Major News and Events of 13 August 2012
What Happened on 13 August 2012
Ramdev and his supporters detained, gain wide political support
Lok Sabha adjourned till Tuesday
30 min free calling to India from US, Britain: Matrix
Kohli nominated for ICC Awards in two categories
MNS wing warns of protests against multiplexes
Motorola Mobility to slash 20% of its work force, India to be hit
The Hilton Worldwide, a leading global hospitality brand is looking to create a network of 25 hotels across India by 2016. Rob Palleschi, global head, Double Tree by Hilton said with the launch of the third hotel in the country they are on track of increasing the network to 25 hotels in the country by 2016. It was also stated that Hilton Worldwide will have 10 hotels in Goa, in 2011 the group launched six hotels in India and this year it is expected to reach 14 hotels by the year end.
Baba Ramdev was detained on his way while leading a huge march of around 1500 supporters to parliament. He got support from the political parties and leaders like Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president Nitin Gadkari, Janata Dal-United (JD-U) chief and NDA convenor Sharad Yadav, Janata Party chief Subramanian Swamy and some Akali Dal leaders joined him on the podium in the Ramlila Maidan before he started his march. Police found it difficult to control his supporters who were asked to board 100 buses who kept alighting from them and shouted slogans, some even lay on the road. Ramdev was taken to the Ambedkar Stadium in the evening. Government didn't react to this and was not perturbed with the fact that the UPA supporters Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party have also joined the campaign. Congress stated Ramdev is fighting a "political battle" in the name of campaigning against black money.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned till Tuesday after disruption in the proceedings by the opposition members over the violence in Assam and its effect in Mumbai. The house was earlier adjourned till 2 p.m. but when it resumed Shiv Sena members rushed to the well of the house demanding dismissal of the Maharashtra government headed by Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan. Deputy Speaker Karia Munda who was in the chair adjourned the house after rushing through the list of business. The Shiv Sena demanded an explanation from the government over the Mumbai violence to which Congress member Sanjay Nirupam replied that the Maharashtra government was taking action.
Matrix Cellular, which provides telecommunication solutions for Indians travelling abroad launched a new service. This would give the consumers 30 minutes of free calling time from US and Britain after paying Rs.499 upfront. The travelers going to the US will have to pay $1 per day apart from the activation charges and those to Britain need to pay only Rs.499. Credit card payment would be accepted. Compared to what Matrix has to offer those using an international roaming need to pay Rs140 per min to make calls from UK and Rs.250 a minute from US.
Indian batsman Virat Kohli's name has been nominated in two categories for the International Cricket Council (ICC) awards to be held in Colombo, Sri Lanka on September 15. The cricketer who was the country's most prolific run-getter in the last one year, has been shortlisted for ICC Cricketer of the Year award and ODI Cricketer of the Year. In the latter category he has contenders like Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Gautam Gambhir. Six cricketers Pakistan's Saeed Ajmal, South Africa's Hashim Amla, Australia captain Michael Clarke, Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara, England's Alastair Cook and West Indies women's player Stafanie Taylor have been nominated for three different categories.
Maharashtra Navnirman Chitrapat Karmachari Sena (MNCKS), a body affiliated to Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) on Monday, August 13 warned multiplexes to screen Marathi films during prime time slots or protests would be launched. The body said that 'Ek Tha Tiger' and a Marathi film, 'Bharatiya' are to release on the same day but 'Bharatiya' was not getting the required slots MNCKS deals with issues linked to the Marathi film industry.
Science and Technology
Motorola Mobility has conveyed to its employees that it would lay off 20% of its work force and close down a third of its 94 offices. This would mean shrinking its operations in India as well. The cellphone maker that Google bought in May is not doing good business and lagging far behind its competitors, Apple and Samsung. Google has plans to reinvent Motorola and to sustain its Android business. Google wants to expand into hardware rather than only focusing on search and software.