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Major News and Events of 15 July 2012

What Happened on 15 July 2012

SC issues notice to centre on facilities for Amarnath pilgrims
The Supreme Court has issued notice to the Union government asking for details of medical arrangements on way to Amarnath shrine in Jammu and Kashmir. This was after 67 pilgrims who died after falling sick.  Notice has also been issued to the union home ministry, union environment and forest ministry, the state government and the Shri Amarnathji Shrine Board.
The court has asked seven questions which include queries like whether there were proper medical arrangements to avoid human causalities, what were the medical facilities in the event of a yatri falling sick due to cardiac problem, steps to protect environment, process for collection and disposal of waste. The court also took note that there was very little done to improve the facilities considering the fact that 107 pilgrims died during the last year's yatra.
Landslide delinks Mizoram, Manipur and Tripura
A massive landslide has disconnected northeastern states of Mizoram, Tripura and parts of Manipur and southern Assam from rest of the country. The landslide has occurred on National Highway No 44 at Sonapur and Tongseng in Jaintia Hills district in eastern Meghalaya, which borders Assam. After torrential downpour landslides with huge boulders blocked the road on Sunday, July 16. Public Work Department officials are using modern machinery to restore the crucial link. The highway which connects Shillong and Guwahati is the gateway to the rest of the country. This highway is connected with landslide prone Sonapur area. Passenger vehicles and essential goods trucks have been stranded on the national highway. 
Air India to rent assets and property to ease finances
Air India is thinking of using its assets like priceless paintings, sculptures and even a prime property for dealing with the financial crisis. These include 18 paintings by M.F. Hussain some dating back to 1940 as well and centuries old wood carvings. The plan is not to sell but rent it out to galleries around the world. The artifacts are there in the Mumbai building and in the offices in New York, London and Paris. The 22-storey Air India building at Nariman Point can fetch a rent of Rs.290-350 per square feet while the paintings can bring a price of no less than Rs.5-6 crore in open bidding process as per the company’s official. 
Markets to remain volatile, Sensex falls 307 points
It is going to be volatile Monday for the Indian stock market. The benchmark indices after a five week winning spree stumbled due to dampening news of earnings by Infosys and negative signs from global markets. BSE ended at 17,213.70 points with a dip of 1.75 percent or 307.42 points from its previous week's closure at 17,521.12 points. There was 10 per cent gain in benchmark index in the previous weeks. The Nifty fell by 2 per cent and ended the week at 5,227.25 points. It is perceived that market will be affected by earnings of major firm and investors need clarification regarding taxation and other economic policies.
Sushil Kumar to be India's flag-bearer at London Olympics
 At the London Games' opening ceremony on July 27 Sushil Kumar will be the flag bearer for India. Vijay Kumar Malhotr, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) acting president, stated that names of Paes,Bindra and Vijender were also considered for this. Paes has earlier shared this honor and both Bindra and Vijender have their events in the early days of Olympics so the name of Sushil Kumar, the Beijing Olympics bronze winning wrestler was considered.
Aamir's Talaash to release on November 30
Aamir Khan has announced that his movie “Talaash” will release on schedule on November 30 and has shaped up well. This movie is written and directed by Reema Kagti and brings together Aamir, Ritesh Sidhwani and Farhan Akhtar again after "Dil Chhata Hai". He further specified that there were rumors regarding his film and it may be due to people who were not happy with the progress. He denied there were any tensions between him and the filmmakers.  Aamir will be seen in this thriller along with Kareena Kapoor and Rani Mukerji after the grosser "3 Idiots" in 2009. 
Solar power provides light in Assam's villages
A tiny island village of Baleswar in Assam's Nalbari district of Assam has no electricity poles but solar panels to light up the houses. People here charge mobile phones and use computers all using solar energy. The plus point is there are no power cuts. The Assam Energy Development Agency (AEDA) has initiated promotion of non-conventional energy sources like solar, wind and biomass for industrial and domestic use. This has been done particularly in remote locales, hilly terrains and border areas and it has resulted in more than thousand villages in Assam electrified using solar energy till date.

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