Major News and Events of 21 July 2012
What Happened on 21 July 2012
Work will not resume at Manesar plant till investigation not complete: Maruti
ONGC to commence drilling operations in Bihar in August
India beat Sri Lanka by 21 runs in the 1st ODI
A debut after 40 years in Lakme Fashion Week
Microsoft incurred its first quarterly loss in 26 years
Abu Jundal, a key suspect in the 26/11 Mumbai terror attack case was sent to police custody till July 31 by a Mumbai court. He was flown to Mumbai early on Saturday, July 21 after a New Delhi court gave his custody to Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) for his alleged involvement in the Mumbai terror attack. Jundal was first taken to a secret location from the airport and then produced in the court. Jundal is suspected to be involved in 26/11, Pune German Bakery blast of 2010, attack on Nashik police training academy and the 2006 Aurangabad arms case and after four years he is now in the custody of the Mumbai police. After his interrogation is complete he will be taken back to Delhi and handed over to the National Investigation Agency (NIA) or other security agencies as the requirement may be.
Maruti Suzuki's Chairman R.C. Bhargava had stated in a press conference that production at its Manesar plant will not start again till the causes of Wednesday's incident of violence are not fully probed. He also specified that the safety of colleagues were more crucial than making some cars and money. He also said that the management had settled all pending issues with the unions after the last strike was held 9 months back. In the tussle between workers and management staff on July 18 a senior executive was killed and many injured. Bhargava also said there were no plans to move out of Manesar.
State-owned ONGC will commence drilling operations from August at two locations in Bihar's Kishanganj district to explore oil and natural gas. This is after a detailed survey in the district which is regarded as the poorest in the state. ONGC had announced a Rs.200 crore investment in two oil and gas projects in Kishanganj earlier this year. Till 1990 the company had done hydrocarbon exploration and resumed exploration in Purnea, Araria, Kishanganj and Katihar districts in 2007-2008 as per an ONGC official.
Virat Kohli's swashbuckling 106 off 113 balls helped India post a 21 runs win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI of the five-match series. Kohli had hit nine fours in his innings which also saw a partnership of 173 runs off 175 balls for the second wicket with Sehwag. Sehwag was unlucky not to get his 100 though he was in an aggressive mood at the pitch. He got out at 96. India scored 314 for six to which only Kumar Sangakarra gave a fitting reply and scored 133 runs. The Sri Lankan team could not chase the target and was bundled up at 293 for nine. India did not make a good start and lost early wickets. Indian bowlers had a good day with Ravichandran Ashwin (2-46) and Irfan Pathan (2-37) and Yadav taking the prized wicket of Sangakarra.
Veteran designer Pallavi Jaikishan, who had successfully completed 40 years in the fashion industry this year and is poised to make her debut at the upcoming edition of Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) has stated there are many things in the offing including a book on fashion. She decided to participate in LFW after she completed 40 years in the industry. She is one of the designers who has promoted Khadi in a grand way in her pret line. After her marriage to Jaikishen of the famous music composer duo Shankar-Jaikishan her designing career took a backseat for a while but she resumed it after her husband's death in 1971 and there was no looking back after that. Her ready to wear, bridal as well as couture line are very popular. She will be seen with her creations at the LFW winter-festive 2012 which begins in Mumbai on August 3.
Science and Technology
Microsoft incurred its first quarterly loss in its 26 years as a public company. The reason cited was a struggling online ad business. There was a loss of $492 million in the fourth quarter after the company acquired online ad service aQuantive for $6.3 billion in 2007 which found it difficult to compete with Google. The company though has posted a 4 percent increase in revenue to $18.06 billion for the same period and its shares went up 2.4 percent to $31.39 after the announcements of the quarterly results. Investors' confidence in Microsoft is solely due to high expectations for its new Windows 8 operating system which is going to be a revolutionary product since 1995. Apart from number of features it can be installed on tablets and smartphones.