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Major News and Events of 17 January 2013

What Happened on 17 January 2013

Unplanned colonies leading to increase in crime in Delhi

With a 1.75 percent increase in the Delhi's crime graph in 2012 in comparison to 2011, Delhi Police attributes the city crimes mainly to growth of "unplanned colonies". Crime against women has also increased. 54,287 cases were registered under Indian Penal Code (IPC) in 2012. In 2011, it was 53,353, as per Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar and there was a rise of 1.75 percent. Delhi Police solved 53.15 percent cases in 2012 compared to 51.47 percent in 2011. Kumar also stated that, "In Delhi, almost 65 percent of the population lives in unplanned colonies. About 11.7 percent live in rural or urban villages while only 23.7 percent people staying in planned colonies, which is an important causative factor for crime in Delhi." There was a decrease in the number of cases per lakh of the population from 392.64 cases in 2001 to 318.98 in 2012. There was a 4.05% decline in the murder cases in 2012 compared to 2011. In 2012,  20.54 percent of the murder cases were due to sudden provocation or small issues, 12.86 percent due to enmity, 14.59 percent were sex related, 10.94 percent were due to differences among family members and 8.83 percent were for property disputes. Crime related murder cases were only 13.82 percent. Crime against women increased last year. 706 rape cases were reported in 2012 compared to 572 in 2011. 727 cases of molestation were registered but 94 percent of them were solved. A total of 2,402 heinous crimes that includes 707 rapes, 21 kidnapping for ransom, 79 riots, 608 robberies, 439 attempt to murder, 521 murder and 28 dacoity -- were reported last year compared to 2,171 in 2011.

India welcomes positive statements from Pakistan

India on Friday appreciated the "positive statements" from Pakistan on talks to resolve the border tension and specified that the border tensions in the past 10 days, including the Jan 8 brutal killing of two Indian soldiers, would not deter the peace process. On the other hand United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi said India would support close relations with neighbours but the dialogue should have an "accepted principles of civilized behaviour". Pakistan's  envoy in New Delhi Salman Bashir condemned the Jan 8 brutal killing that included the beheading of one. He also said that the two armies should probe the incident. At the same time Bashir stated that "We are absolutely clear, that at no point in time did Pakistani forces cross the LoC."

High demand for IT services: Premji

With the improvement of market mood and stabilization of  macro-economic factors there is increased demand for IT services as stated by Wipro chairman Azim Premji. He said the overall mood is improving and as there is emphasis on productivity there is much demand for IT services, if customers are given valued services. Premji also said that the US economy showed improvement which was apparent from growing consumer demand and enhancement in employment data. He said, "In IT business, we are seeing increase in influence of customer budgets by CXO (chief executives) and our strategy is focused on selling to them in addition to CIOs (chief information officers)." After a slow down experienced in the fiscal (2012-13) across regions now as the corporations put stress on technology to generate revenue and productivity, his company would do investment in positioning its go-to-market strategy growth in conformance with its revenue guidance.

Ranchi all set to host its first international cricket match

Jharkhand's capital is all ready to host its first international cricket match when India will take on England in a One-Day International (ODI). The  newly built JSCA International Stadium has a capacity of 39,000 here. The stadium is in the outskirts of the city in Dhurwa, which is around 10 minutes from the Birsa Munda Airport. Constructed on 26.5 acres area the complex has the stadium, another International Cricket Council (ICC) regulation ground, a tennis academy, indoor cricket facility, swimming pool, and housing for staff members and executives. There are no fencing in the ground. 

Live shootouts as promotion for "Shootout at Wadala"

Filmmaker Ekta Kapoor will be promoting her movie "Shootout at Wadala" in an innovative way where the theatrical trailer will be launched with live staged shootouts across five cities, simultaneously. Ekta will be visiting Delhi along with Anil Kapoor while the other cast members will take care of Mumbai, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad and Lucknow. A live shootout scene will be enacted on Saturday at Noida's Great India Place Mall. There will be a "blast" in a car in a cordoned off area. Then a live gang-war with stuntmen will entertain the visitors at the mall.

Cars, bikes now get on Facebook or Autobook

Many automobile owners are so smitten by their vehicles that they have names for them and think of them as friends and even lovers. A new application will enable owners to create profiles for vehicles to interact over Facebook. Classic Stripes Pvt. Ltd., who are among the world's largest manufacturers of automotive decals, through their retail brand, Autographix, has come up with a new application where cars and bikes can speak to other cars and bikes. Here the vehicle owners actually talk but it is just a way to render the voice of their vehicle. The new platform will be known as Autobook. 

Peace on LoC, Khurshid non-committal on talks with Khar

India and Pakistan maintained the peace on their border on Thursday. On the other hand External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid refused to hold talks with his Pakistani counterpart to resolve their stand-off over ceasefire violations on the LoC.A day after India's Director General of Military Operations (DGMO) and his Pakistani counterpart decided to maintain truce on the border, the union cabinet was apprised on the easing of tensions by Defence Minister A.K. Antony and Khurshid. Khurshid also specified that his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar offered to discuss the tensions at the level of foreign ministers. Peace has returned on the border after 10 days of ceasefire violations, that continued even after the two sides held a flag meeting at the brigadier level on Monday. 

Tahawwur Rana sentenced to 14 years in jail

Pakistan-born Chicago businessman Tahawwur Rana was given 14 years of jail along with five years of supervised release for offering support to Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) which masterminded the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.  Rana, who was a childhood friend of LeT operative David Coleman Headley, was acquitted of supporting the Mumbai attacks. The prosecutors had sought the maximum of 30 year sentence for his contribution in the aborted plot to attack Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten for publishing cartoons of Prophet Muhammad. Rana's lawyers stated that he did not know much about the plot and thus sought leniency for their client.They even asked for a lighter sentence of not more than a nine-year jail term stating his poor health as a reason. They even stated that Headley was a master manipulator who duped Rana into supporting his terror activities.

LPG from 6 to 9 per year, Diesel prices partially freed from state control

Government took a reformist step and allowed state-run transport fuel retailers to revise diesel prices marginally and periodically without taking government consent. The partial decontrol of the pricing of diesel would allow the state-run oil marketing companies to "make small corrections in pricing from time-to-time". It was also decided to raise the cap of subsidized cooking gas from six to nine cylinders per household in an year. The decisions on diesel and cooking gas will be operative from immediate effect.

HIL: Delhi Waveriders win a thriller

The Delhi Waveriders grabbed a thriller against Mumbai Magicians in the Hockey India League match on Wednesday at New Delhi after opposition skipper Sandeep Singh missed a penalty stroke in the penultimate minutes. The hosts won the match 2-1, which was their second win in as many games. Rupiner Pal Singh and South Africa's Lloyd Norris Jones scored the goals and made it 2-0 for Delhi while drag-flicker Sandeep Singh got one back for Mumbai at the Major Dhyan Chand Stadium. Sandeep though got a lot of criticism when he failed to score off a stroke in the 70th minute. This was Delhi's second straight win at home after they beat Punjab Warriors on Monday giving them 10 points. 

Emraan will romance a witch in 'Daayan'

Known as the "serial kisser" of Bollywood. Emraan Hashmi is quite amused with the fact that he is now cast opposite a witch in "Ek Thi Daayan". He said this was only left where he will now romance a witch and he said that this movie has fulfilled his wish. He also said now he expected to romance in mid-air. Critics believe that Emraan has matured as an actor with Emraan himself termed this latest role as the "most interesting" to date. He plays the role of a magician in "Ek Thi Daayan", which is directed by Kannan Iyer and co-produced by Vishal Bhardwaj and Ekta Kapoor.

YRF superhits on Spuul,the online streaming service for Indian movies and TV shows,will showcase Bollywood banner Yash Raj Films (YRF) super hit films on its website. Viewers can watch YRF blockbusters like "Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge", "Dil To Pagal Hai", "Dhoom" and "Band Baaja Baaraat" and other movies, on their desktops and mobile devices with Spuul. Prakash Ramchandani, south-Asia head, Spuul stated, "It is great to partner with YRF, who produced some of the Indian cinema's finest and most memorable movies. From old classics like 'Kabhi Kabhie' and 'Silsila' to new-age smash-hits like 'Ek Tha Tiger' and 'Ishaqzaade'." 

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