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Major News and Events of 11 April 2013

What Happened on 11 April 2013

No proofs against him in anti-Sikh riots case: Tytler

Congress leader Jagdish Tytler for whom a re-investigation in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case would be done stated that there was nothing against him. It is yet to be proved that he was present at the scene, He further added that a witness forced to give a statement against him. The witness Surinder Singh changed his statements five times and his son had given a call from the US to Tytler to say that his father was under pressure to give a statement against him. Tytler informed this after a Delhi court ordered the reopening of a riots case against him. He said that Surinder Singh first gave a statement in English then a written statement in Gurumukhi so why senior advocate H.S. Phoolka who represents the riot victims forced Surinder Singh to give a statement. Tytler is charged of instigating a mob that resulted in the murder of three men who had taken shelter at a Delhi gurdwara on Nov 1, 1984.The mob attack was part of violence that ensued against Sikhs after Indira Gandhi’s assassination who was the then prime minister on Oct 31, 1984. Tytler stated he was ready for 100 percent investigation in the matter and won't take any responsible position in the government till his name was cleared of all the issues.

Chandigarh-born lawyer set to become top US judge

Chandigarh-born Indian-American advocate Srikanth 'Sri' Srinivasan seems to be all set to be the first South Asian judge in the prestigious US Court of Appeals for the American capital. He is named a "trailblazer" by President Barack Obama and is at present the principal deputy solicitor general of the US. He is moving ahead toward confirmation to what is "often called the nation's second-highest court" facing not much opposition from Republican senators. If the confirmation comes then Srinivasan, 45 will be just the third South Asian named to any federal judgeship.

Five Indian soldiers' bodies reach from Sudan

The bodies of five Indian UN peacekeepers who were killed in South Sudan arrived in India on early Thursday. Maj. Gen. S.L. Narasimhan, the additional director general (Public Information) at army headquarters stated that the bodies will be sent to the respective villages. The Indians convoy was ambushed by a rebel group in Jonglei in South Sudan on Tuesday which killed the five peacekeepers - Lt. Col. Mahipal Singh, Naib Subedar Shiv Kumar Pal, Lance Naik Nand Kishore Joshi, Havaldar Bharat Sasmal and Havaldar Hira Lal and injured four others. The five soldiers belonged to the Mechanized Infantry and Mahar regiments.Lt. Col. Mahipal Singh was from Haryana, Naib Subedar Shiv Kumar Pal and Havaldar Hira Lal from Uttar Pradesh, Lance Naik Nand Kishore Joshi from Uttarakhand and Havaldar Bharat Samsal from West Bengal. Army officers informed that the bodies arrived by a UN aircraft at 5 am.

Amaze: Honda's entry level first diesel car

Japanese automobile major Honda's Indian subsidiary made its entry into the diesel segment, with the launch of the sedan Amaze, priced between Rs.5.99 lakh and Rs.7.60 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi).The entry-level sedan's diesel variant has an all new 1.5 litre, four-cylinder (DOHCi-DTEC) engine with a fuel economy of 25.8 km per litre. The diesel engine has been manufactured exclusively for India at the company's research and development (R&D) centre in Bangkok, Thailand, after exhaustive market research. Honda thinks Amaze will be a game changer for it. The petrol variant of the entry-level sedan comes at Rs.4.99 lakh and Rs.6.60 lakh in manual transmission, while the automatic variant is priced between Rs.6.62 lakh and Rs.7.50 lakh. It will have a 1.2 litre, four cylinder (SOHC i-VTEC) engine which will give a mileage of 18 km per litre in manual transmission and 15.5 km per litre in automatic transmission. 

Kashyap gets career-best rank of No.7

London Olympics quarter-finalist Parupalli Kashyap soared to a career-best ranking of World No.7 in the Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings which was released on Thursday. He jumped a place, edging above Chinese Chen Jin, to be in the top-7 in the men's singles rankings while Mumbai's Ajay Jayaram remained at his ranking of 30th. In the women's singles, Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal maintained her No.2 position behind Olympic champion Li Xeurui while promising shuttler P.V. Sindhu, who beat Li last year, also maintained her No.16. Majority of the Indian shuttlers will be playing in the India Open Super Series to be held in New Delhi from April 23-28 where Saina has got top billing.

Rajesh Khanna's last film to release on his death anniversary

Last film of late superstar Rajesh Khanna, "Riyasat" will be released on his first death anniversary on July 18. The first superstar of Hindi films who succumbed to a prolonged illness, is popular for hits like "Aradhana", "Kati Patang", "Anand", "Amar Prem" and "Aan Milo Sajna". Director Ashok Tyagi informed that they wanted the movie to release on his birth anniversary, but there were reports that no distributors were ready to release the movie. As July 18th is a Thursday, there will be the premiere on that date. He said now suddenly things have changed, and people are ready to invest crores in the film. "Riyasat" also has Gauri Kulkarni, Aryan Vaid, Aryeman Ramsay and Raza Murad.

Android app to inform about traffic blocks in your area

AmidRay Technologies, a startup based in Kochi has come up with an Android application "Blockout Traffic", which informs people of traffic jams within a 25-30 km radius. This is being termed as  the country's "first free-and-easy traffic mobile application" for those who are always on the move. AmidRay Technologies is a start-up firm of four youngsters at Technopark and Startup Village, Kochi.The application will show the name of the roads and locations in the users' area,specifying where there is a traffic block. It operates with a community, called the "blockout community". Members provide inputs of traffic blocks whenever they come across one. Blockout Traffic pinpoints the exact position of a user by using the GPS in the phone. For that  internet connectivity should be there in the phone in order to post blocks and get block updates. The app is available at the Google play store and and can be downloaded free from

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