Major News and Events of 22 August 2012
What Happened on 22 August 2012
BJP insists on PM's resignation, parliament adjourned for the 2nd day
More than 20,300 cases of SIM cloning reported so far: Deora
Financial sector hit by bank strike
Snooker: Advani qualifies for International Championship
Subhash Ghai to organise a day long event as a tribute for Ashok Mehta
Twitter assures of cooperation after PMO complains
Congress today announced that the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is ready to give a strong reply for the charges of faulty coal blocks allocation. It was specified that prime minister would present information which would turn the tables like he would point out to the fact where the state governments where non-United Progressive Alliance constituents were in power stated in writing that there should not be coal blocks' auction. Congress has rejected BJP's demand for resignation of prime minister and is of the opinion that BJP is stalling the proceedings in the Parliament, thus preventing the prime minister to speak in the house. Proceedings in the house were stalled for the second successive day over CAG report on coal blocks allocation.
The BJP today took a vow to stall the proceedings in the parliament till Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not resign over faulty coal blocks allocation. In two years this was a worst showdown between the government and the main opposition. For the second consecutive day the house was not able to function and Arun Jaitley said to the media that "parliamentary obstructionism" in normal cases should be avoided but in exceptional cases parties opt for it. Congress on the other hand accused BJP of shying away from a parliamentary debate. The BJP-Congress crisis reflected in the Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) on the 2G spectrum scandal as well when five BJP members walked out of a meeting. They put a charge on the Congress members of using "foul language" which the Congress has denied. BJP's ally Janata Dal-United (JD-U) has stated that it was not happy with the parliament's activities getting paralyzed.
Minister of State for Communications and IT Milind Deora has specified in writing that more than 20,300 cases of cloning SIM cards have been reported till now. Delhi has the maximum record of violations. It was also stated that there was no case of SIM card being cloned with the help of a single missed call. Cloning a SIM involves the transfer of identity from one mobile phone to another and in most of the times a physical access to it is required as per the experts. In July Bharat Sanchar Nigam Ltd. (BSNL) alerted its broadband subscribers to not call back on some specified numbers as they may lead to SIM card cloning. Delhi has 18,547 cases, followed by Punjab with 1,738 cases of SIM cloning.
Banking transactions across India were hampered on Wednesday as employees of most public sector banks and some private and foreign banks went on a two-day strike. Reforms in the sector and outsourcing of non-core services are some of the things for which the strike has been called. 27 public sector, 12 private banks and eight foreign banks have joined in the strike which has also affected the equities, bond and foreign exchange markets.The All India Bank Employees Association (AIBEA) stated that more than a million employees participated in the strike after talks with the union labour commissioner in New Delhi failed on Tuesday, August 21.
India's Pankaj Advani qualified for snooker's richest tournament, the International Championship after defeating World No.32 Michael Holt of England 6-4 at Sheffield. Advani said that he was very proud as this puts India on the world map in international professional snooker. He also said that he chose to play in the circuit in July 2012 and was very happy that the victory came so soon. In his dream run he beat quality players like former World champion, the legendary Steve Davis, and former top-10 player Alan McManus.
Filmmaker Subhash Ghai will be organizing a day-long tribute on August 27 at his media and film institute Whistling Woods International in Mumbai, in honour of late cinematographer Ashok Mehta. The event will have exhibitions and seminars on Mehta's works and his directorial debut "Moksh" will also be showcased in the presence of its lead actors Arjun Rampal and Manisha Koirala. Mehta, passed away on last Aug 15 following advanced lung cancer. Regarded as one of India's best known cinematographers his films include Shekhar Kapur's "Bandit Queen", Shyam Benegal's "Mandi" and "Trikaal", Aparna Sen's "36 Chowringhee Lane" and "Paroma", Shashi Kapoor's "Utsav" and MF Hussain's "Gaja Gamini". Ghai had worked with Mehta on films like "Ram Lakhan" (1989), "Khal Nayak" (1993) and "Kisna" (2005).
Science and Technology
Twitter has given assurance to the government that it will cooperate with it after receiving complaint from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) about six accounts impersonating the PMO's official account and posting objectionable content. Government had blocked these accounts after an inaction from Twitter on it. Twitter has said it did not act as it did not receive the request through proper electronic process so the request could not be tracked. The micro blogging site has specified it is reviewing the request and would need more inputs from the ministry of communications and information technology "to locate the unlawful content and the specific unlawful tweet"