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Major News and Events of 06 December 2012

What Happened on 06 December 2012


Government wins FDI battle by 21 votes

The UPA government on Friday answered to the opposition attack by winning a Rajya Sabha vote on FDI in retail by 21 votes and announced that now there was no hurdle to India's reforms process.The win came easily as the Samajwadi Party (SP) walked out - like in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday - while the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) voted for foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail.The opposition though claimed "moral victory" on the effect of the speeches made in the house over two days while the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath opined after the vote: "Our reforms are on track."There was some confusion on the final voting figures and a check of voting record was done. Later on through a statement issued by Rajya Sabbha secretariat, it became clear that the opposition-backed motion against FDI in retail got 102 votes while the government got 123. Nineteen members did not vote including nine who staged a walkout.The earlier figure though stated that 109 members had voted in favor of the motion and 123 against it.

Guwahati molestation: 11 accused get two years jail, four acquitted

11 of the total 16 accused of the G.S. Road molestation case here were sentenced to two years jail each by a local court in Guwahati. Four were acquitted as there was lack of evidence while one accused was a juvenile.Kamrup Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) S.P. Moitra sentenced each of the eleven convicts that included prime accused Amarjyoti Kalita to two years rigorous imprisonment. A fine of Rs.3,000 was also imposed on each of them.The verdict also stated that the period of imprisonment undergone by the convicts during investigation and trial will be adjusted against their term.The ones convicted include Puspendra Das, Sikandar Basfor, Dhanraj Basfor, Nabajyoti Baruah, Nabajyoti Deka, Deepak Deb, Rubul Ali, Deba Das, Rupkanta Kalita and Ghanasyham Kumar Malik, while the local television channel journalist Gaurav Jyoti Neog, Hafizuddin, Diganta Basumatary and Jitumoni Deka were acquitted as there was lack of evidence.

Indian Boxing Federation suspeneded; government derecognises archery

Following the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the world boxing body AIBA, now the sports ministry de-recognized the Archery Association of India (AAI) and suspended the Indian Boxing Federation (IABF).This decision was taken within hours when the International Boxing Association (AIBA) provisionally suspended IABF for supposed manipulation of its elections.The federations were headed by persons associated with the IOA - one headed by outgoing IOA acting president Vijay Kumar Malhotra (archery) and the other by newly-elected IOA chief Abhay Singh Chautala (boxing).Sports Minister Jitendra Singh said that AAI elections held on Nov 9 were in violation of the Sports Code and common practice and the nomination process of the IABF elections on Sep 23 had flaws.Malhotra, 81, got the position of the AAI president for a tenth consecutive term in a period of 40 years.In the IABF, Abhishek Matoria took over in place of his brother-in-law Chautala as the president. Chautala was the first chairman of the IABF.

Aamir keen on bringing Mahabharata to big screen

Superstar Aamir Khan stated that he had dreams of projecting the epic tale of Mahabharata on the big screen, but admitted that he lacked courage to do it. He said that it was a big responsibility and he was not sure if he could fulfill it. When asked which characters he would like to play from the epic story, he said hisfavoritecharacter is Karna. But he thought he won't be able to do that role as he didn't suit the character. He thought he would be suitable for the role of Krishna.

Google launches Google+ Communities

Google launched the Google+ Communities, which can be called the bigger G+ version of Facebook Groups. As per Google Senior Vice President Vic Gundotra, Google+ Communities are "a gathering place for your passions" and "more permanent homes for all the stuff you love". Any user on Google+ can create Communities,which has features like public/private membership, discussion categories, the facility for hangouts and events with members of a Community, and the share option with other Community members any time a +1 button was hit on any site. At present official Communities include groups such as Audi, Call of Duty and Star Wars. It was also revealed that the feature will come to mobile devices "soon."

Rajya Sabha debates FDI, AIADMK slams government

AIADMK leader V. Maitreyan stated on Thursday that Congress-led UPA government was not telling the truth when it says that FDI in retail will assist the farmers, small manufacturers and generate more jobs. Maitreyan moved the motion against FDI in multi-brand retail in the Rajya Sabha. He further added that the “prime minister had opposed FDI when he was in the opposition, today he is (its) prime mover”. In fact Sonia Gandhi had also opposed FDI in retail during UPA-I tenure. He also termed the logic presented by the government behind FDI as "damned lies at the worst". The government in 2011 had also given assurance that a decision on FDI in retail would be taken only after a consensus but had gone back on its promise.

Congress against Cauvery water release to Tamil Nadu

The Congress's unit in Karnataka unit opposed the release of Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu though Supreme Court has directed the state to do so. Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee (KPCC) president G. Parameshwara said that even though it would be contempt of court but the government should not release Cauvery water to Tamil Nadu. Though there are protests for the second day in Cauvery belt in southern Karnataka but Congress sticks to its stand of not obeying the Supreme Court. Vehicular movement between Bangalore and Mysore was affected for several hours as farmers and Kannada activists intercepted the state highway in Mandya district, about 80 km from Karnataka capital.

India will be second fastest growing aviation market by 2016: IATA

International Air Transport Association (IATA) on Thursday stated that India is poised to be the second fastest growing aviation market in the world by 2016 with a growth rate at 13.1 percent CAGR (compounded annual growth rate), with an addition of 49.3 million new passengers. Only Kazakhstan will lead over India as it is expected to show 22.5 % growth. On 3rd position is China with 10.1 percent growth rate.As per IATA, the domestic passenger traffic across the world is expected to spike by 5.2 percent and will increase from 1.72 billion in 2011 to 2.21 billion in 2016, with an addition of 494 million passenger over the period under review.The overall passenger traffic will also increase by an average of 5.3 percent per annum between 2012-2016 touch 3.6 billion passengers, from the 2.8 billion in 2011.

England 216/1 at the end of Day Two

Skipper Alistair Cook's unbeaten 136 cruised England to 216 for one at stumps on the second day of the third cricket Test against India at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Cook and his opening partner Nick Compton (57) were in a formidable partnership of 165 runs for the first wicket. Pragyan Ojha was the only wicket-taker for India in what was a bad day for the hosts.The visitors are just 100 runs behind India with nine wickets in hand.

Manisha Koirala has ovarian cancer, to be operated in New York

Manisha Koirala has been detected with ovarian cancer. She will have her surgery in New York on Dec 10. The Bollywood actress is confident that she will be back on track. She was supposed to undergo the surgery on Thursday, but the doctors have decided to postpone it to Monday (Dec 10) after conducting certain tests. There was lot of buzz after she was hospitalized last week. In her post on Facebook page on Thursday, Manisha stated she was shocked to know about her illness. She wrote, "Dear friends, thank you for all your wishes. I am in good place and in good hands. With all your love and prayers I am sure I'll recover. It was shocking to know, but then life is full of surprises."

Facebook targets Whatsapp to target its next billion years

In its endeavor to expand its mobile reach, Facebook may acquire popular messaging app WhatsApp as the buzz goes on. WhatsApp established in 2009 enables users to send message via smartphone over the internet, and even compiles users’ contacts from email, chat and social networks. There are 1,000 million daily active users in 100 countries for 750 mobile networks and transmits about 1 billion messages per day.