Major News and Events of 24 July 2012
What Happened on 24 July 2012
Apex court bans tourism in core areas of tiger reserves
EGoM defers decision on one time spectrum fee issue
14 FDI proposals worth Rs.1,584 crore approved by the government
Indian batting collapse leads to Sri Lanka level the series 1-1
Staff expenses to be paid by the actors not producers
Higher you live, faster you age
The situation in Assam continued to remain tense with the death toll reaching 32 after the security forces shot 4 miscreants and 40000 villagers leaving their homes as the Bodos and the Bengali speaking Muslims continue to wage a war among each other. The districts which have been affected are Kokrajhar and Chirang and violence has also spread to Dhubri. In the worst hit Korkrajhar district shoot at sight order and indefinite curfew has been imposed and in Chirang night curfew from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m has been clamped. In Dhubri sensitive areas like Gouripur, Golakganj, Bilasipara and Chapar are under curfew. 37 trains have been stopped at various states stranding 25,000 passengers. As many 4,000 paramilitary troopers have been sent by the central government to Assam.
The Supreme Court on July 24, banned tourism in core areas of the 41 tiger reserves which has displeased the tour operators who are thinking of filing a review petition. Till further directions finally issued by the court, the core zones in the tiger reserves cannot be used for tourism this was stated by a bench comprising Justice Swatanter Kumar and Justice F.M. Ibrahim Kalifulla. The apex court's decision came after Bhopal-based NGO Prayatna submitted a petition where a ban on tourism in core areas of tiger reserves was demanded and it was further specified that this can be carried only in the buffer zones spread up to 10 km around the critical habitats. In the country there are 1706 tigers in 41 reserves across 19 states. The Supreme Court has also asked states like Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Jharkhand and Arunachal Pradesh to pay a fine of Rs 10000 each for not notifying the buffer and core areas in tiger reserves and have asked them to do so within three weeks.
The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom have deferred their decision on the one-time spectrum fee which has to be paid by incumbent telecom operators.The Communications Minister Kapil Sibal stated that no decision has been taken in this matter and the ministers will wait for the presidential reference. The apex court on February 2 had ordered cancellation of 122 licences including those of Uninor, Sistema Shyam Teleservices, Loop Telecom, Etisalat DB, Videocon, Idea Cellular and STel. The EGoM has been referred this matter by the cabinet in its meeting on July 3. The EGoM had last week discussed on this critical issue and specified in its recommendation that the minimum price of the spectrum be reduced to Rs.14,000-16,000 crore from the Rs.18,000 crore suggested by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
The government announced its approval for 14 proposals of foreign direct investment (FDI) worth Rs.1,584.11 crore. Major investment will be in financial services. Abhijeet Power Limited of Maharashtra will get Rs 674 crores of foreign equity to make downstream investment. Bajaj Finserv Limited which is Pune based has got approval to raise Rs.100 crore for business related to non-banking financial company (NBFC) activities directly and through subsidiaries under rights issue. Seven proposals have been rejected by the government while the decision on 15 proposals have been deferred.
Sri Lanka leveled the five match ODI series after a massive win of nine wickets. Indian team's innings was wrapped at 138 in 33.3 overs by the bowling trio Thisara Perera, Angelo Matthews and Lasith Malinga. It was left to Gautam Gambhir to wage a lone battle and he was the last man out on 65. Sri Lankans reached the target in 19.5 overs with openers Upul Tharanga (59 not out) and Tillakaratne Dilshan (50) taking the team home comfortably. There was no reason why the Indian batting collapsed though the pitch had more grass it was not that deadly to create this kind of effect. Indian batting shone for a short time when Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir got off to a flying start scoring 31 runs from the first three overs.
Film producers need not have to shell out extra money to pay to an actor's staff during shootings. The Film and Television Producers Guild of India has come up with a decision which specifies that all actors will have to pay their staff and not the producers. The producers used to pay for the additional expenses of an actor's personal make-up staff, driver, hair stylist, personal trainers till now and the cost came to anything between Rs.15,000 to approximately Rs.50,000, depending on how popular the actor was. The top actors including Shah Rukh Khan, Salman Khan, Akshay Kumar and Ajay Devgn are in agreement with the decision. The producers are happy with this decision.
Science and Technology
Albert Einstein's theory that time is a relative concept and if you live higher above sea level, you would age faster, has been explained with the world's most accurate clock for the first time.Two atomic clocks which were placed just a foot apart in height above sea level showed the effect of gravitational pull of the earth which leads to time running slower than the other one placed higher up. James Chin-Wen Chou and his colleagues from the US National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder, Colorado, did this study to check the effects with the clocks. Einstein in his theory of relativity had proposed 100 years ago that the only constant was speed of light and time can run faster depending on how fast you were traveling or how higher up you were as time and space were not constant as we believe them to be in our daily lives.