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Major News and Events of 08 November 2012

What Happened on 08 November 2012


Chhattisgarh Congress leader has a near escape in landmine blast

Chhattisgarh Congress leader Mahendra Karma, who founded the anti-Maoist movement Salwa Judum, had a near escape from a landmine blast Thursday while his motorcade was crossing a forest in Dantewada district. As he was in a bullet-proof car, he escaped unhurt but his driver and two security guards got injuries. Salwa Judum or "peace march" in the local language, was a movement which involved rural and tribal youth against the Maoists. The blast blew the front portion of Karma's car and created a huge crater on the road.Karma had always posed challenge for the Maoists and his movement Salwa Judum that started in June 2005 caused a major upset to the Maoists' movement in the Bastar region and thus he was named Bastar Tiger.

Mamata government is fascist: Congress

The Congress on Thursday called the Mamata Banerjee-led West Bengal government as fascist and stated that it was not allowing other political parties to function in the state. The government was creating a stifling atmosphere for the opposition and rallies and demonstration were allowed only they were in praise of Mamata Banerjee. Congress also said that the government was damaging the industrial environment of the state and many companies left the state, resulting in loss of 70,000 jobs ever since the Trinamool came to power.

Kolkata Port Trust will blacklist HBT

Claiming it would suffer financial losses of over Rs.1,000 crore following decision , Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) Thursday said it will initiate blacklisting as it would incur losses to the tune of Rs 1000 crore after Haldia Bulk Terminal's (HBT) decision to quit Haldia Port Complex. KoPT will opt for re-tendering process for mechanized berths two and eight where HBT operated and notices inviting fresh tenders will be issued on Friday. Also a notice will be served on HBT to encash the performance guarantee deposit of Rs. 4 crore.

Tourists arriving on VoA on rise

There was an increase of over 26 percent in the number of foreign tourists opting for visa on arrival (VoA) during January-October this year compared to the same period last year. 12,273 VoAs were issued this year in comparison to 9,739 during the corresponding period of 2011.In a bid to attract more foreign tourists to India, the government introduced a VoA scheme for countries like Finland, Japan, Luxembourg, New Zealand and Singapore in 2010.Six more countries - Cambodia, Indonesia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Laos and Myanmar were accommodated in this scheme in 2011.

Delhi Safari' in Oscar race

Filmmaker Nikhil Advani's 3D animation movie "Delhi Safari" was shortlisted for the best animated feature film category for the 85th Oscars. He was very happy and requested Indian studios to start investing in such projects. He said he had no expectations from the film. Twenty-one films have been shortlisted for consideration in the best animated feature film category, along with another Indian venture - "Hey Krishna" ("Krishna Aur Kans"). List will be finalized on Jan 10. Advani stated that animation films need support from studios.

Andhra High Court lifts life ban on Azharuddin

The Andhra Pradesh High Court on Thursday removed the life ban imposed on former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) 12 years ago. On Dec 5, 2000, that the BCCI imposed a ban on Azhar from playing cricket for life after him being involved in match-fixing. Azhar had challenged the Indian cricket board's decision in the City Civil Court, which upheld the ban. He made an appeal to the high court against the lower court's order. He was one of India's successful captains, having played 99 Tests scoring over 6,215 runs during his career. He also played 334 ODIs and scored 9,378 runs in his 15-year international career.

EMC to provide training to 30,000 in cloud computing

EMC Data Storage Systems India, which is a subsidiary of US-based EMC Corporation, intends to train around 30,000 people in cloud computing, data science and big data analytics by 2013 . The new certification course a part of EMC Academic Alliance that has been operational by collaborating with more than 250 educational institutes in India and to EMC's customers and partners. Rajesh Janey, president, EMC India and SAARC, stated that the Indian cloud computing market is at present valued at $4 billion and may touch $4.5 billion and the business prospects is expected to touch $300 million in a couple of years but there is a huge deficit of manpower.