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Major News and Events of 12 December 2012

What Happened on 12 December 2012

Government ensuring release of captive Indians by Somali pirates

The government was taking initiatives to ensure release of Indian nationals who were held captive by Somali pirates and their families will be granted financial relief.Anto Antony, member of parliament from Pathanamthitta, who was in the delegation of Kerala MPs and had a meeting with Prime Minister said the UPA government was doing whatever possible to secure the release.The delegation, which met Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth after they met the prime minister, was informed about the steps taken.Seven of the Indian hostages hailing from Kerala were held by Somali pirates. The government had approved Rs.2.5 lakh as relief to the families of hostages as they were not getting any remittances.

Election panel expresses strong disapproval of Moily's LPG remark

The Election Commission conveyed its "strong disapproval" regarding Petroleum Minister M. Veerappa Moily's remarks on raising the limit on LPG cylinder supply prior to the Gujarat elections and asked him to be "circumspect in future."Moily was asked by the commission to explain his remark over LPG cap being increased from six to nine. In his reply to the commission on Wednesday Moily stated that he had made the announcement.The remarks entailed to violation of Model Code of Conduct that is what the commission felt as the first phase of the Gujarat elections are scheduled for Thursday. The second round is on Dec 17. The panel remarked,"..the commission hereby conveys its strong disapproval of your above action and cautions you to be circumspect in future."

Goa will get 35 lakh tourists this year

Tourist in Goa are expected to rise to 35 lakh during the forthcoming holiday season as informed by state Tourism Minister Dilip Parulekar.Parulekar stated that domestic tourists visited Goa in huge numbers in between October to December.Goa gets 22 lakh domestic visitors to its beaches and nightlife spots every year.The state has already received over 16 lakh tourists and the festive season of December would see this double.The minister has informed that there may be an increase of 50,000 in the number of foreign tourist this year to the number of 4.5 lakh foreign tourists visiting the state annually.

Amarnath's statement regarding Dhoni's removal stirs up a controversy

The Indian cricket board, BCCI on Wednesday dismissed former selector Mohinder Amarnath's statement that it overruled the decision of the national selectors to remove Mahendra Singh Dhoni as captain. The BCCI further stated that it was not proper to discuss such matters in public.Amarnath had started a controversy when he said that Dhoni's removal as captain of the Test side was on hold due to politics in BCCI.He had also made it public that the Indian cricket board president N. Srinivasan overruled the selection committee's decision to remove Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the debacle of the team on their visit to England and Australia last season.The five-member selection panel, headed by Krishnamchari Srikkanth, had decided on Dhoni's removal after the Indian team suffered whitewash Down Under. The selection committee wanted him replaced for the triangular series with Australia and Sri Lanka.BCCI senior official Rajeev Shukla, specified that the selectors had all the rights for deciding the team.

Sitar legend Ravi Shankar passes away

Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar died at the age of 92, in a US hospital few days after he had a heart valve replacement surgery.He was there in Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego, after he was experiencing breathing difficulties. Shankar was suffering from upper respiratory and heart issues for over an year and underwent heart-valve replacement surgery on Dec 6. Even though the surgery was successful, the sitar legend could not recover from his illness and breathed his last at 4.30 p.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday.

Astrology channel started on YouTube on 12.12.12

AstroSageIndia, regarded as the country's first multi-language astrological YouTube channel was launched on the unique date of the century - 12.12.12 at 12:12 p.m. The director of AstroSage Punit Pandey, CA Ashok Jain, Chandra Kant Tripathi (Central Hindi Institute registrar), Surendra Sharma and Rakshit Tandon appreciated the entry in the IT sector by Agra-based professionals. AstroSage's Astro Kundali software is considered the most trusted software for android phones and tablets. Pandit Hanuman Mishra stated that this date for the launch was selected as it has historical and astrological significance. He said,"The date comes once in a century. The number 12 has its own importance in astrology, because there are 12 zodiac signs, 12 houses and 12 Jyotirlingas."

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