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Major News and Events of 03 December 2012

What Happened on 03 December 2012


UPA says it has not violated election code conduct,

The UPA government on Monday stated that there was no violation of the election code of conduct on its part regarding direct cash transfers as it made operational a scheme already announced by then finance minister Pranab Mukherjee. The government also said that it had replied to the Election Commission (EC) on the issue. EC will decide on the matter in a day or two.BJP's had complained to the poll panel last week that the direct cash transfer scheme was announced ahead prior to the Gujarat assembly polls Dec 13 and 17 to gain undue advantage.

To join probe within 96 hours, Subhash Chandra tells police

Delhi police got assurance from Zee Group chairman Subhash Chandra that he would to join in the investigation within 96 hours. This probe is regarding the alleged extortion bid by two senior editors of his channel.Zee News advocate R.K. Handoo stated that he a letter has been submitted to Delhi Police on behalf of Subhash Chandra asking for 96 hours time to join investigation.Chandra was twice served a notice by the Delhi police last month after the arrest of Zee editors Sudhir Chaudhury and Samir Ahluwalia were arrested for their alleged extortion bid of Rs.100 crore from Congress MP Naveen Jindal's company for not broadcasting the news causing damage to the company.Terming the campaign as "vicious", "malafide" and "unwarranted", the letter specified that Chandra has informed police on Nov 27 that would be attending his "pre-scheduled" meetings and engagements in India and abroad as he was the chairman of Essel Group, so his meetings were planned about two months in advance and any deviation in his schedule would affect his other businesses and hamper his image.

Oil companies begin new subsidised cooking gas connections

Oil marketing companies will start again new subsidized cooking gas connections, which was on hold for some time, in several Indian states. The customers in Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Jharkhand, Manipur, Tripura and Puducherry will get the new subsidized cooking gas connections, on the lines of Sikkim, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Andaman and Nicobar Islands.Indian Oil Executive Director N. Srikumar in statement specified that prospective customers who have registered for new connections till Oct 15 with the distributors of Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPC) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp, not having a connection, will be entitled to the new subsidized connection. The distributors of three OMCs have been given this list and they would send separate intimations to these customers. Legal proceedings will be taken against those fraudulent customers who already had a connection and applied for the next one. The OMCs have extended the Know Your Customer deadline for those customers holding multiple connections, to submit details of their connections by a month that is Dec 31.

Goa to double industrial estate units to combat ban on mining
The Goa government is actively involved in attracting new industries to Goa, whereas it has been almost two months since the Supreme Court enforced ban on mining in Goa.As per Industries Minister Mahadev Naik, the state government wanted to increase the number of small to big industrial estates from 20 to 40, so that people dependent on mining in Goa were not without jobs. Ban on mining can adversely affect several thousand people dependent on the industry like truck owners, mechanics, bulldozer operators.The Supreme Court had inflicted ban in October after there was a public interest litigation by civil society activist and lawyer Prashant Bhushan. He presented data from a sensational report by Justice M.B. Shah, that has exposed a Rs.35,000 crore mining scam in the state.
Talaash makes Rs.48.99 crore in the opening weekend

Aamir Khan's Talaash is earning good revenue at the domestic box-office as it made Rs.48.99 crore in the opening weekend.The movie directed by Reema Kagti was made at a budget of Rs.40 crore and its satellite rights were sold for Rs.40 crore. The first weekend earning was - Rs.14.52 crore (Friday), Rs.16.37 crore (Saturday) and Rs.18.1 crore (Sunday). It has released in 2500 screens across the country.

Eden curator drives away Atherton from the track

Eden Gardens' veteran curator Prabir Mukherjee, known for strict conformance to the rules and traditional values of cricket asked former England skipper Mike Atherton to leave, when he went up close to the track to inspect the pitch in violation of the cricketing norms.The Eden pitch has generated a great degree of controversy after Mukherjee slammed Indian skipper M.S. Dhoni who asked for a square turner from day one of the Dec 5-9 game against England.When Mukherjee saw Atherton he immediately asked him to leave the spot. Atherton, however, left without a word.The incident happened during the net session of the Indian cricket team.The Cricket Association of Bengal, also supported Mukherjee.

Foreigners can register online in Himachal and file complaints

Foreign tourists arriving at Himachal Pradesh will be able to register themselves through an interactive web portal with various foreigner registration officers as informed by the Director General of Police (I.D.) Bhandari. He further added that the tourists can also file complaints on case of accidents or crimes at the 'Kanoon Vyavastha' web portal. In the event of being cheated by a hotelier or a travel agent, an online complaint can be lodged on the website (http://admis.hp.nic.in/himpol/).The state police had introduced an SMS service in May 2010 on a designated 10-digit number -- 9459100100. Since this facility was launched 4,392 SMSes were received, of which 82 first information reports (FIRs) have been registered.The portal also has the facility to pay online traffic fines.




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