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Major News and Events of 01 November 2012

What Happened on 01 November 2012


Adam Gilchrist will play in IPL 6

Australian cricket legend Adam Gilchrist on Friday confirmed of his participation in the sixth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).When the IPL-5 had ended Gilchrist had said that the final game for the Kings XI Punjab would be his last in the Twenty20 tournament.But on Tuesday, Gilchrist's name was there in the 19 players whom Kings XI retained for the next season.So he said he would honor the decision made by the franchise. He also said that he was fit enough to play the game.

Never had big dreams: Shah Rukh to media on 47th birthday

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan, on his 47th birthday expressed that he had got more than he wished for and that he never had big dreams. He said he just wanted to work hard and get acceptance. He said he did not support lavish celebrations for birthdays and he usually meets media and friends and the family. He said he loved doing his job and was grateful that people wanted to work with him.

iPhone 5 finally in India

The long awaited Apple's iPhone 5 entered Indian market on Friday after being launched globally on Sep 21. It has been priced at Rs.45,500 for the 16GB model, Rs.52,500 for the 32GB model and Rs.59,500 for the 64GB model.iPhone 5 is the thinnest and lightest iPhone and has a new four-inch retina display and an Apple-designed A6 chip. With a 7.6 mm thickness and 112 grams weight, this is 18 percent thinner and 20 per cent lighter than iPhone 4S.

PM asks team to remove impediments to infrastructure funding

Infrastructure is crucial to India's development and any obstacle resulting in slowing down of investments into this area must be removed. This was stated by the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to his 77-member ministerial team on Thursday in their first meeting since last week's reshuffle.Manmohan Singh also termed fiscal deficit as a matter of concern, which can hamper domestic and foreign investment.The government has earmarked a target of $1 trillion investments in the infrastructure sectors during the 12th Plan period from 2012-17.

Swamy directs attack on Sonia, Rahul; Rahul threatens action

Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy hurled allegations for wrongdoing by Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul Gandhi in the possession of Herald House New Delhi. Congress rejected the charges while Rahul Gandhi's office warned of a legal action against him. Swamy stated that a company floated by Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi had done a fake deal to "grab the Rs.1,600 crore worth Herald House" and other properties of the group and asked for a CBI probe. Rahul Gandhi's office said the allegations were "baseless and defamatory" and that legal action will be taken for the "scandalous abuse".Swamy conveyed to the media that the two Gandhis floated a company called Young Indian each possessing 38 percent stake in it.

CIL dispatched 253.7 mn tonnes of coal April-September

Dispatch of 253.7 million tonnes of coal was achieved by the State-run Coal India Limited between the April-October of fiscal 2012-13, thus recording a growth of 8.6 percent over the corresponding period in the previous fiscal as stated by the Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal.The world's largest coal miner's had a coal production growth of 8.5 percent in the April-October period this fiscal.The incrementalgrowth during this period was 18 million tonne compared to last fiscal.The coal supply to the power sector in the same period has shown a 11.6 percent year on year growth.The coal import in the country during the first six months (April-September) of the 2012-13 fiscal was 11 million tonnes though the projected figure was 23-24 million tonnes by the Central Electricity Authority.

Operators can retain 2.5 MHz spectrum after payment of market price: EGoM

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) agreed to allow telecom operators to retain 2.5 MHz through an administrative allotment in the 900 MHz band after payment of a market-determined price. While those telecom companies having 5 Mhz spectrum will be required to vacate space. The operators would be provided an option to surrender the entire spectrum if they did not wish to pay the market-determined price.This price will be fixed at the time of the auction in the 900 MHz band spectrum, scheduled to be held somewhere in June 2013.In response to the partial refarming decision, the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) stated that they will find it difficult to provide service to almost 500 million subscribers in the existing 900 MHz band with the same quality with limited 2.5 MHz in 900 MHz band.

Aishwarya gets French honor

Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai received a civilian award by the French government for her contribution to the arts on the occasion of her birthday.She was conferred the honor of prestigious 'Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters' by Francois Richier, ambassador of France to India at a hotel here in Mumbai.The Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters honor is conferred to people who have done exceptionable contribution to arts in France and the rest of the world.Shah Rukh Khan and Nandita Das have also received the honor in past.

Oldest Everest woman conqueror looks forward to scale seven summits

Ace mountaineer Premlata Agarwal, who scaled the Mount Everest at the age of 48 thus becoming the oldest Indian woman to scale the summit, will start her quest to meet the challenge of climbing the 'Seven Summits" in December. Apart from Mount Everest she has also successfully climbed Mount Kilimanjaro, Mount Aconcagua and Mount Elbrus in Europe and Cartensz Pyramid in Indonesia.If she scales two summits that is Vinson Massif in Antarctica and Mount McKinley in North America, she would get entry into the Hall of Fame for mountaineers.Her expedition will start from Dec 13, 2012 for Vinson Massif - the highest mountain of Antarctica. Mount Vinson 4892 m is the highest point of the mountain.

Sealing of Kudankulam reactor vessel starts

India's atomic power plant operator, Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd. (NPCIL) on Thursday started the process of sealing the pressure vessel of the first 1,000 MW Russian-built reactor at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP). This may take 10 days for full completion.Sectoral regulator Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB) on Oct 20 gave approval to close the pressure vessel post loading of 163 enriched uranium fuel bundles.As per the NPCIL officials the reactor may become critical (start of fission process) around the second week of this month.After the reactor pressure vessel is closed, the NPCIL will have to seek permission from AERB for the next process which is called heating-up process. Here a number of tests will be carried out by NPCIL and if AERB approves them and the stated parameters are achieved, the next step would start criticality.