Major News and Events of 05 November 2012
What Happened on 05 November 2012
Gadkari in fresh controversy: Jethmalani quits as BJP national executive
Bengal warns of moving tribunal against HBT
Part-time work getting popular in India: World Bank report
SC quashes rape charge against Bhandarkar
Karthikeyan, Chandhok will compete in Race of Champions
Facebook to test a new Wi-Fi hot spot service
The ruling Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh on Monday questioned the Congress why it is silent on issues like the fuel price hike, cap on subsidized cooking gas cylinders and inflation at the rally organized in Delhi by the party on Sunday. The Samajwadi Party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhary also asked the reason for the "anxiety of the Congress" in enforcing FDI in retail.The Samajwadi Party stated that at a time when the country was undergoing through issues like poverty, malnutrition and hunger,whether the Congress think that FDI was a solution to that.
The day after BJP chief Nitin Gadkari compared Swami Vivekananda's IQ to that of underworld don Dawood Ibrahim, party leader Mahesh Jethmalani resigned as party's national executive on Monday specifying that he found it morally inappropriate to continue as a party executive as long as Gadkari was the president. He also stated that he was not satisfied with Gadkari's clarifications regarding the controversy of Purti Group which is associated with him. Mahesh Jethmalani said he would continue as the party member. Earlier his father Ram Jethmalani had also stated that Gadkari should not seek for second term. Gadkari dismissed the fact that he had compared the renowned 19th century seer with Dawood Ibrahim and said,"I did not make any comparison between Swami Vivekananda and Dawood Ibrahim. I said if one used one's intelligence properly then one could become like Vivekananda, and vice versa. I am being misquoted."
The state government of West Bengal has warned of moving the Central Industrial Tribunal against the manner in which Haldia Bulk Terminal (HBT) Pvt Ltd left the state before terminating the services of around 620 employees. The state said there was a violation of labor laws and a letter would be written to union Labour Minister Mallikarjun Kharge on the issue. HBT, a joint venture of ABG Infralogistics and French Louis Dreyfus Armateurs,was handling five million tonnes of cargo per year. It announced on Oct 31 that it would leave the state over "poor law and order" and "safety" concerns of its employees.The company laid off 275 employees in September and terminated the services of the remaining 348 employees on Saturday, November 3.
The concept of part-time work has got quite popular in India, with the share of informal workers in organised firms increasing to 68 percent in 2010 from 32 percent in 2000 as per the report by World Bank. According to World Development Report prepared by the World Bank, there has been a sudden rise in the number of part time and temporary wage employment in India and other developing countries. There was 10 percent increase in the number of temporary workers in 2009 and 18 percent in 2010.
Film producer Madhur Bhandarkar could heave a sigh of relief when the Supreme Court on Monday quashed the charge of alleged rape imposed against him by actress and model Preeti Jain.The apex court bench of Justice H.L. Dattu and Justice C.K. Prasad quashed the charge after it was informed that the actress was now not willing to pursue the matter after nine years.Maharashtra Police in their Sep 11, 2011, report which was submitted to the magistrate court had stated that allegations against Bhandarkar were false.The apex court also set aside the Bombay High Court order which upheld the magistrate's decision to go ahead with the proceedings.
Narain Karthikeyan and Karun Chandhok will represent India in the year-ending Race of Champions to scheduled to take place in Bangkok Dec 14-16. The drivers' line-up has reigning Formula One world champion Sebastian Vettel and seven-time winner Michael Schumacher.Karthikeyan and Chandhok, who represent Indian motorsports, will be competing with the experts from the world of F1, World Rally Championship, NASCAR and other popular racing series.A formal announcement on the duo's participation will be made soon.
Science and Technology
Facebook is testing a new Wi-Fi hot spot service for local businesses which offer users free internet access if they do a Facebook check-in. The users will check in through a Facebook router that directs customers to the business’ Facebook page once users check in. The businesses would provide the users internet access and Facebook would offer a router. This way page owners can monitor how many new 'Likes' the page got from those who opted for the Wi-Fi service.