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Major News and Events of 25 February 2013

What Happened on 25 February 2013

Three suspicious looking bags found in Delhi

Three suspicious bags were recovered in Delhi, one each from outside an army hospital and two city markets as per the police. Officials have stated that the bags seized from two south Delhi markets were harmless. Forensic reports are awaited before deriving any conclusion if any explosive device was present in the bag found near the Base Hospital in Delhi Cantonment which was discovered around 2.50 p.m. The second abandoned bag was found in the cantonment's Gopinath Market around 3 p.m. but it was found to be carrying only papers. The third suspicion-evoking bag was discovered on a motorcycle in south Delhi's Greater Kailash-I area around 5.30 p.m. Nothing was found in it. A National Security Guard team and Central Forensic Science Laboratory team reached the spot. Initial inquiry reveal that a youth threw a bag near the army hospital in the afternoon and ran away on a bike. The incident at the Army Hospital created a panic as two men came up to a person in a car and wanted to sale an expensive laptop as they were in the need for money but when the person refused to buy that then they threw the bag in his car and fled. This was when the person called up the police and informed them about the bag. Delhi has been on high alert after the bomb blasts at Hyderabad. 

Shinde stated Mamata positive about NCTC

Union Home Minister stated that the West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is positive about the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC), and that the central government was trying to break the deadlock over the proposed anti-terror hub. He also said that the other chief ministers were opposing NCTC and that talks are on with them as well. He stated that Banerjee wanted discussions on some of the provisions. Shinde is on a two days tour of West Bengal and had talks with Banerjee on Monday afternoon. The proposal to set up NCTC was on hold as the states protested its implementation, specifying it was an encroachment on their rights. Banerjee, along with J. Jayalalithaa and Narendra Modi protested against certain provisions of it. A way is being sought out to break this deadlock by the center and that unified effort of the central government and the states would be required to fight terrorism this was added by Shinde in his speech here

MoU for Rs.18,500 crore investment proposal inked for Vidarbha

Maharashtra government's two-day 'Advantage Vidarbha-2013' conclave acquired proposals to the tune of Rs.18,500 crore on the first day at Nagpur on Monday. The Memorandums of Understandings (MoU) for 24 mega-investment proposals that includes eight of the Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) were signed in the presence of Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and top industrialists. Chavan assured the best of infrastructure and other facilities will be provided in the 11 districts comprising Vidarbha region of eastern Maharashtra. He also declared that the event 'Advantage Vidarbha' would be an annual event in the state's business calendar. He specified that within the state's New Industrial Policy, incentives to industries coming up in Vidarbha and other undeveloped regions of the state are being offered. He requested the industrialists to utilize this opportunity. He also stated other plus points of Vidarbha as it has abundant water and power supply, lush green forests, two tiger sanctuaries, skilled labor and a salubrious climate for the industries. Union Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel also complimented the state government for hosting the conclave as it would provide a new direction to the industrial and financial development of Vidarbha.

India Australia test reaches fifth day

The first test has reached the fifth day now with the Australians leading India by 40 runs with a wicket in hand at the end of the fourth day at Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Monday. Australia made 232 for nine in their second innings, and the major contribution was an unbeaten 75 by Moises Henriques.  Nathan Lyon (8) is at crease with him. Ravichandran Ashwin notched five Australian wickets in the second innings. Before this India got out for 572, in response to Australia's first innings score of 380. 

Indian flavor at the Oscars, 'Life of Pi' leads

The Indian presence was predominant at the 85th Academy Awards, when "Life of Pi", which was mainly shot in India with Indian actors, got the maximum awards. It won the best director's trophy for Ang Lee and won 4 out of 10 nominations that is awards for best cinematography (Claudio Miranda),best music - original score (Mychael Danna), and best visual effects (Bill Westenhofer, Guillaume Rocheron, Erik-Jan De Boer and Donald R. Elliott). The best actor award went to Daniel Day-Lewis for portraying Abraham Lincoln in  "Lincoln", which is a historical drama depicting the last few months of 16th US President Abraham Lincoln, which has been co-produced by Anil Ambani's Reliance Entertainment and DreamWorks.  India's sole hope - vocalist Bombay Jayashri - lost the award in the best original song category.

Indian rocket launch delayed by five minutes, puts seven satellites in orbit

The launch of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C20 (PSLV-C20) carrying seven satellites scheduled at 5.56 p.m. from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, around 80 km from Chennai was delayed by five minutes. The revised launch time was at 6.01pm. This was done to avert collision with resident space objects like debris and various other objects in space. The rocket carrying seven satellites includes Indo-French satellite SARAL, world's first smart phone-operated nano satellite, a space telescope satellite and four other foreign satellites. President Pranab Mukherjee was present at the launch of the first of the 10 space missions planned by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for 2013 and this was also the country's 101th space mission. Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle-C20 (PSLV-C20) that is 44.4 metres tall and weighs around 230 tonnes - surged towards the skies slinging the seven satellites weighing 668.5 kg.


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