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Major News and Events of 08 October 2012

What Happened on 08 October 2012


Political blame game over Vadra's assets lingers on, Priyanka also in the fold

The political battle over Robert Vadra's assets continued on Monday with the party saying that IAC leader Arvind Kejriwal had no evidence to prove his charges and the BJP putting blame on Congress that it was shying away from a probe into the matter. Priyanka Gandhi was also dragged into the issue with the senior BJP leader Shanta Kumar suggesting a probe in her family property in Shimla. India Against Corruption (IAC) members Kejriwal and his lawyer colleague Prashant Bhushan have earlier alleged that Vadra acquired properties much above his capital after getting help from DLF. Robert Vadra was defended by the Congress and the government.

Security forces recover 10-kg tiffin bomb in Chhattisgarh

Security forces comprising a joint team of district police and Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) recovered a crude 10 kg tiffin bomb buried under Konta-Banda Road.This averted a major Maoists' attack near Dornapal in Sukma district of Chhattisgarh as the bomb was planted to target the security forces passing through this area and was strong enough to blow up heavy vehicles. From the site fuse wire and detonators were also recovered. Sukma district,which is a part of Dantewada, is strategically positioned on the southern tip of Chhattisgarh bordering Odisha, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. This is regarded as a strong base of Maoist insurgents where they are believed to virtually run a parallel government.

Petrol prices deducted by 0.56 paise

State-run oil marketing companies slashed petrol prices by Rs.0.56 a litre (excluding state levies in Delhi) with effect from midnight on Monday. Petrol will now cost around Rs.67.90 per litre at Delhi. The rates will vary in the cities depending on local taxes. This measure was undertaken after considering the fact that the rupee had been gaining against the dollar although international oil prices remained static. Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) announced that trends in the international oil market and exchange rate will reflect in future price changes.

Bengal promotional video wins award at Japanese Festival

A promotional film which features Shah Rukh Khan, West Bengal's brand ambassador has won an award at a Japanese film and TV festival as informed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday. The two minute film which got the honor at the coveted 2nd Festival Asia TV and Film on Journey depicts Bengal's culture,heritage, scenic beauty and development initiative that is its various facets. Branded as 'Bengal Leads' it has Shah Rukh Khan saying "there's something special about Bengal".Directed by national award winning film maker Anirudhha Roy Choudhury, the film was released on Sep 29.

International cricket umpires involved in corruption: Report

A recent sting operation has revealed that six umpires were willing to take bribe during the recently completed Twenty20 World Cup and Sri Lanka Premier League in August. India TV, which had earlier carried out a sting operation on corruption in India's domestic circuit, has come up with a video showing six umpires from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, eager to give wrong decisions during a game. The umpires include Nadeem Ghauri and Anees Siddiqui of Pakistan, Nadir Shah of Bangladesh, and Sri Lanka's Gamini Dissanayake, Maurice Winston and Sagara Gallage. Among the umpires interrogated Shah and Sharfuddoula Ibne Shahid represent the current umpire panel of the International Cricket Council (ICC). Sharfudoullah did not agree to give any favor when he was offered money by the undercover reporters. Shah was willing to fix any international match at international or domestic level. Shah also stated that Pakistani batsman Nasir Jamshed "fixed" matches in the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). Sri Lankan umpire Gallage agreed to provide information on the pitch, weather, toss, and the playing elevens of India and Pakistan prior to their World Twenty20 warm-up match on Sep 17 for Rs.50,000. He was officiating as the fourth umpire in the game. Gamini Dissanayake stated that if liquor is offered to Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) officials any work can be done. Ghauri, a former ICC umpire from Pakistan while in conversation with the undercover reporter was ready to do anything for a payment. He was an umpire in 43 ODIS and 14 Tests with his last international game back in November 2010.

Varsha Bhosle daughter of Asha Bhosle kills self

Varsha Bhosle, daughter of playback singer Asha Bhosle, shot herself in the head at their Peddar Road residence in Mumbai on Monday. Varsha, 56, committed suicide at around 12.30 p.m.No suicide note was found from the spot. Police said Varsha shot two rounds into herself. Varsha, a freelance journalist, was divorced and had earlier too tried to commit suicide in 2008 and 2010 by taking a heavy dose of sleeping pills. She stayed with Asha Bhonsle who was in Singapore attending a function when this happened.

2.5 lakh panchayats to be linked through broadband via optical fibre

Aiming to provide connectivity to the remote corners of the country, the government has announced to link around 2,50,000 gram panchayats through opticalfiberby December 2013. Government was working on a legislation to enable delivery of public services to people electronically; this was stated by Kapil Sibal. This would also ensure convenience for the people who will not have to go through the ordeal for availing public service.