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Major News and Events of 14 January 2013

What Happened on 14 January 2013

Thousands take holy dip at Sangam

The world's largest congregation of people, the 55-day Kumbh Mela, began with thousands of devotees taking a dip at the Sangam,the place where the Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers meet. The devotees were led by ash-smeared Naga ascetics. Kumbh Mela takes place every 12 years and  the first day of the Maha Kumbh saw more than 50 lakh people taking a holy dip on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. State government has done elaborate arrangements on the VIP ghat, where the 13 sects of sadhus lead bathers. Maha Nirvani Akhada led the devotees followed by Niranjani, Anand, Juna and Bairagi akahadas, among others. At 5 am heavily decked-up chariots, with some done in silver and gold, made their way to the Sangam and hundreds followed the procession on foot, beating drums and blowing conch shells.

Telecom operators get SC reprieve till Feb 4

The Supreme Court on Monday ordered the telecom operators whose licences were cancelled by its Feb 2, 2012 to continue their services till Feb 4. A bench of Justice G.S Singhvi and Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan directed the order on a Department of Telecommunications (DoT) application which requested that the existing licence holders be allowed to continue operations till the auction scheduled for March 11, 2013 was over. Court has though extended the time till Feb 4, the next date of the hearing and also asked the DoT to give the names of the successful bidders in the auction held on Nov 12 and 14, 2012. DoT was also asked to indicate the reserve price that it would determine for the auction scheduled in March. The apex court, in the course of hearing, also stated that all those telecom service providers who did not participate in the auction of the cancelled licences cannot continue and take advantage of the situation.

"Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola" collects Rs.22.4 crore in first weekend

Vishal Bhardwaj's "Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola" earned Rs.22.4 crore during its opening weekend. Bhardwaj is happy with the response. This movie is satirical in nature. He said he wanted to make a movie about the social and political scene in the country, but wanted to give it a touch of humor. People's response has confirmed that Indian audience like satire. The movie made Rs.7.02 crore on its opening day when it released on Jan 11. The opening day and the weekend collections got the maximum collection for Bhardwaj, who has directed films "Maqbool", "Kaminey" and "Omkara".Co-produced by Bhardwaj and Fox Star Studios, the movie was made at a budget of about Rs.33 crore. Monday being a holiday due to the festival of Makar Sankranti and Pongal, the movie is projected to bring more revenues.

AIFF may review ban decision against Mohun Bagan

The All India Football Federation (AIFF) has agreed to re-look into its rule book after Mohun Bagan appealed against the two-year ban imposed on it by the game's supreme body for leaving an I-League match midway against East Bengal.The AIFF executive committee will have a meeting on Tuesday to consider Mohun Bagan's appeal. What may be in favour of Mohun Bagan is that the executive committee is divided over the ban. AIFF secretary general Kushal Das stated, "Football is governed by a set of rules. Some time rules can be harsh. The executive committee has been given the powers to look into the decision." Mohun Bagan was disqualified from this season and also have been banned from the next two editions of the I-League. They will need to play second division I-League to qualify for the top division.

Kumbh Mela goes digial

This time Maha Kumbh Mela will have all the digital technology at place. There are giant LCD screens relaying the event details and the entire town has been integrated with Google maps. There are flying camera taking aerial shots of the tents, sadhus and the people and GPS ensures no one gets lost anywhere in the biggest human congregation in the world. The sadhus are even said to carry, laptops, tablets and GPS enablers in their fleet of cars which include Mercedes as well. Data will be collected and given to any television channels or media houses who want it. 

Pressure should be put on Pakistan to return head: Army chief

Pakistan has been in "denial mode" over the killings of Lance Naiks Hemraj and Sudhakar Singh. Indian Army chief Gen Bikram Singh stated that pressure needs to be created so they return the severed head of the former. He said that there should be accountability and Pakistan should be made accountable through diplomatic and other channels for the killing the two soldiers on Jan 8 and mutilating their bodies. He was addressing a press conference on the eve of Army Day when he responded to a question on the return of Lance Naik Hemraj's head. He said that, "This has to be done through diplomatic levels." He also said he would go to the house of martyred soldier Hemraj if his family wanted that. India has taken a tough stance over the killing and mutilation of two of its soldiers and a strong protest has been registered at the flag meeting along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir's Poonch district.

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