Major News and Events of 27 August 2012
What Happened on 27 August 2012
Supreme Court extends 2G auction deadline to Jan 11
Yamuna Expressway to be aligned with Agra-Lucknow highway
Dravid's name recommended for Padma Bhushan by BCCI
'Heroine' producers move court on anti smoking messages
70% growth in Indian cloud market in 2012: IDC
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh charged the official auditor for indicating huge presumptive losses from coal blocks allocation and also said that the allegations against him were baseless. But the BJP was in no mood to listen to him and asked the prime minister to resign by taking moral responsibility for the presumptive Rs.1.86 lakh crore ($37 billion) loss. Later on the PM also told the media persons that BJP was determined to not let the parliament function properly. He said the government has a strong case and when the matter appears before the PAC (Public Accounts Committee) CAG will face a challenge.
The Supreme Court Monday has given Jan 11, 2013 deadline to the government to complete the 2G spectrum auction. The apex court has also specified that contempt proceedings will be initiated if the government failed to finish the auction process within the new deadline that would entail to exemplary costs being imposed as per the division bench of justices G.S. Singhvi and K.S. Radhakrishnan. The government had requested for time until Nov 12 to start the auction and 40 days after the completion of auction to allocate frequencies. August 31 date was earlier set by the court within which the auction had to be completed but the department of telecommunications (DoT) had requested for an extension. The Supreme Court also stated that the operators whose licences would have been cancelled on September 7 can now continue their services till Jan 18.
Uttar Pradesh gave its approval for the alignment of the 165-km Greater Noida-Agra Yamuna Expressway with the proposed 274-km Agra-Lucknow road project. This would reduce considerably the travel time between Lucknow and Delhi. The Public Private Partnership Monitoring Committee (PPPMC) after reviewing the draft concept report gave its consent for the alignment. This would be constructed on 'minimum distance formula' through PPP mode. A 274-km long six-lane (extendable to eight lanes) expressway is proposed starting from the proposed Agra ring road close to Yamuna Expressway. Design parameters for a speed of 120 km/hour on the proposed expressway would also be looked into. There would be five toll-plazas, eight interchanges with 7.5 metres service lane along the expressway and 80 under passes, 135 cattle passes and four public amenities. The project would take 3 years to complete as per the draft concept report. Travel time between Agra and Lucknow will be reduced to 3 hours from the present 7 hours and this would also lead to fast transportation of perishable products, boost the tourism along the alignment as it will connect to already functional Yamuna Expressway between Greater Noida and Agra.
Rahul Dravid's name has been recommended for the Padma Bhushan while Gautam Gambhir's for the Padma Shri awards by the Board of Control for Cricket in India. After Bharat Ratna and Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhusan is the country's third highest civilian honour. Sachin Tendulkar is the only cricketer who has got the second highest civilian honour in Padma Vibhushan while nine cricketers including Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev, Vinoo Mankad and Lala Amarnath have received the Padma Bhusan.
UTV Software Communication, the makers of Bollywood film "Heroine", which stars Kareena Kapoor, moved the Delhi High Court against the information and broadcasting ministry's order where it has been asked by the ministry to show anti-smoking messages during smoking scenes in the movie. The producer have also appealed for setting aside of letter issued to them by the information and broadcasting ministry on August 2, where an additional condition has been imposed specifying films that have smoking scenes should begin with a 20-second warning on smoking hazards.A notice has been issued to the information and broadcasting and health ministries and the Central Board of Film Certification (CBFC) to present their responses by September 10. CBFC has also been asked to watch the movie and then submit its report in sealed cover on next date of hearing. The producers are of the opinion that the anti-smoking messages during the scenes would ruin their creativity. The movie will release on September 21.
Science and Technology
The Indian cloud computing market which was estimated at USD 535 million in 2011 will grow by more than 70 per cent in 2012 as per the research firm IDC. The research firm also foresees growth forecast at 50 percent for the next 3 years. Cloud computing is a pay-per-use model of computing in which the users do not own the applications and software and they are accessed over the Internet. Companies can cut down heavily on costs as they don't need to purchase the products resulting in reduced IT costs.