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Major News and Events of 20 October 2012

What Happened on 20 October 2012

600 million to have Aadhaar cards by 2014: PM

Around 240 million people are registered for issuance of Aadhaar cards which has the unique 12-digit identification number. Over 600 million will get the card by 2014.Congress chief Sonia Gandhi gave the 21st crore (210 million) Aadhaar card to Bali Devi, a resident of Purawar village of Udaipur district. The Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), is the administrative authority of the Aadhaar card, bearing the unique number. Aadhaar was launched in 2010 which was to provide proof of identity to all citizens of India. It would be the world's largest biometric-based identity database.

Gang-rape suspect injured in Bangalore shootout

One of the eight suspects who was connected to the alleged gang-rape of a law student on Oct 13 and who was absconding, was injured in a shootout in the Bangalore University campus. Six other suspects have been arrested earlier. The accused fired at the patrolling team when he was asked to surrender. He was rushed to the hospital thereafter.The police got to him after a tip off and he was found in a wooded area axing a sandalwood tree. Two of his companions though escaped in darkness.

UP, Haryana win sub-junior hockey nationals

Uttar Pradesh won the match against Punjab 5-4 via a penalty shoot-out in a nail biting final of the Sub-Junior Boys Hockey National Championship (North Zone) at Rudrapur, Uttrakhand on Saturday.The match had closed to a 1-1 draw after the normal time and 15-minutes of extra time. Haryana defeated Uttarakhand 4-1 in the 3/4th position match. Haryana defeated Uttar Pradesh 6-0 to win the title in the girls category,.

Beer plant of Mallaya now in trouble

Mired in huge financial crisis of Kingfisher airlines, liquor baron Vijay Mallya got another shock on Saturday as his firm's Greenfield beer plant in Karnataka may face action for "unofficially" operating without pollution board clearance.The plant is at Nanjangud in Mysore district, at a distance of 160 km from Bangalore. It was stated by Karnataka Ecology and Environment Minister Sogadu Shivanna that suitable actions would be taken.The United Breweries Ltd was to start production sometime in September. Shivanna also said he had visited the plant three weeks ago and there it was found that the company had a sewage and effluent treatment plant without approval of the state pollution control board.

Kudankulam Nuclear Plant to start operation soon

The Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) will be starting operations soon. This was stated by Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office V. Narayanasamy on Saturday. He further specified that safety concerns of villagers living in the area were misjudged. He also said that members of parliament from Tamil Nadu are already asking for increased allocation of power to the state from the project. KNPP has number of security layers and Madras Atomic Power Station (MAPS) in Kalpakkam around 70 km from this place has safely functioned was also mentioned by the minister.

Vinod and Randhir get along well

Veteran actor Vinod Khanna adjusted his schedule when his co-star Randhir Kapoor had to take a time off from the shooting schedule of their new film due to his daughter Kareena's wedding. Vinod and Randhir will be seen together in Prabhu Deva's untitled love story. 38 years ago during the shooting of the blockbuster "Haath Ki Safaai" the situation was not like this. They just exchanged pleasantries on the sets. But now they have got along well.

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