God of Cricket ends his innings

God of Cricket ends his innings

Sachin took retirement at the end of year which brings tears in many eyes. Sachin’s decision to take retirement was doing rounds for the last few years and finally he did so this year.

Leander Paes became the oldest to win Grand Slam

Leander Paes became the oldest to win Grand Slam

Leander Paes continues to sparkle and he became the oldest man to win a Grand Slam title when he and his Czech partner won the the men's doubles crown at the US Open.Leander Paes won the 2013 US Open men's doubles with Radek Stepanek defeating Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares 6-1, 6-3. This is Paes' 3rd US Open men's doubles title and 14th Grand Slam title.

2014 Formula One in Buddh International Circuit is in doubt

2014 Formula One in Buddh International Circuit is in doubt

 Again, the off-circuit machinations conspired in India missing the 2014 Formula One calendar after three successful outings at the Buddh International Circuit. Though organisers Jaypee Group are confident of seeing out the five-year F1 contract from 2015, they would welcome government support needed to make things easier in organising the event for all concerned. F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone has made it clear that India needs to relook its tax and bureaucratic structure if it wants to hold the race in the longer run. This year's Indian Grand Prix was the most action-packed of the three editions, culminating with Sebastian Vettel winning his fourth world title at the age of 26.

IOC puts ban on IOA

IOC puts ban on IOA

The IOA eventually gave in earlier this month when the two pulled out. It also amended its constitution as directed by the IOC, barring the charge-sheeted from contesting the elections fixed for Feb 9. It could have been worse as the IOA came perilously close to getting expelled from the International Olympic Committee (IOC). In this brinkmanship, the athletes were the biggest losers as the fight for the control of the country's top sports body heated up. The IOC suspended the IOA for its "failure to comply with the Olympic Charter and its statures, failure to inform the IOC in a timely matter, and as a protective measure against government interference in the IOA's election process".

Nirbhaya Gangrape case

Nirbhaya Gangrape case

The year 2013 started with massive protests, in Delhi and different parts of India, against brutal gang rape of a 23-year-old female physiotherapy intern on 16th December 2012. She succumbed to injuries in a Singapore hospital on 29th December 2012. The incident generated widespread outrage and was widely condemned. People spontaneously came to streets demanding stringent law to curb crime against women. While one of the accused died in police custody in March, the four remaining accused were found guilty of rape and murder and were sentenced to death. The juvenile was booked under the same charges sentenced to three years' imprisonment. The Nirbhaya case made the Nation to speak in one voice against the crimes on women.

High profile people accused of sexual assault

High profile people accused of sexual assault

Many high profile rape and sexual assault cases surprised the nation in which people like chief justice of India, Spiritual guru, media personnel, police officers were accused of sexual exploitation. Tehelka’s chief editor Tarun Tejpal was arrested for allegedly raping junior colleague. A law intern accused retired Supreme Court judge Justice A K Ganguly of sexual assault. Self style spiritual guru Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai were arrested for sexually assaulting minor girl and women. These high profile sexual assault cases brought storm in India. Media played very crucial role in exposing these incidents of violence against women. Media pressure forced the machinery to take quick action against Tarun Tejpal, Asaram Bapu and Narayan Sai.

Mars Orbiter Mission ‘Mangalyaan’ heads towards the Red Planet

Mars Orbiter Mission ‘Mangalyaan’ heads towards the Red Planet

On 5 November, the India Space Research Organization launched its Mars Orbiter Mission ‘Mangalyaan’, which is expected to reach the orbit of Mars in September of 2014. This mission will make ISRO the fourth space agency to successfully send a probe to Mars. Only the USA, Russia, and the European Space Agency have successfully sent probes to the Red Planet. India’s mission is interesting because the probe actually used the Earth’s gravity to build up energy like a slingshot to give it the energy it needed to make its journey to the Red Planet. It left Earth’s orbit about 25 days after launch. Notably India’s mission was much less expensive than any other Mars mission. The 350-tonne launch vehicle also carried an unmanned probe.

Kudankulam nuclear plant starts generating power

Kudankulam nuclear plant starts generating power

After years of delay, marked by technical glitches and protests, the nuclear power plant at Kudankulam in Tirunelveli, south Tamil Nadu is finally a reality now. On 22 October at 2.45am nearly 160MW produced by unit 1 of the plant was connected to the southern grid. The significant synchronization process started as PM Manmohan Singh wound up his visit to Moscow after talks about possible future agreements for the supply of two more Russian reactors for the Kudankulam plant. While agreements have been signed for two 1,000MW units, talks are on with Russia to clinch a deal for two more 1,000MW units. When commissioned, the nuclear power plant would be the biggest in India in terms of capacity.

Thousands spared in Cyclone Phailin

Thousands spared in Cyclone Phailin

Super powerful tropical cyclone Phailin made landfall on the coasts of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha in mid October. But, advanced warnings and evacuations by government agencies saved hundreds of thousands of lives. The approach of Phailin, among the most powerful historical cyclones in the region, led to the evacuation of close to 1 million people. Warnings of Phailin's potential arrival were sounded more than a week ahead. While Phailin weakened into a tropical rainstorm, rainfall from the once-powerful tropical cyclone finally winded down. There were widespread heavy rain and flooding across much of northern India, however some areas remain flooded after days of torrential downpours. Storms of this magnitude over the past couple of hundred years have often taken the lives of tens of thousands of people.

Government insists on the open trials of GM crops

Government insists on the open trials of GM crops

The last month of the year saw resignation of Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan over, what was said to be, her opposition to the open trials of the Genetically modified crop varieties. Indian scientists have over the years developed more than 200 genetically modified (GM) varieties of as many as 15 crops including cotton, brinjal, castor, groundnut, mustard, papaya, potato, rice, rubber, sugarcane, wheat and tomato. These varieties, developed by scientists in different Indian universities and research institutions, have all the traits — resistance to insect, fungal, drought and virus — which may bring them in the league of Bt cotton by increasing productivity and export earnings. Most of these are awaiting field trials.

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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.