Major News and Events of 15 August 2012
What Happened on 15 August 2012
No vote if there is no power: Nitish
900 unauthorised Delhi colonies to be regularized: Dixit
Mars journey will be significant step for India: PM
Mahesh Bhatt upset with Rs 100 crore trend
Yogeshwar Dutt said he could have got gold from other draw
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday in an Independence Day speech specified that absence of political consensus was affecting India's economic growth. He also vowed to fight corruption and at the same time taking care of the fact that baseless allegations are not imposed on sincere officials. This was his ninth speech from the Red Fort on 66th Independence Day. The PM also spoke on inflation, Maoist insurgency and focused on domestic concerns. He steered away from speaking on foreign policy or India's global position. He praised the improvement in situation in Jammu and Kashmir and at the same time showed concern over violence in northeast.
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said that PM's speech was "disappointing" and lacked focus as it did not delve on issues facing the country. Narendra Modi said that the Prime Minister should have spoken on the policy on infiltration from Bangladesh.
What could be good news to power-starved people in Bihar, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar has announced that if his government fails to provide electricity in the villages he will not ask for votes in the 2015 assembly elections. He said that was the main focus of his government and it has already demanded the state's share in the upcoming thermal power plant of the National Thermal Power Corporation to be set up in Barh in Patna district. Further some other power projects in the private sector have been cleared by the state. A BSEB official on conditions of anonymity said that the state generates only 100 MW whereas the requirement is between 2,500 and 3,000 MW.
Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has made an announcement of number of measures for the people in Delhi which includes regularisation of over 900 unauthorised colonies before the assembly elections which are due in November 2013. Dikshit also announced measures for economically weaker sections like offering free cooking stove, cash transfer of food subsidy and assurance that work on the monorail project in the city will start in the next few months.
Science and Technology
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced on August 15, that an Indian spaceship will go to Mars and gather important scientific information. The Mars Mission will entail to launch of an orbiter, which will carry nearly 25 kg of scientific payloads on-board, around Mars using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket during November 2013. The government has made a budgetary allocation of Rs.125 crore this year for its launch. ISRO is already on the work of planned Mars Mission.
Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is upset with the recent trend of Rs.100 crore films because he thinks it overshadows successful small budget movies. He said that everyone was clamoring for number one spot and that is the reason why a movie which has done Rs 100 crore or Rs 200 crore business is praised while a movie which has done good in its category is not appreciated. Bhatt has made some well known small budget films with new actors such as "Murder", "Raaz" and "Jism".
Wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt who won bronze in the Olympics said he may have got the gold had he been placed in the other group of the men's 60kg freestyle wrestling draw. He stated that his group was a tough one and there were Olympic and World Champions in it. He lost the pre-quarterfinal bout to Russia' Besik Kudukhov, who is the current World Champion and Beijing Games bronze medallist. Yogeshwar is determined to get a different medal from what he has now in the next Olympics. He said in the current event he wanted to get a medal badly.