Major News and Events of 21 September 2012
What Happened on 21 September 2012
PM discuss political situation with the president
Two fresh cases, raids in seven cities for coal block allocations
Two-year ban on Bhupathi, Bopanna stayed
'Barfi!' is India's official entry for the Oscars
Download your entire tweet history by year end: Twitter
Completing the withdrawal formalities with the Trinamool Congress, the Congress on Saturday withdrew support from West Bengal's Mamata Banerjee government in reply to six ministers tendering their resignation to the chief minister. The Congress ministers - two cabinet-rank and four ministers of state - went in person to Mamata Banerjee at the state secretariat, Writers' Buildings, here and submitted their resignation a little after 5 p.m. This was done according to the directive of the party, the high command.The ministers and the state Congress president Pradip Bhattacharya and legislative party leader Mohammad Sohrab, went to the Raj Bhavan and apprised Governor M.K. Naryanan of their decision to withdraw support from the Banerjee government.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered two fresh cases against two private companies, their directors and other public servants in the coal block allocation case. Raids were also conducted in seven cities across the country. Charges were imposed on Vikash Metals and Powers Limited and Grace Industries for allegedly misrepresenting net worth and joint ventures to acquire coal blocks in an illegal way.The agency also did raids at the offices and residence of the accused in seven cities - Nagpur, Chanderpur (Maharashtra), Kolkata, Asansole, Purulia (West Bengal) and Ghaziabad (Uttar Pradesh).Charges of cheating, and criminal conspiracy under the Prevention of Corruption Act was imposed on the managing directors of these companies and some unknown government officials.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday evening for a discussion over the political situation after Trinamool Congress quit the government reducing the government to a working majority in Lok Sabha.The meeting started at 5 p.m. and lasted for 45 minutes. There maybe a reshuffle in the ministry with six berths being vacant.Without the Trinamool, the UPA claims it has 254 MPs. The half-way mark in the 545-member Lok Sabha is 273. The government hasoutside support of the Samajwadi Party (22 MPs), the Bahujan Samaj Party (21 MPs) and the Rashtriya Janata Dal (4).
The Karnataka High Court Saturday stayed the two-year ban which was imposed by the All India Tennis Association (AITA) on tennis players Mahesh Bhupathi and Rohan Bopanna from representing the country till June 2014.Justice Mohan Shantanagoudar served notices on AITA and the union Sports Ministry and asked them to submit objections to the writ petition filed by Bhupathi and Bopanna.The tennis duo had moved the High Court challenging the ban which was imposed on them when they defied the AITA's directive to play with the other tennis star Leander Paes in the July-August London Olympics 2012. The association did not directly communicate them about this ban but they came to know from the media.
Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" is India's official entry for the Academy Awards in the Best Foreign Language Film category. The touching movie, about love between a deaf and mute boy and an autistic girl,has won the hearts of the viewers.This was decided at a Film Federation of India (FFI) meeting in Hyderabad on Saturday night.The movie, starring Ranbir Kapoor as Murphy aka Barfi, and Priyanka Chopra as Jhilmil, has been appreciated in film circles for its simple narrative.The producers are very happy with the news.
Science and Technology
Twitter users soon will be able to download their entire archive of tweets. This will happen by year end as per the company's CEO, Dick Costolo. This will be the most-desired functionality where the user will be able to download their entire tweet history. This news if it makes Twitter users happy leads to growing discontent among developers. They view this as a move by Twitter to restrict their apps.