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Major News and Events of 24 September 2012

What Happened on 24 September 2012


One killed, eight injured in Assam blast

One person was dead and eight were injured after militants triggered a blast in Assam's Sivsagar town late on Monday. Nine people were injured and one of them died while three persons are said to be in critical condition. The bomb blast happened at around 9.15 pm in front of the Lakhi Cinema Hall in the town which is a crowded area but the casualties were less as the market closes at 8.30 p.m. Police suspect this is the handiwork ofthe United Liberation Front of Asom's (ULFA) anti-talk faction that has a base in the district. The blast was due to a powerful IED planted in a cycle.

SC dismisses plea against Mamata Banerjee

The Supreme Court dismissed the PIL by Panthers Party chief Bhim Singh which sought initiation of contempt proceedings against West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her alleged remark where she had specified that favourable judicial verdicts were available at a price.A bench of Justice P.Sathasivam and Justice Ranjan Gogoi allowed Bhim Singh to withdraw the petition as the case was with the Calcutta High Court. Though Bhim Singh requested for the permission to move the court, if required, in the future.Mamata Banerjee on Aug 14 had allegedly said: "Money is paid to buy many (favourable) judgments. Corruption has crept into democracy and judiciary. Why should this happen? This is most unfortunate. I know people may file defamation suits against me for this. But I am not afraid of money and muscle power." This statement was submitted as a part of the newspaper reports which were enclosed along with Bhim Singh's petition.

State Bank of Patiala offers 9.25 percent interest on one-year deposits

The state-run State Bank of Patiala (SBP) launched a savings promotion scheme where annual interest rate of 9.25 percent is offered on domestic term deposits of one year to 555 days. The bank stated this is one of the highest rate offered by any bank in the country.The SBP's annual interest rate will be nine percent for term deposits of 556 days to less than five years and 8.75 percent for deposits between five and ten years. This scheme has been operational from Sep 13 and will close on Sep 28.For senior citizens an interest rate at 9.75 percent is on offer. The scheme will yield up to 10.11 percent annually for savings on a quarterly compounded basis.

CVC asks CBI to probe coal block allocations since 1993

The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has directed the CBI,which is investigating the coal block allocations made during 2006-09, to extend its probe to cover all allocations since 1993.The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) was also asked toinquire aboutthe process in vogue for selection of companies for coal block allocation between 1993 to 2006 and whether these guidelines were followed and what was the procedure for the selection of joint venture partners were selected.The country's top anti-corruption authority had earlier appointed the CBI to probe into the allocations of coal blocks made between 2006 and 2009.

Hrithik a big fan of Sridevi postpones flight to watch her comeback film

Actor Hrithik Roshan is a huge fan of Sridevi and he proved that once again by deciding to postpone his flight to attend the screening of the actress' comeback film "English Vinglish" on Oct 4. Hrithikwhile shooting for an ad film at Mehboob Studio came to meet Sridevi in her vanity van. He complimented her on her looks and said that he would makesureto attend the screening of the film.Gauri Shinde's first directorial venture, "English Vinglish" is scheduled for an Oct 5 release.

IOA polls on Nov 25

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) will have its elections on Nov 25. Secretary general Randhir Singh is most likely to compete with the newly elected chairman of India Amateur Boxing Federation (IABF) Abhay Chautala for the post of president.Randhir has already made his intentions clear and Chautala said he would indeed contest for the post of president. IOA's term ends on Oct 10 and to initiate the poll process a General Body Meeting (GBM) has been scheduled on Oct 18.

No roaming charges from next year: Sibal

Indian mobile subscribers will not require to pay roaming charges while travelling within the country from the next year as stated by the Minister for Communications and Information Technology Kapil Sibal.The new policy, which was approved in May, sets the way for free roaming and nationwide mobile number portability. This would replace the earlier regulation which was in vogue for more than 12 years now and would be offering a stable policy for a period of nearly 10 years.