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Major News and Events of 17 October 2012

What Happened on 17 October 2012

IAC says Gadkari is corrupt, BJP dismisses the charges

India Against Corruption (IAC) put allegation on BJP president Nitin Gadkari of taking away farmers' land and involved in corruption along with NCP's tainted Ajit Pawar. BJP rejected the charges. IAC chief Arvind Kejriwal said Gadkari grabbed lands from the farmers for promoting his business interests at the cost of farmers in Maharashtra's Vidarbha region. Gadkari said there was no scam and he was ready for an investigation. The land was given to Gakdari's companies by Nationalist Congress Party's Ajit Pawar, who irrigation minister in Maharashtra.

India, Australia to start nuclear deal talks

India and Australia started a new chapter in their bilateral ties.Both the countries decided to start negotiations for a civil nuclear deal that will enable sale of uranium by Canberra to New Delhi.Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed with Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard on a number of issues that included civil nuclear cooperation, strengthening of economic ties and advanced counter-terror and security cooperation.The nuclear negotiations marks an important stage in the bilateral ties. Canberra had earlier reservations over sale of uranium to a country which has not signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). Gillard was the initiator of India-Australia nuclear rapprochement but the deal could take a year or two before uranium exports begin.

IT industry must stress on domestic market: Government

The government asked the export-driven Indian information technology (IT) industry to put stress on the domestic market to ensure a double digit growth and use its expertise for the growth in the country. Due to economic slowdown as the export growth rate has declined it was stated that the industry should utilize the potential of the domestic market. It was also specified that innovations were required so that more products and services can be customized for the masses.

US architecture firms eye India after hit by recession

The American architecture companies which are hit by meltdown are eager to explore business avenues in India's expanding infrastructure sector.An American trade mission with 20 architectural firms on Wednesday started its India visit with Kolkata, next it will go to Bangalore and Chennai.International Trade Administration and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) in association with the Bharat Chamber of Commerce are the organizers of the trade mission.

Pankaj Advani to spearhead Indian challenge at World Billiards

Pankaj Advani leads a strong Indian contingent in the first ever unified World Billiards Championship, which starts at Leeds on Saturday with as many as 65 players. This includes defending champions Mike Russell and Revanna Umadevi from Bangalore.The newly-formed World Billiards Ltd has initiated the International Billiards and Snooker Federation (IBSF) and World Professional Billiards and Snooker Association (WPBSA) together. Advani, 27 being a multiple World champion, is involved in some controversy after qualifying for the final stages of a professional snooker event which will begin in China while the World Billiards Championship is still taking place. Advani will withdraw from the event in China to focus on billiards for which the snooker fans are upset.It will be for the first time this year that both lady and junior players will be competing along with the men. Junior champions from England, India and Ireland will also be showing their skills. For the first time Guernsey and Canada will be sending their players to this championship.

Action against Colors over 'Big Boss' commercial: Delhi High Court

The Delhi High Court asked the central government to take necessary action within a week against TV channel Colors for using the national anthem for promotion of the reality show "Bigg Boss 6" in cinema halls across the country.The court gave this directionafter hearing a PIL against the channel for running a commercial of where all present in the hall were asked to "stand up for the national anthem" specifying that Big Bigg Boss wanted it.The court stated that "necessary action would be taken by the ministry concerned against the respondents within a week".

Non-availability of content leads to piracy

Gautam Anand, Director, Content Partnerships, Google, APAC stated that piracy could not be stopped due to the fact that the content did not reach everyone who wished to use it. So someone uploaded the content and everyone used it leading to piracy.He was addressing a session about film making and managing in the digital era at the Media and Entertainment Business Conclave (MEBC), a Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) initiative. If content is available legally like films available online then people who can't watch it intheatersmay watch it online.

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