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Major News and Events of 21 January 2013

What Happened on 21 January 2013

Shortage of right people for national security jobs: NSA

 India face a huge challenge in finding the right people for national security tasks and jobs, National Security Advisor (NSA) Shivshankar Menon stated on Monday. He also said that the armed forces face a shortage of about 13,000 officers. Police forces face major resource crunch as around half a million sanctioned posts across the country were yet to be filled. As far as cyber security professionals as per the estimate at least 20,000 people need to be trained in related fields over the next three-to-five years. He further added that the present education system did not make the people ready for new or emerging security tasks. In fact when there was a requirement for cryptologists by the government recently, many of the best Indian minds were working abroad.

Probe in custody death ordered by Bengal rights panel

 West Bengal's human rights panel is concerned over the alleged custodial death in Hooghly district and has directed the state police chief to do an investigation into the incident. The inquiry should be done by an officer not below the rank of inspector general of police and report should be submitted within three weeks as per West Bengal Human Rights Commission (WBHRC) joint secretary Sujay Kumar Halder. Death of Kazi Naseeruddin, a local Trinamool Congress leader, happened in the custody of Dhaniakhali police station in the district Jan 19, after he was arrested the previous night. After this, local residents ransacked the police station and police used baton to disperse the crowds. A first information report has been done in the case, the Congress and the Trinamool Congress also blamed each other over the alleged custodial death and the violence that followed that.

Mumbai in Ranji final for 44th time

Mumbai wrapped up the Services innings for 240 to take the first innings lead and reach the final of the Ranji Trophy for a record 44th time on the sixth and reserve day of the semi-final match here at the Palam A Ground on Monday. Services started the day with 164/3 but lost the last seven wickets only for 76 runs in comparison to Mumbai's 454/8 declared. Skipper Soumya Swain (74) and Yashpal Singh (58) could make only 22 more runs on Monday before their 114-run fourth-wicket partnership was put to an end by medium pacer Shardul Thakur, who ended up with figures of 3/68. After this no batsman could stick and play a long innings with the highest partnership being of 24 runs put up by Sarabjit Singh (11) and Avishek Sinha (22) for the seventh wicket, which lasted for more than an hour.

'Barfi', 'Kahaani' got several awards at Filmfare

Sujoy Ghosh's "Kahaani" and Anurag Basu's "Barfi" made it big at the Filmfare Awards this year. "Barfi" won the best film award and Ranbir Kapoor the 'best actor (male)' award while Vidya Balan bagged the 'best actor (female)' title for "Kahaani" that also won Sujoy Ghosh the best director prize.The Filmfare Awards was attended by Madhuri Dixit, Ranbir Kapoor, Vidya Balan, Sidharth Roy Kapoor, Parineeti Chopra, Boney Kapoor, Sridevi, Sonali Bendre, Goldie Behl, Deepika Padukone and Rekha. The lifetime achievement award went to late director Yash Chopra, Anushka Sharma got the 'best actor in a supporting role (female)' award for her role in "Jab Tak Hai Jaan", while lyricist Gulzar was adjudhed the award for 'best lyrics' for the song "Challa" from the film. The 'best debut director' award was went to Gauri Shinde for her film "English Vinglish", while Ayushmann Khurrana won the 'best debut (male)' for his film "Vicky Donor" and Ileana D'cruz got the 'best debut (female)' for her film "Barfi". The 'best actor female (critics)' award went to Richa Chaddha for "Gangs Of Wasseypur" and the 'best actor male (critics)' was given to Irrfan Khan for "Paan Singh Tomar". "Gangs of Wasseypur" also got the award for 'best film (critics)'.

Aero India-2013 to start from Feb 6 at Bangalore

The ninth edition of Aero India is scheduled from Feb 6-10 at Bangalore with over 53 civil and military aircraft from leading manufacturers across the world to participate in the event. China has also been invited to the event but has not confirmed their participation yet. Aero show offers a platform to companies to not only network with Indian industries but also gain from the sharing of expertise in research and development and product support with other global players.Aerobatic teams from India, Russia and the Czeh Republic will be participating in the event. Students from leading engineering colleges from the country would display designs of their students. Participation of 53 aircraft in the event has been confirmed and more were expected. Aero India-2011 had 63 aircraft.

India increases import duty on gold, platinum by 50 percent

The Indian government hiked the import duty on gold and platinum with immediate effect from four to six percent to control the ever increasing current account deficit. It also decided to link the gold Exchange Traded Fund (ETF) with the gold deposit scheme offered by banks. Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram stated this measure was taken to discourage import of the precious metals. Gold is the main reason for the spiraling current account deficit in India as it is the largest importer of the yellow metal. India's current account deficit got to a high of 5.4 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) during July-September quarter of 2012-13 as per the latest data of the Reserve Bank of India. The higher import duties would bring the current account deficit as it will discourage imports of the precious metal. In the import bill, gold has the second highest contribution. India imported in the first three quarters of the current financial year to the tune of around $38 billion whereas gold import in 2011-12 was $56.5 billion.

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