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Major News and Events of 17 December 2012

What Happened on 17 December 2012


A series win for England

England got the first series win in India since 1984-85 after the fourth and final cricket Test ended in a draw at the VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Monday.England, began the day at 161 for three and went on to make 352 for four in their second innings when the play was called off an hour after tea on the final day.  Jonathan Trott (143) and Ian Bell (116 not out), clinched the game from the hosts by a 208-run partnership from 94 for three on day four. England made 330 in their first innings to which India replied with 326 for nine. England won the four-match series 2-1 after a debacle in the first Test at Ahmedabad. The Indian bowling, was no match for England's attack throughout the series. India lost first series at home since 2004.

Promotion quota bill passed by Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha Monday passed a constitution amendment bill today. This will provide reservations in promotions for the Scheduled Castes (SCs) and the Scheduled Tribes (STs).The Samajwadi Party opposed this legislation.The Constitution (One Hundred Seventeenth Amendment) Bill, 2012 got votes from 206 members voting while 10 voted against. There was a debate over it in the Parliament for over two days in which 34 members took part. The bill was put to vote by Chairman M. Hamid Ansari after the government gave its approval to suggestions of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In the suggestions it was said that a candidate's efficiency will be judged though the standards could be lowered for weaker sections.The government also gave its approval that there will be no demotion due to retrospective provisions in the bill.

Now Karnataka BJP chief faces charges for corruption

 Karnataka Bharatiya Janata Party president and deputy chief minister K. S. Eshwarappa are now under scanner for corruption charges.Karnataka police attached to Lokayukta (ombudsman) registered a First Information Report (FIR) to initiate the investigations into charges that specify that Eshwarappa had accumulated wealth disproportionate to his sources of income which is on record.The FIR was filed after a complaint by a Shimoga advocate B. Vinod in the Lokayukta court. The court has directed the police to complete the investigation and submit a report by Feb 4. Former BJP chief minister B. S. Yeddyurappa, who has a number of cases of corruption against him also has a base at Shimoga only.

Telecom operator Uninor to wind up operations in West Bengal

Telecom firm Uninor Monday will be closing down the operations in Kolkata and West Bengal circles from Jan 19 next year as "no new spectrum (was) being (made) available through auctions". The company stated in a release that it would issue a public notice to this effect to all its customers in Kolkata and West Bengal, asking them to exhaust their mobile phone's balance by Jan 18 and using mobile number portability shift to another operator. The release specified, "The Supreme Court had quashed Uninor's licences through its order on February 2, 2012. With no new 1,800 Mhz spectrum auctions being indicated by the authorities and 900 Mhz spectrum also likely not be available to auction winners in 2013, the company will have to stop its operations in the two circles of Kolkata and West Bengal on January 19, 2013." There are a total of 5.6 million subscribers in Kolkata and West Bengal circles.

Mahesh Bhatt, Pooja Bhatt to introduce new talent Aaryan

Singer Aaryan will have a dream come true when he will be introduced to the world of films through father-daughter duo of filmmakers Mahesh and Pooja Bhatt. Aaryan's first music video called "Ranjhann" was uploaded on YouTube a few weeks ago. It got more than 5 million views. His voice captured the attention of Dubai-based Indian businessman Shiraz Gidwani, who thought of launching him. The 25-year-old Indore boy got the limelight through a big event at the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. Pooja Bhatt was impressed with the fact that his song could attract so many views even though it was launched same time when Dabangg 2 song 'Dagabaaz re' was released. 

User-friendly software for accessing census data launched

CensusInfo India is a new user-friendly database software which will let people access, use and understand the statistical data of India's latest population and housing census thus doing away with statistical monotony. Register General and India's Census Commissioner C. Chandramouli said that data from other censuses would also be added in the CensusInfo India module. The software has been developed by United Nations' statistics division in partnership with United Nations Children's Fund (Unicef) and United Nation Population Fund (UNFPA).