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Major News and Events of 12 October 2012

What Happened on 12 October 2012

Kejriwal arrested and then released, refuses to go away from detention venue

Arvind Kejriwal and his supporters were placed in detention when they were making protests against supposed wrongdoings in an NGO being operated by Salman Khurshid, the Law Minister, and his better half Louise. They were taken to a stadium that is located on the fringes of Delhi but they refused to go away even when the police released them. Almost 150 members of the IAC were detained at Rajpath and this included a number of specially abled people who belong to the Rashtriya Viklang Party. At the time of the arrest they were going to Manmohan Singh’s residence on Race Course Road in order to demand the removal of Khurshid from the cabinet for supposedly misusing funds that were meant to be used for purchasing equipment for specially abled people in various parts of Uttar Pradesh. Khurshid has negated the charges.

The protesters were taken on DTC buses and taken to the police station at Parliament Street. The van with Kejriwal was then taken to Bawana and his supporters were kept in the police station at Gol Dak Khana. Police even proposed that only 5 people could be taken to meet the PM but Kejriwal refused it. During the raid the police officers removed their name plates when several female protesters complained mishandling by the women officials. IAC has stated its activists will stay put in Bawana till their demands for removing Khurshid are agreed to. They have also demanded that he be removed from office till he is proven to be innocent as IAC is apprehensive of him and his wife using their positions to influence witnesses and damage evidence. Kejriwal also criticized the decision of the Union Government to deal with disabled people with force instead of lending them a ear and taking proper action.

PM in favor of limits on RTI for protection of individual privacy

Manmohan Singh has asked for limits to the rights a citizen has in relation to gaining information if it encroaches upon the privacy of an individual. This happened after Narendra Modi wanted the details of Sonia Gandhi’s foreign travel bills especially ones for health related reasons.

He has stated that there should be a balance between both and felt that the dichotomy surrounding the two concepts was a complicated one. He stated that right to privacy was a fundamental one. He also stated that the information that could be provided under RTI Act for the PPPs had to be properly addressed as well.

Infosys has a new CFO

Rajiv Bansal the Vice President of the Finance department at Infosys has become its new Chief Financial Officer (CFO) and he has replaced V Balakrishnan who is also a board member and had held the post for 6 years. Bansal will be taking over from November 1, 2012. He joined the company during 1999 and has been leading the financial section of the company for the previous 4 years.

Kris Gopalakrishanan, the co chairman of Infosys, has lauded the work done by Balakrishnan. Balakrishnan shall now be heading the BPO services of Infosys, its business unit in India as well as Finacle, the flagship banking product of the organization. Gopalakrishanan has stated that Balakrishnan has by himself given up his position as CFO and opted to work in other domains.

Lockout at Kingfisher increased for a week

Kingfisher Airlines has held back the operations of its fleet for yet another week after its management received a show cause notice from the aviation regulator. The lockout had been declared on October 1 and has been extended to October 20. The Vice President, Corporate Communications, Kingfisher Airlines, Prakash Mirpuri, has stated that the carrier is optimistic about restarting its operations from October 21. Previously the airline had to stop functioning as it could not come into agreement with its workers who have not been paid their total salaries from March 2012.

The workers have been on strike since October 5 and the situation is yet to improve as the airline’s lenders have not agreed to pay them new loans. The employees have stated that not receiving their full salaries has affected them mentally and can have an adverse effect on the way they operate. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) is yet to get an answer on their show cause notice and under applicable rules may cancel Kingfisher’s license

Under 14 football: India end campaign with a draw

Bangladesh held India to a goalless draw in their final match of the Under 14 SAARC tournament that was held at the Tokinosumika Sports Centre at Shizuka, Japan. India played better than their opponents, Bangladesh, right from the start with Zonunmaiwa and Bedeshwor operating in the flanks and keeping the heat on.

The latter almost opened the account at the 11th minute. India came second in its group with 8 points and was led by Team 1 of the Japan Football Association Academy. Sajid Dar, the head coach of India, and Gautam Ghosh, the assistant coach, praised the youngsters generously for their performance and adjusting to the conditions in Tokyo.

Galaxy S3 Mini launched by Samsung

Samsung has brought out Galaxy S3 Mini in order to be able to be in a better position in its competition with iPhone5 from Apple. The new phone is a tighter version of the well known Galaxy S3 and comes with Super AMOLED display screen of 4.0 inches. As per media reports Samsung has also launched a new phone cum tablet named Galaxy Note 2 and it has a screen of 5.5 inches.

The screen size is the major area of difference between the two versions of Galaxy S3. The mini version has 4.1 Jelly Bean, which is the newest operating system from Android and also has a dual core processor of 1GHz. It also has S Voice and Smart Stay features.

Cinema goers in Busan impressed by Barfi

Barfi has managed to wow audiences at the Busan International Film Festival and also received a standing ovation from the 4 thousand people in attendance. This has thrilled the lead actors of the film Priyanka Chopra and Ranbir Kapoor. The screening of the movie was a sold out affair.

Experts feel that Barfi’s success is a testimony to the fact that global audiences are taking a liking to Indian cinema and this can encourage the entire industry to explore new subjects and ideas. The fact that the film has done well in both the new and the usual markets means that steps are being taken in the right direction. At present the film is waiting to be released in South Korea.

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