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Major News and Events of 17 July 2012

What Happened on 17 July 2012

Trinamool Congress does a U-turn, to vote for Pranab
 Trinamool Congress on Tuesday, July 17 did a U-turn. The TMC Chief Mamata Banerjee informed that her party will vote for UPA's nominee Pranab Mukherjee in Thursday's presidential election. She even termed the decision 'painful' and opined that she had no choice left. She said her party had gone with the decision of the Congress keeping in mind the alliance TMC had with it. Pranab Mukherjee welcomed this development. On the other hand BJP demanded what were the compulsions which forced TMC to do this U-turn. Mamata Banerjee specified that she had informed the Prime Minister and Congress president Sonia Gandhi of her decision which she said was taken in the interest of the people and the democracy.
India asks UAE to investigate into US deadly attack on fishermen

India has asked the United Arab Emirates to do a detailed investigation regarding the fatal US attack which resulted in the death of an Indian fisherman and injury of three. The US offered condolence to the families of the victim. External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna stated India will take up the matters with the governments of UAE and the US. The incident happened off the UAE coast in the Persian Gulf when the US Navy's Fifth Fleet ship opened fire on the fishermen's boat. A statement was issued by the fleet specifying that the small motorboat  "ignored the warnings and came too close"  to USNS Rappahannock, an oiler near the Dubai port of Jebel Ali. This was the reason the motorboat was attacked.

Russia to fund 85 percent of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project

India and Russia signed a protocol in Moscow based on which Russia will fund units III and IV at the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project in Tamil Nadu. The specifications of a final bilateral agreement was discussed between India's External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin. Under this agreement Russia will extend export credit amounting to $3.4 billion which will fund 85 percent of the nuclear projects' credit. This would be signed by India's Department of Atomic Energy Special Secretary A.P.Joshi and Russian Deputy Finance Minister S.A. Storcha. 14 years is the repayment term after the work on the two units start.




Bihar achieved its highest growth rate in five years

During the year 2011-2012 Bihar achieved its highest growth rate of 16.71 percent which was due to a record foodgrain production as per Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi. This is the highest for the state in five years. 166.69 lakh tonnes of food grain were produced during 2011-2012. It was 103.47 lakh tonnes of production last year. Among the food grains it was paddy which showed the maximum output it soared from 31.02 lakh tonnes in 2010-11 to 83.05 lakh tonnes in 2011-12. The agriculture production in the state showed a growth rate of 17.16 percent which was higher compared to previous years.

Bindra, archers and lifters, first Indians to reach Olympic village

 Abhinav Bindra, the 10-member archery team and the four weightlifters have reached the Olympic Village in London. They were the first Indians to reach the village. It was Bindra who checked into the Games Village first. The Indian athletes got welcome from the deputy Chef de Mission P.K. Muralidharan Raja at the Village. The Indian contingent comprises  81 athletes and 51 officials. They will be staying in the Seaside Building S1, mostly on  the fifth, sixth and seventh floors. The facilities accorded to them include accommodation on twin sharing basis TV and WIFI connection. There are two double-bed rooms in each apartment. 

Akhsay to ride Rs 1 million bike in "Oh My God!"

Akshay Kumar will ride motorcycle worth about Rs.1 million specially designed  for his upcoming movie "Oh My God!" The motorcycle, Vardenchi Chopper has some special features like 500 cc engine, appealing graphic features, double-sided swing arm, mirror classic chrome and 300 mm rear tyre.The movie releases on September 28 and also stars Paresh Rawal. It is said that Vardenchi took 45 days to make the Chopper.

Karbonn Mobiles to launch Rajinikanth phones and tablets

 Karbonn Mobiles along with Eros and Mediaone will launch special edition phones and tabs for the superstar Rajinikanth's upcoming movie Kochadaiyaan. As per the deal, five lakh Kochadaiyaan phones will be launched by the fifth largest phone maker of India.  This would be introduced in feature phones, smartphones and the newly-launched Karbonn Smarttab 1. The devices will have changes like pre-installed acts, signature tune , screensaver, dialogues, images, trivia. Rajinikanth phones and tablets will be available from September, October when the music of the movie will be launched.

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