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Major News and Events of 21 December 2012

What Happened on 21 December 2012

BJP paid Gujarat Muslims not to vote

Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's third consecutive win in the state assembly elections spurred Congress general secretary Digvijaya Singh to state that the BJP was paying Rs.500 to each Muslim in the state to stop them from voting. He said the strategy which the BJP follow is they influence the Muslim-majority constituencies and ensure a lower voter turnout by distributing cash among the Muslim population and confiscated their voter ID cards.He said in the Muslim-dominated areas, the turnout is never more than 25-30 percent. BJP swept 12 of the 19 constituencies in Gujarat where Muslims are in majority.

Raisina Hill transforms into a battle zone as India demands justice

The government on Saturday had to face the brunt of youth power as young men and women surrounded  Raisina Hill, the seat of power, asking for justice for a 23-year-old gang rape victim, which led the police to use canes, tear gas and water cannons on the crowd of thousands.The aggressive youth and the mass outpouring since early morning, prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to ask Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde to see to it that people feel safe in Delhi and incidents like this are not repeated. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also discussed with the prime minister and home minister and asked them to take suitable action instantly to protect women in the city that is often described as the "rape capital". Delhi has recorded over 600 incidents of rape this year. Shinde stated that the government will form a commission to investigate the incident that has shocked the nation.

Chidambaram asks the bankers to get ready for the Direct Cash Transfer system

Finance Minister P Chidambaram said the proposed Direct Cash Transfer scheme to be a ‘pure magic' which will imply bigger responsibility on banks for its implementation. He told the bankers to work in coordination with the government to make the scheme a success.  Through this money credited will be instantly transferred to beneficiary’s account thus doing away pilferage and plugging the loophole for corruption.  The scheme will be launched on January 1 in some districts with some schemes and by the end of the year, it will cover all the districts and schemes. Bankers were asked to get into the mode for effective initiation of the scheme. 

No state funeral for Claudius

Hockey legend Leslie Claudius will rest in peace beside his son Robert at a South Kolkata cemetery on Sunday, without any state funeral.Claudius - a member of three Olympic gold and a silver medal-winning teams died on Thursday. His body was kept in a city mortuary Peace Heaven on Friday, as his two sons from Australia, Bojo and Richard were to come for the last rites. West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra specified that the arrangements were being made by the state but Claudius' family was against elaborate affair. Bengal Hockey Association president and Olympian Gurbux Singh stated Claudius should be given a state funeral but all was not in their hands and the decision lay with the government. Claudius' body from the mortuary would be taken first to the Calcutta Customs Club and then the Veterans Club.He was an employee and a player of Customs as well as the president of the Veterans Club.

Telecom department warning to Vodafone, Idea, Tata for cancelling licences for 3G roaming

Vodafone, Idea, Tata Telecommunications and Aircel have been served show cause notices by the Department of Telecom (DoT), directing them to stop offering third-generation (3G) mobile data services through roaming pacts beyond their licensed zones as they are 'illegal'. The companies have got 60 days to respond why their licenses should not be cancelled or a penalty imposed on them. The penalty is that of Rs. 50 crore per circle in case they fail to comply to DoT's directives.

'Barfi' fails to qualify for the Oscar

Director Anurag Basu's "Barfi!" did not qualify for the best foreign language film category for the 85th Academy Awards, as per the latest Oscar shortlist. The film had Ranbir Kapoor portraying the role of a deaf and mute boy and Priyanka Chopra an autistic girl. The movie had got much appreciation and enjoyed box office success. Out of the 71 films which qualified for the Oscars from around the world, nine were shortlisted those will go to the final five nominations. The nine films are "Amour" (Austria), "War Witch", (Canada), "No" (Chile), "A Royal Affair" (Denmark), "The Intouchables" (France), "The Deep" (Iceland), "Kon-Tiki" ("Norway), "Beyond the Hills" (Romania) and "Sister" (Switzerland). On Jan 10 the final list will be declared.

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