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Major News and Events of 29 October 2012

What Happened on 29 October 2012


Cyclone threat to Andhra, Tamil Nadu coasts

Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Puducherry coasts are in danger of a cyclone.The Indian Meteorological Department (IMD) gave a cyclone alert for north Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and south Andhra Pradesh coast.According to an IMD bulletin on Monday night, a deep depression has formed over southwest Bay of Bengal at about 500 km south-southeast of Chennai and 130 km east-northeast of Trincomalee (Sri Lanka).This would aggravate further into a cyclonic storm and would pass over north Tamil Nadu and adjoining south Andhra Pradesh coast between Nagapattinam and Nellore by Wednesday evening. The met office has forecast heavy rainfall at many places.

New cabinet members get going, Mulayam states that election will be soon

A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did the cabinet reshuffle and the new ministers took charge not everyone was happy and the Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav predicted an early Lok Sabha election.There was also a debate that S. Jaipal Reddy had been moved out of the petroleum ministry due to corporate pressure. But he made it clear that Manmohan Singh had spoken to him before moving him to the science and technology ministry and he also dismissed the allegation that he was unhappy with his current portfolio. Congress is in the process to put its house in order and prepare for the 2014 general election.But the Opposition, that is the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) stated the reshuffle will fail to cover up the failures of the Congress-led UPA II.

Meeting to review public distribution system

Prior to taking up the food security bill in parliament's winter session, the government has planned to review the public distribution system with state ministers in a meeting.The National Food Security Bill is supposed to be discussed during the November-December winter session of parliament.The bill will encompass up to 75 percent of the rural population and 50 percent of urban households. There are proposals to allocate 7 kg foodgrain per person per month at Rs.3 per kg for rice, Rs.2 per kg for wheat and Rs.1 per kg for coarse grains to priority beneficiaries.A computerised plan has been prepared by the central government for public distribution system at a cost of Rs.84.07 crore. Digitizationof ration cards, a facility of SMS alert are some of the features of the plan."The meeting will discuss ways to increase the viability of fair price shops, doorstep delivery of foodgrain, improving intermediate storage capacity and direct transfer of the food subsidy to consumers," the sources in the food and public distribution department revealed.

Shooting not to be done for the incomplete part of 'Jab Tak Hai Jaan' song: SRK

Shooting was left for a portion of a song in Yash Chopra's "Jab Tak Hai Jaan", but now that will be left incomplete as the film crew does not intend to tamper with the signature style of the late filmmaker.This was stated by Shah Rukh Khan who said,"Just a minute and a half of the song was left. He (Chopra) wanted to do it in Switzerland. We don't have the heart to shoot that part now. We will make it impure if we had to shoot it". The movie is otherwise ready to be released. Its editing was finished and background music was on when the film maker passed away. The movie's release will also be on the same date as decided earlier.

Indian media industry can touch $100 bn

The Indian entertainment and media industry can be worth $100 billion as per the experts.This was specified at 'India - The Big Picture', the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) Media and Entertainment Summit in New Delhi. Amit Khanna of CII, said all stakeholders should chalk out a good road map. Uday Shankar, CEO of Star India,stated that in television lot of talent was needed to achieve the target.Andy Kaplan of Worldwide Network, Sony Picture TV, specified innovation was crucial to make the Indian media industry near the $100 million target.Ronnie Screwvala, managingdirectorof The Walt Disney Co said that the business model had to undergo a drastic change.

Sourav Ganguly not to play for the IPL

Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has announced his decision to quit all forms of the game, including the IPL. The cricketer retired from international cricket a few years back but he was playing first class cricket and played for Pune Warriors during the last two IPLs. He said he will be almost 41 by the time IPL 6 finishes off. Twenty20 format is quite challenging for the body.The former India opener has been the most successful captain for India, as he won 21 Test matches of the 49 in which he captained. His statistics are 7,212 runs in 113 Tests and 11,363 runs in 311 One-Day Internationals in a career of more than a decade.

Airtel, Aircel start taking pre-orders for Apple iPhone 5

Mobile operators Bharti Airtel and Aircel started taking pre-orders for Apple's much-awaited iPhone 5 before its retail debut on November 2.Orders are taken for the 16 GB variant at Rs 45,000 and the 64 GB model which is priced at Rs 59,500 the products will be shipped within 7-8 days. iPhone's direct competitors such as Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X are available in India for about Rs 35,000.Nano SIM cards that support iPhone 5 will be available in the outlets as well from November 2.