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Major News and Events of 14 July 2012

What Happened on 14 July 2012


Ansari renominated as vice president; Trinamool does not agree

 

 Hamid Ansari was on Saturday renominated as the UPA candidate in the vice presidential election. The key ally Trinamool Congress has not agreed to this and delayed its final decision. It was Sonia Gandhi the Congress President who announced Ansari's candidature for another term as vice president. She specified that UPA was honored to nominate him again for the position of vice president though the Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy stated that his party had suggested the names of former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi and former MP Krishna Bose.

India's forex reserves dip by $336 million
In the week ending on July 6, India’s forex reserve has plunged by  $336.5 million to $287.62 billion. The RBI has not clarified about the reason but as it is evident the central bank may have sold dollars from the reserves to control the decline in the value of rupee. After getting a record low in recent weeks rupee value got some gain on Friday July 12 and closed at 55.15 against dollar. The trade deficit also reduced to $10.3 billion in June against $14.4 billion in the same month last year. Incidentally forex had grown by $1.36 billion to $289.992 billion in the week which ended on June 29. 
Germany pitches for India in the Security Council to represent global realities

Germany has talked in favor of India for its inclusion as permanent member in the Security Council. The German Ambassador to India Michael Steiner opined that if the UN does not reform then it may be losing its "legitimacy." Germany one of the four-nation group pushing for United Nations reform said that it along with India should be accorded permanent seat in the Security Council so that the UN represents the global leaders. Germany along with India, Japan and South Africa has formed a group within the UN to request for early reforms and expansion of the UNSC for their inclusion. US, Britain, France, Russia and China are at present the permanent members of the Security Council. 

Chennai will host Chess Olympiad for blind
Chennai will host the 14th IBCA Chess Olympiad for the Blind scheduled from Aug 9-19. In fact in Asia this event will be hosted for the first time. India had successfully hosted the 11th Individual World Chess Championship for the Blind 2006 in Goa which prompted the International Braille Chess Association (IBCA) Congress to award this event to India. As many as 164 players from 34 countries participated in the last edition of the sporting event at Heraklion in Greece. World champion Viswanathan Anand is said to be the inspiration to the Indian blind team which prompted the Indian team to take part in the IBCA Chess Olympiad in Greece.
Television as a mass medium makes talent believable
Choreographer Atul Jindal feels TV serves as a good platform for youngsters and adults to showcase their talent. He said that it is through this mass medium people get to know of others' talents. It is hard for them to believe it when they hear it from others but when the same is shown in a reality show it is well accepted. This provides a good boost to the careers of the talented people. Many dance shows have got popular on television though it cannot be the only guiding factor for anyone’s career that is what Jindal’s opinion is. Jindal was the official contemporary choreographer for "Dance India Dance Doubles" in 2010.
Low cost solar phone by Micromax at Rs 2499
Micromax has launched its low cost solar phone X259 priced at Rs 2499 for the rural population of India. The phone has an in-built solar panel which gets charged through solar power when exposed to sunlight. The configurations for Micromax X259 include 2.4 inch QVGA screen with a resolution of 240X320, dual SIM X259, 1000mAh Li-ion battery, expandable storage memory up to 4GB, audio, video player and FM radio with recording and Bluetooth connectivity.