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Major News and Events of 30 March 2013

What Happened on 30 March 2013

NIT rejects action against student over Facebook comment

The National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Agartala rejected the disciplinary panel's proposal to suspend 57 students for six months over a comment made on Facebook. On the social networking site one of the students equated the hostel superintendent to Adolf Hitler and other students mostly girls supported this comment. NIT found this a harsh punishment after there were protests by the students,guardians and the NGOs. The disciplinary panel also wanted the hostel facilities to be withdrawn for a year. The students mainly were of the final year, and many had landed jobs through campus recruitment with only a month of the course left. The students apologized for their comments before the NIT's decision came. The NIT Teachers Association informed about this matter to the Tripura government and union human resource development ministry.

Nine killed in Uttar Pradesh due to lightning

Uttar Pradesh got a respite from the sweltering heat with a pleasant weather in the last two days but lightning which accompanied the rains killed at least nine people in the state. Among the nine killed, one was a woman. Nine people are seriously injured in the lightning strikes.The incidents happened in Chandauli (3), Ghazipur (2), Sambhal (1) and Meerut (3). Three people were grievously injured as lightning struck them late night at Ghazipur. There was a sudden change of weather in the last two days in Uttar Pradesh. A brief spell of rain as well dust storms happened in many parts of the state.The state government announced of ex-gratia payment to the kin of the dead from the natural calamity fund as per the rules.

Madhya Pradesh topples Bihar to record highest growth: Report

Madhya Pradesh has edged past Bihar and now tops in terms of highest growth of gross state domestic product as per reports.The provisional data released by the Central Statistical Organisation for 2012-13,as per a daily specifies that Bihar registered single digit growth of 9.48% this fiscal in comparison to 13.26% last year. However, Madhya Pradesh has recorded 10% growth this year. Bihar’s GDP growth is Rs 157,957 crore in the current fiscal which has increased by Rs 13,679 crore from its previous fiscal’s growth at Rs 144,278 crore.While MP has registered a growth of Rs 2,21,463 crore this year in comparison to Rs 2,01,290 crore the previous year. The state has compiled Rs 20,000 crore to its economy during last year.

Indian Premier League annoyed with Lopez's diva demands

Hollywood actress-singer Jennifer Lopez will not be performing in the Indian Premier League (IPL)  for 60 million viewers due to her excessive demands which the organisers thought were unessential.The 43-year-old wanted a private plane ,dozens of hotel rooms for her team including her stylists, assistants and chef. This led the officials sign up rapper Pitbull for the opening ceremony of the IPL on Tuesday. As per the sources her demands were so much that she effectively priced herself out of the event. It was not an intelligent move because the audience for this event would have been huge. Her spokesperson though said she is busy recording an album so couldn't do this event.

Sanjay completes shooting before going to jail

T.P. Aggarwal, the producer of Sanjay Dutt-starrer "Policegiri" appreciated Sanjay's professionalism. He stated that Dutt, though is entangled in legal hassles, is trying to complete all projects before going to jail. Sanjay Dutt has been awarded five years jail term by the Supreme Court March 21 for illegal arms possession during the 1993 Mumbai bomb blasts. Aggarwal stated that the shooting was going on well and six more days are left. He said Sanjay told him 'before going for the punishment, I will complete your picture'.Dutt has four weeks to surrender and he will serve his remaining term of about three-and-half years as he has already spent 18 months in jail. Directed by K.S. Ravikumar, "Policegiri" also has Prachi Desai in the cast and according to the producer the film will be completed by April 9.

Sunita William's India trip from April 1

Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams, the world record holder for the longest spaceflight by a female astronaut, will begin her India trip on April 1 from Delhi.Williams will visit the National Science Centre (NSC) on April 1 and talk with students and teachers. She will then fly to Mumbai and spend April 3-4 in the financial capital, before going to Gujarat. Her father belongs to Mehsana district in Gujarat. In Mumbai, she will pay a visit tp a working women's hostel managed by the Indian Council of Social Welfare in Chembur and interact with the residents and students. She also has a session with school children at the Nehru Science Centre in Worli. Finally she would go to Gujarat, where she will meet relatives and pay a visit to her ancestral village. Williams, who has an honorary doctorate degree by the Gujarat Technical University, will address students there. She was last in India in Oct 2007, when she had a session at the Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai.

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