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Major News and Events of 10 March 2013

What Happened on 10 March 2013

Ajmer priests refused 'nazrana' from Pakistan PM

Priests at the dargah of Khawaja Moinuddin Chisti did not take 'nazrana' (donation) from Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf when he paid a visit to the 800-year-old Sufi shrine in Ajmer. The secretary of the Anjuman Khadims though clarified that this had nothing to do with the boycott of Ashraf's visit by the Diwan of the dargah, Zainul Abedin Ali Khan. Wahid Mian Chisti stated that all religious heads and priests, except Zainul Abedin, were at the dargah when the Pakistani leader arrived with his delegation on Saturday.The priests offered him a headgear before he entered the dargah. At the Dargah Ashraf offered a velvet 'chadar' and flowers. He was there for about 20 minutes along with his wife Nusrat and some 20 members of his team. Global peace and prosperity was what he prayed for at the Dargah, especially for Pakistan.Chisti further added that there was a stir when Pakistan President Asif Zardari offered $1 million at the dargah last year, and the amount was received after several months. Further there was a tussle among various factions at the dargah regarding share of the donation. Chisti stated the priests did not want to present a picture that money matters for them.

Modi won't be PM: Lalu

Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) chief Lalu Prasad stated he would do all possible to stop Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi to be the country's prime minister. He said, "For as long as blood runs in my veins, I will not allow Modi to become prime minister. " He said he will bring together secular forces and other parties to form a secular government after the 2014 Lok Sabha election. He question how can a politician who was instrumental in creating hatred between two communities and was responsible for deaths in Gujarat in 2002 can be the prime minister of secular India. He also stated that Modi did not enjoy wide support across India.

'Sin tax' on tobacco proposed by Health Ministry

Imposing a "sin tax" on tobacco products to stop people from using them has been proposed by the health ministry. And whatever the proceeds of this tax will come will be used for tobacco control.The new tax is part of the recommendations given to the Department of Revenue of the Ministry of Finance as part of the government's initiative to increase taxes on all tobacco products so that people stop using them. Studies by the World Health Organisation (WHO) specify that hike in price or tax on tobacco products may lead to reduced consumption and also premature tobacco-related deaths in the country. WHO is offering technical support to the government so that the WHO-Framework Convention on Tobacco Control can be implemented. Tobacco is one of the major causes of deaths in India. 900,000 people die every year in India due to smoking, and if corrective measure is not implemented then the number will soon increase to one million smoking-related deaths annually, as per a study published in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Ram Singh expelled from National Institute of Sports

Punjab police may be questioning boxer Vijender Singh after his friend and co-boxer admitted to have taking drugs. Super heavyweight boxer Ram Singh was removed from National Institute of Sports, Patiala after his accepted that he had taken drugs. Executive Director of NIS LS Ranawat stated that Ram Singh will be relieved from the camp here from Monday and that Vijender will be there in the camp. He also specified that Ram Singh was included in the national camp after the recommendation of Vijender.Ram Singh has said that the Olympic bronze-medalist had drugs with him few times and that the duo mistook the contraband for food supplements. The drugs have been given to them by NRI Anup Singh Kahlon, who is the prime accused in the Rs. 130 crore heroin haul case. He attempted suicide in police custody on Saturday.

Sridevo says cinema more organised now

Sridevi, the leading lady of the 1980s and 1990s who made a comeback with "English Vinglish" after 15 years,states that the film industry is now a lot more organised and cinema has changed for good. Each department is handled by professionals. Sridevi has been a part of blockbuster movies like "Chaalbaaz" and "Mr.India". She bid farewell to the industry after the 1997 hit "Judai".She also specified that the interaction between celebrities and media has evolved, and earlier only few magazines talked about the films whereas now the promotions are on a large scale.

13 requests per day to Google from India for personal web details

 In 2012 India made an average of 13 requests a day to Google to get access to personal web details of web users thus making it evident that internet snooping by the authorities has increased. Interestingly India is only second to the US in terms of this kind of request which made 45 requests a day on an average, that is the highest for any country.The US made 16,407 such requests in 2012, followed by India's 4,750, France's 3,239, Germany's 3,083, UK's 2,883 and Brazil's 2,777 in top-five. The numbers of these requests increased globally by 20 per cent in 2012 to 42,327, as per Google's latest Transparency Report, and that from India also rose by about 20 per cent in 2012 from 3,946 in the previous year. Google offered partial or complete information to the enforcement agencies from India for about two-third of the total requests. While it was much higher at 88 per cent for requests received from the US.

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