Major News and Events of 06 August 2012
What Happened on 06 August 2012
Maoists blow up CRPF landmine vehicle, 1 killed, 5 injured
West Bengal moves apex court on Singur land law
Times Internet Limited (TIL) selected as an auctioneer for spectrum
Centre and states approve 12 resolutions to avert grid failure
Dabangg 2 to release at the end of the year
Telecom tariffs to rise from 37 to 49 paise : COAI
India will have the highest medal haul at the Olympic Games. The five-time women's world champion boxer M.C. Mary Kom by thrashing her Tunisian rival Maroua Rahali 15-6 ensured a fourth medal for the country. She has reached the semi-final. Earlier India's best was three medals (one gold and two bronze) at the Beijing Games four years ago. In track and field, Vikas Gowda qualified automatically for the finals in the discus throw by completing a distance of 65.20 metres. India's shooting campaign ended at the Olympics with rifle shooters Narang and Sanjeev Rajput and trap exponent Manavjit Singh Sandhu failing to qualify for the finals in their respective events. More disappointment came India's way as ace boxer Vijender Singh was knocked out of the 2012 London Games after being defeated 13-17 to Uzbek Abbos Atoev in the quarterfinal.
A trooper of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was killed on the spot and five were injured when the Maoist guerrillas blew up an anti-landmine vehicle in a forested region in Bastar in Chhattisgarh. This incident happened near Marande village when a powerful IED blast overturned the landmine vehicle carrying six CRPF men of the 111 Battalion as stated by Dantewada's Superintendent of Police Narendra Khare. The injured troopers were airlifted from Dantewada to Raipur. Dantewada has always been an epicenter of Maoist activities.
The West Bengal government has appealed at the Supreme Court challenging the Calcutta High Court verdict which made the Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act unconstitutional and void. This law was enacted by Mamata Banerjee's government so that the lands could be returned to the farmers who were against the takeover of their lands and have not taken compensation for the same. High Court had given its judgement on June 22 but has put on hold the operation of its verdict for two months so that the government had time to move the Supreme Court in appeal.
Gurgaon-based Times Internet Limited (TIL) was selected as the auctioneer to operate the spectrum auction process by the telecom department. It would be an e-auction of spectrum in in 1800 MHz and 800 MHz bands. The other firms who were in race were NCDEX Spot Exchange and Karnataka State Electronics Development Corporation who could not qualify technical bids. The e-auction process will include inviting applications, sorting out queries of potential bidders, finalizing eligible bidders, organizing public information sessions and a mock auction. The empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) will be meeting on Tuesday, August 7 to fix the auction timeline.
The Power Ministry had a meeting with eight northern states on Monday, August 6. It was decided that necessary defence plans and protection systems will be incorporated to ensure integrated operations of the national and regional transmission grids. 12 resolutions were approved in the meeting which included having an independent third party audit of the power grids' protection systems within three months. Other steps included maintenance of power discipline which entails to no overdrawing of power from the grid by the states.
Chulbul Pandey is all set to return in the much-awaited sequel to 2010 blockbuster "Dabangg". Dabangg2 will release on Dec 21. The movie is almost 60 percent complete and shooting will resume after the release of 'Ek Tha Tiger' this was stated by Arbaaz Khan who will make his directorial debut with the movie. The story will take on from the first one.
Science and Technology
Telecom tariffs would increase from 37 to 49 paise per minute as the cabinet has decided to fix the reserve price for the 2G spectrum auction at Rs.14,000 crore per 5 MHz in the 1,800 MHz band. This was stated by an industry lobby for GSM operators.The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has specified it will decide on the final mode of action at the end of the week and would also look into the legal options to challenge the policy decisions of the government which would lead to an industry debt anywhere between Rs.3.7 lakh crore and Rs.5.4 lakh crore. As per COAI government has not given due weightage to the critical issue of unsustainable high reserve prices which would increase costs and lead to increase in tariffs