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Major News and Events of 25 November 2012

What Happened on 25 November 2012


Paramilitary pressed into action, Sirsa sealed after clashes

Paramilitary forces had to be positioned in Sirsa on Sunday to assist Haryana Police for maintaining law and order following violent clashes between followers of Dera Sacha Sauda sect and the Sikh community.The entire Sirsa town which is at a distance of around 300 km from Chandigarh, was sealed and no outside vehicles could get in. Curfew has been imposed in the town on Saturday which continued on Sunday too.State road transport buses services to and from Sirsa have also been suspended.Seven companies of paramilitary deployed in the town includes the Central Reserve Police Force and the Rapid Action Force.Deputy Commissioner J. Ganesan informed all educational institutes would remain closed till Nov 28.

BJP suspends Ram Jethmalani

The BJP has suspended party leader Ram Jethmalani with immediate effect. Jethmalani earlier demanded party chief Nitin Gadkari's removal and spoke against the party regarding the appointment of a new CBI chief. His suspension has been referred to the party's parliamentary board.Before this was announced Jethmalani who is also a Rajya Sabha member, said no one had the courage to suspend him. As per the party sources rule 25 of the BJP's constitution gave the party president right to suspend from the organisation any member with immediate effect but as Jethmalani is an MP, the matter was referred to BJP's parliamentary board which may meet on Monday evening.

India's peak demand and power requirement increases

The peak demand for electricity in India as well as the country's energy requirement have been rising continuously.There was a 6.3 percent increase in the peak demand in the country in 2011-12 over the previous year. The increase in energy requirement in 2011-12 over the previous fiscal year was more at 8.8 percent.In Oct 2012 there was a deficit of 9.1 percent between requirement and availability of power equivalent to 7,654 MU (million units).The requirement was 84,094 MU of power while the availability was 76,440 MU.In the six-month period between April-Oct 2012, when India's worst power blackout happened in July, the peak power shortage was 9 percent or the equivalent of 12,159 MW.As per the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) report last month a peak power shortage of 10.6 percent in the current fiscal is expected.

'Ardhanari' - a film on eunuch

Malayalam playback singer M.G. Sreekumar's debut venture "Ardhanari" is an unconventional film dedicated to eunuch community. It has got positive response. The director Santhosh Sawpernika said that Sreekumar gave him complete freedom. The movie was released on Friday in 39 theaters and got encouraging reports. He also added that there are many 'hijadas' (eunuchs) but they are not accepted by the society.

We used subcontractors in China like Apple for Aakash 2: Datawind

The ‘Aakash’, India’s ambitious tablet termed as the world’s cheapest, is again engaged in controversies. The launch of the updated Aakash 2 got good reviews but the media reports that Datawind Ltd., purchased more than 10,000 made-in-China tablets from four manufacturers in Shenzhen and Hong Kong between October 26 and November 7 puts lot of questions on the brand. Suneet Tuli, CEO of Datawind stated that like other technology companies, Datawind uses subcontract manufacturers to build products like Apple. He stated that for the 10000 units the motherboards and kits were acquired from Chinese subcontractor’s facilities the final assembly and programming was done in India. While the media reports state that VMC Systems, the company’s manufacturing partner in Hyderabad had not built any device over the last few months and Datawind’s other manufacturing partners in Delhi and Amritsar had not manufactured any tablets.

India vs England: India 117/7 after bowling out England for 413

India on third day of play scored 117/7 against England and got a lead of 31 runs in the second cricket Test match here at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. In the first innings India had scored 327 runs. Earlier the visitors were bowled out for 413, after they started the day at 178/2. Skipper Alistair Cook (122) and Kevin Pietersen (186) scored centuries for England. Gautam Gambhir and Harbhajan Singh were batting on 53 and 1, respectively. Left-arm spinner Monty Panesar took 5/61.