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Major News and Events of 19 November 2012

What Happened on 19 November 2012


Deaths not due to bamboo bridge collapse but stampede: Nitish

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar dismissed the reports that 18 people died during Chhath Puja celebrations due to a bamboo bridge collapse. He said the reason was a stampede and he further stated that he has asked Home Secretary Amir Subhani to inquire into the incident and action would be taken by the government if found guilty.A police official had earlier stated, "incident took place after a temporary bridge made of bamboo collapsed due to heavy rush of people..." A compensation of Rs.2 lakh to the next of kin of each of those killed has been announced.

Investigation ordered into girls' arrest for questioning Mumbai shutdown

Maharashtra Director General of Police Sanjeev Dayal has ordered an investigation into the arrest of a 21-year-old girl and her friend for posting comments on a social networking website regarding shutdown in Mumbai after Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's death.Thane rural police on Sunday arrested Shaheen Dadha for posting update questioning the shutdown in the city after Thackeray's death on Saturday and then again on Sunday for his funeral and cremation. Her friend who liked this comment was also arrested.Press Council of India Chairman Markandey Katju Monday strongly criticized the arrests and requested Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan to suspend the official who arrested the girls.Katju specified it was strange that protesting against a bandh can be termed as hurting religious sentiments. Katju in his email to the CM stated that if no action was taken then he would "deem it that you as chief minister are unable to run the state in a democratic manner as envisaged by the constitution to which you have taken oath, and then the legal consequences will follow".

SC issues notice to center on coal blocks

The Supreme Court on Monday issued a notice to the central government and the CBI acting on a petition which sought the cancellation of all captive coal blocks assigned to private companies and a SIT investigation into the alleged scam.The public interest litigation (PIL) sought for the cancellation of all coal blocks and a probe by a special investigation team (SIT) to probe into the arbitrary and non-transparent manner in which the blocks were allocated resulting in huge loss to the public exchequer. The cancellation was sought for all the private companies from 1993 to 2012 for captive mining.

Online purchase of all Titan products possible from January

Titan Industries has plans to launch an e-commerce platform by January for the customers who can buy all its products online and earn a revenue of Rs.100 crore from this venture.The company has number of portals for its different products with the current revenue somewhere between Rs.15-20 crore annually.The company intends to expand its accessories division, adding lifestyle items like helmets, fragrance and footwear.The aim is to take the profit before tax (PBT) which was Rs.838 crore in the last fiscal to at least Rs.1,000 crore in this fiscal.

India win first Test against England by nine wickets

India won the first cricket Test against England by nine wickets at Motera in Ahmedabad on Monday to take 1-0 lead in the four-match series.Virender Sehwag (25) and Cheteswar Pujara (41 not out) completed the 77-run target in 15.3 overs. Virat Kohli remained not out on 11.England were bowled out for 406 by lunch. Alastair Cook was the top scorer with 176 while Matt Prior made 91. Pragyan Ojha got four wickets for India in the second innings while Umesh Yadav struck thrice.England scored 191 in the first innings while India declared at 521 for eight.

JTHJ makes Rs.100 crore

"Jab Tak Hai Jaan" (JTHJ) has collected over Rs.120 crore worldwide in just six days of its release.The film, which released on Diwali along with Ajay Devgn-starrer "Son of Sardaar', has earned Rs.80.73 crore at the domestic box office.In India, it earned Rs.15.23 crore (Tuesday), Rs.19.54 crore (Wednesday), Rs.14.45 crore (Thursday), Rs.11.17 crore (Friday), Rs.10.38 crore (Saturday) and Rs.9.96 crore (Sunday).The Shah Rukh Khan, Katrina Kaif and Anushka Sharma-starrer is also making money in the overseas market where it has collected Rs.41.7 crore.

Jewelry e-commerce has a virtual lounge now

Online jewellery portal JewelsNext.com has launched a virtual lounge, where buyers can upload their photograph and try on the jewelry they selected. This initiative is to encourage browsing among the conservative Indian customers (who believe in buying from the family jeweler), by making the online experience more personalized.Customers can experiment with all the designs in various categories like diamond, gold, silver and artificial. There has been good response to this.