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Major News and Events of 11 October 2012

What Happened on 11 October 2012

PILs filed against Vadra – Bhushans targeted by Congress

A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed at the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court by Nutan Thakur, an activist, against Robert Vadra for his supposed acts of crime in the land deals with DLF. The bench has also asked for the government’s response on the charges brought forward by Arvind Kejriwal. Meanwhile Congress has also brought accusations of corruption against Prashant Bhushan. November 21 has been fixed as the next day for hearing. Yet another PIL has been registered against Vadra at a lower court in Jaipur for his mango people comment by AC Upadhyay, a lawyer, at the court of SK Ojha, an Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate.

Upadhyay has stated that the comments of Vadra, which appeared on his Facebook page, were derogatory and were against the Indian people and constitution. The hearing for this PIL is October 18. On the other hand Congress has accused that Bhushan and his family members were involved in the acquisition of a land in Himachal Pradesh from the ruling BJP government for a low price. Rajeev Shukla, the Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs, has almost termed it as an act of corruption and stated that questions have been put forward to the state government but proper action remains to be taken. Prominent BJP leaders Arun Jaitley and Rajeev Pratap Rudy have criticized Congress for trying to defend Vadra and called for a probe into the matter.

Three suspected IM terrorists apprehended in Delhi

Delhi Police stated that they have been able to prevent a big terror attack at Delhi during the ensuing festival season by apprehending three individuals who are being thought to be operatives of the Indian Mujahideen (IM). A large amount of explosives – 10 detonators and approximately 5 kg improvised explosive device - has also been confiscated from them. Neeraj Kumar, the Police Commissioner of Delhi, has stated that two were arrested from Pul Prahladpur in south Delhi and the third man was arrested at the Nizamuddin Railway Station. He has also stated that the 3 were involved in the serial blasts that happened in Pune on August 1, as is evident from their confessions, and were being trained from across the border.

The three were also supposed to target the Bodhgaya Temple in Bihar. The police over there have been informed. The arrested individuals have confessed that they were in Delhi under instructions from the Bhatkal brothers, leaders of IM, and Fayyaz Ahmed Qagzi, a Lashkar-e-Taiba operative. The police are also looking to nail the person handling all the terrorists. They had initially planned to bomb the Pune Court or Yerawada Jail but were later asked to kill the near and dear ones of Ashok Bhalerao and Sharad Mohol who killed Qateel Siddique, an IM operative. Finally it was decided that the explosions would happen at either Pune or Mumbai.

Nokia looks to increase mapping services with fresh associations

Nokia is tying up with entities like Yahoo, MapQuest, Bing, T-Mobile,, and Pioneer apart from several automobile organizations in a bid to expand its mapping services according to Vipul Mehrotra, the head of smart services and director of Nokia India. At present, Nokia has 80 thousand partners across the world for assistance with its mapping technology, which already has maps for almost 200 countries.

In India it offers maps for more than 4000 cities with at least 7 million points of interest including hospitals, shopping malls, and restaurants. Mehrotra has also stated that the company is looking to extend its live traffic services, available only in Delhi and Mumbai to other cities as well.

Magma HDI General Insurance starts functioning

Magma HDI General Insurance Company (MHDI) has started its operations from October 11. It is a joint venture of HDI Gerling, an insurer from Germany, and Magma Fincorp, a non banking finance company. Sanjay Chamria, the chairman of MHDI, has stated that the organization will be maximizing the strength of its partners to provide specialized services. The insurer has 240 branches and more than 80% of them are presently in the rural and semi-urban areas.

The vice chairman of MHDI, Jens Wohlthat, has stated with the company, HDI Gerling will be looking to provide its special product design and cost effective operational management capabilities in India and also offer reinsurance facilities for proper management of insurance related risks. With the general insurance business Magma will now be able to offer both insurance and financing solutions for cars, commercial vehicles, tractors, and construction equipment.

Aishwarya protects daughter from the media

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan has been protective of her daughter Aaradhya and has been forbidding photographers from taking her photos. She has told the reporters that she understands their job description entails taking bytes and pictures. However, she also stated that it is natural for her daughter.

Rai stated that her daughter born on November 16, 2011 is still a baby and also mentioned that she does not want her daughter to face any problems. She has revealed that she loves to spend time with her daughter and has been taking care of her throughout the day.

Dhoni should look at his leadership capabilities says Akram

Wasim Akram has stated that Mahendra Singh Dhoni needs to ask himself whether he is the right man to lead India in all the 3 different forms but has similarly opined that Virat Kohli should not be handed the captaincy right now. He says that he is not amazed at the fact that Dhoni’s leadership skills are being questioned following the Indian team’s inability to progress to the semifinals of the ICC World T20s for the third straight time.

In his column Akram has also stated that Dhoni should take some time off and analyze himself as a leader as he is the best judge in the matter. Akram feels that if Dhoni relinquished one form as a skipper he will be able to focus on his game better and reiterated his faith in Dhoni as a top finishers as far as limited overs cricket was concerned. He says Kohli is in the finest touch of his career and he should be allowed to enjoy the game before he is asked to take part in important matters like decision making and team selection.

Platform for interactive magazines launched by Technopark company

Creace Technologies has come up with iSuite, which is a singular platform for coming out with interactive publications that will appear in mobility devices such as iPad, iPhone and devices based on android. Hirosh Hussain, the CEO of the company has stated that digital publishing is a profitable business model.

iSuite is expected to offer facilities such as categories, library, subscriptions, rich media, archives, and search functions that make looking for content on the mobile phones a knowledgeable, spontaneous, interactive, and easy operation. The head of the incubation department at Technopark, KC Chandrashekharan Nair, has stated that this device will be useful in gathering information.

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