Major News and Events of 16 October 2012
What Happened on 16 October 2012
GoM clears land acquisition bill draft
Tata Motors launches Manza Club Class sedan
Munda inaugurates 270 MW power unit
Tendulkar awarded Order of Australia, Australian fans not happy about this
Saif and Kareena got married in a private ceremony
Microsoft reveals its Xbox Music
The sudden transfer of a Haryana official who canceled the mutation of a prime plot in Gurgaon sold by UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi's son-in-law Robert Vadra's company to DLF for Rs.58 crore has initiated a political uproar.Congress backed the Haryana government's decision to shift IAS officer Ashok Khemka, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) called for an independent investigation. Khemka's friend has even said he is getting death threats.Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda stuck on his claim that his government had not favored anyone in land deals. Khemka was transferred on Oct 11 as director general of Land Consolidation and Land Records-cum-inspector general of Registration and he cancelled the mutation on his last day in office Monday. As a result of this, DLF will not be able get the title of the prime land which is over 3.5 acres, transferred to its name. The land will stay in the name of Vadra's Sky Light Hospitality. As per the documents which are with media Khemka had on Oct 8 launched a probe into the land deals done by Vadra and his companies in four districts of Haryana bordering Delhi. After three days he was transferred by the Hooda government to the Haryana Seeds Development Corp. A day after his transfer Khemka asked deputy commissioners of Gurgaon, Mewat, Faridabad and Palwal districts to investigate into all the land deal documents of Vadra and his companies from 2005 to look into the under-valuation of property to do away with stamp duty and he asked for a report on the same by Oct 25.
A Group of Ministers (GoM) on Tuesday gave its approval for the draft of the long-pending land acquisition bill, which will lead to its introduction in the winter session of parliament.Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, who heads the GoM, stated that a consensus has been reached after understanding on each issue where there were different views.The bill renamed as the Right to Fair Compensation, Resettlement, Rehabilitation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Bill, was entangled in differences among ministries.Among the contentious issues were aspects like compensation and percentage of land owners whose approval would be required before acquisition, land valuation and sectors to be exempted.The draft of the bill was given final shape.
Tata Motors released its next generation luxury Tata Manza Club Class sedan in both petrol and diesel versions. This is available in six colors, the petrol version gives a mileage of 13.7 kmpl, while the diesel version give 21.02 kmpl. The new car has features like collapsible steering column, anti-lock braking system, dual front airbags, fully automatic air conditioning, first-in-class touch-screen multi-media navigation, in-built GPS and segment redefining exterior styling with Infinity Contrast Roof, as per Tata Motors managing director Karl Slym.
Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda on Tuesday inaugurated a 270 MW thermal power plant in Seraikela-Kharsawan district. This being the first private sector plant in the state is set up by Adhunik Group, a Kolkata-based company at Kandra of Seraikela region in the district.In December the second unit of 270 MW will become operational. Adhunik Power & Natural Resources Ltd (APNRL) signed an MoU with the Jharkhand government for set up of a plant for generation of 1,080 MW of power in the state. Three more units at the plant will come up next.
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard made an announcement that Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar would be awarded with a membership of the Order of Australia for his contribution to the sport.Gillard stated that the "special honour", known as AM, would be conferred by Australian Cabinet Minister Simon Crean on his visit to India soon. This award rarely goes to someone who is not an Australian.The cricket fans Down Under are miffed with this decision and want to know how Tendulkar's name was chosen after his role in the Andrew Symonds 'Monkeygate' scandal.
Actor Saif Ali Khan and Kareena Kapoor had a registered marriage on Tuesday afternoon and became husband and wife. This happened at Saif's Bandra home.Kareena's mother Babita and father Randhir Kapoor signed and Saif's mother and veteran actress Sharmila Tagore signed aswitnesses. Kareena, 32, wore a green punjabi suit, while 42-year-old Saif was dressed in grey kurta-pyjama. Her sister Karisma Kapoor and cousin Ranbir Kapoor were also present at the ceremony. The couple dated for five years before getting married in a private ceremony.
Science and Technology
Microsoft revealed its Xbox Music, which has free music streaming, music subscription and purchase all in one space. The services will be there in Windows 8 Operating System where it will be the default music player. This will first roll out on its Xbox 360 video game console and later in October on personal and tablet computers and smartphones. Users will be able to listen to streaming songs for free, from a collection of over 30 million titles, on PCs and tablets running on Windows 8. An online store will enable purchase of the songs or albums. Users can also create "Internet radio" based on their favorite artists.