Major News and Events of 26 September 2012
What Happened on 26 September 2012
Sharad Pawar to resolve Maharashtra crisis
12th Plan will stress on viability of small farms: Abhijit Sen
Mallya looks for FDI for Kingfiser's turn around
Two rallies to take off at the Himalayas
Zee TV to host live concerts to celebrate 20 years
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 or phablet to be launched in India
India has again asked Pakistan to provide voice samples of the Mumbai terror suspects, which includes the Lashkar-e-Taiba's Hafiz Saeed and Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, so that they can be charged for their involvement in the November 2008 attacks.Indian Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde put forward this demand when he met his Pakistani counterpart Rehman Malik at Bandos Island in the Maldives Tuesday during the eight-nation South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meet. This was the first time they met after the telephonic conversation on Aug 19. The requests which are pending with Pakistan include action against Hafiz Saeed, who is suspected to be the mastermind of the Mumbai terror strike that claimed 166 lives. India had also pressed for action against 50 most-wanted, which includes 1993 Mumbai bomb blast suspect Dawood Ibrahim. A dossier was given to Pakistan in this regard in 2011
The NCP authorized its leader Sharad Pawar to handle the crisis in Maharashtra.Sharad Pawar, who is an uncle of Ajit Pawar, will visit Mumbai Friday to come out with a solution to the crisis that has hampered the normal functioning of the state government.He will take a final call on Ajit Pawar's resignation and also look into the issue of the resignation letters 19 other NCP ministers submitted to state party chief Madhukar Pichad.Ajit Pawar resigned on Tuesday when he was alleged to arbitrarily give out irrigation contracts worth over Rs.20,000 crore as the water resources minister in 1999-2009.Ajit Pawar did not accept the charges hurled at him and said he was prepared to face any enquiry.
The 12th Five Year Plan will emphasize on the viability of small farms and come out with new schemes for sustainable agriculture as stated by the Planning Commission member Abhijit Sen.The government has intention to launch a new technology mission which would combine agricultural research and extension systems.The Planning Commission member stated this at a meeting on the Global Food Security Index (GFSI) 2012. He specified that the small farm economy was the most important component of agriculure in the country.India is at 66th position in GFSI, which is a scoring tool that measures drivers of food security in 105 countries. Sen also raised doubts on the 66th rank the country has and said that though it had done badly in nutrition but performance was not bad in many other parameters of food security.The Integrated Child Development Scheme was initiated by the government to focus on malnutrition but the programme has not met the desired objectives.The 12th Plan would be different from the 11th Plan in its focus on the small farm economy. It would formulate a process which will improve government's ability to work with farmers. A new scheme for sustainable agriculture was being developed keeping in mind the climate change.
Vijay Mallya is pinning hopes on foreign airlines to revive fortunes of his cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines in the wake of the government's recent measure of allowing 49 percent foreign direct investment (FDI) in the civil aviation sector.Mallya told shareholders at the 17th Annual General Meeting (AGM) that the conversation with prospective investors that includes some foreign airlines, could not be hastened as it has been only 10 days that the government introduced FDI policy.Domestic investors are happy as foreign carriers are expressing interest to invest in Kingfisher. .
The mountains are all set to enthrall everyone with races as participants are ready to rush through lofty mountains of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu and Kashmir.There are two rallies and the first in the series is the eighth edition of the Hercules MTB (mountain biking) Himachal 2012 that starts on Saturday, September 29 while the 14th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya starts from Oct 7.The Hercules MTB is considered the third toughest mountain biking event in the world after the Trans-Alps Challenge (Europe) and Trans-Rockies (Canada). The nine-day mountain biking will be flagged off from Shimla.More than 100 participants from eight countries will participate in the 500-km event and it is being organised by Himalayan Adventure Sports and Tourism Promotion Association (HASTPA). In this rally the Jalori Pass (at 3,223 metres) in Kullu district is the toughest point.
Music, dance and other activities is how Zee TV is planning to celebrate its successful 20-year journey. The channel will organize "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa LIVE" - a series of live concerts and entertainment nights in 10 cities. It will start in Pune and continue to Delhi, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Dehradun, Bhopal, Aurangabad, Kanpur and Lucknow on different dates.Zee TV turns 20 on Oct 2 and its programmes are aired in 168 countries and is accessible to more than 650 million viewers globally. To express its gratitude to its viewers the channel intends to hold events featuring singers "Sa Re Ga Ma Pa" and dancing sensations from "Dance India Dance".
Science and Technology
Samsung Galaxy Note 2 may be launched at an event in Hyderabad on Thursday, September 27 though there is yet to get an official confirmation on the price of the smartphone. It will be available in the first week of October.The device has a 1.6GHz quad core Exynos 4412 processor, a 4G LTE connectivity, 5.5 inch 1280 x 720 AMOLED display, 16, 32 or 64 GBs of storage capacity, 1.5 GB RAM, 8 MP rear camera and runs on Android 4.1, Jelly Bean.