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Major News and Events of 06 October 2012

What Happened on 06 October 2012

Growing politics surround Kejriwal's allegations against Vadra

Arvind Kejriwal has continued with his corruption accusations against Robert Vadra even as the BJP and other parties’ attempts to call for a probe in the matter are being negated by Congress. Kejriwal has asked for Vadra’s response to the matter in the media and stated that he is not targeting Vadra for his relations with Sonia Gandhi or trying to get some fame for his newly formed party. He has already expressed willingness to face charges of defamation if his claims are proved wrong and questioned Congress’ silence on the case’s merits.

Opposition leaders such as Ravi Shankar Prasad (BJP), Saugata Roy (Trinamool Congress), and Brinda Karat (CPI-M) have asked for a probe in the matter while Anna Hazare has asked for a judicial enquiry into the matter. Congress has meanwhile rejected such claims and defended Vadra questioning the very logicality of such claims and virtually stating that the dealings of Vadra are legal. They have also stated that India Against Corruption is basically a sister team of BJP. They have found support from Lalu Prasad, a leader from Rashtriya Janata Dal who has also questioned the veracity of Kejriwal’s claims.

Kejriwal, on his part, has maintained the neutral standing of his party. DLF has also stated that it has never provided any unsecured loan to Vadra or his companies, or sold him property at low rates.

Former Haryana CM formally accused of leading to Geetika Sharma's suicide

Gopal Gayal Kanda, the erstwhile CM of Haryana has had formal charges brought against him for abetting the suicide of Geetika Sharma. The police have filed a charge sheet, of more than 1000 pages, at a Delhi court in this regard where he has been accused of conspiracy and destruction of proof. The investigator’s efforts have been lauded by Geetika’s family. The charge sheet has been filed with DK Jangala, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate who has fixed October 9 for hearing. As per the police the court also has an additional charge sheet against an associate of Kanda named Chanshivroop Singh and it may be filed later on. Aruna Chaddha, a former worker at the now defunct MDLR Airlines has also been booked in the case. It was at MDLR that Geetika used to work. Presently both Chaddha and Kanda are in jail.

Ankit, Geetika’s brother, has praised police’s efforts in the matter while stating that if Kanda gets bail he may try to destroy the case. Police have stated Geetika was facing both personal and professional issues like abortion and allegations of professional misdemeanor at Emirates Airlines, where she was working after quitting MDLR. Kanda, according to the police, had also sent false emails and threatened her mother with dire consequences for her daughter. Chanshivroop Singh, an assistant manager with the MDLR Group, had visited the Emirates office at Dubai and informed the company that Geetika had obtained the job using false signatures. The investigators, meanwhile, are yet to interrogate all the witnesses and collect all the documents. Also, some results of tests conducted on electronic proof are yet to come back from the forensic lab.

National HRD network has a new chief

Kamal Singh has become the director general of the National Human Resource Development Network (NHRDN), which is the top HR professional entity in India. He will be responsible for network management and leading the national secretariat.

Dhananjay Singh, who serves as the executive director of NHRDN has informed the media that Kamal Singh has earlier served with the All India Management Association (AIMA), which is one of the leading institutes of management in India. He had operated as the director of thecenterfor management development

Air India to operate 27 additional flights from Kerala to Middle East

Air India Express, which is the low expense subsidiary of Air India, will go up to 119 flights from 92 in its weekly services between Kerala and the Middle East from October 28 onwards. This step is being taken in response to increasing demand for flights to destination from people in the south Indian state. It will operate from Mangalore, Karnataka in addition to the 3 airports in Kerala. This is the first time after 2005 when the low cost carrier was launched that it is operating so many flights between the two destinations.

The increased capacity is also expected to make the fares stable, something that is supposed to assist the local population as per an Air India statement. People will now be able to fly to Abu Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Sharjah, and Bahrain from Kochi on a daily basis. There shall also be flights to Muscat, Kuwait and Dammam.

Indians have a mixed day at Tashkent Challenger

Indian tennis players Sanam Singh and Vishnu Vardhan have progressed to the second round at the Tashkent Challenger while Somdev Devvarman, Vijaykant Malik, and Divij Sharan came away unstuck at the first round itself. Vardhan seeded 3rd at the 125,000 dollar qualifier tournament for the ATP Challenger Series defeated wildcard Sardor Rakhimov from Uzbekistan in straight sets while Sanam, the 6th seed enjoyed similar success versus Pavel Tsoy, a wildcard from Uzbekistan as well.

Devvarman, returning after an injury induced layoff, was defeated in straight sets by the top seed Oleksandr Nedovyesov from Ukraine. Oleksandr is also ranked 227th in the world. Vijaykant was defeated in straight sets as well by Alexander Bury from Belarus and Weerapat Doakmaiklee from Thailand defeated Sharan in a three set encounter.

Patna Zoo lioness adopted by Manoj Tiwari

A lioness in the Sanjay Gandhi Biological Park in Patna has been adopted by Manoj Tiwari, one of the leading stars of Bhojpuri cinema. The lioness is named Urvashi and is nine years old. As per zoo officials the function for adoption was a simple one and stated it is a matter of great pride. Ravi Kishan, another superstar of the Bhojpuri industry, is also set to adopt a chimpanzee.

Tiwari has stated that his adoption is an attempt at raising awareness among common people regarding conservation of animals especially the endangered ones. Bihar government has in September 2012 introduced the Adopt an Animal program at the Patna Zoo and already several people, companies, and organizations have adopted almost 100 animals.

Robotic technology being used for unconventional processes

The Andheri based Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital has become a part of hospitals that are using robotic technology for surgeries. In the last couple of months 50 such operations have been done at the hospital. Dr. TB Yuvaraja, a consultant uro-oncologist, has stated that the technology has made operations safer and more precise and helps in quicker recovery besides reducing overall blood loss of patients.

Doctors at the hospital have been using the technology for conducting the following operations:

  • Removal of tumor in adrenal gland
  • Removing lymph nodes from groins of penile cancer patients
  • Urinary bladder cancer among women and creation of fresh bladders
  • Endometriosis surgeries

Dr. Anshumala Shukla-Kulkarni, a gynecologist, has stated that with robotic technology patients’ pain levels and likelihood of infection have gone down as well.

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