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Major News and Events of 12 August 2012

What Happened on 12 August 2012

23 booked for Mumbai violence

Police while investigating the violence in Mumbai booked 23 people for murder, attempt to murder, molestation and damage to public property. This incident left two dead and 100 injured. The accused who have been presented before Magistrate P.S. Rathod have been sent to police custody till Aug 19. Police has specified that it seemed the violence was "pre-planned and pre-meditated" as it was carried on in a coordinated manner outside Azad Maidan. Other charges which were imposed on the accused were  physical attack on police and public, theft of government weapons and unlawful assembly. A special team has been set up to probe the entire incident and to find out the reasons behind the same as per the Joint Police Commissioner (Crime) Himanshu Roy. 

Jundal gives confessional statement before magistrate

Abu Jundal, key 26/11 handler and suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorist, has given his confessional statement before a Mumbai magistrate. One of the masterminds of the incident, he is said to have given details of the entire operation. His statement was recorded in the chamber of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate P.S. Rathod, a day before his custody would end.Jundal was brought face to face with Kasab the lone survivor among the terrorists who carried on 26/11 attacks. Jundal voluntarily wanted to give his confessional statement which could work as "testimonial evidence" in the terror attack. Those investigating the case will now compare Jundal's statement and check if there are any differences in it in comparison to Kasab's earlier confessional statements regarding Pakistan's role in the incident.

Air India will resume flights to many of the global destinations

Air India will press Boeing 777s service and restart flights to important destinations like Hong Kong, Seoul, Frankfurt and New York to regain its international market share.Eight 777 LR (long range) and twelve 777 ER (extended range) were grounded during the 59-day strike that set back the carrier's outbound operations and resulted in an estimated revenue loss of Rs.620 crore.

Maruti may restart Manesar plant

The country's major carmaker Maruti Suzuki may partially restore production at its Manesar facility within the next 10 days. Process to this effect will take place on Monday,August 13 and announcement is expected during a high-level meeting between the Maruti Suzuki management and the Haryana government. It will first start at Plant B, which at present makes the Maruti Suzuki Swift model. The company may bring in some experienced workers from its Gurgaon plant. The plant at Manesar has two production lines and it assembles 1,200 cars a day. It was shut down following the July 18 violence and Maruti declared a lockout in the plant on July 21.

Sushil Kumar gets a silver on the concluding day

Wrestler Sushil Kumar got a silver medal for the country in 66kg freestyle final today. He lost to Japan's Tatsuhiro Yonemitsu 1-3 in a bout which was his fourth fight of the day. It seemed he ran out of steam. He scripted history nevertheless as he became the first individual athlete from India to win back-to-back medals at the Olympics. The country got its sixth medal at the London Games, its best ever medal tally.

London Olympics closed with a musical ceremony on August 12, 2012. 

Low cost tablets give competition to expensive brands

Low-cost sleek tablets packed with features, have flooded the Indian market in recent months offering competition to expensive brands. 300,000 tablets have been shipped in the quarter ended March 31 and this can spike up to 25 percent annually. Indian tablet market would grow to 23.38 million units by 2017 as per reports by Frost & Sullivan.

Prabuddha Dasgupta dies of heart attack at 58

The fashion world mourned Prabuddha Dasgupta, a self-taught photographer death on Sunday, August 12. He passed away at Alibaug following a heart attack. He was known for his controversial collection of portraits, especially nude photos of urban Indian women as well as monochrome images. His work  has been exhibited globally, both in solo and group shows, and got published in Indian, French, English, Italian and American magazines. He was not only involved in photography but also wrote books and got many awards, including the Yves Saint Laurent grant for photography in 1991.

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