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Major News and Events of 03 July 2012

What Happened on 03 July 2012


3G pocket router for Rs. 5,800 by BSNL

BSNL launched a third generation (3G) wireless pocket router in collaboration with communications solutions provider Shyam Networks.The 'Winknet Mf50' router will help in connecting more than one device using a single SIM card. The best buy price is of Rs5800 for the router. It is SIM locked with BSNL and comes with a plan of Rs 60 with 1 GB free data usage. 

India in semifinals of Junior Women's Asia Cup hockey

From a goalless first half to a win of 2-1, India beat Malaysia in their final league match to reach the semifinal of the sixth Junior Women’s Asia Cup Hockey Championship in Bangkok.India is second in group A behind China and will face the winner of Group B, Korea or Japan on July 5 in the semifinals.

'Barfi' is not a silent film : Anurag Basu

Director Anurag Basu has stated that Ranbir Kapoor-Priyanka Chopra starrer 'Barfi', is not a silent movie. The trailer of the movie focused entirely on background score and portrayal of emotions of the actors. The movie revolves around the story of a deaf and mute boy and a mentally challenged girl.Anurag Basu has said that there will be lesser dialogues but that doesn’t mean it will be a silent movie. He believes essaying emotions always doesn’t need words and those who can speak in the movie have dialogues. 

India to share Abu Jindal evidence, Pakistan's focus on Kashmir

India has compiled a dossier on 26/11 conspirator Abu Jindal's connection with Pakistani state actors ahead of talks with Pakistan.  The Pakistan's foreign secretary though met Kashmiri separatist leaders in a move to divert focus  from terror to Kashmir issue.

Jalil Abbas Jilani , the Pakistan's Foreign Secretary  who arrived here opined that  he has been given the go ahead to proceed further  the dialogue process with India. He asked the Indian authorities to share proofs about Abu Jindal's role in the Mumbai attack and that Pakistan would help in the fight against terror.

At the same time he met leading Kashmiri separatists and gave them assurance that Kashmir issue will be discussed during talks with the Indian counterpart Ranjan Mathai on Wednesday

Foreign, domestic tourism rises in India

For the 3rd consecutive year number of foreign tourists increased in 2011 while the domestic tourism witnessed a double digit growth as stated by the tourism ministry.

The number of Foreign Tourist Visits (FTVs) visiting India in 2011 was 19.5 million; it was 17.9 million in 2010 and 14.4 million in 2009. There was a growth of 8.85% over 2010 figures whereas in 2010 there was growth of 24.6% over 2009.

Domestic tourism grew at a double digit rate in 2011.

851 million domestic tourist visits happened during 2011 compared to 748 million in 2010 and 669 million in 2009. There was increase at a rate of 13.8% over 2010 in comparison to 11.8 percent in 2010 over 2009.

Telecom stocks up in morning trade on BSE

Shares of telecom firms went up to four per cent after reports came in that the existing players may not have to dole out the auctioned arrived price for the additional spectrum.Bharti Airtel opened on a bullish note and went up 4.09 per cent over its earlier closing price.  Shares of  Idea Cellular spiked 4.56 per cent over its last closing price to Rs. 81.25.

Reliance Communications performed 2.49 per cent increase over its previous closing price and reached an early high of Rs. 65.75. The mood was upbeat with the likelihood of the Cabinet discussing the contentious issue of DoT’s proposal. 

Air India pilots to call off strike

Air India pilots were poised on ending 58-day long strike. They gave assurance to the Delhi High Court that the strike will be called off in next 48 hours. Government has given the statement that they would sympathetically consider agitating aviators’ grievances.

The senior advocate Geeta Luthra, counsel for the pilots, told Justice Reva Khetrapal in the High court that the pilots would immediately call off the strike but the pilots specified that said that they will call off the strike on Thursday afternoon within 48 hours.

The strike was the second longest in the aviation history of India and Air India incurred a loss of over Rs.615 crore.