Major News and Events of 12 September 2012
What Happened on 12 September 2012
India strongly condemns attack on US consulate in Libya
Qatar Airways and Wipro sign pact for IT solutions
Emerging Kerala will see 35 Canadian firms taking part in it
Murphy Radio's sends legal notice to makers of Barfi
Team is eager to do well in World T20: Dhoni
Apple launches slimmer, lighter iPhone 5
Cartoonist Aseem Trivedi stated that he was not wrong in drawing cartoons and would not apologize. He came out of the jail three days after he was charged with sedition. Trivedi was granted bail on Tuesday. An activist of India Against Corruption (IAC), his arrest has led to outrage in the country. Trivedi was also asked whether he was right in drawing a cartoon where he has shown 26/11 terrorist Ajmal Kasab urinating on the Indian Constitution, he specified that was his expression of things as he saw them. He also criticized the sedition law under Section 124A of the Indian Penal Code,terming it to belong to colonial era and archaic.
India expressed shock and has strongly condemned the attack on the US consulate in Libya that led to death of Washington's envoy and other US officials.Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai conveyed India's condolences to Nancy Powell,US Ambassador to India.An armed mob angry over a US-made film critical of Islam attacked the American consulate in Benghazi that led to death of US Ambassador to Libya J. Christopher Stevens and three of his staff.US President Barack Obama on Wednesday while strongly condemning the killings has ordered enhanced security at American diplomatic posts around the world.
Qatar Airways has entered into a long-term partnership with Wipro to develop new technological solutions through an agreement signed in Doha by Qatar Airways CEO Akbar Al Baker and Wipro chairman Azim Premji.Akbar Al Baker stated that Wipro would be building new aviation IT solutions to ensure an enhanced customer experience and thus providing a competitive edge to Qatar Airways. The technologies thus deployed wouldenable Qatar Airways and its subsidiaries to target their aggressive growth strategies.
More than 35 Canadian education, infrastructure, information, communication technology companies among others will take part in the Emerging Kerala 2012 Global Connect. This is a three-day investor conference that started in Kochi on Wednesday. The event which will be held from Sep 12 to 14, 2012 will also see the participation of theCEOs of the Indian arms of Canadian companies such as Blackberry, Bombardier and McCain. A 20-member delegation led by The Association of Canadian Community Colleges (ACCC) will also participate in Emerging Kerala. This includes representatives of 14 of Canada's most reputed institutions offering skill development programmes for international students.Canada session on Sep 13 is one of the important features of Canada's participation at the event.
"Barfi" producers have got legal notice from British radio manufacturers Murphy Radio for using their trademark Murphy baby in the title track of the film. Producer Siddharth Roy Kapur confirmed they have received legal notice but also stated that there is no infringement and they will respond to the notice and that the brand has been projected in a very positive light.Murphy Radio claimed that the makers of "Barfi" used their trademark Murphy baby (Murphy Munna in the film's song) without any no objection certificate from them. A stay order on the release of the film has been soought.
India's skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stated it is important for the team to perform well in the World Twenty20 tournament after it won the World Cup last year. As India is the world champions in the 50-over format it is important to repeat the success story in T20 format. The main foucus of the team would be to adjust to the format after the Tests and the ODIs as the approach of all the formats are different. India will get to play the warm-up matches against Sri Lanka (Sep 15) and Pakistan (Sep 17) before beginning their campaign against Afghanistan on Sep 19 at Colombo in Sri Lanka.
Science and Technology
Apple's much awaited next-generation iPhone 5 has finally arrived. Packed with features like larger 4-inch screen,18 percent thinner and 20 percent lighter than its predecessor and 16:9 aspect ratio, iPhone 5 was unveiled by Apple chief executive Timothy D. Cook on Wednesday at the Yerba Buena Centre for the Arts in San Francisco. The phone has a new A6 chip designed by Apple which is twice as fast in terms of CPU and graphics. The chips in the iPhone 5 support additional bands and frequencies and can deliver up to 100 Mbps per second. The large screen with 40 percent more colour saturation, will be utilized by apps makers to provide precise display. As it is more thumb-friendly so it would ensure ease in sending text messages, swipe through pages and browse the Web. There can be fifth row of apps on the screen as there is additional vertical space in the phone. There is no official announcement yet on its India launch and it is expected that Apple may tie-up with leading mobile operators besides Aircel and Airtel.