Major News and Events of 14 December 2012
What Happened on 14 December 2012
Nobody would bid for Bengal if there was an auction: Mamata Banerjee
Reduced diesel, LPG subsidies will reduce fiscal deficit: PM
Delhi policemen will watch 'Dabangg 2' with Salman Khan
India win men's world kabaddi final
Locate polling station using Google Map
The National Investigation Agency (NIA) arrested Rajesh Chaudhary who is a suspect in Samjhauta Express blasts which killed 68 people in 2007. Chaudhary who had a reward of Rs 5 Lakhs was arrested and presented before a court in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh. The NIA took over the investigation into the blasts in 2010 and has already filed charge sheets in the case. Initial investigation was carried on by the Government Railway Police and special investigation team of Haryana Police.
Mamata Banerjee has got herself in controversy again. This time she while lamenting over the state's financial condition went a bit too far and stated that if the state was to be auctioned then no one will bid for it. She wanted to stress upon the fact that the earlier Left government has drained the state of funds. Her statement has created a stir and the opposition feels that it is an insult to the people of the state. Banerjee on the other hand had said that they were able to raise the tax by 35 percent but the financial condition of the state is very critical and if she had known it was in this state she may not have taken the responsibility she is having now.
The government intends to reduce the fiscal deficit to three percent of GDP by 2016-17, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Saturday stated that measures for correcting energy pricing, reducing diesel and LPG subsidies, were needed to reach this target. The target for this year is to reduce the fiscal deficit to 5.3 percent this year. For this the measures which had to be undertaken were "politically difficult" but the prime minister stated that the government is determined to take them for the interests of the people. Prime Minister also said that the subsidies were essential to do away with the adverse effects of poverty but under pricing of energy, specially of electricity and petroleum products, had created an impact on the investments in infrastructure and social development.
Delhi Police personnel, who have got accolades for their bravery and meritorious services, will watch 'Dabangg 2' along with actor Salman Khan before the film releases on Dec 21. As per Delhi Police sources, Salman Khan will reach Delhi on Dec 18 and would pay tributes to police martyrs. Salman Khan will watch the movie with the policemen and will meet the family members of the five policemen who died during the Dec 13, 2001, parliament attack. This would be motivating for the police force. Before this the movie 'Rowdy Rathore' was also screened exclusively for Delhi Police's SWAT (Special Weapon and Techniques) team with actor Akshay Kumar.
India won the men's final of the World Kabaddi Cup for the third time continuously at Ludhiana on Saturday by defeating arch-rivals Pakistan 59-22. The match was dominated by the Indian players and they maintained a lead initially and reached 9-0. Along with the title of World Cup Kabaddi, India has got a prize money of Rs.2 crore and Pakistan got Rs.1 crore while Canada got the third prize of Rs.51 Lakh.
Science and Technology
Indian electors can now reach their polling stations and acquire other electoral information online using Google Maps, this was informed by an official at Agartala. Exact location of the polling stations can be pinpointed by the map. The official also stated that the polling station locations in the National Capital Territory of Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Gujarat, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Daman and Diu, Sikkim, Mizoram, Meghalaya and Tripura have already been plotted on Google Maps and the rest of the country maps will be soon available on the website. There is drop down menu for district, constituency and polling station names to see polling station locations of the area. Satellite image layer, polling station and roads connecting them can be viewed here.