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Major News and Events of 30 August 2012

What Happened on 30 August 2012

150 crore government orders for Reliance
Reliance Communications has procured multiple orders worth Rs.150 crore from the central and state governments, which includes the municipal corporation of Mumbai. Long term contracts have been signed with the Department of Post, Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (BMC), Madhya Pradesh Border Checkpost Development Company Limited along with Karnataka DISCOM and Chattisgarh DISCOM. The company will be hosting the Department of Post servers at Dhirubhai Ambani Knowledge City in Navi Mumbai. Reliance has got into a facility management contract for three years with BMC. The company has entered into a 13 year contract with the Madhya Pradesh Border Checkpost Development Company and will be creating a network for carrying data and video traffic. Five year agreement with Karnataka DISCOM involves rolling out multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) service across 850 locations and wireless data connectivity across 60,000 data acquisition points. Reliance is also into a six year contract with Chattisgarh DISCOM for rolling out MPLS service across 250 locations. 
Two choppers collide, nine IAF men killed
Collision of two Indian Air Force (IAF) helicopters in mid-air near Jamnagar in Gujarat led to death of nine defence personnel, including five officers. This was one of the worst accidents in recent times. The accident occurred at the Sarmat range near Jamnagar, about 275 km from Ahmedabad at 12.05 p.m. The two Russian-origin Mi-17 cargo choppers of the air force were in midst of training and the crash happened shortly after the choppers took off from the Jamnagar airbase.
11 terror suspects held in Karnataka
Eleven terror suspects who were planning to assassinate prominent politicians in Karnataka, some journalists and Hindu leaders on the orders of Pakistan-based terror outfits, LeT and Huji have been arrested in Karnataka. The state police chief in Karnataka admitted they were planning a major terror attack which has been averted. Out of this 11, six are from Bangalore and five from Hubli and they are in late 20s and early 30s. From them arms including a foreign made 7.65 mm pistol, and several rounds of ammunition have also been seized.
Indian cricketers do not feature in ICC team
No Indian cricketer’s name featured in the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Test Team of the Year announced on Thursday, August 30. The team was announced by ICC Chief Executive David Richardson at the media conference for the short-lists for the ICC Awards here Sep 15. Six countries are there in the team and South Africa's Dale Steyn’s name features for the fifth successive year. South Africa's Hashim Amla and Jacques Kallis and Sri Lanka's Kumar Sangakkara feature in the side third time in a row while names of England's Alastair Cook and Stuart Broadfor featured for the second year in a row.
Vidya signs Rs.5 crore sari endorsement contract
Actress Vidya Balan has got into a contract of Rs.5 crore for endorsing a sari brand. The fact that she represents quintessential India woman and stands out apart from the crowd has prompted the brand to sign her as the ambassador and present Brand Vidya.
Hike in tariff only solution for losses incurred by power distribution firms
The total losses incurred by India's power distribution firms is worth a whopping $40 billion, that needs a staggered hikes in tariff so that the firms can sustain as per former power secretary Anil Razdan. These losses are result of aggregate technical and commercial losses (AT and C) and low power tariffs. At present the cumulative distribution losses are equal to Rs.200,000 crore while last year's losses only amount to Rs.39,000-Rs.40,000 crore that is 26 percent which needs to be reduced to 15 percent urgently.
Once in a blue moon this Friday
Friday, August 31, 2012 is the day to do something occasionally. Space enthusiasts will be able to watch the blue moon on this day and this phenomenon will again be visible on July 2015.  In a month when there are two full moons the second full moon is known as a blue moon and it may appear blue because of smoke or volcanic ash particles which remain suspended in the atmosphere.