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Major News and Events of 12 July 2012

What Happened on 12 July 2012

India, Pakistan discuss on ways to release fishermen

India and Pakistan discussed on ways to release fishermen who strayed on either side of the international maritime border. The coast guard chiefs along with the joint working group met in Delhi to discuss over the best possible ways to initiate this process. Indian Coast Guard (ICG) Director General Vice Admiral M.P. Muralidharan and Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PMSA) Director General Rear Admiral Wassem Akram co-chaired the discussion.  The group delved on the humanitarian aspect of the issue.

The meeting was said to be successful and it was decided that the group’s “focused approach and sustained efforts" will continue. In March 28-29 last year the decision was taken  by both the countries during the talks between India's home and Pakistan's interior secretaries that a process should be formulated by the coastal security agencies for freeing the straying fishermen and their boats.

Students from minority community receive over 40,000 scholarships

42,476 scholarships were awarded to students belonging to the  minority communities during 2011-12. These scholarships were under the merit-cum-means scholarship scheme of the ministry of minority affairs.  Amount to the tune of Rs.115.72 crores was spent for this purpose.

The allocation were- 32,723 scholarships for students belonging to the Muslim community; 5,764 to Christian students; 3,463 to Sikh students; 516 to Buddhist students and 10 to the students from the Parsi community.  The allocation for 2012-13 has been increased to Rs.220 crore and the number to 80000 scholarships. This scheme was started in 2007-08 and 162,967 scholarships have been awarded till March 2012.

Industrial output rises in May but not much to cheer for


There was some positive news as far as industrial output of the country was concerned as there was 2.4 per cent increase in it in  May compared to  0.9 per cent dip in the previous month. Electricity production spiked by 5.9 per cent and manufacturing output grew by 2.5 per cent in May. There was improvement in Factory output which had shown dip of 0.9 per cent and 3.5 per cent in the previous two months.

Montek Singh Ahluwalia , the Planning Commission Deputy Chairman, however, has stated that the improvement in factory output is not enough indication for a substantial recovery in growth. 

Jwala Gutta in positive spirits before the Olympics


Jwala Gutta the first Indian to qualify for two badminton events at the Olympics says she is very much excited about the scope she has in the sporting event. What has added to her excitement is that the venue is Wembley where she and Ashwini Ponnappa last year had won the bronze medal at the World Championships. She said she does not feel any pressure and is not worried about losing. This is her first Olympics and she intends to give her best shot there. Jwala will be playing women's doubles with Ashwini and mixed doubles with V. Diju and is one of the five shuttlers who are going to represent India in the Olympics. 

EGoM on telecom gives approval for spectrum mortgaging

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom gave its approval "in principle" for mortgaging of spectrum. Communications Minister Kapil Sibal informed that the EGoM led by Home Minister P. Chidambaram will be meeting again next week for decision on other related issues some of which will go to the Cabinet as well. Pricing and related matters will be decide by the EGoM. Sibal also specified that the EGoM is trying its best to meet the Supreme Court's August 31 deadline

450000 Yahoo email addresses and passwords leaked by hackers


Over 450000 Yahoo email addresses and passwords have been leaked online by hackers belonging to a group called D33Ds Company. The information was posted on a public website with a message to not regard this as a threat but a wakeup call. The details of Yahoo site was not specified though it is being perceived that Yahoo Voice is the targeted site. The risks will be more if people are using the same login details for other Yahoo sites. 

It is said that Yahoo Voices did not use stringent security measures like they did not hash passwords or demanded complex strings.

Bollywood's 'Iron Man' bid final adieu


Bollywood's 'Iron Man', Dara Singh bid final goodbye on July 12 in the morning following a brief illness. He was 84 years of age but perfectly fit and was said to have taken strolls on the Juhu beach. He was hospitalized on July 7 due to cardiac problem. He then suffered a kidney malfunction and was put on a dialysis which resulted in brain damage. His family took him home so that he can spend his last days there.  Known as Bollywood’s first macho man with a heart of gold,  he will continue to live in the hearts of his fan. 

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