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Major News and Events of 18 December 2012

What Happened on 18 December 2012

One of the accused demand capital punishment, rape victim still critical

There was widespread protest across India to demand death for the men who brutally tortured and raped a young woman in Delhi in a moving bus. Police is still in the lookout for the two of the six accused.One of the accused,Vinay Sharma, 20 in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Namrita Agarwal said he did not take part in the gang-rape but requested that he be hanged. Pawan Gupta, a 19-year-old fruit seller,another accused stated that he "wronged" the woman but did not accept the fact that he raped her.  Sharma and Gupta have been sent to four days of police custody. Mukesh, brother of co-accused and bus driver Ram Singh, are in Tihar Jail for 14 days. The Delhi High Court has directed the Delhi government to ensure best medical treatment to the woman. Doctors at Safdarjung Hospital did a two-hour life-saving surgery on the young physiotherapist and removed her badly damaged intestines. She is still on ventilator and her condition remains critical.

SP MP snatches quota bill from minister, Lok Sabha adjourned

 Samajawadi Party (SP) leader Yashvir Singh Wednesday grabbed a copy of the bill on quota in promotions from Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy in the Lok Sabha, which resulted in house being adjourned for the day. The copy was snatched when it was about to be tabled in the house for its consideration and passing of the bill which was earlier put on hold after continuous adjournments. This prompted Congress chief Sonia Gandhi to immediately get up and grab the document from Yashvir Singh's hand. Seeing this Congress member Vilas Muttemvar got up and shoved Yashvir Singh thinking he could harm Gandhi. Other Congress members all assembled around Yashvir Singh, Speaker Meira Kumar,was taken unaware with this sudden activity and adjourned the house for the day. Sonia Gandhi accompanied the speaker to her chamber to discuss the issue as per government sources. 

Suspicious stock transactions detected by the government

Some suspicious transactions have unearthed in the stock markets which can be connected  to terrorism, the government said on Wednesday. Though no specific information has been received  from the securities market intermediaries which state that the terrorists are investing in share market and stock market as informed by Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh in the parliament. But there wereSuspicious Transaction Reports (STRs) which could be linked to providing funds for terrorism.This matter is now investigated by intelligence and investigation agencies.

Saina pulls out of the match, did she do that deliberately?

In an unusual situation India's Olympic bronze medalist Saina Nehwal "retired" on match point from the women's singles first round at the K.L. Garg-Syed Modi International India Grand Prix Gold badminton tournament at the Babu Banarsi Das Stadium in Lucknow on Wednesday. Saina was on match-point (21-17, 20-18) against Russian Ksenia Polikarpova when she told the referee she cannot continue after holding  her knee. Badminton Association of India (BAI) officials were not happy with Saina's decision. A top BAI official, anonymously stated that Saina had already booked her return tickets for Wednesday afternoon at 3.30 p.m. She had not played in the last edition stating fatigue as a reason and was not too eager to participate this time as well though she decided to play in the morning session. Saina specified she withdrew because she didn't want to put stress on her knee.Saina which was a champion here in 2009 and 2010, had the injury from the Super Series final. She lost the semi-finals of the BWF World Super Series Finals on Saturday in Shenzhen, China. She had earlier requested the organizers to advance the match which was fixed at 1230pm instead of 230pm. 

Reality show winners don't always fade away, says Indian Idol 6

Amritsar-based "Indian Idol 6" winner Vipul Mehta said that he wished to establish the fact that reality show contestants can shine in the industry and not fade in the oblivion. Mehta was adjudged the winner of "Indian Idol 6" in September. He shifted to Mumbai after that and wants to establish his position in the industry as a playback singer. He said, "I want to change the perception and mindset of people that reality shows' winners disappear after a time and people forget them." 

China lists Infosys as its service outsourcing firm

Indian IT giant Infosys Ltd. has been announced as one of the liaison service outsourcing firms by the Chinese commerce ministry. It is the only Indian firm to get enlisted in the 100 key liaison service outsourcing firms by the China's ministry of commerce and the factors which were considered for its selection include capabilities, performance and strong growth. Service outsourcing is a key industry in China. Infosys China, a wholly-owned subsidiary, has its development centers in Shanghai, Beijing, Dalian, Hangzhou and Jiaxing. There are 3,300 employees who provide a host of software services to Chinese enterprises and multi-nationals operating in China.

Gang-rape victim in critical condition

As the 23-year-old girl fights  for life in a Delhi hospital after being brutally assaulted and gang-raped, she became the focus of a nation whose politicians debated in the parliament and people took to the streets to voice their protest.Delhi Police Commissioner Neeraj Kumar said four people had been arrested in this case. This was one of the shameful rape incidents ever reported and it reveals how unsafe the national capital was for women. The arrested include the bus driver Ram Singh, his brother Mukesh, fruit seller Pawan Gupta and Vinay Sharma, an instructor in the Delhi government-run gym in Siri Fort. Akshay Thakur and Raju are yet to be caught.The main accused Ram Singh was sent to five days of police custody by a Delhi court.The police said the accused had been drinking and were on the bus for a joyride. But before they committed the heinous crime, they dumped a man after robbing him of his valuables. Doctors at Delhi's Safdarjung Hospital,stated they had never seen a rape victim who had been injured in this way. The young physiotherapist's condition was still critical and she was on a ventilator support. Late in the evening her condition "slightly" deteriorated. 

333 honour crime complaints on honor killings were registered this year

As many as 333 complaints on honor crime have been reported in the current financial year based on the victims' complaints as informed to the Lok Sabha on Tuesday by Minister of State for Home Affairs R.P.N. Singh. The information has been sourced from the National Commission for Women (NCW). Other than that the commission has taken suo-moto cognizance in 11 cases of honor killings and has mentioned the necessary actions in the same. Singh stated this as a reply to the question on the number of cases in which the central government was given notices by the NCW to ensure protection of life and property of couples who went for inter-caste marriages.The matter relating to amend the constitution to deal with honor killings was also discussed.

RBI keeps the rate fixed, hints at rate cut in January

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) maintained the key policy rates unchanged but gave indications at slashing rates in January and also stated that the monetary policy would now focus on boosting growth as inflationary pressures are gradually reducing.The central bank has kept repo rate, the rate at which it lends to the commercial bank, static at 8 percent. Reverse repo rate, interest rate is the same at 7 percent. The RBI also did not change the cash reserve ratio (CRR), proportion of money commercial banks have to keep with the central bank, at 4.25 percent, after reducing it in the previous two policy reviews. This policy means there will be no change in lending and deposit rates by the commercial banks. Cost of borrowings, equated monthly installments (EMIs) and interest rates on fixed and other deposits will remain static. 

Play as long as you enjoy: Anand to Tendulkar

 Out-of-form Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar Monday got encouragement from five-time world champion chess Grand Master Viswanathan Anand, who said the cricketing legend should go on playing as long as he wished. Anand stated that it would be strange for a player to stop playing the game if he enjoys it. The chess great admitted that sports was more in favor of young people but he said if, "I really want to play chess still. I am lucky to have the chance to play and I intend to use it. I imagine the same for him (Tendulkar)". He also said it was quite funny to ask a player when he or she will retire. 

Delhi's iconic Chandni Chowk market online on Google

Google India on Monday launched a special project of Chandni Chowk, the famous market of old Delhi.This project is a part of Google's endeavor to provide free websites and domains to small and medium businesses in India through the 'India Get Your Business Online' campaign which was launched last year. Google India and HostGator visited each shop in Chandni Chowk and developed over 2,500 free websites for businesses which operate there. from the market. Google India also launched a common website '', which offers easy to navigate directory of all businesses from Chandni Chowk now going online.

'Dabangg 2' - action, comedy, Chulbul Pandey

Salman Khan is all set to entertain audiences in his popular avatar of Chulbul Pandey in "Dabangg 2", which releases on this Friday. "Dabangg" had been shot in a village and had the rustic setting of Uttar Pradesh. But the story will revolve around a posh metropolitan city. The earlier movie was directed by Abhinav Kashyap, he opted out of the sequel following which Salman's brother and producer Arbaaz Khan joined in as the director.  "Dabangg 2" has been written by Dilip Shukla and will see Arbaaz first time as a director. 

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