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Major News and Events of 31 March 2013

What Happened on 31 March 2013


Hazare's all-India tour begins from Amritsar

 Anna Hazare on Sunday started his year-long, all-India campaign from Amritsar's historic Jallianwala Bagh ground. This is part of his initiative to demand for a strong Lokpal bill as well as electoral reforms among other things.The "Janatantra Yatra" will cover Punjab for five days during which Hazare will address eight rallies. He stated that the country is moving towards disaster. Hazare and his supporters offered prayers at the Golden Temple and the nearby Durgiana Mandir before setting out from the Jallianwala Bagh. After Punjab, Hazare will next move to Haryana and then move on to Uttarakhand.After a short break, the second leg of the tour will start in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. The yatra comes two years after Hazare went on a hunger strike against corruption in New Delhi in April 2011 followed by a mass protest in August in the same year that attracted hundreds of thousands of people. During the present tour, Hazare will be instrumental in forming a nationwide organisation of individuals, social groups and NGOs fighting corruption at the grassroots level.

Modi inducted to BJP parliamentary board

With a clear implication for a bigger role for Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the party's preparations for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP on Sunday again included him into its top decision-making group, the parliamentary board.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) also inducted in its team of office bearers some young faces and articulate parliamentarians.  Modi's controversial aide Amit Shah and Pilibhit MP Varun Gandhi were also made general secretaries and former Madhya Pradesh chief minister and rebel Uma Bharti was made a vice president.Modi who is the only chief minister to find a place in the parliamentary board, was also made a member of the party's central election committee and will be instrumental in selecting party candidates for the coming elections.Modi has returned to the parliamentary board after about six years though the  circumstances have changed and there are demands from some sections that he should be declared the BJP's prime ministerial candidate. There are also signs that Modi would lead the party's campaign committee for the Lok Sabha polls in the coming months. Amit Shah's inclusion as general secretary is being viewed in party circles as Modi's influence in the composition of the new team. Rajnath Singh's new team, that will cruise the party through preparations of crucial assembly polls this year to five states and the Lok Sabha polls in 2014, has 13 vice presidents, 10 general secretaries, 15 secretaries and seven spokespersons.

Online shopping portal officials arrested for cheating

The director and chief operations officer of an online shopping portal www.timtara.com were arrested for duping several customers by not providing them the goods they bought in spite of payment of money in advance. Arindam Bose, 47, the director on online shopping portal 'timtara.com', and his associate Harish Ahluwalia, 35, got arrested from Sector-63 in Uttar Pradesh's Noida on Friday based on over 200 complaints filed against them from all across the country. People have paid money online through credit card for various items but he requisite goods were never delivered to them as informed by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Economic Offences Wing) S.D. Mishra. The company in closed down their front office from Sector-8 in Noida and changed their location.The site claimed to sell various products like cameras, mobiles, home appliances etc cheaper than the market rate. During investigations it came up that the portal was involved in online shopping fraud.

Indian shooters leave for World Cup

The Indian shooting team will be participating in the ISSF World Cup in Changwon, South Korea from April 2-10 and left on Sunday for that. The 30-member team includes Olympic medallists Abhinav Bindra and Vijay Kumar appeared very confident after a training camp in Delhi. This is the first World Cup of this year for the rifle and pistol shooters being played with the new ISSF rules. The rules specify that in the new finals for all Olympic events the finalists start from zero. This means that qualification score will not taken into the final anymore, making the scoring easily understandable for the spectators. All finals feature elimination and finish with duels between the two best athletes to determine the gold and silver medals. This was done to engage a worldwide public by attracting spectators and fans through an attractive and easily understandable competition format. The Indian shooters got introduced to the new rules in the recently held two selection trials. Focus is on London Olympics silver medallist Vijay as he competes in the men's 25m Rapid Fire Pistol. If Vijay performs well he will move to World No.1 ranking.

'Yamla Pagla Deewana 2' trailer a riot: Amitabh Bachchan

Superstar Amitabh Bachchan is quite impressed with the trailer of the forthcoming comedy "Yamla Pagla Deewana 2", which has the three Deols - Dharmendra and his sons Sunny and Bobby in the cast. The movie which is directed by Sangeeth Sivan, is a sequel to 2011 movie. Big B in his tweets stated that the movie appears will provide lot of fun and the "Trailer a riot." Neha Sharma will also feature in the movie which will release on June 7.

Roads to have roofs to tap solar power?

India's major roads may come up as solar highways, if the innovative proposal by some scientists gets approved by the government. The proposal has been formulated by the scientists at the Gujarat Energy Research and Management Institute (GERMI) in the state capital. The highways can be utilized to generate solar power, if a roof of solar panels was placed over them, across the length of the roads. This would save extra land costs, space issues, would lead improved vehicle efficiency and longer tyre life, besides reduction in road maintenance costs. This would also generate employment for skilled and unskilled labor. As the scientists found out by computer simulation on two highways passing through Gujarat, a PV roof cover over the four-lane 205 km-long Ahmedabad-Rajkot highway can generate 104 MW of power while the Ahmedabad-Vadodara national highway, 93 km long, can generate 61 MW of electricity. The scientists stated, "We can suggest that the same concept can be extended for use on the 52,584-kilometre long national and state highways in India with four lanes or more." The four-lane 5,839-km long Golden Quadrilateral Highway, that connects Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata, can potentially generate 4,418 MW of power while the North-South-East-West Corridor highway of 7,300 km which links Srinagar, Kanyakumari, Porbandar and Silchar has 5,524 MW capacity of power generation. This would also enable rainwater harvesting at select locations.




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