Major News and Events of 04 November 2012
What Happened on 04 November 2012
Congress attacks detractors, highlights reforms at mega rally
Foreign nations extend business hand to India
147 lakh tonnes of paddy procured by Punjab and Haryana
10 dope users and more than 150 over-age students thrown out from Salwan Marathon
'Teen Kanya' director warns of legal action
Microsoft pushing new Windows to the developers
Himachal Pradesh on Sunday experienced a record voter's turnout of around 75 percent in the assembly elections for 68 constituencies as stated by the Election Commission. As per the Deputy Election Commissioner Alok Shukla the final figure for turnout would go up as voting in about 200 booths went on even after 5 p.m. There was a possibility that record may be set as the figures were already higher than the 2007 polls. The polls were largely peaceful except reports of a minor clash between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress workers at a polling station in Chamba town. In 2007 assembly polls, the voter's turnout was 71.61 percent, in 2003 it was 74.51 percent, in 1998 it was 71.23 percent, in 1993 it was 71.50 percent and in 1990 it was 67.76 percent.
Congress in a combative mode on Sunday hit out at its detractors saying that it will provide "fitting reply" to them. The party also projected the benefits of its economic reforms agenda in a massive rally at Delhi.The Congress president Sonia Gandhi slammed the opposition parties and the anti-corruption activists head-on at a rally held in Ramlila Ground, while Prime Minister Mammohan Singh emphasized that the economic reforms were required to generate employment. BJP not very much impressed with this said the rally was "anti-people". As the rally was organized in the heart of the capital it affected the vehicular movement on major roads and huge traffic snarls were reported from all over the city. 3,000 buses from Rajasthan and Haryana and another 2,000 buses from the capital brought thousands of Congress supporters to the rally venue.
Countries like Canada and Singapore have agreed for business partnership with India at the 'Invest North' conclave organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).Richard Rekhy, co-chairman of CII Invest North 2012 and CEO, KPMG India specified that India is the fourth-largest economy in the world in terms of purchasing power parity. He also said that there was a need for projecting India as an attractive investment destination and a country which is conducive for business.Foreign investment in India stand at $201 billion, and foreign trade is at 46 percent of the GDP, these have the scope to grow further.
Getting closer to the 150 lakh tonne-mark, food grain producing states of Punjab and Haryana have together accumulated nearly 147 lakh tonnes of paddy this season.Punjab procured around 109 lakh tonnes of paddy, Haryana has procured nearly 38 lakh tonnes. Nearly 99 percent of the grains have been procured by government agencies.In Punjab, Ludhiana, Sangrur and Patiala were leaders in procurement and more than Rs.3,352 crore has been dispersed as payment to farmers in these three districts alone.Farmers in Punjab have received a total payment of nearly Rs.10,460 crore this season (since Oct 1).In Haryana, the procurement was around 38 lakh tonnes which is higher than the 31.35 lakh tonnes procured in the same period last year. Leading in procurement were Kurukshetra, Karnal and Kaithal in Haryana.The minimum support price (MSP) as specified by the government this time is Rs.1,250 and Rs.1,280 per quintal for common and grade-A varieties of paddy.
10 dope users and more than 150 over-age students were removed from the 18th edition of the Salwan Cross Country Run at the Army Equestrian Centre at New Delhi on Sunday.The participants and those who won across each category were put under a dope and age verification test at Brar Square in the capital. Inder Dutt Salwan, director of Salwan Group ofschools stated,"A student in the under-16 boys category was caught with opium. In the under-18 boys category, nine students were caught with performance-enhancing drugs".In the top 25 of the U-18 boys, nine students were found to be over-age. About 150-200 students were found over-age.48,000 students from 800 schools had come for the run.
Director Agnideb Chattopadhyay's "anti-government" Bengali movie "Teen Kanya" was pulled out at the state-run Star theater at Kolkata on Sunday, which infuriated the film-maker. He warned about a legal action for this.The suspense-thriller released on Friday across Bengal was shown in private cinema halls. The film is said to portray the real-life rape case at Park Street in February, in which an Anglo-Indian woman was raped in a moving car.Startheateris run by Kolkata Municipal Corporation controlled now by Trinamool Congress. The movie was not screened at the Star theater on Saturday after it was said to be "anti-government" though Chattopadhyay was informed by the theater that it would show the movie from Sunday evening.
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