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Major News and Events of 16 December 2012

What Happened on 16 December 2012


Malik ends India visit after stirring up another row

Pakistan Interior Minister Rehman Malik's three-day visit to India ended with another controversy when he alleged that an Indian connected to the Mumbai attack belonged to Indian intelligence agency. Malik also stated that Pakistan was not connected with the 2008 Mumbai terror in any way.Malik also stated that Pakistan was waiting for "substantial evidence" from New Delhi to take any action against Lashkar-e-Taiba leader and Mumbai-terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed. Jundal was deported from Saudi Arabia and arrested in Delhi in June. Indian Islamist Abu Jundal was supposedly present at the control room based in Karachi where the Mumbai attacks was being monitored. Malik said he "worked as a source for (an) elite agency of India" and concluded that he could have turned into a double agent. He also stressed upon the role of Pakistani American David Coleman Headley, Jundal, S.A. Ansari and Iliyas Kashmiri in the 26/11 attack, and stated that it was evident that non-state actors were to blame. He said, "We have non-state actors, you have non-state actors," and truth should be revealed so that progress can be made in the relation between the two countries.

Rajya Sabha to vote on job quota bill on Monday

The Rajya Sabha will vote on the controversial Constitution (117th Amendment) Bill 2012 on Monday. The bill will provide reservation in government jobs for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has been asking the government to pass the bill, while the Samajwadi Party (SP) has been giving the indications that it could reconsider its outside support to the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) if the bill is passed. BJP vice-president Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said to the media that both SP and BSP support the Congress. And they have saved the UPA government on many occasions. The threat by Mulayam Singh Yadav is just a political action. This bill has resulted in Parliament being disrupted frequently over the issue since the winter session started Nov 22.

Excitement among Indian hockey players about big-ticket league

Indian hockey players Sardar Singh and Sandeep Singh welcomed the fact that the Hockey Indian League (HIL) will be lucrative and hoped it will change the face of the sport in the country. India captain Sardar, who was the highest paid player in the auction, thinks this would be an inspiration for the next generation of Indian hockey players. Sardar, who was a marquee player, got a price of $78,000 by the Delhi Wave Riders. He feels the amount of money involved in the tournament will inspire the players to do well. Indian hockey players were leading at the players' auction held in New Delhi on Sunday. Ace drag-flicker V.R.Raghunath was bought for $76,000 by Uttar Pradesh Wizards.

Tax should not be hiked till implementation of GST: CII

The Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) stated that the government should not do any alterations in the indirect tax rates till the proposed goods and services tax (GST) regime was not implemented.In its pre-budget memorandum to the finance ministry, the industry body has asked the government to ensure "more clarity, transparency and certainty in implementation of tax provisions and re-engineer tax administration by simplifying the procedures and reducing the compliance cost".It also stated that the budget should seek to the long-term goal of having a simplified and rational taxation system.On indirect taxes, CII recommended the present situation should be maintained at the current rates for excise, customs duty and service tax so that there is stability in taxation. These can be revised after the implementation of GST. CII has also given a suggestion for a four point agenda to boost growth in the Indian economy.

'Ishkq In Paris' to release in 2013

Preity Zinta's comeback film "Ishkq In Paris", which has been delayed all this while will release next year.  Preity tweeted, "For all of you asking 'Ishkq In Paris' will release in 2013. We got delayed finishing it due to my director falling sick. Besides that it looks great." The actor is looking forward to the movie and says it is special for her. 'Ishkq In Paris', an Indo-French project, is the first production venture of Preity. In the movie she plays a half-Indian, half-French girl who falls in love in one of the most expensive cities in the world. The movie is directed by Prem Soni and has French actress Isabelle Adjani and newcomer Rhehan Malliek. 

Karbonn launches 5.9-inch Android phone at Rs 11,50

Karbonn mobiles released a new Android smartphones, the A30 which has a huge screen size at 5.9 inches. This is larger than Samsung’s phablet Note series. The phone is priced at Rs 11,500. The phone has a  dual SIM option, 8 megapixel rear camera and a 1.3 megapixel front camera, expandable up to 32 GB. The device has dual-core processor of  1GHz, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, Gesture Mode, Face detection and a 3.5 mm Jack. The phone runs on Android 4.0 or Ice-Cream Sandwich.