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Major News and Events of 17 April 2013

What Happened on 17 April 2013

Bengal rights panel directs investigation into chaining of undertrial

The West Bengal Human Rights Commission directed the state police to probe into the chaining of an arrested student activist to his hospital bed by the police. The commission asked the Inspector General of Police (North Bengal) to investigate the incident and give his personal report about it. Time given for submission is within two weeks.

Santosh Sahani, a first year BA student, who took part in a students' rally that turned violent on April 10th, was kept in the hospital chained for two days by the police. The police used a handcuff to chain Sahani by the leg to his bed as they were short of personnel to keep a watch on him. When TV channels created an outrage about this, he was unchained by the police on Tuesday.

Apex court gives four more weeks to surrender to Sanjay Dutt

The apex court gave four more weeks to Sanjay Dutt to surrender and specified that no further extension will be given.

Sanjay Dutt had appealed for six months to be given to surrender in order to complete his films. The apex court bench of Justice P. Sathasivam and Justice B.S. Chauhan stated that the period will start from April 18. Before the hearing, the court also told senior lawyer Harish Salve, "you can't say that your client (Dutt) was unaware of his conviction and pending appeal before the Supreme Court."

The court also asked those "who invested Rs.278 crore in Dutt's film projects" whether they were not aware that a judgment was being reserved in the Bollywood actor's appeal.

Salve, on the other hand, had told the court that he was not making any point on legal grounds but was asking for an extension on humanitarian grounds only. Additional Solicitor General Haren Raval, appearing for the CBI, while opposing Dutt's petition stated that the same plea can be used as a precedent by other convicts asking for an extension of time to surrender.

Overseas capital gets best protection in India: P. Chidambaram

Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said that overseas capital gets the best protection in India as it has all the elements to attract foreign direct investment. He said India has a stable and democratic structure, faith in the rule of the law and a transparent and independent legal system.

He also attempted to do away with the fear generally held by global investors about India's tax policy, and also assured that the changes will not be done on the government's whims. Moreover, he specified that to enhance the international investors' comfort level, assurances would need to be given about the safety of their capital. 

He further requested the investors in the U.S. to increase investment in India, specially in the infrastructure sector.

Explosion near BJP office in Bangalore, 16 injured

An explosion occurred in a crowded residential locality of Malleshwaram in north Bangalore which injured sixteen people, two of whom are in a serious condition.

It is yet to be ascertained whether it was a cylinder blast or a bomb blast. It took place on Wednesday morning at 10:20 am. A motorbike was found on the site which has led to speculations whether this was a terror attack.

Those hurt include 11 police personnel and five civilians, including three women. Two of the women are seriously injured. A van which was gutted in the explosion was carrying the policemen.

Window panes of many houses shook with the explosion. The motive appears to be to instill terror among BJP and its workers, as stated by Home Minister R. Ashoka.

200 countries including India to get Amazon Android appstore

Amazon, in a bid to extend the global reach of its app distribution business, will now expand its Android-based app store to 200 countries including Australia, Brazil, Canada, Mexico, India, South Africa, South Korea, and even Papua New Guinea and Vatican City. 

Developers will be able to submit the apps from today. In the coming months the app store will be launched globally.

Earlier the app was only available in UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Japan. 

Ford ski resort in HImachal gets the nod finally

The multi-billion high-end ski resort project, which is being promoted by Alfred Ford of the Ford Motor Company, near Manali, Himachal Pradesh will finally take shape after more than five years of delay.

The decision was taken at a high-power committee meeting led by Chief Secretary Sudripta Roy. The Himalayan Ski Village promoters were asked to proceed with the Rs.1,581 crore (Rs.15.81 billion/$293 million) project meant for the construction of 170 rooms in the Himalayas. The project which got the sanction by the Congress government in 2005 faced many hurdles one after another after the BJP government came to power in December 2007. As per official sources, the delay in commissioning the project means an annual loss of Rs.30-50 crore (about $5-9 million) to the state government as royalty.

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