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Major News and Events of 07 September 2012

What Happened on 07 September 2012


Visa pact signed with Pakistan; India firm on 26/11 justice

India and Pakistan on Saturday signed a pact to liberalise their visa rules so that there is trade promotion, travel and people-to-people contacts. India though was firm on its decision of not going back on 26/11 justice. Pakistan went ahead with its goodwill gesture and announced release of all Indian fisherman which included those who were yet to complete their prison term. Pakistan also was looking for a visit by PM Manmohan Singh but India did not commit on that and no timeline was set.India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart Hina Rabbani Khar discussed wide range of issues, including terrorism, Kashmir, trade and ways to expand people-to-people contacts.A pact for liberalization of the visa regime was signed by Krishna and Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik. A cultural exchange agreement was also signed.

Use of social media and bulk SMS to fan communal flame, new challenge for the government:PM

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh termed the use of social media and bulk SMSs to instigate social tensions as the new challenge before the government and security forces. He also expressed worry over the increase in communal violence and ethnic struggle. He specified that the nation it was getting evident was exposed to cyber crime and the terrorists groups may strike through the sea route, just like the Mumbai attacks of November 2008. The rise in communal tensions and the revival of ethnic tensions in the Northeast in recent time were causes of concern for everyone. He also stated that the government is working on a robust cyber security structure which would look into "threat management and mitigation, assurance and certification, capacity building and research"

Meghalaya's first railway line's foundation laid

The railways will be connecting places in Meghalaya for the first time. Chief Minister Mukul Sangma laid the foundation of the Dudhnoi-Mendipathar railway station in Garo Hills district on Saturday. The railways line which would cover19.47 km would connect Dudhnoi in the Goalpara district of Assam and Mendhipathar in the North Garo Hills district of Meghalaya. Though this project was approved in 1992-93,it got delayed due to opposition from the local population. Now it is scheduled to be completed by 2013.

Air India's first Dreamliner arrives after 4-year wait

Air India's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner finally arrived at Delhi, ending a four-year wait. This is thefifth airline to receive the fuel-efficient and eco-friendly aircraft apart from other operators like All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines. Flight schedule and crew training of the aircraft will be decided soon. Religious rituals were performed for the induction of aircraft in the fleet after 28 crew members of Air India accompanied the aircraft which landed at 4.55 p.m.

Rain washed off Yuvraj's return to international cricket
Yuvraj Singh's wait to return to international cricket got a little longer after rain washed out India's first Twenty20 International match against New Zealand at Visakhapatnam on Saturday.
The main attraction for the match was the 30-year-old all-rounder's return after a successful cancer treatment but rain and thunderstorms washed off the match. Now the cricketer will have wait for the second and final match against the Kiwis in Chennai on September 11 to get some match practice before the Twenty20 World Cup in Sri Lanka.
Kashmir's Manoj Raina 'KBC 6' gets first crorepati

It was a dream come true for Manoj Kumar Raina, who was uprooted from the Kashmir Valley when militancy broke out in 1989. His dream turned into reality when he participated in game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati 6" (KBC-6). The Indian Railways employee would reconstruct his house in his picturesque hometown of Chowgam. He is the first contestant from Kashmir to be in the hot seat and won a Rs.1 crore, he also got to meet his favourite actor, Amitabh Bachchan, and would now be able to re-build his house in the Kashmir Valley, which deserted two decades back due to tensions there.

ISD facility to be unavailable in prepaid mobile numbers soon
Telecom regulator Trai has directed telecom companies to de-activate the international calling facility in pre-paid numbers. This facility will be restored only when a subscriber provides his explicit consent to avail this facility. The consumers will be informed within 10 days of this directive through an SMS that such facility was being withdrawn from their numbers. Consumers can apply for this facilitywithin 60 days of the receipt of the SMS. This step is being taken as there were complaints fromconsumers about missed calls from international telephone numbers which being premium numbers charged high tariff when the consumers tried to make call to such numbers after being prompted.