Major News and Events of 11 December 2012
What Happened on 11 December 2012
Paramilitary forces have 71,397 vacancies
CAG not given full access to RIL's KG-D6 records
Lo! Ho Gai Party: a zero budget movie
India, Pakistan reach T20 for blind semis
World will have more cell phone accounts than people by 2014: Study
The government will be introducing a shale gas exploration policy which intends to tap the unconventional hydrocarbon resources. This policy will be launched by December end as informed by Petroleum Secretary G.C. Chaturvediat the 11th Petro India Conference organised at New Delhi.The first auction of shale gas block is planned by the end of 2013.The Directorate General of Hydrocarbons (DGH) has given proposal to offer areas for exploration of shale gas based on royalty and production linked payments to the government. The DGH's draft policy does not allow cost recovery. Bidders can quote a percentage of the output which they intend to share with the government at different production slabs.
71,397 vacancies are there in the six central armed police forces and Assam Rifles, the parliament was informed on Tuesday by the Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh. 3,447 vacancies remain among officers, 25,204 among Junior Commissioned Officers.The forces where the vacancies are include the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) and National Security Guard (NSG) besides Assam Rifles.The minister also informed that 67,597 candidates had been recommended for selection.
The petroleum minister, M. Veerappa Moily in a written reply informed the parliament that RIL has not accorded full access of KG-D6 block records to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG). Considering this fact the national auditor has requested the petroleum ministry to investigate all the issues properly before approving any capital expenditures. The auditor has also asked the government to check whether the financial interests have not been affected in any way so the sanction of capital expenditure should be carefully considered "except those of an emergent nature." Moily though informed that the CAG had not asked petroleum ministry to withhold approvals to RIL.
Writer-director Tejas Padia turned his ambitious script into a film, "Lo! Ho Gai Party". The unique feature of the movie is that it is zero budget and it all became possible as the actors and technicians agreed to work with him for free. The director when he saw that nothing was working after visiting all the corporate for funding decided to make it a zero budget movie. There are veterans like Manoj Joshi and Satish Kaushik, sharing screen space with young talented actors and no one took a single rupee. But he had to schedule his shoots and everything else in accordance with the dates given to him not only by the actors, but technicians as well. Even though the shooting would have taken only 21 days, but it took nine and a half months to complete. The movie will release online.
Arch rivals India and Pakistan reached the semi-finals of the T20 World Cup for the blind after their imposing wins against South Africa and Nepal respectively in the last league matches in Bangalore.India will face Sri Lanka while Pakistan will take on England in the twin semifinals on Wednesday. The final is scheduled on Thursday.Indians won over sent South Africa by a massive 288-runs. They batted first when they won the toss and piled a mammoth score of 355 runs for four wickets in 20 overs. The top order batsmen Ganesh Bushara (partially blind) scored an unbeaten 80 in 31 balls, Dunna Venkatesh (partially blind) made 79 off 31 balls and Hitesh Bhai Patel (also partially blind) 72 in 26 balls. Patel was declared man of the match.
Science and Technology
The International Telecommunications Union report states that by 2014, there will be more mobile accounts than people on Earth if the growth rate for that service remains the same. There are more than 100 countries where the number of cell phone accounts surpass their population.The number of cell phone accounts will increase from 6 billion now to 7.3 billion in 2014, compared with a global population of 7 billion. The first country to cross 1 billion people and it will soon be followed by India.Russia, with around 250 million cell phone accounts, has 1.8 times cell phones than people, and Brazil, with 240 million accounts has 1.2 times as many cell phones than its people.The 6 billion cell phone accounts which is there in the world at present as 1.1 billion mobile-broadband, that is twice the number of fixed-broadband accounts.China is the main market for smart phones and a quarter of the world's internet users reside there. Another interesting point is that two-thirds of the world population still has no internet access.