Major News and Events of 23 August 2012
What Happened on 23 August 2012
Heavy rains in Rajsathan lead to loss of 27 lives
Government increases cap on bulk SMSes from five to 20
Stocks of oil and gas, auto and capital goods fall, Sensex closes flat
Pujara's ton saves India against New Zealand
'Khwaabb' explores an athlete's dreams
Government blocked 245 web pages
Congress president Sonia Gandhi has conveyed to the party MPs to take a strong stance. They should not go on defensive on the CAG report since the government had not done anything wrong. The ministers have been asked to counter aggressively the BJP's demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation. Sonia had a meeting with a group of Congress MPs who suggested that senior ministers of the party should inform about the party's stance on coal allocation through media interactions as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was not allowing debate to take place in the parliament. Ministers who met her just after the first adjournment of the Lok Sabha, also said that BJP was trying to gain political mileage from the CAG report.
27 people have lost lives in Rajasthan due to heavy rains, four more deaths were reported in Sikar district on Thursday leading the count to 27.Torrential downpour continued to cause havoc and disrupt normal life in several districts. The Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot met senior administration officials and directed them to carry on the relief work for thousands of displaced people on a war footing. He also requested the people to have patience. The situation turned worse in Sikar, Churu, Sawai Madhopur, Jhunjhunu, Dholpur, Karoli and Bharatpur districts.
The government increased the limit on bulk SMSes to 20 from five announced last week. This with other conditions remaining the same would be operational for 15 days with immediate effect as per the Ministry of Communications. This step was taken to curb the exodus of people from the northeast from Bangalore, Pune and Hyderabad following rumors that they would be attacked. The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) specified that the ban on bulk SMSes should be immediately lifted as it is hampering the business of many firms, mainly small and medium enterprises which were more than 100000 in number. They depended on SMSes to reach their customers as per the rules set by Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
Stocks of oil and gas, auto and capital goods fell and came under intense selling pressure leading to Sensex close flat on Thursday. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 17,856.29 points,ended at 17,850.22 points, 0.02 percent or 3.36 points up compared to previous day's close at 17,846.86 points. It was trading 100 points higher at one time in the day. It touched a high mark of 17,972.54 points and a low of 17,792.87 points in intra-day trade.Market fluctuated because of settlement consideration and since RIL, Larsen & Toubro and ONGC corrected on profit booking, as stated by Kishore P. Ostwal, chairman and managing director, CNI Research. The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange ended 0.05 percent up at 5,415.35 points.The BSE oil and gas index dipped 89.51 points followed by the auto index, down 80.31 points, and the capital goods index, dipped by 76.63 points.
Cheteshwar Pujara made a flying comeback with a maiden Test century that helped India to stabilize after a shaky start and reach 307 for five in the first innings against New Zealand on day one of the first Test at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium at Uppal. He was batting at 119 with Dhoni who was on 29 at stumps. They had made 47 runs for the unbroken sixth-wicket partnership. The openers Gautam Gambhir (22) and Virender Sehwag (47) added 49 runs for the first wicket but got out playing loose shots, Sachin made only 19 before being bowled out and India was 125 for three. Pujara and Virat Kohli (58) then checked the fall with 125-run stand for the fifth wicket. Kohli got out when he nudged a catch at the second slip by Guptill for 58. Suresh Raina got out after making just 3 runs and it was left to Pujara and Dhoni to see there was no fall of wickets.
Science and Technology
Government blocked 245 web pages for objectionable content in an effort to curb the spread of hate messages and rumors which triggered violence in the country. It was also suggested through an official release on the website of the Press Information Bureau that more web pages may be blocked. As per the analysis of the Bangalore-based Centre for Internet and Society, 33% of all blocked addresses were on Facebook, 27.8% on YouTube, 9.7% on Twitter and the rest were on different websites including Wikipedia, Firstpost.com and TimesofIndia.Indiatimes.com. It was being observed by experts that blocking was the solution or asking the content owners to remove malicious content was.
Debutant director Zaid Ali Khan will soon be depicting an athlete's struggle in his movie "Khwaabb". The movie deals with the journey of two individuals, who are trying to make their mark in athletics and swimming and dream to win medals at Olympics for their country. It has been set in a backdrop of a village and the shooting was at seven different locations of Morna town (Uttar Pradesh), cities of Jamshedpur, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Delhi, Faridabad and Dubai. The movie has a four crore rupee budget. Former Indian cricketers Kapil Dev and Bishan Singh Bedi and filmmaker Bobby Bedi from the Bollywood were present at the launch of the movie's promo.