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Major News and Events of 02 December 2012

What Happened on 02 December 2012


Startup Village motto: Think big, start small

The Startup Village initiated on a modest scale in Kochi with just 5,000 sq feet of space but big plans are in the pipeline. Startup Village is the first public-private partnership model incubator in India,promoted by the central government's department of science and technology and Technopark, which is the country's largest IT park. This village focuses on mobile-internet companies. Since April the area in the village has doubled up and another 25,000 sq ft will be added by May next year. By 2014, the total area will be equal to 100,000 sq ft. Sanjay Vijayakumar, chairman of Startup Village, specified that their motto was: Think big, start small and scale up fast.

UPA's cash transfer scheme: Game changer or hype?

The initiative which has been termed as a "game changer", the government's direct cash transfer scheme is supposed to help millions of students, the elderly and women community workers in villages to get their monthly honoraria in time. Critiques have termed it a "hype and an attempt to fool the people". This scheme aims at slashing down the leakages and corruption in the implementation of various social sector schemes, will be operational in 51 districts in 14 states of the country on Jan 1, 2013, and will encompass all the country's 640 administrative districts by end-2013 - few months before 2014 Lok Sabha polls. The opposition feels it is more of a hype and have questioned the timing of the announcement just before the Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections.

RGV has an eerie feeling shooting reel hanging of Kasab

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma confessed he had a strange feeling after he completed shooting of the hanging scene in his movie "The Attacks of 26/11", which is based on the Mumbai terror attack. Varma tweeted,"Just now finished shooting Kasab's hanging... Must say it felt really eerie that the reel hanging happened hardly a week after the real hanging." The movie depicts how 10 terrorists came to Mumbai and unleashed terror in key areas of the country's business capital.Ajmal Amir Kasab, the lone terrorist who was caught alive, was hanged on Nov 21 which has now been included in the movie."The Attacks of 26/11" has Nana Patekar and Sanjeev Jaiswal. A 15-minute footage of the movie was shown recently to the policemen and attack victims.

India beat Aussies by 215 runs in T20 for blind opener

Visual impairment has not deterred them in 'seeing' or hearing the ball to hit it for a boundary or lift it over for a six or taking quick singles or twos between the wickets. TheT20 World Cup for blind which started on Sunday in Bangalore saw India beating Australia by 215 runs in the 20-over format at the Central College grounds. Three more matches were played during the day which saw,Pakistan beat England by 167 runs; Sri Lanka defeat South Africa by seven wickets and Nepal beat Bangladesh by nine wickets.Australia, Bangladesh, England, India, Nepal, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and the West Indies -- are playing in the 12-day tournament which has two semi-finals on Dec 12 and final on Dec 13 after 39 matches played in 10 days.

With tweets and IM here, SMS losing out in popularity

20 years after it impacted a large number of people around the world in their daily communication, the SMS, or short messaging service, appears to be losing in popularity. SMS used by four billion people around the world created a sensation after its birth in December 1992. But after two decades SMS has undergone decline as people now have smartphones with whole lot of options for communication like Tweeting and instant messaging.

Government confident over FDI vote, FEMA issue

The UPA government is confident of its numbers before the critical debate with voting on FDI in multi-brand retail in the Lok Sabha from Dec 4-5.The Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath informed the media that the opposition motion will be defeated in both the houses.Regarding the amendments to Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA), which is needed to facilitate foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, the opposition has claimed they have to be passed by both houses but Kamal Nath stated that if one house passes it then it is passed.Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) leader Sitaram Yechury had stated that FEMA amendments should be passed in both houses and if the government fails to do so it will be challenged in court.

First Sikh to guard Buckingham Palace - and in turban nor bearskin

An Indian-origin Sikh is all set to create history as he will be the first person to guard the Buckingham Palace in his turban after he was given the privilege of not wearing the mandatory bearskin on ceremonial duties.Guardsman Jatinderpal Singh Bhullar, 25, who joined the Scots Guards this year, has been allowed to wear a turban when on guard duty outside Buckingham Palace. This is a departure from hundreds of years of tradition. This regiment started in 1642 and the soldiers have been wearing bearskins on parade since 1832. Bhullar is in the Wellington Barracks in Birdcage Walk which is used by soldiers from the Scots Guards' F Company, responsible for public duties and guarding the Queen.