Major News and Events of 09 August 2012
What Happened on 09 August 2012
Ramdev starts fast at Ramlila Maidan for the second time
Center seeks more time from SC for auction of spectrum
Parliamentary panel recommends probe into Bt Brinjal
Saina at World No.4
Katrina looking forward to Rajneeti sequel
Rs.700 crore order for Infosys from India Post
The Supreme Court on Thursday, August 9 directed the Union government and the Madhya Pradesh government to dispose of the toxic waste lying in the Union Carbide factory in Bhopal within six months. This waste has been lying there for 28 years. It was on Dec 2-3 1984 that the gas leak killed many here in Bhopal in the worst industrial disaster of the world. The Apex Court has also said that this disposal should be done in scientific manner so that it does not cause further harm to human health and the environment. The court stated that the waste lying there is hazardous to health. The court also said that within one month a meeting of the environmentalists, advisory committee members and central and state governments should take place.
Yoga guru Baba Ramdev returned to Ramlila Maidan again after the fast last year which saw a midnight raid by the police.This time he is on a three-day fast to demand government's initiative in a stringent Lokpal bill and getting black money back from abroad. He also warned of a revolution if the government did not give in to his demands. He said he will decide on the next phase of action in that case. His fast comes a week after Anna Hazare called off the protest fast at Jantar Mantar to demand the government to bring in the Jan Lokpal Bill.
The central government moved the Supreme Court for more time for the auction and allocation of 122 2G licenses and spectrum. These were cancelled by the Supreme Court by its order of Feb 2, 2012. The government application says it needs time till Nov 12, 2012, to start the auction and another 40 days for completion of auction and allocation of licenses and spectrum. This time was needed in the public interest so that the auction yielded maximum revenue.
A parliamentary panel recommended an investigation into the issue of Bt Brinjal, specifying that adequate tests were not carried out and there was tremendous pressure on the approval committee that is Genetic Engineering Appraisal Committee (GEAC) from the "industry and a minister" to approve it. Basudeb Acharia who heads the parliamentary committee further added that the probe should be carried from the beginning to the imposition of moratorium Bt Brinjal's commercialization by the government in February 2010. After protests by NGOs and environmentalists the then environment minister Jairam Ramesh in February 2010 had imposed a moratorium.Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar had criticized this move by Ramesh saying in the long run Bt Brinjal will be advantageous for India. Basudeb Acharia said the interests of the small and marginal farmers should also be taken into consideration.
Saina Nehwal, India's Olympic bronze medallist has secured a fourth place in the world badminton rankings by the Badminton World Federation (BWF). She exchanged places with China's Shixian Wang as she has 76331.7444 points, 300 more than Shixian. Parupalli Kashyap rose two places to a career-best 19th with 44126.69 points.Women's doubles pair Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa secured 17th jumping three places despite being out at the group stage. Jwala and her partner V Diju have retained 13th spot in the mixed doubles.
Actress Katrina Kaif is looking forward to "Rajneeti" sequel which won her critical acclaim in 2010. She gave a hint of the script as well. She said she is looking forward to working with director Prakash Jha again. She mentioned that in the movie most of the characters are killed in the first part. Katrina said that Jha is at present busy working on another film with Amitabh Bachchan, though she has discussed with him on the sequel many times.
Science and Technology
Infosys said it has got a Rs.700 crore deal from Department of Post to better its core banking and insurance services in 150,000 post offices across the country. The company will initiate financial services system integration which would revolutionize financial operations and end-user services for more than 200 million customers across urban and rural India. It will manage India Post's core banking and insurance products in its banking and insurance operations.