Major News and Events of 26 December 2012
What Happened on 26 December 2012
Yeddyurappa will decide on Jan 4 on bringing down BJP ministry
Rape victim moved out of hospital, mystery over constable's death
Shortage of writers in Bollywood: Paresh Rawal
Parupalli Kashyap wants to be in top 10 in 2013
Social media was the key factor in India's tech trends
HSBC rejected allegations of running a "hawala" racket in India, saying it took "compliance with the law very seriously". Seema Mehta, chief nodal officer, HSBC stated that the bank has taken concrete steps to strengthen compliance. The central bank is investigating a complaint by senior police officer Amitabh Thakur against HSBC. The police are probing into the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal's charges that the bank transformed "black money" kept away in Swiss banks and was hawala racket in India. There are charges that the bank is involved in illegal banking operations through its Dubai and Geneva branches. RBI had given a month's time to HSBC to reply. The police are now looking for the intervention of the RBI governor for a detailed probe into the bank's dealings in India.
Former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa stated on Wednesday that his new party will take decision on Jan 4 on the matter of his supporters in the ruling BJP bringing down the Jagadish Shettar government. He said that the Shettar government has withheld all pro-poor programmes initiated by him and hence he should resign immediately or should be dismissed. Yeddyurappa was the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) first chief minister in Karnataka who left the party and assembly on Nov 30 to lead the KJP. The KJP organized rallies in Bangalore and several places in protest to the "BJP government's failure to release money for pro-poor welfare measures". When he was involved in the mining bribery charges he was forced to resign in July last year.He stated that he had support of around 50 of BJP's 118 members, including several ministers, in the 225-member assembly and would join the KJP "at appropriate time"
The Delhi gang-rape victim, struggling for her life, was shifted out of Safdarjung Hospital in an ambulance, to be flown to Singapore for treatment. She would be given an organ transplant as quoted by sources. Earlier the daily update on her condition in the evening was not done. She was in critical condition even 10 days after the sexual assault in a moving bus, as she was mostly on ventilator after Dec 16. On Tuesday she gave a statement second time following the complaints that police had allegedly interfered when it was recorded for the first time on Dec 21. There was mystery around the policeman's death when the witnesses say he collapsed on his own and did not incur any injury while the autopsy report reveal he got a cardiac arrest after multiple injuries on his neck and chest.
Paresh Rawal has said that there is shortage of good writers in Bollywood. Though things have changed recently and the films are not copied but still there is a long way to go. He said earlier DVDs were given and it was specified that the movie was to be made like that but now instead of stealing from Hollywood, stories are being written. He also said he was happy with the new breed of actors who work very hard.
Indian shuttler Parupalli Kashyap ended a good year by winning his maiden tier three event, the Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold men's singles title. He had many high points this year like being the first male player from India to make to the quarterfinal of the London Olympics and then the victory at the Syed Modi, Kashyap. Kashyap,World No. 20, said in an interview that he now has eyes on the All England Open and the World Championships. He stated, "It has been my best season as I have never played so consistently. I made a couple of semi-finals and quarterfinals of the Super Series events, beat three-four top 10 players, so it has been good. Next I want myself to be in the top 10 so lets see how quickly I get there. I am also able to beat top 20 players regularly."
Science and Technology
Social media got a major foothold in India. The highlights were use of draconian section 66A of the IT act for arrests of people not only for tweets and posts but also for likes and mobilization of support for protests against crime like the anti-rape protests which got instantaneous response on social media. Some more highlights of the year were mobile internet access surpassed PC-based access based on number of users. 102 million handsets sold in the first half of 2012, only 6 million were smartphones as Facebook and Twitter were used on low end phones as well. Samsung was the major winner with gaining 42% of the market followed by Nokia and Blackberry. The iPhone did make some waves.904 million mobile subscriptions were there in India on October 31 of which 704 million were active subscriptions. Just 15 percent use dual-SIM use that implies one in two Indians carry a mobile phone. Windows 8, Microsoft's "re-imagined and re-invented" operating system, revived interest back into the PC world. It's touch-enabled. Indians got into the mode of Bring Your Own Device or BYOD at work and Apple was a major gainer though it has small presence in the Indian market. India's Aakash 2, the world's cheapest tablet launch was another major point. Another important feature was that cyber-crime increased and got advanced as there were Hacked Facebook and Twitter accounts, hijacked Gmail and bank accounts, stolen funds, hacked government websites and more.