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Major News and Events of 23 September 2012

What Happened on 23 September 2012


Cabinet reshuffle imminent after Trinamool exit

A cabinet reshuffle seems on the card after the withdrawal of support by the Trinamool Congress to the UPA government. As per the Congress sources the reshuffle could take place just before or after President Pranab Mukherjee's visit to Jammu and Kashmir which starts on September 26. In case of delay it would take place next month as the pitrapaksha period is not considered auspicious for new start by many Hindus. The reshuffle will not only fill vacancies but also optimize work of ministers having more portfolios than one. Congress may keep the railway ministry which was with the Trinamool Congress in the UPA-II. In the interim period Road Transport Minister C.P. Joshi has been given the additional charge of the railways. Railway ministry has not been with the Congress for over 15 years. There were no indication as of now that party general secretary Rahul Gandhi will join the government as he may be assuming a bigger role in the party organisation.

Blast on Assam Rifles route in Manipur

Troopers of Assam Rifles missed closely a deadly attack as suspected rebels triggered an improvised explosive device (IED) on the convoy's route in Manipur's capital Imphal as per the police. No casualty was reported.Imphal district police chief Konsam Jayanta Singh said the blast happened at Tiddim ground near Tulihal airport moments after the troopers of the 20th Assam Rifles battalion passed from there.As per the preliminary reports the rebels triggered the IED blast by a remote control from close by.No rebel group has claimed responsibility for the blast as of now.

India unlikely to achieve $360 billion export target

India may not achieve its $360 billion exports target in the current financial year. Increased input costs and weak demands for Indian goods in North American and European markets can be a major hurdle to it as per a survey conducted by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). Current export conditions have deteriorated and the prospects for second half of 2012 are not bright. India's exports dipped to 9.7 percent year-on-year in August 2012 and the deceleration was for the fourth consecutive month. Considering the present situation the government's export target of $360 billion for the fiscal 2012-13 seems difficult to reach. Raw material prices have increased by 20-30 percent in the last three years. Majority of the respondents in the survey did not expect any major improvement in the overall export conditions over the next two quarters. India's exports grew by 20.94 percent to $303.71 billion in financial year ended March 31, 2012, going beyond the government's target of $300 billion. A target of 20 percent growth in exports was set for this year.

Three day India Nuclear Energy Summit to start from Tuesday

A global meet on nuclear energy will be hosted at Mumbai on September 25 that will offer networking and marketing opportunities for international firms and agencies.The three-day 4th India Nuclear Energy Summit (INES-2012) will witness participation from all top players in the nuclear power generation sector, other than the debates and speeches by experts on a host of issues concerning the industry.India has made prominent marks in increasing its nuclear power generation capacity over the past few years and isranked sixth globally in terms of nuclear energy after the US, France, Japan, Russia and South Korea. Efforts are on to increase the contribution of nuclear power to overall electricity generation capacity from 3.2 percent to 9 percent in 25 years. There are also plans to have a 20,000 MW installed nuclear power generation capacity by 2020.

India thrash England by 90 runs

India recorded an emphatic 90-run win over England with impressive bwoling from Harbhajan Singh who took four wickets. The match was a Group A encounter of the World T20 championship and was played at the R. Premadasa Stadium on Sunday.Rohit Sharma's 55 off 33 balls, Gautam Gambhir (45) and Virat Kohli (40)resulted in a fighting score of 170 for four in 20 overs. England were all out for 80 in the 14th over. Piyush Chawla and Irfan Pathan took two wickets each.

Shoojit Sircar angry with 'Vicky Donor' producers

Shoojit Sircar though being happy that "Barfi!" has been selected as India's official entry for the Oscars this year, is at the same time disappointed with the producers of "Vicky Donor" for not sending it for jury's consideration. He said his film had "one of this year's most original high concept story" but the producers did not even consider it to be sent to the jury.Actor John Abraham's JA Entertainment was the co-producer of "Vicky Donor" with Eros International. The movie on sperm donation was made at Rs.5 crore but collected Rs.45 crore.

Google Play to allow publication of paid Apps from India

Google Play, the Apps market for Android has included India as one of the countries from where developers could publish paid Apps.Developers in India were allowed to publish only free Applications till now which adversely affected the business models of developers. With this move, Google hopes to bring in a large number of developers in the country on to the Android ecosystem. Developers used to find ways to overcome the restrictions like travelling to the U.S., creating a local bank account and even floating a company for this purpose.