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Major News and Events of 03 August 2012

What Happened on 03 August 2012


Vijay Kumar brings silver for the country at London Olympics

It was good day for India as it got its second medal today. Army shooter Vijay Kumar got silver for the country. He secured the second position in the men's 25 metre rapid fire pistol finishing on 30 while Cuba’s Leuris Pupo closed on 34 giving the country its first gold.  Vijay’s teammate Joydeep Karmakar missed a medal on the same day by a narrow margin.Other highlights of the day were- Saina losing to top rated Wang Yihan from China, she would be looking for a bronze now. Women’s discus thrower Krishan Poornia made it to the finals. Vikas Krishnan has entered the last eight of the men’s 69 kg category in boxing. India’s mixed double duo of Paes and Sania’a match was stopped in the middle due to rains and bad light. Triple jumper Mayookha Johny and men's shot putter Om Prakash Singh bowed out of track and field events of the 2012 London Games on the first day.

Supreme Court offers relief to the Vrindavan widows

Supreme Court disturbed with the plight of the Vrindavan widows today said that India was the only country where in spite of free distribution of food and water people still go hungry. The court directed the Chief Medical Officer of Mathura hospital to send a team of doctors twice a week to the four shelter homes as well as slammed the officials for doing precious little in this regard and just making proposals. Court made other directions as well like the head of the sanitation department was asked to ensure that shelter rooms are kept in a good condition. Court opined that providing free food to the inmates may lead to street people also coming in for that. Pension should be given to the widows and they should be given the choice  to cook their food if they wanted. CMO was also directed to ensure that decent last rites is provided to widows who pass away. 

Sajjan Kumar's plea in 1984 riots case allowed by the court

Congress leader Sajjan Kumar's plea to use the 1984 anti-Sikh riots victim's statement as a defence has been approved the Delhi High Court. Setting aside the June 2 trial court order that dismissed Sajjan Kumar's plea Justice Pratibha Rani observed that the defendant should be given a reasonable scope to defend himself in the trial.Sajjan Kumar along with five others is facing a triall for instigating a mob to attack and kill Sikhs after the assassination of then prime minister Indira Gandhi on Oct 31, 1984. They have been booked under sections 302 (murder), 395 (dacoity), 427 (mischief to cause damage to property), 153-A (promoting enmity between different communities) of the Indian Penal Code.

Cabinet approves Rs.14,000 crore spectrum reserve price
The cabinet gave its approval for the reserve price for the 2G spectrum auction at Rs.14,000 crore as  fixed by the Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom, which is lower than the one set by TRAI that of Rs 18000 crore. The Rs 1400 crore price is for 5 MHz pan India in 1800 MHz band. At the same time the cabinet also approved EGoM recommendations for reserve price for 800 MHz band which would be 1.3 times that of 1800 MHz band. EGoM will meet on August 6 to decide on the auction schedule.
India and Sri Lanka will double trade to $10 bn by 2015
India and Sri Lanka have fixed a target to double bilateral trade to $10 billion by 2015 as per the Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma.He made this announcement while addressing the inaugural function of "India Show" in Colombo. India as the leading economy in South Asia will not look into reciprocity in trade and economic relationship with Sri Lanka. Signing of the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA) between the two countries will ensure that the current economic engagement is comprehensive as it will bring more investment and services into Sri Lanka. The  commerce secretaries of the two countries will resume dialogue to do away with the issues related to CEPA.
First Indian TV festival in Goa

A two-day Indian TV Fest will be held in Goa on November 2-3, the Indian Broadcasting Foundation (IBF) announced. There will be interactive seminars, key-note sessions, events, content, business services technology and service pavilions, performances and sporting activities in the festival. The festival's core committee members include Sunil Lulla, Keertan Adyanthaya, Monica Tata and Lydia Buthello. This festival would provide the scope for Indian and global broadcasters to aim for growth in a market which has a reach of 140 million homes and is growing fast. 

 

India will launch 3 satellites next month, 2 by the end of the year
India will launch Spot-6, a French satellite and a small Japanese satellite on board PSLV-C21 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket next month. Apart from that a communication satellite - GSAT-10 - on-board Ariane rocket from Kourou in French Guiana would also be launched. These three satellites will be launched next month and two by the end of this year as stated by P.S.Veeraraghavan, director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) which is a part of ISRO. The  French satellite will arrive in India soon while the Japanese satellite has already reached SRO's launch centre at Sriharikota. 



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