Major News and Events of 23 December 2012
What Happened on 23 December 2012
India suffered worst slowdown in decade
Gang-rape protests turn violent, many injured
Tendulkar to retire from ODIs
'Dabangg 2' is a grosser, spells profit for all
Facebook message that self-destructs in 10 seconds
The Indian economy experienced the worst slowdown in almost a decade and the economy even faced ratings downgrade, which was curbed somewhat with some major reforms initiated quickly in the latter part of the year. If there would have been a downgrade of India's sovereign rating, just few points above the unstable mark, it would have been a major deterrent to the economy as junk status would have been assigned to the country's external borrowings. This in turn would have led the multinational corporations freeze their capital flows. The country's gross domestic product (GDP) growth dipped to a nine-year low of 5.3 percent in the January-March 2012 quarter. It slightly got better to 5.5 percent, but dipped again to 5.3 percent in the July-September period.
Fortis Hospital has set up a new record by screening 751 women for cervical cancer in an eight-hour marathon session which was part of 'Teal To Heal Together'. It broke an earlier Guinness World Record of 350 participants achieved by Kaiser Permanente, San Diego, US, on the Jan 29 last year. Varun Khanna, regional director (east and west) said, "Although cervical cancer ranks as the number one killer disease in India, breast cancer has received utmost attention. Through this campaign, Fortis is aiming to revolutionize how cervical cancer is perceived and prevented nationwide." More than 50 gynecologists and oncologists achieved this marathon feat. As per a survey by Fortis, over 1,30,000 new cases of cervical cancer are diagnosed each year which may reach 2,26,000 by 2025.
For the third consecutive day mass protests against the gang-rape of a young woman turned violent at Delhi, which left many injured. One policeman’s condition was critical and the India Gate turned into a virtual war zone. Police and paramilitary personnel used batons and tear gas to drive away the crowd after the protests during the day became chaotic by evening. The student protests had some miscreants in the crowd who uprooted wooden poles constructed for the Jan 26 Republic Day event and set them ablaze at five places. Vehicles were upturned, bus window panes smashed and stones pelted at policemen when they used tear gas and baton to disperse the crowd and control the protesters from marching towards Raisina Hills. Special Commissioner of Police Dharmendra Kumar requested all protesters to head home as security forces cleared streets once darkness set in.
India's batting legend Sachin Tendulkar ended an important chapter of his magnificent career by announcing his retirement from one-day cricket. He will be playing in Tests. Tendulkar's decision came after a period of speculation when he would retire and just before the selectors announced the team for the limited overs series against Pakistan beginning on Dec 25. Tendulkar's move was expected as he was not in his best form. After the 2011 World Cup, the 39-year-old has scored only 315 runs from 10 games.His record in ODIs will be difficult to beat. Sachin in 463 ODIs, scored 18,426 runs and made 49 centuries -- all these figure are a world record. He is the first cricketer to score a double-century in ODIs -- 200 against South Africa at Gwalior in 2010. Tendulkar informed about his decision to retire from the 50-over format to Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president N. Srinivasan. He said,"I have decided to retire from One-Day format. I feel blessed to have fulfilled the dream of being part of a World Cup-wining Indian team. "
"Dabangg 2" is the last major release of 2012, which appears to end the year on a profitable note. The movie opened with a record-breaking collection of Rs.21.10 crore on the first day and trade pundits state it will enter the Rs.100-crore club.On Saturday it grossed around Rs.17 crore and was houseful on Sunday. "Dabangg 2" has broken the record of "Rowdy Rathore" that opened with Rs.15.10 crore.This is a sequel to Abhinav Kashyap-directed 2010 blockbuster "Dabangg", the part two and was made at a budget of Rs.50 crore. This was also Arbaaz Khan's directorial debut and the lead pair of Salman and Sonakshi Sinha is repeated here while Prakash Raj replaced Sonu Sood as the villain.
Science and Technology
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