Major News and Events of 11 September 2012
What Happened on 11 September 2012
Protest leaders abducted by fishermen in Kudankulam, situation peaceful
SC asks Novartis why it is not reducing cancer drug's price
Infosys launches SpeedSolve for call centres
Raaz 3 grosses over Rs. 40 crore in four days
Sony Xperia Miro at Rs 14499
India lose by 1 run, Yuvraj makes successful return
The Bombay High Court granted bail to cartoonist Aseem Trivedi late on Tuesday. This can be termed as a setback to Maharashtra government. But the cartoonist refused to get out of jail till the sedition charges against him were dropped. The bail was granted at a sum of Rs.5,000. This happened some hours after Home Minister R.R. Patil stated that police and state law department's opinions would be taken into account regarding the charge of sedition against Trivedi. Mumbai police arrested Trivedi on last September 8 and the charges imposed on him included sedition for insulting national emblems and the Constitution during the anti-corruption movement led by Anna Hazare in December 2011.
The situation in Idinthakarai village in Tamil Nadu's Tirunelveli was peaceful after two days of protests against the Kudankulam nuclear power project but protests spread to other parts of the state.Leaders of People's Movement Against Nuclear Energy (PMANE) were dramatically abducted by fishermen to stop them from surrendering to police.The PMANE co-ordinator S.P.Udayakumar and leader M.Pushparayan were taken away by the fishermen in a boat and there is no information of their current whereabouts.The Lok Sabha member and VCK party founder Thol Thirumavalavan and members of the MDMK were arrested by the police after they demonstrated against the nuclear power project. They were condemning the baton charging of anti-KNPP agitators in Kudankulam and the killing of a fishermen in Tuticorin district in police firing.Police informed 1,050 people, including around 750 MDMK activists, have been arrested after they held demonstrations.
Supreme Court directed a query to Novartis AG why it could not reduce its medicine's price so that it is within limits of the poor as"Rs.1.2 lakh per month is too high to afford a treatment."Novartis AG told the apex court bench of the Justice Aftab Alam and Justice Ranjana Prakash Desai that it was the author of beta crystalline, a form of a compound which is used in an anti-cancer drug. It is claiming to get the patent for the compound form in India and to acquire its exclusive marketing rights. This drug is used for the treatment of the chronic mycloid leukemia.The company said it intended to keep the cancer treatment medicine within the reach of the poor patients and the medicine provided free of cost to a large number of poor patients. The court specified the company was not under a legal obligation to provide medicines for free but why it was not reducing the price and doing away with the competition in this field. The company's counsel specified there were some constraints regarding the pricing of the drugs.
Infosys launched "a comprehensive next generation product" - SpeedSolve - which aims at making communication faster and more efficient for call centres and related operations. It has been launched with AT&T and would deploy state-of-the-art technologies for messaging, multimedia, reporting and smart device integration so that real-time collaboration between customer service representatives and subject matter experts is ensured. This would resolve queries faster through minimal call transfers.
India lost the second and final Twenty20 International against New Zealand by a run at Chennai's M.A. Chidambaram Stadium onTuesday, September 11. The highlight of the match though was a successful comeback for Yuvraj Singh. India failed in their chase of 167 runs and though they were comfortably placed at 129 for three, succumbed to some brilliant bowling in the death overs. India ended at 166 for 4 withskipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (22 not out) and comeback man Yuvraj Singh (34) at crease. Earlier Virat Kohli made a spectacular 70 and the highest scorer was Brendon McCullum for New Zealand with a swashbuckling 91 off 55 balls.
Science and Technology
Sony launched its new range of Android smartphones including Sony Tipo and Sony Miro in the month of June. In India Tipo was launched few days back while the more expensive Sony Xperia Miro is now available in India at a price tag of Rs 14,499. It can be purchased on online shopping websites like Snapdeal.com.Sony Xperia Miro comes with a 3.5 inch display, an 800 MHzQualcomm MSM7225A processor with 512 MB RAM, and 3 GB internal memory that is expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system is pre-installed in the device. The phone also has5 megapixel rear camera that can record VGAresolution videos at 30 frames per second and front VGA camera for video calls.