Major News and Events of 24 August 2012
What Happened on 24 August 2012
SC rejects Swamy's plea against Chidambaram
SC issues notice to Tata Motors on Singur land
Maruti to invest Rs.1,700 crore in Manesar's new plant: Haryana minister
India got a strong grip on first Test against New Zealand
Karan Johar to release SOTY song promo on Aug 28
Samsung launches Galaxy 800 in India
Parliament was paralyzed for the fourth day on Friday as the BJP stuck on its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation over discrepancies in coal blocks allocation. BJP did not pay heed to the government's requests to let the houses function. The government did not accept the Comptroller and Auditor General report which specifies a Rs.1.85 lakh crore ($37 billion) loss to the exchequer. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said at a press conference that there was no question of gain or loss if there was no mining of coal. BJP was not convinced with this. Both the houses of were adjourned till Monday after disruptions by Opposition.
The Supreme Court dismissed Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy's plea to make Chidambaram the co-accused in the 2G spectrum allocation case along with A. Raja. The apex court bench of Justices G.S. Singhvi and S.K. Radhakrishnan stated that there was no evidence which would prove that P. Chidambaram had abused his position as a finance minister and on purpose allowed the reduction of equity of Swan and Unitech or collaborated with Raja to fix low entry fee. Swamy had alleged Raja and Chidambaram were jointly responsible for the allocation of 2G licences in 2008 at 2001 prices.
The Supreme Court Friday issued notice to Tata Motors. This was on a petition of the West Bengal government which challenged a Calcutta High Court order. The order on June 22 had held Singur Land Rehabilitation and Development Act, 2011 unconstitutional. The high court had also given two month's notice to the government to appeal in the apex court. The Singur land act was passed by the Trinamool government to reclaim 400 acres given to the company and return it to the farmers who had opposed the takeover and had not taken compensation in lieu of that.
Automobile giant Maruti-Suzuki will invest Rs.1,700 crore in a new plant of the Manesar unit near Gurgaon, 45 km from Delhi even though there was recent violence and the complete shutdown at its Manesar unit. This was stated by State Industries Minister Randeep Singh Surjewala who also said that 186 cars were produced on Wednesday, August 22 at plant-A and plant-B of the Manesar unit which were back in production. It is expected Maruti will restore its original production capacity within next fortnight or month.
On second day at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Uppal, India got its hold on the first Test as New Zealand were found struggling at 106 for five in the first innings, requiring another 133 runs to avoid the follow-on. Off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (3-30) and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha (2-35) struck through the New Zealand's batting on a day completely dominated by India. India finished its inning at 438 shortly before the tea session. Cheteshwar Pujara scored a maginificent 159 while skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored 73.
Filmmaker Karan Johar has stated in a tweet that he will release on August 28, the first song promo of his film Student Of The Year(SOTY) online. The movie's plat revolves around three high school students and how their relations change when they compete for the title Student Of The Year. The new song is a Disco track and may be loved by the party goers.
Science and Technology
Samsung Electronics launched a new tablet, Galaxy Note 800, in the Indian market which is priced at Rs.39,990, and is an extension of Galaxy Note category. Features include S Pen with 1,024 levels of pressure sensitivity, knowledge search engines to enable users search for content, gather information and drag and drop content without having to switch between tabs. It has a 1.4GHz Quad-Core Processor and 2GB of internal RAM, five-megapixel main camera and a 1.9 megapixel front facing camera. Also the device includes Adobe Photoshop Touch, and a new app My Education. Around 900 education text books, the largest collection of educational e-books in India, is also provided.