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Major News and Events of 15 January 2013

What Happened on 15 January 2013

Judicial probe into Dhule riots ordered

The Maharashtra government on Tuesday gave an order for a judicial probe into the Jan 6 communal riots in Dhule which killed six people were left over 200 injured. This is after a magisterial inquiry was ordered earlier into the incidents.Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan stated that a retired judge would conduct the inquiry and the report would be submitted at the earliest. It would look into the reasons behind the riots and would also give suggestions to prevent such recurrences. A compensation of Rs.5 lakh for the families of those who lost their lives in the riots, Rs.3 lakh for those who were permanently disabled and compensation as per rules for those who sustained damages or losses to their businesses and properties were also announced. Chavan also stated that the government would take care of the  medical costs of the injured and the funeral expenses of the victims.

PM and army give strong statement

 The strained India-Pakistan relations took a beating on Tuesday as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated that there can be "no business as usual" with Islamabad. This was in reaction to the brutal killing of two Indian soldiers a week ago as gunfire continued along the LoC. The head of the Northern Command,Lt. Gen. K.T. Parnaik also gave the warning that the Indian Army had "definite plans to retaliate" but would do so when it was required. On Tuesday evening the fourth incident of violation of the ceasefire took place on the Line of Control (LoC) in Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir. This has happened after the brigadier-level flag meeting on Monday.The prime minister made the important statement at Army Chief General Bikram Singh's residence on 65th Army Day. Now it is evident that diplomatic ties with Pakistan are going to be adversely affected. 

Realty sector relies on key bills for recovery

India's realtors, who experienced low business last year, are hopeful for better market sentiments this year. They are also relying on important legislation that the government will introduce in next month's budget session of parliament that would prove important for the sector's growth. The next two months are very crucial for the realty sector. The centre may table the Real Estate Regulation Bill in the budget session to set up a watchdog for the sector for initiating accountability norms and fair practices.The draft legislation of the bill has been there since 2009. The new Land Acquisition Bill was not passed in the winter session (Nov-Dec 2012) and was postponed till the budget session by the Lok Sabha as many parties asked for more time to discuss the steps of the contentious measure. If these bills are passed then they would work well to boost market sentiments.

India level series with a 127 runs win

India leveled the five-match series against England in an imposing win by 127 runs in the second One-day International at the Nehru Stadium in Kochi on Tuesday. India batting first  scored 285 for six after winning the toss and bowled out England for 158 with 14 overs to spare in the game.  All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja made an unbeaten 61 off 37 balls and took a couple of wickets. Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72) continued his good form while Suresh Raina (50) also contributed to the total. Speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3/29) impressed everyone with his swing again and offie Ravichandran Ashwin (3/39) cleaned up the tailenders. India was under pressure to perform after losing the series opener in Rajkot.

'Barfi!' leads Filmfare nominations with nine nods

Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" got the maximum nominations that is for best film, best actor, best actress and best director, for the 58th Idea Filmfare Awards 2012. Yash Chopra's last directorial "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" is a close second. Barfi got nine nominations while  "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" got nominations in seven categories. Along with Ranbir and Shah Rukh other contenders for the "best actor in a leading role" (male) are Hrithik Roshan ("Agneepath"), Irrfan ("Paan Singh Tomar"), Manoj Bajpayee ("Gangs Of Wasseypur") and Salman Khan ("Dabangg 2"). Besides Priyanka those nominated in the "best actor in a leading role" (female) category are Deepika Padukone ("Cocktail"), Kareena Kapoor ("Heroine"), Parineeti Chopra ("Ishqazaade"), Sridevi ("English Vinglish") and Vidya Balan ("Kahaani").The best director category has nominations for Anurag Kashyap ("Gangs Of Wasseypur"), Gauri Shinde ("English Vinglish"), Shoojit Sircar ("Vicky Donor") and Sujoy Ghosh ("Kahaani") along with Basu ("Barfi!").The best film nominations are: "Barfi!", "English Vinglish", "Gangs Of Wasseypur", "Kahaani" and "Vicky Donor". Crime thriller "Gangs of Wasseypur" has grabbed a total of six nominations, Karan Johar's action-packed "Agneepath" has five, and "Vicky Donor" has secured four. "English Vinglish", "Kahaani" and "Talaash" are nominated in three categories each.

Asteroid Apophis won't hit Earth in 2036: NASA

NASA scientists has said there is no possibility of asteroid Apophis hitting the earth in 2036, based on information received by its telescopes in 2011 and 2012 and other recent data. Data which were received while searching for an old astronomical images gave additional information which did away the 2029 impact scenario, but a remote possibility of that in 2036 still lingered as per NASA statement. The asteroid  which is the size of a three-and-a-half soccer fields when it was discovered in 2004, - grabbed the immediate attention of space scientists and then the preliminary calculations of its orbit implied that there was a 2.7 percent possibility of an earth impact during a close encounter in 2029. Don Yeomans, manager of NASA's Near-Earth Object Program Office at the Jet Propulsion Lab in Pasadena, California stated that the odds as they are now are less than one in a million that is why  an earth impact in 2036 can be effectively ruled out. Though on April 13, 2036, a flyby of Apophis will comes nearer than 31,300 km to the earth's surface making it the closest flyby of an asteroid of its size.

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