Major News and Events of 23 October 2012
What Happened on 23 October 2012
Special Homage to Yash Chopra at 43rd IFFI
Nokia Launches Barcelona App on their Handsets
Kingfisher Employees Decline 3 Month Salary Offer
Sensex Slips 83 Points, Metals, Auto and Durables Dip
B.S. Yeddyurappa to Quit BJP
Rahul Gandhi to campaign in Himachal
A car rally from Indonesia to India covering nine countries will start 25th Nov to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the ASEAN-India friendship. Two teams from nine ASEAN countries and India will participate. The rally organized for a second time, will begin at Jogjakarta, Indonesia and end in New Delhi on 20th Dec. The rally will pass through Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos and Myanmar, Xinhua. The first ASEAN-India car rally in 2004 attracted 240 participants and 60 vehicles.
The 43rd International Film Festival of India (IFFI) will pay special homage to Bollywood director Yash Chopra, who died on Sunday. Manoj Srivastava, chief executive officer (CEO) of the Entertainment Society of Goa, which co-organizes the festival, said that a cinematic tribute to thefilm-makerwas on the cards. The festival wanted to pay tribute to the creative genius of Yash Chopra. Now it will be a homage to the great soul. The 10-day festival will be held here from Nov 20 and will be inaugurated by Bollywood star Akshay Kumar.
Science and Technology
Nokia India announced its association with Spanish football club FC Barcelona at an unveiling, making the mobile company the first Indian brand to collaborate with the Catalan giants. The association was formalized on Sunday and is aimed at creating an engagement platform to bring Indian fans closer to European league football. Nokia India also unveiled its new brand campaign for this association, "Tiki Taka with Nokia Lumia", to widen consumer engagement around club football. Nokia India and FC Barcelona will reach out to football enthusiasts through retail, on ground activation, television, and digital, social media and an exclusive mobile app on Nokia Lumia smart phones.
Striking employees of Kingfisher Airlines rejected the management's compensation offer yet again and said they may move court and seek intervention of Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh. The employees' meetings took place a day after talks failed in Mumbai to end the deadlock which started on Oct 1 with the grounding of the airline and suspension of the carrier's flying license by the aviation regulator. The airline's Chief Executive, Sanjay Aggarwal, Monday had sent a letter to the staff offering the March salary by Oct 26 followed by April's pay by Oct 31 and May's compensation before Diwali. However, the employees have demanded an upfront payment of salaries, citing a lack of trust with the management. Nearly, 6,500 employees of the airline face the possibility of losing their jobs as the airline remains in a state of lockout.
Indian equities markets closed 83 points lower today as metals, auto and consumer durables stocks dipped on profit booking ahead of monthly settlement of the derivative contracts Thursday. The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which opened at 18,803.62 points, closed at 18,710.02 points, 83.42 points or 0.44 percent down from its previous close at 18,793.44 points. The Sensex touched a high of 18,812.93 points and a low of 18,689.38 in intra-day trade. The BSE midcap index was down 15.66 points while the smallcap index was down by 18.16 points. On the sectoral front, the BSE metals index was down 87.20 points followed by the auto index, down 82.60 points, consumer durables index, down 71.33 points, and information technology (IT) index, down 50.43 points. The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) closed 25.75 points or 0.45 percent down at 5,691.40 points.
Former Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa announced that he will quit the BJP and launch a regional party on 10th Dec, raising questions over the survival of the state BJP government headed by Jagadish Shettar. He told reporters that he will launch a regional party the same day he will quit BJP and also resign as assembly member. He said that the new party will be launched in the presence of lakhs of supporters at a public meeting in Haveri. He claims the support of around 70 of the party's 120 legislators in the 225-member assembly. Nearly half of the ministers in the 34-member Shettar cabinet are Yeddyurappa supporters. The focus will now be on how many ministers and party legislators will attend the 10th Dec show of strength and whether BJP leadership will act against them.
Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi is going again to Lahaul Valley in Himachal Pradesh to address election meetings from Thursday. The first rally will be held in Keylong. After the rally, he will head to Solan town for another rally. He last visited Keylong in 2009 after the Lok Sabha elections got over. For the Lahaul and Spiti seat, the Congress has pitted Ravi Thakur against BJP's legislator Ram Lal Markandey. The polls will be conducted on 4th Nov and votes will be counted on 20th Dec.