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Major News and Events of 14 September 2012

What Happened on 14 September 2012


CBI conducts raids in Karnataka mining scam and files cases

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed five cases and began its initial inquiry into the multi-crore mining scam in Karnataka, which involves illegal extraction and export of iron ore. The extraction was to the tune of 5.07 million tonnes of iron ore valued at Rs.2,500 crore. The cases have been filed in accordance with the Sep 7 directive of the Supreme Court. The court's directive was based on the central empowered committee's reports on April 27 and Sep 6 regarding environmental matters.Raids were done at Saturday at 17 places in Bangalore, Hospet, Karwar in Karnataka and at Panjim in Goa for proof against the firms and exporters involved in the scam. A 10-member team also carried on searches in the premises of K. Mahesh, S. Nagaraj and Somasekhar at Hospet and Sandur at 300km distance from Bangalore.

PM defends reforms, says it is necessary to revive economy

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh specified that the policy reforms brought up by his government, were needed to revive economic growth, enhance the investment climate and strengthen public finances.The economy which was slowing down had to be brought on trackand he hoped that it would rebound in the second half of the current fiscal. He also stated that the effort has to be made to accelerate 9 percent growth by the end of the Plan period.Singh stated this at the meeting of the full Planning Commission, which was convened to finalise the country's 12th Five-Year (2012-17) Plan.

Ban on gutka, pan masala upheld by Bombay High Court

The Maharashtra government got a major victory when the Bombay High Court comprising division bench of Chief Justice Mohit Shah and Justice Nitin Jamdar upheld its decision to ban tobacco flavoured gutka and pan masala in the state from July 19. The court was hearing petitions by gutka and pan masala makers who challenged the ban. The court also ruled that as these products qualified as food under the Food Safety and Standards Act so the Food and Drugs Administration was authorized to ban them.Advocate general D. Khambatta on behalf of the governmentin his plea said that both gutka and pan masala were 'poison' as they had harmful ingredients like zinc, nicotine and magnesium carbonate as per the lab tests. The petitioners were given time till Sep 25 so that they can move the Supreme Court and also asked the government not to destroy gutka and pan masala, which were seized and were worth over Rs.100 million till that time.

Davis Cup: India take 3-0 lead against Kiwis

Vishnu Vardhan helped India take an emphatic 3-0 lead in the Davis Cup tie against New Zealand at Chandigarh by winning the second singles and a thrilling doubles match alongside Divij Sharan.Yuki Bhambri took India to a 1-0 lead when he defeated Daniel King-Turner in the first rubber, the 25-year-old Vardhan carried on the second rubber from Friday, winning 6-2, 6-7(2), 6-4, 6-2, against Jose Statham at the Chandigarh Lawn Tennis Association (CLTA) Stadium. Along with Sharan he beat Michael Venus and Daniel King-Turner 7-6 (3), 4-6, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 and scripted India's win in the Asia/Oceania Group I first round play-off.The day began with Vardhan and Statham resuming the second singles. This match could not be completed on Friday due to bad light when the Indian was leading 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-4.Vardhan completed the match in a few minutes and give India a 2-0 lead.

SRK loved his bearded look for 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan'

Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan had fallen in love with the grungy, bearded look for his role in Yash Chopra's "Jab Tak Hai Jaan". But he had to finally do away with it. He tweeted about it that,"Had fallen in love with my beard. But it started to scratch... so ripped it out and had to let it go. That hurts too".He plays an army officer in the movie, which also has two actresses - Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma in the lead.Shah Rukh recently completed the shooting in Ladakh and Kashmir.

GSM operators lose 7.10 million subscribers in August

The GSM operators like Airtel, Vodafone and Idea have lost more than 7.10 million subscribers in August this year. This has brought the total subscriber base in the country to 671.95 million as per Cellular Operators' Association of India (COAI). These three operators constitute for close to 68 per cent of the GSM market and they had a loss of over 5.1 million users in August, according to COAI data.Bharti Airtel with a 27.82 per cent market share, lost 1.90 million users which brought down its subscriber base to 186.9 million.Idea Cellular lost 1.64 million users bringing down its subscriber's base to 115.97 million while Vodafone lost 1.55 million users and its subscribers base stood at 153.35 million at the end of August 2012.