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Major News and Events of 23 February 2013

What Happened on 23 February 2013

More than 80% turnout in Nagaland, Meghalaya polls

It was a victory of democracy as Meghalaya electors rejected a shutdown call by an outlawed outfit and cast votes in large numbers while Nagaland also witnessed brisk polling in peaceful assembly elections on Saturday. There was more than 80 percent polling in both the states. There were Assembly by-polls in three constituencies in West Bengal, and one each in Punjab and Mizoram. Counting of votes will happen on Feb 28. In Meghalaya, polling started at 7 a.m. and people in spite of shutdown call by the banned Hynniewtrep National Liberation Council (HNLC) came at the polling booths in huge numbers to elect a new 60-member assembly. There was 81% turnout till 4pm. Activist Agnes Kharshiing stated that at least six people used Rule 49-0 under The Conduct of Elections Rules, 1961, to express their desire not to vote anyone as they were not satisfied with the contesting candidates.

Hyderabad bombings: CCTV image may provide vital clues

The investigation of Thursday's twin blasts can get a breakthrough with the images of a suspect captured on CCTV. The images which were captured by a CCTV camera mounted on a traffic signal near the blast spot is being scanned. A man who may be in his early thirties was seen reaching the place on a bicycle with a bag hanging on its carrier just minutes before the blasts. He reached there at 6.38 p.m, 10 minutes before the blast  occurred at Anand Tiffin Centre in front of Konark theatre. The second blast happened at 7.01 pm a 500m away. However the suspect's face is not visible so the experts help is being sought here. The CCTV camera is placed for capturing the vehicles moving on the main road and is not positioned towards the corner where the blast occurred. The police has also announced a suitable reward for any person who can provide information about the suspect. Cyberabad police commissioner D. Tirumala Rao stated the identity of the person will not be disclosed and the reward could be anywhere between Rs.5 lakh to Rs.20 lakh depending on the investigations. On the other hand the eight injured remained in critical condition at the state-run Osmania Hospital.

Infosys launches central processing centre for TDS

Infosys on Saturday launched a central processing centre at Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh which would help the income tax department to efficiently handle tax deduction at source (TDS). This measure is part of the Center’s e-governance initiative and will process a staggering 400 million TDS submissions filed by about one million entities in a year. This facility has been established in Ghaziabad. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the centre is dedicated to the nation. Infosys was selected as a service provider by the state-run tax department in 2011. Infosys India business head C.N. Raghupati said that the company has been processing tax filings online since 2008 and has processed 30 million tax filings and related refunds in the last four-five years. This system will facilitate real-time reconciliation of TDS filings and refund claims, instant finding of incorrect claims and speedy payment of verified claims. This will enable the government to do saving as it will reduce interest accumulation on delayed tax refunds.

Tendulkar, Kohli save India from disaster set in by Pattinson

Half centuries from Tendulkar and Kohli saved India from early disaster which had set in when James Pattinson took early three wickets and India was 105 for 3. At the end of the second day India was 182 for 3, but still trailed behind by 198 runs. Tendulkar was batting at 71 and Kohli at 50 when stumps were drawn at day end. Australia started.the day with 316 for seven, but were bowled out for 380. Skipper Michael Clarke top scored with 130 while Ravinchandra Ashwin took seven wickets for 103, his career best. Cheteshwar Pujara scored 44 runs and was engaged in a crucial partnership with Kohli.

World Sufi Spirit Festival begins at Jodhpur

The sixth edition of the World Sufi Spirit Festival (WSSF), which has the local, national and international artists participating in it started in a grand way at the Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur. This festival which is hosted by the royal family of Jodhpur will end on Feb 27 at Ahichhatragarh Fort in Nagaur. It is an eclectic mix of music traditions from various parts of the world. The artists from Egypt, Turkey, France, Pakistan, Mongolia and Afghanistan will enthrall the audience here. From India, musicians from Kerala, Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan will showcase their talent in the fest. The Mehrangarh Fort located 400 meters above Jodhpur, is perfect venue to complement the festival. Festival director Alexandra de Cadaval specified that this was the second time that the festival is being hosted at Jodhpur.

'Brand Goa' promotion through social media

Branding of tourism in Goa will be done through Facebook. Graduates from the Goa Institute of Management (GIM), which features in the state's top business school, have come up with a 'Bid & Win' Facebook contest which would make Brand Goa popular on social networking forums, and also provide users an opportunity to win free trips to the state. In the 'Bid & Win' contest, the Facebook users will have to come up with a unique low bid, to win the prize for the week. The bids start from Rs.0.1 and one bid is allowed per user. The prizes include a holiday in the Wildernest Eco-Resort. Tourism director Nikhil Dessai is hopeful of the new marketing strategy and aims at a million "likes" on the Facebook page by the end of the year.

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