Major News and Events of 26 November 2012
What Happened on 26 November 2012
Mumbai remembers 26/11 victims on 4th anniversary of the attacks
India inks pact with China to develop railways
Ford India to expand distribution and service network
Lot of changes in Indian cricket if India loses at Eden: Ganguly
Profits from "Attacks of 26/11" to go to victims and heroes of the attacks
Huawei, ZTE willing to share source codes with India
The Bharatiya Janata Party on Monday directed its Rajya Sabha member Ram Jethmalani suspended for "indiscipline and anti-party activities", to explain why he should not be expelled from the party for six years.The parliamentary board after discussing the anti-party actions of Mr. Ram Jethmalani found the decision of party president Nitin Gadkari to suspend Jethmalani for his indiscipline and anti-party activities appropriate. Jethmalani has been asked to now show reason why he should not be expelled from the party for six years.
Mumbai stopped in its busy routine to silently remember the 166 people who lost their lives to the indiscriminate bullets of 10 Pakistani terrorists during a 60-hour siege from November 26-29, 2008.Commemorative events were held at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus, the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower hotel, the Oberoi Trident, Leopold Cafe and the Nariman House, that were targeted by the 10 terrorists who sneaked into Mumbai through the Arabian Sea route and landed at Colaba.The main function in the memory of the martyrs and victims of the terror strike was held at the Mumbai Police Gymkhana at Chowpatty where a permanent 26/11 memorial has been erected.
India on Monday signed a pact with China to strengthen mutual technical cooperation in railways between the two Asian countries. The collaboration will be enhanced invarious areas of rail technology including high speed rail, heavy haulage and station development.The two countries will also opt for exchange of information on policies, training and exchange programmes, site visits, joint symposiums.The future cooperation on railways will be followed under the Infrastructure Working Group constituted under the India-China Strategic Economic Dialogue.Railway Board chairman Vinay Mittal inked the MoU with Wang Zhiguo, China's vice minister of railways. The MoU will be operative for 5 years.
Car manufacturer Ford India,the subsidiary of US auto major Ford Motor Company, aims to expand its customer touch points (sales and service) to 500 by middle of the decade when it has plans to launch eight new models.The customer touch points (sales and service points) will be increased to 250 this year.The company will launch its sports utility vehicle (SUV) EcoSport next year, the new plant in Gujarat will start operating in 2014.The company has expectation of 70 percent growth to come from Asia Pacific region during the next decade and China and India will be the main contributors.
Sourav Ganguly has stated that the Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni should not opt for a turner in the forthcoming Test match at Eden Gardens against England. He also said that there "could be lot of changes" in Indian cricket if the home side lost at Eden Gardens.India lost by ten wickets in the second Test of the ongoing series within four days at Mumbai, with English spinners Monty Panesar and Graeme Swann taking in all 16 wickets. Regarding Sachin Tendulkar, who is yet get the runs flowing in the series, Ganguly said: "Yes, his reflexes have gone down. But that is bound to happen with age. But what I feel is that Tendulkar is out of form and needs runs.
The profits from Ram Gopal Varma-directed "The Attacks of 26/11", about the 26/11 attacks in the city, will go to victims and heroes as per the film's producer Parag Sanghvi.10 Pakistani terrorists attacked Taj Mahal Hotel, Oberoi Trident Hotel, Nariman House and CST railway station on Nov 26, 2008 and killed 166 people. Sanghvi said he didn't view this film as a commercial venture. It involved lot of expenses as the entire set had to be created as shooting was not allowed in the original locations.Sanghvi stated that the idea behind making this film was that the world should know what happened that day."The Attacks of 26/11" has Nana Patekar and Sanjeev Jaiswal, among others.
Science and Technology
Chinese vendors Huawei and ZTE want to offer the Indian government unrestricted access to the software source codes of all their products as they try to ease concerns about a security threat.Their offer comes in the event of the Indian government speculating a recent report by the US Congress Panel that stated that the two technology majors from China have ties with that country's government and military and must be restricted from mergers and acquisitions in the US.Department of Economic Affairs secretary Arvind Mayaram had called a meeting of officials of Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) for discussion on the operations of the two Chinese vendors in India after the US panel's report. Mayaram had also asked the FIPB whether the potential risks stated in the US report has some substance and whether the country should take steps in this regard.Both Huawei and ZTE have dismissed all allegations leveled by the US.