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Major News and Events of 21 November 2012

What Happened on 21 November 2012


Protecting Kasab was a costly affair

Ajmal Kasab got Z-plus category security, a special bullet- and bomb-proof cell, access to the court proceeding through video conferencing. All this was a costly affair as the state spent an estimated Rs.35 crore so far on Kasab's security as per the sources.Crores have been spent by the government to build a special 20-feet corridor in the Arthur Road Jail in Mumbai. Kasab's egg-shaped cell was reinforced with iron plates and was bullet- and bomb-proof. Armed paramilitary personnel were assigned to the jail when his trial began in the sessions court on April 17, 2009.The Arthur Road Jail was a fortress with around 1,000 policemen outside the prison manning Kasab's bomb-proof and bullet-proof cell. Another cell was created inside J.J. Hospital for Kasab's treatment but he was not taken there.Doctors were taken to the Arthur Road Jail whenever Kasab faced health issues.

Kasab hanged and buried in Pune's Yerawada jail

Four years after Mumbai terror attacks which shook the country, the lone terrorist Kasab was executed in complete secrecy and buried soon after in a Pune jail.Kasab was hanged to death at 7.30 a.m. in Pune's Yerawada Jail, at a distance of 100 km from Mumbai where on the night of Nov 26, 2008, 60 hours of mayhem was unleashed. The union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde signed the file from the president's office on Nov 7 and sent it to the Maharashtra government the next day, the police took control. The decision to hang Kasab was taken on Nov 21 and an expert hangman was summoned. Kasab was informed about his hanging by jail staff on Nov 12. On Nov 19 he was taken to Pune on a special flight. He requested the authorities two days later that his mother should be given the information and that he had no last wish. He also did not make a will.Islamabad was informed about the decision before Kasab was hanged. Shinde stated: "Pakistan refused to accept the letter informing them of Kasab's hanging and they returned it. So we sent them a fax as well."The Pakistani foreign office did not agree and described the reports as "incorrect and baseless".

Indian LED lighting market to reach $478 million

The Indian LED (light emitting diode) lighting market is poised to reach $478 million by 2015 from from $101 million in 2011 and Philips Electronics India Ltd. is well positioned in the segment.What has contributed to the growth is the decline in LED prices, investment by government in energy efficient lighting systems and the fast return on investment (ROI).As per Nirupam Sahay, president at Philips Lighting, the company is has 30 percent market share in the domestic lighting segment and so has unique position in this segment.

Sensex closes 131 points up; banks, consumer goods gain

A benchmark index for Indian equities markets ended at 131 points higher on Wednesday, boosted by buying support in banking, consumer durables and realty stocks.The 30-scrip sensitive index (Sensex) of the Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE), which started on a positive note at 18,379.90 points, ended at 18,460.38 points, up 0.72 percent or 131.06 points from its previous day close at 18,329.32 points.The Sensex reached a high of 18,478.50 points and low of 18,309.81 points in the intra-day.The wider 50-scrip S&P CNX Nifty of the National Stock Exchange also ended trading at 0.78 percent or 43.25 points higher at 5,614.80 points.

Saina, Kashyap, Jayaram advance to next round in Hong Kong

London Olympics badminton bronze medalist Saina Nehwal defeated Aprilla Yuswandari of Indonesia to move into the women's singles second round of the $250,000 Hong Kong Open Super Series.In men's singles, Ajay Jayaram and London Olympics quarter-finalist Parupalli Kashyap also advanced to the next round of the final Super Series tournament of the calendar by winning their respective matches.In her next match, Saina will face Lin Wang of China, who has a 3-2 head-to-head record against her.Mumbai's Jayaram will face World No.1 and top seed Lee Chong Wei of Malaysia, who has an impeccable 4-0 head-to-head record against him.

A short film on 26/11 by RGV on Friday

Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma on Friday will showcase his 15-minute film on the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks exclusively to people connected to the incident, including policemen and survivors. He said he has done lot of research for the movie and he felt the need to show the sequence of events to the people whom he felt people did not know fully about the details. He further stated that the release near the event's anniversary has not been planned. He wanted to convey the emotional aspects of the tragic events through his film.

Wipro to develop industry standard car solutions

Wipro Ltd has collaborated with the US-based Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) to design smartphone-based industry standard solutions for passenger cars.The consortium, an international organisation, is engaged in developing cross-industry solutions for smartphone and in-vehicle connectivity. As per the consortium chairman Mika Rytkonen, Wipro has showed vision and foresight by supporting MirrorLink which ensures seamless communication between smartphones and in-car systems like steering wheels, dashboard buttons and screens. Wipro automotive electronics general manager John Slosar stated that the company has come up with technology for building solutions to interface with terminal mode and non-terminal mode mobile devices.Consortium membership will help them to provide MirrorLink certified solutions to their customers.




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