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Major News and Events of 16 November 2012

What Happened on 16 November 2012

Mumbai returns to normal life after Thackeray's condition improves

Shiv Sena chief Bal Thackeray's condition improved on Friday, thus ensuring normalcy to the city and a sigh of relief to the crowds outside his residence which started dispersing hearing this news. Normal activities were restored after near-total shutdown on Thursday. The thousands of Shiv Sena workers who had assembled outside the Thackeray residence Matoshri in Bandra east also started moving away.

PM's Pakistan visit unlikely, as 26/11 'balm' is still not there

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's much-discussed visit to Pakistan may not be possible with India giving indications on Friday that there is "a very small window", and emphasized that people were still waiting for something to heal the wounds of 26/11. MEA source stated that Pakistan will be having their elections next year and it was not clear whether at that time the visit of this nature can be possible.New Delhi is moving carefully and stated that it was not exactly going to link the visit to the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.Though India has made it clear many times that the people haven't forgotten the 26/11 attacks in which 10 Pakistani nationals were involved.

2G auction results not surprising: Frost & Sullivan

As per consultancy firm Frost and Sullivan the current economic scenario resulting in weak investor sentiment is the reason for poor response to the 2G auction.There is substantial existing debt burden on the telecom companies and low relevance of 1,800 MHz spectrum in the country when there is a question of a shift from voice to data.In reference to the union government's plan to hold another round of auctioning for the leading circles that were not picked, the firm has stated that this may not be able to generate significant revenues amidst current circumstances.The expectations of collection through 2G auction was pinned at Rs.40,000 crore but the government was able to get only Rs.9,407 crore and Rs.7,936 crore through one-time fees in the 18 spectrum holdings.

Domestic group booking policy revised by Air India

Air India on Friday revised its domestic group booking process to attract passenger traffic in the festive and new year season. The new policy will be effective from Dec 1, 2012. Tour operator, travel agent and individuals will need to submit written requests to regional station manager's office for group bookings.A minimum group booking size has been kept at 10 passengers and there is no maximum limit size for the group bookings. This move was welcomed by the Indian Association of Tour Operators (IATO), who are likely to benefit most out of the new policy revision.

Pujara smashes double century, England in trouble need 281 to avoid follow on

Cheteshwar Pujara scored his maiden double century steering India to declare at 521 for eight and at stumps on the second day of the first cricket Test England lost three wickets for 41 runs at the Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad. Offspinner Ravichandran Ashwin dismissed debutante Nick Compton (9) and Jonathan Trott (0) thus becoming the fastest Indian to pick 50 wickets in only eight Tests. Pragyan Ojha took the wicket of night-watchman James Anderson. England captain Alistair Cook could cruise through nail biting moments of the day's play. England now face a 480-run deficit and need to get 281 more runs to avoid a follow-on while coping with Ashwin and Ojha who are getting quite a bit from a track deteriorating with each passing hour.

Differences with Salman won't be resolved at the behest of anyone else: SRK

Shah Rukh Khan has said his "disagreements" with Salman Khan will not end due to a film, a filmmaker or an actress. And it cannot be on a public platform. The two superstars of Bollywoodhad a major fight in 2008 at Salman's then girlfriend, Katrina Kaif's birthday bash. Even as Katrina plans to produce a movie featuring Shah Rukh and Salman, SRK stated it will not be possible at anyone's behest. Shah Rukh said,"We have certain things similar and certain things which we completely disagree on. So, at this point of time we are at that plain of disagreement and there might come a time when these things will get resolved, not resolved... but it will never be on a public platform. It will be a personal thing."

Twitter adds e-mail sharing feature

Twitter added the feature to share tweets via e-mail which will roll out to all users in the coming weeks. Earlier Twitter wanted its users to share tweets simply by passing them on to their own followers, many of its users wanted a way to share out of the network as well.Third-party Twitter apps like Hootsuite already has this feature; so does the Twitter client, Tweetdeck. To use the e-mail function on Twitter, one needs to click on the “More” tab next to the reply, retweet and favorite buttons on the site. Comments can also be added to the tweets which can be mailed.

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