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Major News and Events of 22 January 2013

What Happened on 22 January 2013


Trouble in BJP: Gadkari out, Rajnath may be the president

In dramatic turn of events on the eve of presidential nominations in the BJP, incumbent Nitin Gadkari stated at late evening on Tuesday that he will not opt for a second term while former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Rajnath Singh came up as his likely successor. Gadkari, who  was till Tuesday afternoon a certain candidate to be re-nominated,released a statement late in the evening specifying he would not seek another term as president. This development came up when on Tuesday Income Tax did 'surveys' of around nine locations linked to alleged financial wrongdoing by Purti Group connected to Gadkari. As per the sources L.K. Advani also had reservations of Gadkari getting a second term. Though Rajnath Singh was likely to be chosen as party chief efforts were on to find "a more nationally accepted face". The BJP president is elected unopposed.

Indian electronics industry will touch $94 bn in 2015

With an annual growth of around 10 percent, the emerging Indian electronics industry is projected to touch $94 billion over the next three years. As stated by India Semiconductor Association (ISA) chairman Satya Gupta,"The Indian electronic system design and manufacturing (ESDM) and semiconductor industry is on a growth trajectory of 9.9 percent CAGR (cumulative average growth rate) to register a turnover of $94 billion (Rs.5,061 billion/Rs.5.1 trillion) in 2015 from $65 billion in 2011." In this the product segment will account for $79 billion and services $15 billion in 2015 compared to $56 billion and $9 billion in 2011. This has been possible due to increased demand,growing disposable incomes and higher vision, the industry is preparing to leverage on talent and policies for competitive product development and value added manufacturing in the face of  global environment.The ESDM industry has in it electronic products, electronic components, semiconductor (chip) design services and electronics manufacturing services (EMS), with the first two being products and others services. The projected market size is $94 billion, in this electronic products will account for major share -- $75 billion in 2015 as against $52 billion in 2011. The electronics market encompasses domestic demand and products manufactured for exports.

Hindu terror: Government supports Shinde, BJP says 'irresponsible'

Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde's "Hindu terror" remarks led to a war of words between the government and the BJP on Tuesday as the Congress tried to do away the opposition attack by saying it was an unintentional comment and terror has no religion.On the other hand Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) went on with the demand of removing Shinde. Union Home Secretary R.K. Singh said that the fact that Mecca Masjid and Samjhauta Express blasts accused belonged to right-wing organisations like the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), nobody can deny that. Shinde had mentioned about "Hindu terrorism" and "saffron terrorism" during the Congress conclave in Jaipur on Sunday. In his speech he had said,"After investigations, we have seen that be it the BJP or the RSS, their training camps are promoting Hindu terrorism. This is a matter of concern. We are keeping a strict eye on it."  External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid, backed Shinde and stated that his comments were "based on facts" as revealed by investigative agencies. Jamat-ud-Da'wah (JuD) chief and Mumbai terror accused Hafiz Saeed on Monday asked for a ban on organisations such as the RSS and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP). The VHP organized a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi and burnt an effigy of Shinde.

Australian Open: Bhupathi-Petrova in quarters, Paes-Vesnina shocked

India's Mahesh Bhupathi and Nadia Petrova of Russia won the match against Katarina Srebotnik and Nenad Zimonjic to get into the mixed doubles quarterfinals at the Australian Open here Tuesday while last year's runners-up Leander Paes and Elena Vesnina were stunned with a defeat in the second round. Bhupathi-Petrova, seeded fifth, edged past the Slovakian-Serbian pair 3-6, 6-2, 10-5 in their second round match at Melbourne Park. The Indo-Russian duo would have met Paes and Vesnina but the second seeds were defeated by Australia's unseeded combination of Jarmila Gajdosova and Matthew Ebden 3-6, 2-6 in a late night contest. Paes-Vesnina looked out of place in the face of the popular couple. Even after getting seven break points in the first set but could convert only one. The Australians, on the other hand, capitalised on the two opportunities they got. With this Paes' participation in the tournament came to an end. He got a shock in the men's double first round as well along with Radek Stepanek were stunned in the men's doubles first round. They had won the title in 2012. Other Indians, Sania Mirza and Rohan Bopanna, had made to the mixed doubles quarters with different partners on Monday.

SAB TV will pay tribute to comedy in cinema

SAB TV as a tribute to comedy in Indian cinema has launched its non-fiction show "Safar Filmy Comedy Ka". The show portrays the journey of comedy through 100 years of cinema. In every episode one trend of comedy including physical, action, slapstick, cult comedy, and mistaken identity and will be showcased featuring actors like Juhi Chawla, Prem Chopra, Divya Dutta, Rajpal Yadav, Sanjay Mishra and Asrani sharing their experiences with the audience. Sunil Grover and Muskaan Mihani will host the show. It is produced by Dheeraj Kumar and Zuby Kochhar of Creative Eye Limited, "Safar Filmy Comedy Ka" will be aired on Jan 27.

Project Hilsa: Indian scientists aim to save prized fish

As  hilsa population is reducing rapidly in Indian waters, a team of scientists from across the country have started on a project to save the fish. This is a delicacy in Bengali cuisine. The project entails to efficient management of the natural reservoirs of the fish and there will be steps to breed it in captivity. The fish's diet and its hormonal changes while it shifts from the sea to rivers will also be examined. Hilsa, or ilish as it is known in Bengal, like salmon, migrates from seawater to freshwater to breed. When it lays eggs, the present generation of the fish dies and the newly-hatched ones go back to the sea and the same cycle is repeated again. The fish though expensive is largely consumed in India and Bangladesh. What beats the experts here is that while the Hilsa's numbers are falling in Indian waters, it is found in large numbers in the waters of neighboring Bangladesh. 




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