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Major News and Events of 23 July 2012

What Happened on 23 July 2012


Petrol prices hiked by 70p per litre

Petrol prices will be hiked by 70 paise a litre, with effect from midnight of July 23, this was announced by the oil marketing companies in the country. The reason was increasing international oil prices and fall in the rupee's value. Indian Oil Corp (IOC) released a statement where it specified that MS (motor spirit) prices will be increased by Rs.0.70 per litre (excluding state levies) with effect from midnight of July 23. $101.28 per barrel is the average price of Indian basket of crude while international petrol price is $111.59 per barrel. At the same time dollar rate is Rs.55.36. This way a loss of Rs.1.41 per litre on petrol sales is incurred in the domestic market. Since the price is fluctuating so it was decided that Rs.0.70 per litre should be increased at this moment and then the situation should be reviewed for some time. 

 

 

21 killed, 50000 rendered homeless in Assam violence

As many as 50000 villagers have left their homes and 21 people killed after violence hit the Kokrajhar District in Assam. Violence has erupted after a clash between Bodos and the Muslims in the region. This happened when some unidentified persons killed four people belonging to Bodo tribe. In retaliation the Bodos attacked the Muslims thinking them to be behind the attacks. After this the situation got tense. The miscreants are burning bamboo houses in the villages and attacking people. Police has clamped indefinite curfew and shoot at sight order has been issued in the area.

Guwahati molestation case prime accused surrenders in Varanasi,

Amarjyoti Kalita, the prime accused in the Guwahati molestation case surrendered to police in Varanasi on July 23 as stated by the Uttar Pradesh Police.  An Assam Police team will go to Uttar Pradesh on July 24 to bring him back to Assam. Additional Superintendent of Police (Operations) Ranjan Bhuyan, the person in charge of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) which is investigating the case said the entire process might take few days keeping in mind the legal formalities to be completed.  Kalita surrendered at the Lanka police station in Varanasi but he was not arrested as the crime was not committed in that jurisdiction and the UP police informed Assam Police about this. Out of 17 people identified in the incident 14 have been arrested. 

Hindustan Unilever net profits double to Rs.1,331 crore

Hindustan Unilever announced its net profit has more than doubled to Rs.1331.19 crore for the quarter ended June 30, 2012 in comparison to Rs.627.16 crore in the same period last year. Total income of the company  rose to Rs.6,597.38 crore in April-June 2012 quarter as compared to Rs.5,639.46 crore in April-June 2011. The company's domestic consumer business increased by 19 percent and home, personal care and food businesses also recorded double digit growth.

Infosys second in position in global outsourcing firms

Infosys Ltd has secured second rank in the 2012 global outsourcing list of 100 top firms by the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) for its exceptional performance on all four parameters that is size and growth, customer referrals, organisational competencies and management acumen. The $7 billion global software major was analyzed and judged by an independent panel which included outsourcing buyers and experts. As stated by IAOP managing director Jag Dalal  the judges were impressed among other factors with the relationship which Infosys maintains with its clients. IAOP which is US based is a global, standard-setting organisation.

Saina in easy group, other players may find it tough

Saina Nehwal has been included in an easy group according to the draw announced in London on Monday, July 23. She will have world No.55 Lianne Tan of Belgium and 65th-ranked Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland in her group. Saina is number five and is fourth seed for the Games.Parupalli Kashyap for the men's single has 10th seed Tien Minh Nguyen of the Chinese Taipei and Belgium's Tan Yuhan in his group. Winners of the sixteen group will reach the knock-out stage. Jwala Gutta and Ashwini Ponnappa for the women's double have got a tough group as they will have to face fourth seeds Mizuki Fujii and Reika Kakiiwa apart from other two teams.Similarly Jwala and V. Diju's group in the mixed doubles have third seeds Tontowi Ahmad and Liliyana Natsir, Thomas Laybourn and Kamilla Rytter Juhl and Lee Yong Dae and Ha Jung Eun in their group.The top two of the four groups in doubles will qualify for the quarterfinals.

iPhone 5 connector will make accessories obsolete

Apple will have a smaller connector in iPhone 5 which will render the current accessories practically obsolete. The iPhone 5 is slated to go on sale in October. It will have a 19-pin connector port at the bottom in place of 30-pin port which will make space for earphone. That means the phone will not connect to speakers and power chargers. This design is expected to trouble the owners particularly those who have invested heavily in the accessories though experts feel Apple would look into this aspect. On the other hand accessories manufacturers are gearing up for a sales boom. 

No Entry sequel to have 9 female leads

Anees Bazmee the director of "No Entry" has said there will be nine female leads in the sequel to his 2005 comedy film though it has not been finalized who all would be doing that. Male leads include Salman Khan, Anil Kapoor and Fardeen Khan who will be playing double roles. The film will be shot in some parts in Mumbai and rest outdoor. The film will go on floor in short time this year as the script has been finalized.