IPL stung by Spot-fixing menace

IPL stung by Spot-fixing menace

IPL sixth season hit by controversy because of spot-fixing. The controversy sealed the fate of the involved Rajasthan Royals' cricketers, with S Sreesanth and Ankeet Chavan getting banned for life, while Amit Singh - a former RR player - and Siddharth Trivedi were handed five- and one-year bans respectively. Ajit Chandila, another player allegedly part of the fixing racket, is still being investigated for his role in the whole fiasco.

Bastar attack: A punishment to Salwa Judum

Bastar attack: A punishment to Salwa Judum

The year 2013 saw a more lethal and numerous attacks by Maoists. Though the Union Minister Sushilkumar Shinde said that the Maoist attacks were not intelligence failures, the worst of all was brutal attack on the convoy of Congress leaders in Darbha on 25 May 2013. Congress leaders were returning from a Parivartan rally organized by Congress party in Sukma. Mahendra Karma, the founder of Salwa Judum was barbarically killed by Maoists with Nand Kumar Patel and other leaders. The Maoists stated that Mahendra Karma was punished for launching Salwa Judum that unleashed atrocities on tribals and innocent people. In spite of the claims of Home Ministry Maoist terrorism seemed unstoppable.

Encephalitis poses great risk in India

Encephalitis poses great risk in India

Incidences of Japanese Encephalitis outbreak were a commonplace throughout 2013 in northern Indian states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal. Major outbreaks of the disease compelled thousands of the patients to be admitted to hospitals and around as many deaths in over 171 districts of eastern north India. In October India launched its first indigenously developed vaccine (JENVAC) on the disease. The most important factor of JENVAC is that it can be administered even during an ongoing epidemic condition.  Leptospirosis presenting as acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) was observed in Assam. At least 13 people died after JE related complications in Bihar last month, which was a mystery for medical fraternity, as a disease that usually affects people in summer had found its way in the winters.

Award winning Begali film maker Rituparno Ghosh

Award winning Begali film maker Rituparno Ghosh

Award winning Bengali filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh passed away in Kolkata on 30 May 2013. He was 49. Rituparno Ghosh came to prominence with his 1994 film 'Unishe April'. He won multiple National Awards and several acclaimed international awards. Ghosh, who started his career in advertising, was one of the most innovative Bengali filmmaker. He had won 12 national and some international awards. Ghosh shot to fame by his direction of a children's film 'Hirer Angti' in 1994. His film 'Unishe April' won national award winner in 1995.His other widely acclaimed films include 'Dahan', 'Asukh', 'Chokher Bali', 'Raincoat', 'Bariwali', 'Antarmahal' and 'Noukadubi'.

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Vivid manifestations of Hindutva thought were seen in 2013: Bhaiyyaji Joshi

Abhijit Mulye
Nashik, December 30 : 


undefinedThe passing year put before us vivid manifestations and acceptability of the Hindutva thought amongst the intelligentsia of our society, SarKaryavah (General Secretary) of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangha (RSS) Shri. Suresh (Bhaiyaji) Joshi told NewsBharati here today.  

Vivekananda 150th birth anniversary:growing acceptance of Hindutva  

Vivekananda Saardhashati (150th birth anniversary) celebrations started on 12th January 2013 got overwhelming response from all cross sections of the society. Through various symposia, lectures, seminars and other similar kind of events, efforts were made to reach out to the thought leaders of the society. These efforts were received very well and we could see a broader, brighter manifestation of the Hindutva thought through such interactions. We realized that the thought leaders of the society have a much more acceptance to Hindutva than what was perceived earlier, Joshi elaborated.

Rise of AAP is a clear signal to all political parties

In a special interview for the ‘Recap 2013’ section of NewsBharati, Shri. Joshi elaborated on various topics that made news in 2013. When asked about the much talked of success of Aam Aadami Party in Delhi assembly elections and the discussions regarding the new political culture that followed it, Joshi said that this is a clear signal for all the political parties that they should be more careful in choosing candidates.

Dignity of women: Not by law alone: it is a social responsibility

While speaking about the crime against women in our society, Joshi said that, these crimes are an outcome of ill, degraded minds. We, as a society, need to look into the ‘Samsakara’ factor or the values that are inculcated through our societal institutions like family, educational institutions, and media. We will have to ensure that right values are inculcated into the society and this won’t be possible merely by passing some legislation. He said, “Legislation is not an alternative to value system.” Joshi also expressed concern over the demands to nullify recent Supreme Court verdict regarding article 377. He said, homosexuality does not have social sanction in India and does not have any standing in Indian culture. Hence, any attempts to get legal status for that “would not be acceptable”.

Safety and security of Hindus all over the world is responsibility of Bharat 

When asked about the attacks on Hindus in Bangladesh and Pakistan, Joshi said that, it has always been our demand that Indian government should ensure safety and security of Hindus world over. Indian government should convey its concern over such cases to the respective country.

Weak and meek foreign policy towards neighbors

While speaking about the Chinese and Pakistani aggression on the borders along India during the year, Joshi said, such incidences are not new to us, in the sense that they are obvious side effects of the weak external affairs policy which our government has adopted. If we feel that such incidences should not repeat in future, we will have to have our foreign policy corrected. “Any lapse in internal or external security is always a danger. India should take all such actions by Pakistan and China very seriously. India should not bow to any kind of pressure from any international forces or groups. And our external policy needs to have correction in this regard”, he said.Joshi appreciated Indian government’s tough stand in the Devyani Khobragade case and said, this might be an effort to weaken and demoralize India. Government should ensure that nobody dares any such attempt in future.

Government machinery should be more trained to handle natural disasters

Joshi expressed deep condolences towards the lives lost in the natural calamity that hit the state of Uttarakhand earlier this year and said, “We need to ensure that the development plans are made after a due consideration to the geological and geographical factors and are implemented flawlessly”. He praised Indian military forces for their efforts during the calamity and also commended the way in which the voluntary organizations across the nation started relief and rehabilitation operations in the region. He expressed displeasure over the response of the government machinery and said government machinery should ensure proper and complete training in disaster management.