Major News and Events of 27 November 2012
What Happened on 27 November 2012
UPA is confident of the numbers says PM after FDI meet
SC question on 2G licences' pricing
$1 bn fine for RIL for shortfall in KG-D6 gas production
23 teams to compete for men's, women's Kabaddi World Cup
Yuvraj Singh to narrate stories of courage on the show 'The Unbreakables'
Facebook Messenger with Firefox 17
India registered over 35,000 dengue cases in 2012, the highest ever in a year so far. Minister of State for Health Abu Haseem Khan Choudhary in a written statement to Rajya Sabha specified that 216 dengue deaths were reported till mid November across the country.Dengue is a vector borne disease and the total number of cases by Nov 15 reached 35,066 in major cities from 18,860 case, a steep rise from 169 deaths in 2011. While in 2010, 28,000 dengue cases and 110 deaths were reported. Choudhary stated that factors behind the rise were the unprecedented growth in population, unplanned rapidurbanizationand inadequate waste management.
The UPA is confident of its numbers in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Tuesday.This was after its allies met here to oppose the consensus on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail, which paralyzed the parliamentary proceedings for four days.Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said to media that the UPA is united and all its components are supporting the government on any debate in the parliament.The parliamentary affairs minister further stated that the government did not want to avoid a debate under any rule but the decision was up to the speaker.
The Supreme Court questioned why telecom operators are not paying the price which was fixed on Nov 12. These are the operators who are providing service using cancelled 2G licences.The apex court specified that the operators should pay auction-determined prices from the date when the four months' notice was given to them in the February 2G verdict. The 2G service providers were asked to continue giving service till the government carried out the auction.The court stated that it had concerns whether directions in its Feb 2 judgment were carried out in its entirety and whether the spectrum which was there following the cancellation of the 122 2G licences in 22 circles was auctioned in sync with 3G auction.
The government has fined and disallowed $1 billion expense on Reliance Industries (RIL) operated KG-D6 gasfields in Andhra Pradesh as it did not incorporate the approved field development plan.Oil Minister M. Veerappa Moily stated in the Rajya Sabha in a written statement,"The average gas production from KG-DWN-98/3 (KG-D6 block) during the current year was about 29.81 million standard cubic metres per day as against 86.73 mmscmd approved in the field development plans for D1, D3 and MA fields in this block, which are currently on production."RIL did not drill the stipulated number of gas producer wells in D1 and D3 fields. Only 22 wells were drilled, of which only 18 have been put on production.The company was supposed to drill a total of 31 wells as per the approved field development plan.
With a prize money of Rs.4.54 crore, that has Rs.2 crore for the winner, the third World Cup Kabaddi, will kickstart at Bathinda Dec 1. Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced about the tournament which will feature 23 teams.Badal, who also holds the state sports portfoli, said that teams from 16 nations will participate in the 15-day event in the men's section and seven in the women's competition.The men's teams are from Afghanistan, Argentina, Canada, Denmark, England, Iran, Italy, Kenya, New Zealand, Norway, Pakistan, Scotland, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, the US and hosts India.The three teams who reach the top in the men's kabaddi will get prizes of Rs.2 crore, Rs.1 crore and Rs.51 lakh.The women's teams are from Canada, Denmark, England, Malaysia, Turkmenistan, the US and India. The prizes of Rs.51 lakh, Rs.31 lakh and Rs.21 lakh respectively are for the top three teams in the women's section.The matches will be played at Bathinda, Patiala, Hoshiarpur, Amritsar, Doda (Muktsar), Sangrur, Roopnagar, Chohla Sahib (Tarn Taran), Fazilka, Gurdaspur, Mansa, Jalandhar and Ludhiana.
Star cricketer Yuvraj Singh will be hosting a new TV series, "The Unbreakables", which will telecast stories of courage in the face of adversities.The show will feature on Nat Geo from Dec 24.The cricketer, who overcame cancer, is an inspiration to people worldwide. He will in the show tell stories of bravery of people who were captured and held hostage by guerrilla groups on an adventure tour,and and incident where a person was forced to smuggle cocaine at gun-point. Yuvraj is happy to be associated with such a show.
Science and Technology
Mozilla in the latest version of its popular web browser, Firefox 17.0 for Windows, Mac and Linux has introduced a new feature that is the Social API, with the launch of Facebook Messenger. This would keep the users logged in and connected irrespective of the website they are browsing. Chatting, viewing notifications, messages, friend requests all can be done without leaving the page you are navigating. The Facebook sidebar displays the news feed as well as a list of chat contacts online and can be hidden or opened with the simple click of a button.