Major News and Events of 28 August 2012
What Happened on 28 August 2012
Parliament crippled for sixth day in a row
GST bill can be passed in current financial year: Chidambaram
India's PC market show 17 percent growth in Q2 of 2012
Harbhajan should be in the Indian team in all formats: Ganguly
'Poets of the Fall' find India 'rocking'
India to broaden scope of cyber-security coordinator
The Supreme Court on Wednesday, August 29 may be giving verdict on a petition filed by Ajmal Kasab, the 2008 Mumbai terror attack convict. Kasab's verdict challenges the Bombay High Court judgment upholding his death sentence on Feb 21, 2011. On May 6, 2010 Kasab was sent to the gallows by a Mumbai trial court. Among other charges he was convicted for waging a war against India. The Supreme Court bench of Justice Aftab Alam and Justice C.K. Prasad reserved the verdict on concluding the series of arguments that went on for nearly three months, since January 31. The apex court will be also be pronouncing its verdict on Maharashtra government's appeal which challenges the acquittal of Fahim Harshad Mohammad Yusuf Ansari and Sabauddin Shaikh. They have charges on them of providing topographical details to Kasab.
Parliament logjam over 'coalgate' escalated on Tuesday, August 28 with the BJP determined not to give up its demand for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's resignation and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi slamming the BJP with blackmail. Parliament was paralyzed for the sixth day in a row with Congress and BJP leaders taking on each other. Sonia Gandhi had earlier asked the Congress MPs to take an aggressive stance to counteract the "intemperate Congress bashing". She also said that the right place for a debate was through parliament not when the proceedings are halted. She also charged the BJP of blackmailing which has become a concern for its allies.
Finance Minister P Chidambaram stated that the constitution amendment bill to introduce the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime may be passed by parliament by this financial year.Chidambaram also said he had a discussion on the issue with Bihar Finance Minister Sushil Modi, who is leading the empowered committee of state finance ministers on GST. The bill may be passed by the end of this financial year. On the Direct Tax Code (DTC), Chidambaram said it needed a fresh look.
There was a growth of 17 percent in Personal computers (PC) sales in the country during the second quarter of 2012 over the same period of the previous calendar year. There was a sale of nearly 2.9 million units as per the research firm Gartner. Consumer buying accounted for half of the total PC sales in the second quarter of 2012 and the major component were the entry level products. This shows that the tablets have not hampered yet the consumer PC sales which grew 24 percent sequentially. In the consumer segment vendors such as HP, Lenovo, Asus and Samsung registered more than 50 percent growth.
Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly is of the opinion that off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has not been included in the national team for too long and that he should be playing for it in all three formats. Harbhajan's name was there in the side for the Twenty20 World Cup earlier in the month. Ganguly said he should be recalled for the Tests and One-day Internationals (ODI) as he is one of the top three spinners in the team and should not have been out for more than 6 months. Harbhajan having 700 international wickets to his name should be able to play in any side. Ganguly said that the selectors could have given him time to get back in form as anyone can have a bad season.
Thrilled after performing in different Indian cities, the world's leading rock band "Poets of the Fall" said they found India "rocking" and loved the enthusiasm of the crowd. The Finnish independent band's lead vocalist, Marko Saaresto said the energy of the crowd was inspiring and that they loved coming back to India. This is the second tour of "Poets of the Fall" and the last lap of their current tour, "Temple of Thought India Tour 2012" was at Kolkata after performances at Delhi, Bangalore and Pune.
Science and Technology
India will broaden the scope of its cyber-security coordinator against the backdrop of recent hate campaign which ensued through internet data leading to exodus of northeastern people from Pune and Bangalore. A senior official also stated that there is no scope to take up the issue with Pakistan. The demand to strengthen the cyber laws has been put forward three years ago where there were no boundaries and there were no state to state issues. This time 30% of the hate messages were uploaded from Pakistan and the rest was from other sources.