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Major News and Events of 28 March 2013

What Happened on 28 March 2013

Mob ransack police station as cops ignore gang-rape complaint

 A mob in Chandauli 480 km from Lucknow, damaged government property and attacked the policemen, after there was no action in the alleged gang-rape of a minor girl.The gang-rape of a 12-year-old girl came up in the Sakaldiha police station area in the district, when the angry villagers complained to the police against five local youth.The police refused to file a first information report (FIR), then the livid mob first stopped traffic on the road at the Alimpur square and then went on rampage and ransacked the police station, drove away the policemen and set on fire an office at the tehsil (administrative unit).The crowd also threw stones at the police and damaged several vehicles that included police jeeps.When senior officials were apprised about the violence, they immediately came to the spot with additional police force to control the situation. The senior police officials had a tough time in pacifying the angry crowd. FIRs were registered against Vipul Singh, Vikki,Prince and two other local youth.

US House of Representatives and business leaders meet Modi

A delegation from the US House of Representatives and business leaders met the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, and appreciated the development in the state. The meeting was significant as the US was denying a visa to Modi for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat riots. An invitation to speak at the Wharton India Economic Forum in the US was taken away when students and faculty of the University of Pennsylvania objected to Modi's inclusion in the event. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) had stated that Modi has never asked for a visa, in the first place. US businesses, however, have relaxed to Modi in recent times. Aaron Schock, a Republican representing Illinois in the House of Representatives, leads the delegation. Ron Somers, president of the US-India Business Council (USIBC), Cynthia Lummis, Republican Congresswoman for Wyoming, and Cathy M. Rodgers, Republican Congresswoman from Washington state, are the noted figures in the delegation. Narendra Modi said on Twitter, "I spoke to the USA delegation about how Gujarat has adopted a faster, inclusive and environment-friendly process of development."

Sensex ends fiscal 2012-13 with 131 points gain

Sensex closed more than half a percent higher on the last day of 2012-13 financial year on Thursday as there were healthy buying in metal, bank and capital goods stocks and settlement of monthly derivatives contracts.The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), opened in the red at 18,702.46 points but closed at 18,835.77 points, up 0.70 percent or 131.24 points from its previous day's close at 18,704.53 points. The Sensex dipped to a low of 18,568.43 points in intra-day trade and touched a high of 18,888.22 points. The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) also ended 0.73 percent or 40.95 points up at 5,682.55 points.Buying revived in the second half of the trading session after European markets opened higher and on short-covering on the expiry of the derivatives segment on the last day of March. The BSE metal index increased by 229.62 points, followed by bank index, up 212.46 points, capital goods, up 191.73 points, consumer durables index, up 131.34 points, and the public sector undertakings (PSUs) index, up 112.02 points.The automobile index was down by 76.86 points.Of the 30 Sensex scrips, 21 were gainers. Gail India, up 5.02 percent at Rs.319.15; Hindalco Inds, up 3.98 percent at Rs.91.50; ONGC, up 2.29 percent at Rs.311.55; Sterlite Inds, up 2.91 percent at Rs.93.80; and HDFC Bank, up 2.70 percent at Rs.631.Only 11 of the 30 Sensex scrips lost: Tata Motors, down 2.16 percent at Rs.269.30, Hero MotoCorp, down 1.95 percent at Rs.1,541.90; Bharti Airtel, down 1.77 percent at Rs.291.80; Jindal Steel, down 1.35 percent at Rs.348.15; and Hindustan Unilever, down 1.34 percent at Rs.466.10.The BSE and the NSE will stay closed on March 29 on account of Good Friday.

Olympian Jaswant Rajput does not watch the game now

Jaswant Singh Rajput who was the part of the hockey team which won independent India's first Olympic gold medal, played both as a left-half and centre-half. He now 85 doesn't like watching the national team. He says it is now more of a power game that is hit and run. There is no skill in it. He is also disappointed with India's performance. He was part of the gold medal winning Indian hockey team at the 1948 Olympics and a member of the squad at the 1952 Games.  Rajput is very angry at the administrators of the sport and the lack of talent in Indian hockey. He said that the administrators were responsible for that as they ruined the national game of the country. As there is no money or fame there are not many takers of the game.

'Nautanki Saala' lowest budget film of Rohan Sippy

Rohan Sippy among the four films that he has directed considers his forthcoming "Nautanki Saala" as the lowest budget film so far.The first movie which he directed was "Kuch Na Kaho", and after that he made "Bluffmaster" and "Dum Maro Dum". He didn't reveal the budget though but he said that on screen one cannot say that it was a small budget film and that is the magic. The movie releases on April 12, "Nautanki Saala" has Ayushmann Khurrana, Pooja Salvi, Kunaal Roy Kapur and Evelyn Sharma in the cast. The director said they have not forced comedy in the movie. He further added,"I think we are in a positive time. Last year we had some wonderful films. With such interesting films like 'Kahaani', 'Vicky Donor', and 'Paan Singh Tomar' and different degrees of success. I hope, we get more greedy and make many more good films. It's wonderful to know that now people are liking the film on the basis of the content." 

Top Indian space scientist honoured in the US

Top Indian space scientist U.R. Rao has been included into the Satellite Hall of Fame in Washington DC by the Society of Satellite Professionals International, in the US. This makes him the first Indian space scientist to be inducted into the Satellite Hall of Fame and he is now part of  the select group of about 50 members, that has Arthur C. Clarke, Van Allen, Harold Rosen, Peter Jackson and Robert Berry, among others. Rao,chairman of the Physical Research Laboratory in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, has been instrumental in the development of Indian space technology and its application to communications and remote sensing of natural resources since the 1960s. As ISRO chairman (1984-1994), he set up the satellite technology in India. Rao also hastened the development of Indian rocket technology leading to the launch of ASLV rocket in 1992 and the operational PSLV launch vehicle.He was responsible for the promotion of the space technology for its use in broadcasting, education, meteorology, remote sensing and disaster warning.

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