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Major News and Events of 13 March 2013

What Happened on 13 March 2013

Ramakrishna's 177th birth anniversary celebrated by lakhs of devotees

The 177th birth anniversary of the sage, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa was celebrated by lakhs of devotees at the 'Belur Math' in West Bengal on Wednesday. Belur Match (hermitage) is the global headquarters of Ramakrishna Math and Ramakrishna Mission. Swami Vivekananda, Ramakrishna's disciple spread the message of peace across the globe. Devotees from various parts of the country and the world assembled at the Belur Math's premises at 4.30 a.m. in the morning to witness the 'mangalarti' or holy fire worship amid customary Vedic chants. The saint's birthplace at Kamarpukur, in Hooghly district, about 100 km from Kolkata, also saw thousands of devotees queuing up to pay their respects to Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa. Sarod recitals, dance, music, readings and discourses were part of the celebrations at the temple at Belur Math and there was live streaming via Belur Math's web portal to a wider audience.The Dakshineswar Kali temple, where Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa was a priest, also attracted hundreds of followers. As per the English calendar, Sri Ramakrishna Paramahansa was born Feb 18, 1836 though his birthday is celebrated according to the Hindu calendar.

PM issues warning to Italy of 'consequences' over marines

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh issued a warning to Italy on Wednesday regarding "consequences" in bilateral ties if its two marines charged of killing two Indian fishermen did not return to India to face the legal proceedings. Manmohan Singh informed about this in Lok Sabha as well as in the Rajya Sabha. He stated that the government has made its stance clear that Italy's actions were not acceptable. Prime Minister said, "They violate every rule of diplomatic discourse and call into question solemn commitments given by accredited representatives of a sovereign government to our Supreme Court. This cannot, by any standards, be in the interests of any bilateral relationship that has to function on the basis of trust."

Srinagar guerrilla attack: seven killed and seven injured

The terrorists attacked a CRPF camp at Srinagar killing seven people, that included the five paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) troopers, as well as injuring seven others. Two guerrillas also died in the attack. The militants attacked a CRPF camp in Bemina area of Srinagar city on Wednesday morning. Amid fierce gunfire two militants were killed, and five CRPF troopers lost their lives. Three civilians and four CRPF personnel got injured in the gunfight. The area has been cordoned by the police and search operations were on. This was the first guerrilla attack in Srinagar in 2013.

73,388 taxpayers defaulted in 2012-13

The government stated that 73,388 taxpayers were defaulters on payments to the tune of Rs.3,859 crore in the current financial year. Action would be taken to penalise them. These taxpayers defaulted on payments after filing self-assessment returns. The finance ministry specified, "Filing a return without paying the admitted amount of tax that is payable will render such taxpayer an assessee in default under the provisions of the Income Tax Act. Such taxpayers who default in payment of self-assessment tax may invite penal consequences." The Income Tax Act specifies that the tax payable on the returned income, while considering the prepaid taxes, should be paid before submitting the return. The returns filed electronically in the current financial year (2012-13) states that around 73,388 taxpayers have defaulted on such payments amounting to Rs.3,859 crore.

YRF, IMAX expand partnership

Yash Raj Films (YRF) will take on their partnership with IMAX further and will now release "Paani", as well as an additional YRF project, at IMAX theatres across India and other major  markets. This means now under the expanded partnership three movies will be in this project, the first of which is the upcoming action thriller "Dhoom: 3", set to release this winter."Paani", a Shekhar Kapur direction about water wars has a strong Indian and western star cast, with a young leading actor from India and opposite him a leading actress from the west. Digital re-mastering of the image and the sound would be done to suit IMAX format.

Kashyap moves ahead in Swiss Open

It was a grim day for the Indian shuttlers as all except world No.9 Parupalli Kashyap lost their respective matches Tuesday at the $125,000 Swiss Open Grand Prix Gold in Basel. In men's singles action at St. Jakobshalle, only fifth seed Kashyap was able to advance to the second round while Sourabh Varma and K. Srikanth lost in the first round of the tier three tournament. Kashyap got over Hsuan Yi Hsueh of Chinese Taipei in straight games, winning 21-7, 21-19 in 33 minutes. This was his second win in two matches over the World No.75 Hsueh.World No.43 Varma was defeated in the main draw of 64 to Indonesian 14th seed Dionysius Hayom Rumbaka in three games in 58 minutes. Srikanth though putting up an energetic fight to Danish fourth seed Jan O Jorgensen was defeated 21-10, 17-21, 13-21 in 47 minutes. Srikanth's faced the World No.13 for the first time. Arundhati Pantawane, P.C. Thulasi and Tanvi Lad also failed to qualify for the main draw of the women's singles. Arundhati reached the second and final round of the qualifiers, Thulasi and Tanvi got out in the first round itself.Men's doubles specialists Manu Attri and B. Sumeeth Reddy also could not do much to make the main draw after reaching the second round of qualification.

Acer to reach 2,000 small towns this year

Acer, the Taiwanese personal computer plans to open new outlets in 2,000 small Indian towns in 2013 through its "outreach programme" as informed by a top company executive. Harish K. Kohli, managing director, Acer India Pvt. Ltd. stated that branches will be opened in all those places which had a population of more than five lakhs. Last year 970 towns were reached through this programme. He was in Kolkata to inaugurate the company's 109th mall. Acer India also has plans to add 50 such malls during the current year and in last six months 25 such malls were set up across India. The company wants to target those consumers who stay in these towns, have increased purchasing power and wanted to buy products nearer to their home.

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