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Major News and Events of 06 September 2012

What Happened on 06 September 2012

13 out of 20 days of Parliament washed off in the monsoon session

Parliament's monsoon session ended on Friday, September 7 with it functioning only for 7 days and 13 of the 20 days washed out due to BJP protests over coal block allocations. The opposition party has announced that its stir would now continue on the streets and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh termed the incident as "total negation of democracy". From past records this session was just better than 2010 winter session where the Parliament didn't function even for a day due to BJP demands for a Joint Parliament Committee (JPC) to investigate the 2G spectrum allocations.The monsoon session began on August 8 and it functioned only for the first seven days. This means a loss of Rs.29 crore (nearly $6 billion) taking an average of Rs.25 lakh spent an hour for a parliament sitting.The cost is calculated based on the parliament budget for a 80-day sitting in a year, with minimum of five hours of proceedings per day. The last day of the monsoon session had both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha disrupted and being adjourned sine die.

Legislative business in monsoon session

With 13 out 20 days of monsoon session of the parliament being washed off the UPA government could get only six bills introduced and six passed by either houses of parliament as the 20-day monsoon session ended Friday. Some of the bills that were taken up were:

Passed by the Lok Sabha-

  • The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (Amendment) Bill, 2012
  • North Eastern Areas (Reorganisation) Bill.
  • Chemical Weapons Convention Bill
  • Protection of Women from Sexual Harassment at Workplace Bill
  • The National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) Bill

Passed by the Rajya Sabha-

  • The National Institute of Mental Health and Neuro-Sciences (NIMHANS) Bangalore Bill

Introduced in the Lok Sabha-

  • The Prohibition of Employment as Manual Scavengers and their Rehabilitation Bill, 2012
  • The Constitution (One Hundred-Eighteenth Amendment) Bill, 2012

Introduced in the Rajya Sabha-

  • The Constitution (One Hundred Seventeenth) Amendment Bill
  • Armed Forces Tribunal (Amendment) Bill
India's first innovation complex by CSIR

The head of India's premier industrial research and development body, Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) on Friday urged business leaders to contribute to the setting up of the country's first Innovation Complex near Kolkata. Here all the laboratories under Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) will be brought under one roof so that research translates to commerce for the growth of the economy. There will be pilot plants here as well. This will be a Rs.100 crore CSIR Innovation Complex sprawling over 22-acre in South 24 Parganas district's Baruipur that is at a distance of 30 km from Kolkata and is scheduled to be completed by 2014.

Government will be allowing visa-on-arrival scheme for 10 more countries

Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahay stated that the government would be allowing visas on arrival to citizens of another 10 countries in addition to the present 13 and is in the final stages of consultation where the matter will be taken up with the Prime Minister's Office (PMO). 10 countries which include Germany, France and Russia and of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) are in the list. The minister also specified that CIS countries can prove to be one of the largest inbound tourist markets for India. There is a government's target for attracting 12 million international tourists by 2016 and various measures are being introduced to meet that.

Checklist by FIFA for hosting U-17 World Cup

India has received a checklist from FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke. It needs to follow those if it has to host the Under-17 World Cup. This includes, "six world class stadia, star hotel facilities, smooth transport and tight security." Valcke had a talk with Ajay Maken, the sports minister who promised that all the things would be looked into.Valcke feels that the Under-17 World Cup would ensure a strong foundation for Indian football and is a huge opportunity for the country and that FIFA wanted to give India a chance. A 10 year plan has been formulated for India and this is the first one in that. It also would help the country in its goal for qualifying for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

'Heroine' gets 'A' certificate, Kareena to warn about smoking in the movie

Director Madhur Bhandarkar said Kareena Kapoor through a voiceover will warn viewers of "Heroine" about the dangers of smoking at the beginning of the movie, during the interval and at the end. This is after government's new decision, which permits filmmakers to show smoking scenes in movies, only with an actor warning the audience that Smoking kills. On the other hand an NGO, HRIDAY welcomed the Central Board of Film Certification's decision to give an 'A' certificate to the movie as this will protect young children from getting exposed to tobacco use in the film.

New car models to hit Indian market

New car models are going to enter the domestic auto industry as it struggles in face of a declining demand hit further by high fuel prices. French carmaker Renault started the process on Friday with its entry level sedan Scala ( Rs. 7-9.6 lakh). In the next 40 days 9 more cars will be launched here in the Indian market. India’s first sub-4 meter utility vehicle, Mahindra Quanto ( Rs. 5.5-7 lakh), would be launched on September 20 and Maruti’s long awaited new 800cc car ( Rs. 2-3 lakh) will be seen next month. Other cars include Tata Safari Storme ( Rs. 7-11 lakh), Mercedes B Class ( Rs. 25 lakh), Audi S6 ( Rs. 60 lakh), Chevrolet Sail ( Rs. 4-7 lakh), Nissan Evalia ( Rs. 7.5-11 lakh), Ssangyong Rexton ( Rs. 18 lakh) and BMW 7 series ( Rs. 90 lakh).

Blast in Tinsukia district in Assam, 12 injured

Twelve people which included three policemen, were injured in a blast in Assam's Tinsukia district. The blast being the handiwork of suspected militants took place at Gandhi Murti Chowk near Doomdooma township in the district around 6.40 p.m. Three of the injured persons have been referred to the Tinsukia civil hospital for treatment. Police is suspecting anti-talk faction of the United Liberation Front of Asom(Ulfa) is behind the blast.

Apex court directs IT Dept to make transcripts of 5,800 Radia tapes

The Supreme Court bench of Justice G.S. Singhvi and Justice S.J. Mukhopadhaya directed the Income Tax Department to prepare the transcripts of former corporate lobbyist Niira Radia's 5,800 telephone conversations which were tapped when the immense rise of her business and her foreign connections came to the fore. This directive came when the apex court was hearing a petition by industrialist Ratan Tata who sought for restraining the media from making the transcripts public as this violated his right to privacy.Radia's phone was under surveillance thrice for 60 days each between 2008-09.Additional Solicitor General A.S. Chandhiok informed the apex court that the I-T department did not prepare the transcripts but just heard the tapped conversations prior to report on relevant material for appraisal by the review committee. The court slammed the department stating was it expecting the court to hear the conversations and how come no transcripts have been prepared even after the conversation being there with the department for three years.

Five Indian firms make it to the list of Forbes most innovative

Five Indian companies including Larsen & Toubro, Hindustan Unilever and Infosys have made it to the Forbes magazine's list of "The World's Most Innovative Companies" which has four US companies topping the list.Larsen & Toubro is ranked ninth in the list. The company had an annual sales growth of 19 percent. Hindustan Unilever is 12th in the list with 11.4 percent. Infosys is 19th with 12.7 percent growth, Tata Consultancy Services is 29th with 19.5 percent growth and is fourth among Indian companies while Sun Pharmaceutical Industries got the 38th position with a 14.6 growth. This estimates the differences in valuation of the company's existing businesses and its expected future innovations. For the ranking they must have $10 billion in market capitalization and one percent spend of their asset base on research and development.Cloud computing leader, drug major Alexion Pharmaceuticals, online retail major and open source software leader Red Hat are the four US companies who got the top slot.

For drought-hit farmers cabinet releases Rs.10,091 crore for crop loan subsidies

The cabinet on Thursday released Rs.10,901 crore to banks as interest subvention for crop loans up to Rs.300,000 to farmers in FY 2012-13. This measure has been taken to reduce the burden on farmers specially in drought-hit areas.Rs.3,267 crore subvention be given to Nabard for refinance to cooperatives banks and regional rural banks(RRBs).Additional interest subvention of 3 percent will also be provided to those farmers who repay short-term crop loans on time in an year of disbursement. It has also been decided to allow release of Rs.442 crore as interest subvention to small and marginal farmers having Kisan Credit Card against negotiable warehouse receipts, for post-harvest.

Mahesh Bhatt says digital medium ensures first-hand feedback from the users

Many filmmakers are utilizing the power of digital platforms to reach out to wider audience. Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt is also among those and feels that it is required for first-hand feedback from viewers.He stated that the social networking sites and video sharing platforms make it easy and convenient for filmmakers to reach to viewers. Releasing trailers and songs online ensures a first-hand feedback from the audiences as people these days don't find much time to watch TV. He has tied up with Reliance Entertainment's, the online video-on-demand service, to release his film "Jism 2" exclusively in international markets.

Mary Kom gets Rs.2 lakh from Mamata

M.C. Mary Kom Thursday, the woman boxer who won bronze at London Olympics received a a cash award of Rs 2 lakh from West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for her achievement. She met the West Bengal CM at the state secretariat, Writers' Buildings. She attended separate felicitations organised by some northeast-based NGOs and the Bengal Chamber. At the Bengal Chamber she was awarded with a plaque and a bouquet and a boxing glove shaped cake. She told the media that she was not satisfied with a bronze and aims for a gold at Rio four years later.The Assam government will be awarding her with Rs.20 lakh once the situation normalizes there.

Sunita Williams sets a record with sixth spacewalk

Indian American astronaut Sunita Williams created a new record for total cumulative spacewalk time by a female astronaut when she took a sixth space walk to repair a faulty power distribution unit. Sunita Williams crossed over Peggy Whitson's record during her excursion on Wednesday, September 5 as she and her Japanese counterpart Akihiko Hoshide restored power to the International Space Station using a toothbrush and a wire brush fashioned out of a spare cable. Her spacewalk lasted 6 hours 28 minutes and she has now worked outside the station for a total of 44 hours and 2 minutes. Peggy Whitson had a record earlier for 39 hours and 46 minutes over the course of six spacewalks, US space agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) stated.

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