Major News and Events of 23 November 2012
What Happened on 23 November 2012
4,620 phones tapped in four years in Odisha
Direct cash transfer of subsidy from Jan 1: Chidambaram
India overpower Pakistan in Super Series hockey
Aamir is Indian cinema's game changer: KJo
Samsung releases 3G-connected camera
Arvind Kejriwal and his anti-corruption group on Saturday announced the name of their new outfit to be Aam Aadmi Party (Common Man's Party). Kejriwal said,"'Aam Aadmi' will contest elections, aam aadmi will vote and aam aadmi will go to parliament. This party will change the way politics and political parties function in the country." The formation of the party was announced on Oct 2 though the name was not disclosed. He said during the fast in August it was decided that getting into politics was needed. There are 300 people in the party and those who want to join can come to Jantar Mantar on Monday (Nov 26) and get enrolled. The name of the party was proposed by members Mayank Gandhi and Chandramohan.
4,620 landline and mobile telephones were tapped in Odisha in four years from 2008-12, the government stated in response to a Right to Information (RTI) query.The RTI applicant Biswapriya Kanungo specified this was surprising that the government tapped so many phones when there was no apparent public emergency. From 2000-2008, 417 phones were tapped in eight years from 2000-08. Kanungo said the phones may have been tapped for political interest even though the Supreme Court guideline clearly specifies that it is an invasion of privacy, and violation of human rights.
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said the government will initiate payout of direct cash subsidy to beneficiaries in 51 districts from next year and aims to incorporate the new programme across the country by the end of 2013. The process will be worked out for the programme after the discussion of the cash transfer committee with the Prime Minister.The cash subsidies will be given on fertilizer, cooking gas, kerosene and the items supplied through public distribution system (PDS) with an aim to control siphoning of funds in the government spending on subsidies.
Science and Technology
India defeated Pakistan 5-2 in their third match of the nine-a-side Lanco International Super Series hockey event in Perth.India from the start of the game, dominated the play in the nine-a-side format match that has two halves of 20 minutes each.Raghu (7th minute), Akashdeep (9th), S.P. Sunil (15th, 33rd), Manpreet (29) all scored for India while Shafaqat Rasool (20th) while Mohammad Rizwan Sr. (36th) did for Pakistan.The two teams will meet again on Sunday for the third and fourth places. India lost earlier two matches against Australia (3-4) and England (1-2).This is the final tournament before the Champions Trophy to be held in Melbourne from Dec 1.
Filmmaker Karan Johar thinks actor-producer Aamir Khan is a game changer in Indian cinema,as he brings with him unique yet mainstream films. He stated that Aamir's initiative started from 2001 in 'Lagaan' to the trendy 'Dil Chahta Hai' revolutionary 'Rang De Basanti' to his own directorial venture 'Taare Zameen Par'. Aamir has excelled in every film he has made post that and done something different and yet catered to the mainstream."Aamir's upcoming film thriller "Talaash" releases on Nov 30.
Science and Technology
Samsung today launched 3G-powered Galaxy Camera priced at Rs. 29,900. This would allow users to share pictures and videos directly on social networking sites. Nikon had also launched an Android-based camera, Coolpix S800c, which comes at Rs. 20,950 though this connects to the Internet using only WiFi.The Samsung camera uses 3G, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. It has a 16-megapixel sensor with 21x optical zoom and is powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Exynos processor. Since it is powered by Android 4.1 OS, any Android app can be run on this camera. Other than voice calling, one can do everything on the device that one can on a smartphone.