Major News and Events of 17 August 2012
What Happened on 17 August 2012
Bulk of rumors sourced from Pakistan, 16 arrested in Bangalore
PSB's non-performing assets was not alarming: FM
'Chakravyuh' lets Abhay, Arjun's understand Maoist issues better
V.V.S. Laxman announces his retirement
Government disconnects 51000 telephone numbers of unregistered telemarketers
Former Haryana minister Gopal Goyal Kanda was sent to police custody by a Delhi court. He has been sent to seven days of custody for questioning, recovery of documents and computer hard drives which have been found missing from his office and also for acquiring details of email addresses and phone call records. He would be presented in court on August 25 after medical examination. The court said. "The police custody of the accused is required for sustained interrogation and to recover his laptop, mobile phone and SIM card at his instance from Gurgaon, Sirsa and other known hideouts." Those investigating the case though had requested for 14 days of his custody. Kanda was arrested after he surrendered early in the morning at a police station in New Delhi.
Police has arrested sixteen people in Bangalore, out of which eight have been involved in spreading rumours leading to exodus of people from the northeast and eight for assault. 15 cases have been booked in the last three days for those involved in assault. Three of the persons who have been arrested on charges of spreading enemity have been identified as Anees Pasha, T. Nawaz and Shahid Salman Khan. From them four mobile phones, two computers and a laptop have been confiscated. 600 Central Police Reserve Force (CRPF) and Rapid Action Force(RAF) personnel along with additional state police force have been deployed in sensitive areas. The exodus has reduced now and only 100 unreserved tickets have been booked to Guwahati on Saturday compared to 8500 tickets the day before. From Aug 15 to 17 a record 29,363 unreserved tickets to Guwahati have been sold.
At the same time the bulk of the rumours that led to panic among people of northeastern states in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra have been sourced from Pakistan. Government has imposed 15 days ban on bulk SMS and MMS.
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram tried to console the anxious financial sector by saying that the rise in non-performing assets (NPAs) of public sector banks (PSBs) is marginal and so there was no reason to panic.NPAs are a total of those loans that are susceptible to going bad or default out of the total amount of lending a bank has done. In 2011-2012, PSBs' total NPAs had spiked to 3.3 percent compared to 2.3 percent in 2010-11.As per some estimates, the gross NPAs of PSBs rose by Rs.39,000 crore in 2011-12. In comparison to that NPAs of private banks were only Rs.500 crore. This was due to rise in the corporate debt restructuring (CDR) in sectors like aviation, real estate, power and telecom as there was a increase in interest rates, fluctuating currency and commodity markets. The Finance Minister said that the NPAs have risen marginally for the year ended March 2012. Though the NPAs reflect a slowdown in the economy, the situation was not alarming as it was being perceived.
Actors Abhay Deol and Arjun Rampal, will be playing pivotal roles in Prakash Jha's "Chakravyuh". Preparation of the movie has helped them to understand the naxalites (Maoists) situation in detail. Arjun Rampal said he was not aware that the Maoists have a planned setup and how they were funded. On the other hand Abhay Deol believes that the situation may deteriorate in the absence of a solution. The movie is scheduled for Oct 24 release and features Esha Gupta, Manoj Bajpayee and Anjali Patil as well.
Stylish batsman V.V.S. Laxman announced his retirement from international cricket with immediate effect thus ending speculation about his career. This was just a week after he was named in the squad for the two-Test series against New Zealand,which kick starts next week. The right-handed batsman, specified that he had conveyed his decision to the Indian cricket board president N. Srinivasan and the chairman of selectors K. Srikkanth this morning. Both of them reluctantly agreed to his decision.
Science and Technology
51,000 telephone numbers of subscribers have been disconnected by the government. These are those who did not register themselves as a telemarketer but are working in that capacity.Minister of State for Communications and IT, Milind Deora stated that nearly 88,300 subscribers, who committed similar violations, have been served with notices. As per Telecom Commercial Communications Customer Preference Regulations, 2010, a subscriber has to be registered with TRAI as a telemarketer to carry out any commercial communications.If that is not so then the originating access provider first issues a notice to such subscriber asking him to discontinue such communications. The telecom service is discontinued on the second occasion. To the registered telemarketers 140 number series are allotted.