Major News and Events of 04 September 2012
What Happened on 04 September 2012
India and China to resume joint military exercise
Coal India could have saved Rs 20 crores : CAG
Mumbai Metro service to start this financial year: Ambani
Central government notifies SC on smoking scenes, mixed reaction from Bollywood
Google launches voice navigation in India
Girisha bags India's first medal, a silver from Paralympics
Names of Congress MP Vijay Darda and 17 senior executives of five private companies were included in cases registered in connection with the allocation of coal blocks by the CBI. Agency sleuths did a raid on 30 sites belonging to them in 11 cities in the country. Chances of more companies and people to be included in the list are there as per CBI official. The FIR was registered after three months of investigation and it named the five firms, their directors and government officials.The five companies named in the FIR are AMR Iron and Steel, Vini Iron and Steel Udyog, Nav Bharat Power, JLD Yavatmal Energy and JAS Infrastructure Capital. Some of the accused have been named in more than one FIR.
India and China on September 4, decided to resume joint military exercises at the earliest and strengthen security ties in the border areas.Gen Liang Guanglie,who is the first Chinese defence minister to visit India in eight years tried to do away with India's worry over China's increased efforts regarding military and diplomatic footprint in South Asia. The two countries will also look into building strategic trust in ties which faces frictions time and again against the backdrop ofivalry in the Asia-Pacific sphere. The joint military exercise was stalled in 2010 after a diplomatic tensions over visa issues.
The Comptroller and Auditor General's report stated that state miner Coal India Ltd (CIL) could have made a saving of at least Rs.20 crore had it adopted measures against avoidable expenditure. If pay loaders at South Eastern Coalfields Ltd (SECL), a CIL subsidiary would have been deployed, it would have led to profitably use existing crushing facilities and earn an additional revenue of Rs.12.76 crore between June 2010 and May 2011.Western Coalfileds Ltd had an unnecessary expenditure of Rs.7.62 crore during 2007-08 to 2010-11 on purchase of electricity from two electricity boards at industrial and non-industrial rates instead of cheaper domestic rate. As it did not have separate metering agreement so electricity was availed at higher rates.
The Metro service in Mumbai will start this fiscal with the completion of more than 95 percent of its civil construction, Reliance Infrastructure Chairman Anil Ambani stated on Tuesday, September 4. With this 700,000 passengers will be able to travel in Mumbai Metro reducing travel time from 90 minutes to under 20 minutes. He also stated that Reliance Infra is now positioned as India's leading power engineering player, with a turnover of Rs.11,700 crore last year. It has 13 projects - seven in power and six in roads. By delivering over 5,000 MW to 5.7 million customers in Mumbai and Delhi, the company is also the largest private power distributor. With the license in Mumbai now renewed till 2036 the company will serve 2.8 million residents.
Bollywood had a mixed reaction to the central government's notification to Supreme Court where it specified that smoking scenes would be allowed in films though with a statutory warning of it being injurious to health. In such films the actor would need to give a warning at the start of the film, in between after the interval while a static message would show during the scene. While director Bejoy Nambiar felt that this was feasible as the center was allowing the scenes and not giving the movies an A certificate as it was being done down south, film maker Karan Malhotra felt this was illogical and if smoking was so objectionable then cigarette sale should stop first. It was like spoon feeding the users.Director Vivek Agnihotri said there was so much interference in an art form which touches so many lives.
India's para-athlete Girisha Hosanagara Nagarajegowda got silver, the first medal for the country from the Paralympic Games at London by finishing second in the Men's High Jump F42.The 24-year-old athelete from Karnataka has an impairment in his left leg. He using the scissors technique gave his best shot to complete a height of 1.74m. In the event,Iliesa Delana of Fiji got gold with 1.74m while Lukasz Mamczarz of Poland took Bronze medal after clearing a height of 1.74m.Delana got gold as he finished the same height of 1.74m by taking less jumps.Girisha became the third Indian after javelin thrower Bhimrao Kesarkar and shot put thrower Joginder Singh Bedi, who won silver in 1984 Paralympic, to claim silver at the Games.
Science and Technology
Google launched its long awaited navigation service in India on Tuesday, September 4. The feature, though available on Android phones and tablets,earlier did not have an official support. This would allow travelers to get directions by voiceinstructionswhilethey are driving or walking. Earlier the navigationjust showed the route. As this free feature is in beta now Google has asked the users to exercise caution while using it.