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Major News and Events of 11 January 2013

What Happened on 11 January 2013

Around 700 students to be part of Republic Day parade

700 school children from different parts of the country will participate in the Republic Day parade on Jan 26 at the National Capital. This includes about 550 from Delhi. An official release specified that Eastern Zone Cultural Centre from Kolkata will showcase chhau dance drama of Purulia district in West Bengal. Children from Kendriya Vidyalaya in New Delhi will do a dance item conveying the message of environment, conservation and sustainable growth while students of Government Sarvodaya Kanya Vidyalaya in New Delhi will be doing a folk dance of Odisha.

May have to look at other options: Air Chief Marshal on Pak

Even though India has proposed local-level military talks to resolve the tensions at the Line of Control (LoC), Air Chief Marshal N A K Browne on Saturday stated that the military “may have to look at some other options for compliance” if the violations on the border lingered on. Browne, who is also chairman of the Chiefs of Staff Committee, did not specify the options though. But his statement came as a surprise to many, as it was made at a time when efforts are on to resolve the issue of ceasefire violations started after the beheading of an Indian soldier on Wednesday by Pakistan army regulars. He said,“...If these things continue to be the way they are and these violations continue to take place, then perhaps we may have to look at some other options for compliance.” Government officials stated that Browne’s statement expressed the “sense of outrage” within the armed forces over the “intolerable” killing of the two jawans but they clarified that the statement should be taken in isolation. Pakistan on the other hand is yet to respond to the call for a Brigadier-level flag meeting at Poonch to facilitate area military commanders to discuss the issue. Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged heavy gunfire along the line of control in Poonch sector after it was found that there was a movement of a group of suspected infiltrators on Saturday night.

Coal ministry panel will identify mines for auction

The coal ministry has proposed to form a panel which will identify the coal blocks for allocation through the process of auction and government dispensation. The technical committee will be created as proposed under the chairmanship of adviser (projects), Ministry of Coal. It will sort out new coal/lignite blocks for offer after a competent authority has approved it. The seven-member panel will have members from Coal India and Central Mine Planning and Design Institute among others.Last year 54 mines were identified for allocation. Out of which 16 were earmarked for state-run companies, 16 for the power sector and 22 for allocation through auctioning.

Decision on fuel price hike soon: Moily

Oil Minister M. Veerappa Moily stated that increasing diesel and cooking fuel prices and the limit on subsidized LPG cylinders will be finalized as soon as possible. He further added that the recommendations of the Kelkar Committee will be considered seriously. The Kelkar panel has submitted recommendations of an immediate hike in the price of diesel by Rs.4 per litre, of kerosene by Rs.2 per litre and of LPG by Rs.50 per cylinder. It was also suggested that rates should be increased after that on a monthly basis till the revenue losses were not covered up. As per the oil ministry sources, there was a proposal to raise diesel prices by Rs.3-4.50 per litre at once or in monthly installments of Re.1 or Rs.1.50 per litre. On LPG, the proposal was of quarterly increases of Rs.50 per cylinder from April till the entire losses were removed. Increasing kerosene price by 35 paise a litre per month or Re.1 a litre per quarter till March 2015 was also proposed.

Women have no safety on Delhi roads: Supreme Court

The Supreme Court observed that there was no safety for women on Delhi's roads and there was failure to treat women with dignity, equality and respect. The observation came when the court issued notice to the central government, the National Commission for Women and the Delhi government's State Transport Authority on a public suit which questioned the validity of the two finger test done on rape victims. It was stated to the court that the invasive two finger test was against the dignity of women. The suit also asked for the setting up of a criminal injury compensation board in the country. The petition was filed by Nipun Saxena, a fourth year student of Delhi's National Law University. Saxena has also specified that the court's direction 16 years back to set up the compensation board was not followed. The  State Transport Authority was issued notice on the plea that private buses which do not comply with the Motor Vehicles Act should not be renewed.

Rs.1,310 crore worth of FDI proposals approved

The government has given approval for 14 proposals of foreign direct investment (FDI) which are to the tune of Rs.1,310.60 crore. The finance ministry stated that based on the recommendations of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) the government has given approval for 14 proposals.This is related to Mumbai-based shipping firm Hindustan Port Private Limited. It will receive Rs.440 crore overseas fund for downstream investment in other Indian companies. A Mumbai-based pharmaceutical firm Aanjaneya Lifecare Limited was approved of issuance of Foreign Currency Convertible Bonds to eligible foreign investors amounting Rs.405 crore. Bangalore-based Syngene International Limited has got the approval to inject Rs.125 crore foreign equity. The government did not accept three proposals, while decision on six proposals were deferred. 

England start the series with a win of nine runs over India

England began the five-match ODI series by defeating India by nine runs in the first One-day International (ODI) at the new Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. Chasing a target of 326, India could make only 316 for nine in 50 overs after Yuvraj Singh was the top scorer with 61.James Tredwell bagged four for 44 while Jade Dernbach and Tim Bresnan got two wickets each. Tredwell was also declared the Man of the Match. India got a good start with Ajinkya Rahane (47) and Gautam Gambhir (52) compiling 96 runs for the first wicket. When they got out India slumped from 96 for no loss to 138 for three by the 26th over. Yuvraj and Suresh Raina (50) though revived the hopes with their 60-run stand for the fourth wicket but there were also dismissed by Tredwell like the openers leaving India struggling at 243 for five in the 42nd over. India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made a lightning 32 off 25 balls but not enough to win the match. England had made 325 for four in 50 overs. 

Sony requested to drop Crime Patrol show on gang-rape

The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has directed Sony TV not to telecast an episode of its Crime Patrol show based on the Dec 16 Delhi gang-rape in which a 23 year old intern was gang raped and brutally assaulted in a moving bus. All the accused have been arrested by the police. Crime Patrol episodes narrate the real-life crime stories. The show would have been telecast in the Jan 11-12 episode as this was declared a week ago by the official of the broadcast company. 

Facebook will charge $100 to message Mark Zuckerberg

On Facebook if you try to send a message to the founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook may give the option to keep the message out of his "Other" folder but that comes at a charge of $100. The user will get this option only when they are not one of his 16 million followers it appears so. Facebook users may find this as a variant on the $1 pay-to-message plan that Facebook has been experimenting for some months and it was announced earlier that the social networking site would experiment with other prices.There were reports in December that Facebook was charging $100 for the service and this was confirmed by Mashable. 

Fresh firing in Kashmir, India rejects UN probe

 Indian and Pakistani soldiers were engaged in shelling again on Thursday as New Delhi dismissed Islamabad's demand for a UN probe into the killing and beheading of two Indian soldiers. Amid the tensions brewing on the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistani authorities obstructed an Indian truck from Jammu and Kashmir from getting into Pakistan while Indian political parties requested the government to take stern action. The US has requested India and Pakistan to resolve their latest tussle through dialogue. The Indian and Pakistani armies fired at each other's posts in Jammu and Kashmir's Mendhar sector in Poonch district. Pakistan stated one of its soldiers, Hawaldar Mohyuddin, was killed in the unprovoked firing by the Indian army. The army stated that an Indian post in Battal area in Poonch, about 230 km north of Jammu, received Pakistani shelling. The firing continued for an hour. Pakistan registered a protest and has asked for a "flag meeting" with India. The brutal killing of the soldiers led to unrestrained anger in India, with the Vishwa Hindu Parishad asking the government to discontinue diplomatic as well as trade links with Pakistan. 

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