempt tickets of two IPL Season 6 matches from entertainment tax as informed by the official sources on Wednesday.The matches are scheduled to be played at Naya Raipur on April 28 and May 1. This is being done to promote cricket in the state and position it as a perfect destination for international matches in future. Delhi Daredevils will face Pune Warriors at Naya Raipur April 28 and there will be a tussle between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders on May 1 at the 60,000 capacity stadium at village Parsada in Naya Raipur.

Rani Mukerji YRF's next 'Mardaani'

Actress Rani Mukerji will be playing a bold and powerful role in Yash Raj Films' next project titled "Mardaani" which will be directed by Pradeep Sarkar. Rani has done romantic movies like  "Hum Tum" and "Veer-Zaara" at YRF but will now take up one of its boldest subjects in "Mardaani". Rani Mukerji plays the lead role of a cop for the first time. This movie would be YRF's boldest subject ever to be made and totally different from Pradeep Sarkar's style of filmmaking as per Rafiq Gangjee, vice president (Marketing and Communications), YRF.The movie will go on the floors later this year and release worldwide in 2014.

Bihar will use nuclear energy in agriculture

The Bihar government after initiating organic farming is now exploring the possibility of how farmers can benefit from nuclear technology.V.B. Patel, chairman of the horticulture department of Bihar Agricultural University (BAU) at Sabour in Bhagalpur district, stated that nuclear energy can be utilized in plant breeding and for development of new varieties. Radiation may be used for mutation and nuclear energy may increase the shelf life of vegetables like potatoes and onions.A team of scientists from the BAU will visit the Mumbai-based Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), India's premier nuclear research organisation next month to delve into the possibility of using nuclear energy in agriculture. Choudhary also informed that BARC scientists' research specifies nuclear energy may increase the shelf life of fruit like mango and litchi for 48 days. The technology could also help in changing the nutrients in fruit like banana, thus ensuring higher iron content which may be beneficial for people with anaemia. 

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