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Major News and Events of 19 January 2013

What Happened on 19 January 2013

Salman Khan's health trip to US gets delayed


Salman Khan was recently operated for trigeminal neuralgia and was expected to visit the US for getting checked up. However, that trip has been put back now. The information was provided by the Bollywood actor himself. He also stated that he was not experiencing any pain.

Reports state that he was expected to visit the country later in January. The surgery had taken place during September 2011 at the US. His brother Sohail Khan has stated that the date for his further treatment is yet to be decided.

He has further stated that the total tenure of the treatment is 2 years with four visits in the period. Salman is supposed to avail treatment after every 6 to 8 weeks. Sohail stated that Salman might visit the US for treatment during February or March.

Union Tourism Minister stresses on getting more visitors


K Chiranjeevi, the Union Tourism Minister, has stated that India needs to quicken the pace at which international tourists are visiting the country. The minister opines that India is quickly becoming one of the top tourist destinations. He also feels that the number of foreign tourists visiting the country has gone up in the recent years.

While speaking at the International Tourism Mart, which has been staged at Guwahati, he also stated that the Indian government had set a target of taking India’s share in the global tourist arrivals to 1 percent by 2018. At present it is at 0.6 percent.

The government sets a target of 10 percent for promoting tourism in the north-eastern parts. As per the national tourism minister, India has achieved and gone over the target on a consistent basis in the last couple of years.

Indian space scientist honored in US


UR Rao, a well known space scientist as former chairman of the ISRO is supposed to be included in the ‘Satellite Hall of Fame’. The honor will be bestowed on him on March 19 in Washington. He is being recognized for the contributions he has made in the domain of space technology.

The honor will be given by the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI). The organization has been providing this honor since 1987 and acknowledging visionaries who have used satellite technology to improve life on earth.

There are various dignitaries in the hall of fame from different domains such as communications, aerospace scientific research, business applications and has inducted prominent names such as Arthur C. Clarke, Fredric d'Allest, James Van Allen, Takayashi Yoshida, William Pritchard, Peter Jackson, Harold Rosen, and Olfof Lundberg.

Presently 80 year old, Rao is operating as Physical Research Laboratory and has previously worked at the MIT and University of Texas in Dallas. He has played a crucial role in areas like ASLVs (augmented satellite launch vehicles), GSLVs (geostationary launch vehicles), and PSLVs (polar satellite launch vehicles).

Till date, he has brought out at least 350 papers in areas such as cosmic rays, space applications, interplanetary physics, rocket and satellite technology, and high energy astronomy. He has also received honorary D.Sc. degrees from 21 universities and more and this also includes the oldest European university, University of Bologna.

India outplay England, lead series 2-1


India was able to defeat England in the third one day of the ongoing series thanks to a collective effort. The match was held at the JSCA International Stadium and has helped the host team take a 2-1 lead in the 5 match affair.

England was inserted and could only muster 155 runs for the loss of 10 wickets. India overhauled the target in 28.1 overs. This was the first game organized at the stadium that can seat 39 thousand people.

The Indian chase was led by the No.3 batsman in ICC ODI world rankings, Virat Kohli. His innings was studded with a couple of sixes and 9 fours. This innings also helped him equal Sir Vivian Richards’ feat of scoring 4000 runs in 96 games. He is the second youngest to have achieved the record after Sachin Tendulkar.

Kohli was well supported by Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh who scored 30s apiece. In the first innings in the match the Indian bowlers turned in a commendable performance by dismissing England in 42.2 overs.

Ravindra Jadeja led the charge with 3 wickets from 6.2 overs and was well supported by offie Ravichandran Ashwin as well as seamer Ishant Sharma. The other bowlers also chipped in with a wicket apiece.

Utkal Alumina to initiate production in Odisha


Utkal Alumina International Limited (UAIL) is supposed to initiate production at its alumina refinery in Odisha. The process will start during March and will have a capacity of 1.5 million tons.

The green field project will be located at Doragurha, which is close to Rayagada, a district headquarter town. It is 400 km from the state capital, Bhubaneshwar. It was previously supposed to be commissioned during January 2013.

A senior official has told the media that progress has been held back by slow progress. The company is owned by Hindalco Industries, being helmed by Kumar Mangalam Birla. The company is looking to send the alumina made at this factory to the couple of smelter plants of Hindalco that are in the offing and will be built at Sambalpur in Odisha. Alumina will also be delivered to the company’s Mahan plant in Madhya Pradesh.

The company is expected to start taking out bauxite from its Sambalpur mines by January end. The mine is located at Baphilimali hill and its approximate capacity is 200 million tons. The company is allowed to draw 8.5 million tons per year but it will look to restrict itself to 4.5 in the early stages.

Deceased Indian student in Germany did not complain of ragging


The Indian Consulate in Germany has discovered that an Indian student, who was recently found to have committed suicide by hanging, did not issue any complaint regarding being harassed by his seniors.

Syed Akbaruddin, the spokesman of Ministry of External Affairs, has tweeted that officers at the Indian consulate located in Frankfurt, had spoken to the apartment mates of the deceased student named Likhith Shashidhar. They had also contacted the police officers at Kreuztal town where the incident had happened on January 8.

The parents of the deceased student have stated that he was ragged by his seniors. He had been studying at a postgraduate course in Siegen University. Authorities in Germany have stated that it is evidently an instance of suicide. However, they have said that the deceased student was in a depressed state.

Diesel price increase will not be rolled back says Moily


M Veerappa Moily, the Union Natural Gas and Petroleum Minister, has said that there is no chance that the union government will be going back on the increase of petrol price hike. He has reasoned that in India the government has to pay a lot of money because of the regulations involving diesel and if the central administration went on paying more money the country will face bankruptcy.

Moily also stated that substantial oil subsidies could also see India’s investment ratings and processes take a plunge thus worsening its condition even further. Of late the opposition parties and other parties in the UPA coalition have been asking for diesel price to be rolled back.

At present diesel comprises 59 percent of Indian government’s fuel subsidy for 2012-13 which runs up to INR 160,000 crore. With this decision, it is expected that INR 12,900 crore will be deducted from this bill. From now on bulk consumers such as state transport companies and Railways are expected to bear the brunt of this increase in diesel prices.

The oil companies have been allowed to increase prices of diesel by small quantities at definite periods so that they are able to cover the losses they suffer on the transaction of this fuel.

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