Major News and Events of 05 August 2012
What Happened on 05 August 2012
Shooting in gurudwara in US, six dead, three injured
Haryana minister resigns after booked for abetting suicide,
India's $3 bn oil stake in South Sudan seems safe
Mary Kom keeps India's hope alive for a medal in women's boxing
'BA Pass' got two awards at Osian's film fest
HTC Desire VC at Rs 21,999 in India
Assam is tense again after four bodies have been recovered in violence-affected Kokrajhar and Chirang districts - two in each district. These were the districts where clashes between Bodos and Muslim settlers last month led to death of 56 people and displaced over four lakh people. Indefinite curfew has been imposed in Chirang district from Sunday afternoon.Inspector General of Police, Bodoland Territorial Area District S.N. Singh informed two bodies were recovered from Kokrajhar and the other two bodies were recovered from Bijni area in Chirang.
In a Sikh gurudwara in Oak Creek, Wisconsin, six people were shot dead and three were injured on Sunday August 6. The gunman was himself shot dead after that. This incident happened in the morning and a police SWAT team entered the gurudwara before noon and brought uninjured people out of the building. The president of the temple was also shot. Reports even came in that children were taken to the building's basement after shots were fired. The head priest with as many as 20 to 30 victims were locked inside the restroom. The FBI will do the investigation on the Sunday's attack as an act of domestic terrorism.No information of the gunman has been revealed by the police.
Haryana's Minister of State for Home Gopal Kanda who was embroiled in a controversy of driving a flight attendant Geetika Sharma to suicide as stated in the suicide note has resigned from his post and tendered his resignation to Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda in New Delhi on Sunday evening. He submitted resignation hours after being booked for abetment to suicide by the Delhi Police. The flight attendant in her report had accused him of harassing her and had committed suicide on Sunday morning.
The state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) can now relax with signs of a truce, at least in oil, between Sudan and South Sudan which implies that India's $3 billion investment is safe in the newest nation. Former South African President and African Union mediator Thabo Mbeki stated that agreement encompassed all the matters and the pending issues were charges for transportation, for processing and transit. The time when the oil companies will resume production will be discussed. ONGC Videsh bought five assets in united Sudan out of which three are in the south. When South Sudan was separated from Sudan the partners had three months to form the new joint operating company in Juba. India had been waiting for this day for months. Now the two Sudans will settle all the outstanding issues within Sep 22.
Indian boxer M.C. Mary Kom kept the country's hopes alive for the medal as women's boxing made its debut in the Olympics. Mary Kom, a five-time World Champion toppled a bigger Polish opponent Karolina Michalczuk to enter the quarterfinals of the 51 kg category. She is now one step away from a historic Olympic medal. Magnificent Mary as the boxer is known had to fight hard to reach the next stage. Mary won 19-14 at the ExCel Arena and will face Maroua Rahali of Tunisia in a last eight bout on Monday.
The Ajay Behl-directed "BA Pass" has been adjudged the best film in the Indian competition category of the 12th Osian Cinefan Film Festival.The actor Shadab Kamal, who plays a gigolo in the film, bagged the best actor award. The best director award went to Ajita Suchitra Veera for her film "Ballad of Rustom" while actress Rii won the best actress award for the movie "Cosmic Sex". Audience award and the critiques award went to "Hansa" by Manav Kaul. The festival concluded after 10 days on Sunday at New Delhi.
Science and Technology
HTC officially launched Desire VC smartphone at a competitive price of Rs 21,999 in India. The smartphone has a 4-inch display that enables a hyper-viewing angle for streaming media content. It has a dual SIM and ensures convenient switching between CDMA and GSM Networks. Features include 5MP autofocus camera, 1650 mAh battery, 1GHz processor and is powered by Android Ice Cream Sandwich(ICS) operating system. Further the phone has Beats Audio technology for the music lovers. 4 GB memory card which is expandable via microSD card slot, WifI, a 3.5mm audio jack, a micro-USB port and Bluetooth 4.0 are some the other features. What makes this phone unique is that it is the first one to offer HSIA internet for smooth web browsing.