Major News and Events of 20 September 2012
What Happened on 20 September 2012
Agartala-Dhaka bus was set on fire in Bangladesh, passengers safe
Diesel price hike was needed to cover losses: PM
India, Pakistan sign three pacts to normalise trade
Haryana athletes to get international trainers
'Dhoom 3' will be the first Bollywood film to release in IMAX
3,500 geeks on 18-hour coding marathon at Microsoft
Nationwide strike leads to mixed response as government notifies FDI
SC to start hearing of 2G related matters from Sep 27
Notification issued on FDI in multi-brand retail, aviation
Bids to open soon for heavy choppers, tankers: IAF
Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings out
'Jab Tak Hai Jaan" trailer leaves SRK fans asking for more
India will fly home-grown surveillance radar soon
PM Manmohan Singh said that "hard decisions" were the need of the hour and will be adopted with people's support, despite political opposition. This was said barely hours after the Trinamool Congress withdrew support from the 40-month-old government and reduced it to a minority. PM stated that no government wants to put pressure on the common man and that time had come for hard decisions. He urged for support and trust of the people. Railway Minister Mukul Roy and five ministers of state handed over their resignations. Their meeting with the PM lasted only for five minutes. After that they submitted a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee withdrawing support to the UPA. This move has left the government with an effective strength of 254 members, short of the mid-way mark of 273. But the government is depending on the support of Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party with 22 members, Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party with 21 members and Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal with four.
The "Maitree" passenger bus that runs between Agartala and Dhaka, was burnt down by an angry mob at Narsindi in central Bangladesh on Friday.No harm has been caused to the passengers and crew.As per the Bangladesh media reports, the accident was a result of a clash between two local political leaders.The driver and conductor of the bus, which is owned by government-run Tripura Road Transport Corporation (TRTC), got some minor injuries while all the 22 passengers and another crew were safe.The 22 passengers include 12 Indians and remaining Bangladeshi nationals.The Kolkata-Dhaka bus service was the first direct surface communication between the two countries, that was started in July 1999. The Agartala-Dhaka bus service was initiated in September 2003.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated on Friday that Rs.17 per litre hike in diesel price was actually needed to cover the losses. The government only partially raised the prices by just Rs.5 per litre instead of Rs.17.The prime minister also specified that much of diesel is used by big cars and sports utility vehicles (SUVs) which are owned by the rich and whether the government should run in losses and subsidize them.The taxes on petrol were slashed by Rs.5 per litre to prevent a rise in petrol prices so that the middle class is not affected as many drive scooters and motorcycles. He also stated that around half of the people's requirement was that of 6 cylinders in an year and givernment has ensured that they are not affected. Further he stated that kerosene was not touched for that reason only. Even though prices have increased the diesel and cooking gas prices were lower in India than neighboring countries like Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal.
India and Pakistan signed three agreements which would look into redressing trade grievances, quality standards maintenance and cooperation in customs issues for normalizing trade relations. The agreement was signed by the commerce secretaries of the two countries after two days of talks on commercial and economic cooperation at Islamabad.The three agreements were i.e. Redressal of trade grievances agreement, Mutual Recognition Agreement and Customs Cooperation Agreement.Both sides were satisfied with the progress made in the bilateral trade relationship after the last round of talks held in November 2011 in New Delhi. There were better trade options through the land route and theinfrastructure was to be strengthened further. The new Integrated Check Post (ICP) at Attari on the Indian side of the Wagah-Attari border was inaugurated in April by the commerce ministers of India and Pakistan along with the chief ministers of Punjab on either side of the border.
The Haryana government will be hiring special trainers of international repute to train athletes who originated from the state.Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda stated that players of the state will avail training facility from special trainers of international repute to conform to the changing sports techniques.Hooda was at the event to honour the state's 10 players and one coach here who had been awarded with the Khel Ratna, Dronacharya, Dhyanchand and Arjuna Awards this year.Cheques of a total of Rs.24 lakh were givem. Hooda also specified that Haryana is the first state in the country to honour and give cash awards to the winners of Khel Ratna, Dronacharya, Dhyanchand and Arjuna awards.
Yash Raj Films' (YRF) "Dhoom 3" will be the first Bollywood film which will be released in IMAX theaters with it being digitally re-mastered in the IMAX format.IMAX theaters have high-end digital projection and sound systems, across India and at select global locations. The movie which is directed by Vijay Krishna Acharya and produced by Aditya Chopra stars Aamir Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Uday Chopra and Katrina Kaif.
Science and Technology
On Friday around 3,500 young geeks logged into the Windows 8 version of Microsoft at Bangalore for on an 18-hour coding marathon to develop a range of applications for the global community. This was for the formal launch of the Windows 8 version on Oct 26 across the world. The event was held at Karnataka Trade Promotion Organisation (KTPO) facility in Whitefield. The 'Windows AppFest' was termed as India's largest developer event.Microsoft India chairman Bhaskar Pramanik said that Windows 8 is good for the country and so there is significant investment here.The day-long event was an encouragement for the techies and entrepreneurs to innovate on next generation Windows technology, which was critical for developing the local software ecosystem and ensuring the long-term growth of the Indian IT industry.
On a day when normal life in some parts of India was affected due to an opposition-sponsored strike against economic reforms, government went ahead on Thursday night to announce it was operationalizing FDI in single brand retail, multi brand retail, civil aviation, broadcasting sector and power exchanges.This comes a day before the Trinamool Congress is set to quit the Congress-led UPA in protest against economic measures. The nationwide protests against FDI in multi-brand retail, diesel price hike, and cap on cooking gas cylinders paralyzed normal life in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal, Odisha, Karnataka, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Assam and Tripura.Thursday's protest was called by the Samajwadi Party, the Left and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and its allies except the Shiv Sena.In Tamil Nadu Congress ally, DMK joined the protest. In other parts of India the bandh could not show much effect.Indian economy lost Rs.12,500 crore ($2.25 billion) due to the strike as per the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).The Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) termed the strike to be "very successful" and said that around 50 million shopkeepers across India took part.
The Supreme Court on Thursday stated it would start the hearing of 2G related matters from Sep 27 and proceedings will continue even till the next Thursday.The court also asked its registry to inform counsel for the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax Department.Many reports by the government agencies are pending with the court for its considerations along witha number of applications relating to the case. This decision by the apex court came after it adjourned hearing on a petition by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy which sought initiation of contempt proceedings against Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Kirit Chidambaram.
The government on Thursday released a formal notification on foreign direct investment (FDI) in retail, civil aviation, broadcasting and power exchanges.It notified the cabinet/CCEA decisions on FDI in single brand retail, multi brand retail, civil aviation, broadcasting sector and power exchanges. The decision on this was taken on Sep 14. In response to its various economic measures there was a nationwide strike on the same day.The government had earlier announced that implementation of the policy remained a prerogative of the states.
The Indian Air Force (IAF) would initiate soon bids for heavy-lift helicopters and flight fueling tankers and bids for 22 Apache attack choppers would be finalized as well as per IAF chief Air Chief Marshal N.A.K. Browne.Bids will be for 15 heavy-lift helicopters and six flight fueling tankers.The Boeing is pitching for the heavy lift helicopters with its Chinook (CH-47) as a replacement for the Russian Mi-26 choppers. For the air-to-air fuelling tankers,multi-role tanker transport (MRTT) and the Russian IL-76 are in the race.
P.V. Sindhu got into the top 20 of the Badminton World Federation (BWF) women's singles rankings which were released on Thursday. She jumped four spots to get to 20th position when she reached the semi-finals of the China Masters Super Series last week toppling London Olympics gold medallist Li Xuerui of China.Olympic bronze medallist Saina Nehwal retained her fourth position.Ajay Jayaram in men's singles, who reached the last four of the China Masters has got up six places to reach 23rd with 39,162 points.Saurabh Verma with a giant jump of eight places reached 31st position with 34,862.6 points. RMV Gurusaidutt went up nine places to 46 with 29020 points.Olympic quarter-finalist P. Kashyap slipped down to 20th but is still the highest ranking Indian with 43,786.69 points. In men's doubles, Kerala pair of K.T. Rupesh Kumar and Sanave Thomas slipped a place to 28th.Thane's Pranav Chopra-Akshay Dewalkar and Kerala's Tarun Kona-Arun Vishnu went down two places to be ranked 40th and 44th respectively.Jwala Gutta also went down two places in mixed doubles along with V. Diju.Jwala and Ashwini Ponnappa maintained 22nd position despite not playing for the last few weeks.
This trailer of Yash Chopra's "Jab Tak Hai Jaan"carries his stamp. Breathtaking locations, Shah Rukh Khan's presence,Gulzar's intense poetry, amazing costumes, Katrina Kaif's beauty and Anushka Sharma's vibrant self -- the trailer left the fans guessing for more.The trailer which was launched online at 1 p.m. had over 2,30,000 views on YouTube within two hours. "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" marks the return of Yash Chopra to direction after seven years after "Veer-Zaara", Shah Rukh will be seen in his romantic avatar in the movie, and it has Gulzar's poetry, Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman's melodies and shots from Kashmir to win the audience's hearts.
Science and Technology
India will soon be in the elite group of countries as it would fly its own airborne radar for detecting enemy fighters and cruise missiles. It would also help in tracking troop positioning on the ground.The indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control System (AEW&CS) will start flying soon after its integration with the Brazilian Embraer jet so that trials and induction can be completed by April 2014.The IAF has plans to position the first surveillance radar aircraft in a location along the western border after its operationalisation.IAF has tied up with the state-run Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in 2007 to incorporate the airborne radars over three modified Embraer regional jets at a cost of Rs.2,157 crore ($399 million). This is designed and developed by the city-based Centre for Airborne Systems (CABS) of DRDO for the detection of enemy aircraft, battle ships and terrain vehicles at long ranges.