Major News and Events of 03 November 2012
What Happened on 03 November 2012
Chhattisgarh amounts MoUs worth over Rs. 1.22 lakh crore
No cover notes, no effect on vehicle owners
'Delhi Safari', 'Hey Krishna' compete for Oscar nod
Stage is set for Salwan Marathon
India to showcase Aakash tablet at UN
Sugarcane farmers in the major producing states of Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, hope to get their demanded rate of Rs.300 per quintal for sugarcane when the input prices will increased.Sudhir Panwar, president of the Kisan Jagriti Manch, said that farmers were protesting to be given Rs.300 per quintal for their produce. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had called a meeting in Lucknow on Saturday to decide on sugar prices. The meeting was also attended by the chief secretary and the sugarcane secretary.The pricing is based on input prices, which rose by 22 percent.
Chhattisgarh on Saturday signed nearly 300 Memoranda of Understanding (MoUs) which were in all Rs. 1.22 lakh crore in non-core sector like solar energy at the end of the two-day Global Investors Meet.Chief Minister Raman Singh said solar energy reached top position as a number of players signed deals to invest Rs. 50,000 crore in this sector. He said that the state will get investment of Rs.1,22,419 crore and also create over 6 lakh new job opportunities.State government-owned Naya Raipur Development Authority (NRDA) also inked MoUs to the tune of Rs.26,000 crore with private players belonging to the infrastructure and entertainment fields.An MoU amounting to Rs.2,000 crore was signed with Steel Authority of India Ltd. for the supply of Iron ore from Kawardha district.
The recent directive by the central government not to assign cover notes to its four non-life insurance companies for third party motor insurance policies which is intended to do away with the possibility of fraud will not have any effect on the vehicle owners. An official at the National Insurance Company Ltd, a state owned company revealed that cover notes were not being issued for motor vehicles for a long time.The Department of Financial Services under Ministry of Finance gave a written direction on Oct 30 to the heads of four non-life insurers - National Insurance Company Ltd, New India Assurance Company Ltd, Oriental Insurance Company Ltd and United India Insurance Company Ltd - to stop issuing cover notes for motor third party insurance.The companies were also asked to take all necessary steps for negotiated settlement of motor third party claims.
Indian animation films which were submitted for shortlist of academy awards were "Delhi Safari" and "Hey Krishna" ("Krishna Aur Kans"). They have been submitted for the best animated feature film category of the 85th Academy Awards.Nikhil Advani's "Delhi Safari" and Vikram Vetturi's "Hey Krishna" will be competing with 21 other animation feature films to get to the final nomination list of the prestigious awards ceremony, as per the official Oscar website oscars.org. The announcements for final nominations will be sent on Jan 10, followed by a grand awards ceremony on Feb 24.
Delhi is all prepared for thousands of children running together for the 18th edition of the Salwan Marathon to be held at the Army Equestrian Centre, Brar Square, Delhi Cantt on Sunday.The participation of visually impaired children who arrive here from across the country to participate in the run is the highlight of the event.The Salwan Marathon had 300 students as participants when it first started in the year 1995, at present it is expected to have a turnover of 48,000 kids as a part of this year's event.
Science and Technology
India will showcase its low-cost Aakash tablet at the United Nations, to put focus on the country’s innovation involved in the “most competitively priced” tablet computer.India’s Permanent Representative to the U.N. Hardeep Singh Puri stated that a presentation on the tablet will be held on November 28 at the UN's headquarters where UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon will be invited. Suneet Singh Tuli, CEO of Canada-based Datawind, which got the Indian government’s tender for making and supplying the tablets, will be there on the occasion. Aakash has been “described as the most competitively priced tablet computer by an Indian-origin entrepreneur”.