Major News and Events of 18 July 2012
What Happened on 18 July 2012
Anna Hazare won't hold any further talks with the government
Prime Minister reviews food security
Air passenger traffic drop for second consecutive month
First super star of Hindi cinema waves a final goodbye to his crazy fans
India's top discus thrower crosses 63m barrier
Nokia launches Asha 305 phone in India at Rs. 4,688
In Karnataka happenings took a shocking turn as far as opposition to the Right to Education (RTE) was concerned. 4 students comprising two boys and two girls had their locks of hair clipped so that they could be differentiated from other students. These students have joined the Oxford School under RTE. The state government has slapped notice on the school after getting complaints from the parents of the children as well as the Dalit organizations. The school was closed as 1800 other schools as part of the protest against the implementation of RTE. The Karnataka Unaided Schools Management Association (KUSMA) president G.S. Sharma had compared students getting into private schools under RTE to sewage flow polluting water. He resigned after there was a row over his comment.
Anna Hazare has alleged that the UPA government was trying to divide his team. He opined that he would not hold any further discussion and would continue indefinite protest from July 25 for a strong Lokpal bill. He has written a three-page letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh of his intention to take part in protest from July 25 and also in Baba Ramdev's protest from Aug 9. According to him Law Minister Salman Khurshid met him on June 23 and had given him assurance that the UPA government was ready to implement the Lokpal Bill as per the suggestions of the civil society.
He said that Khurshid had asked him to keep the meeting secret till this was discussed with the prime minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi. He did not agree to the claim made by the Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy that he was aiding the government to develop a consensus on Lokpal.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with his senior colleagues like Defence Minister A.K. Antony, Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar and Food Minister K.V. Thomas, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia and head of the Prime Minister's Economic Advisory Council C. Rangarajan reviewed the food management in the country. The matters discussed were deficient monsoon and the expected demand on stocks due to the proposed National Food Security Bill. The drought like situation in Maharashtra and Karnataka may lead to reduced grain production in the current year. The PM also reviewed status of food stocks as well as limited storage facility in the event of record crop production of 257 million tonnes.
Rajesh Khanna the first super star in Hindi cinema passed away at the age of 69. He died at his Ashirwad home after fighting a prolonged battle with liver problems. When the news of his illness reached his fans on June 20, everyone was concerned. He had stepped along with his son-in-law Akhshay Kumar and his estranged wife Dimple Kapadia and had waved to his fans that he is alright. But eventually he lost the struggle. With his death it is curtains down to the glorious era of Hindi cinema where he defined romance and sensitive portrayal which has trickled down to generations later on.
In June domestic air passenger traffic dropped substantially by 3.84 percent ito 51.08 lakh from 53.12 lakh in the corresponding month of 2011. In May the passenger traffic dropped by 0.87 percent and stood at 54.48 lakh from that of 54.96 lakh carried in the corresponding month of 2011. The data released by Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) though shows that the total passengers carried by all the domestic airlines in the January-June period increased by 3.71 percent at 309.16 lakh passengers compared to 298.10 lakh during the corresponding period of previous year.
India's top discus thrower, Krishna Poonia went past the 63m mark in the Woodford Green Open Graded Meeting organised by the Woodford Green and Essex Ladies Athletics Club at Ashton Playing Field in London ahead of the Olympics. Krishna had won gold in the CWG , touched 63.16 metres. She was hopeful that she would cross the 65m barrier during the Games. Her husband and coach Virender expressed happiness with the result.
Science and Technology
Nokia has launched Asha 305 phone in India which is priced at Rs. 4,688. The phone is full-touch dual-SIM (GSM+ GSM) phone and comes loaded with features like a 10MB built-in storage and microSD support for up to 32GB storage, 3-inch WQVGA resistive touch screen with 240 X 400 pixels resolution, 2MP camera with 4X zoom. 2GB microSD card also comes with the phone. The phone has 1,110 mAh battery, which can support 14 hours of talk time and 528 hours on standby mode. Content like 40 EA games, including Tetris, Need for Speed and FIFA 2012 and Nokia Maps for navigation are also included in the phone. The device supports IM services like Google Talk, Yahoo Messenger and Windows Live Messenger.