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Major News and Events of 22 July 2012

What Happened on 22 July 2012

Pranab Mukherjee unanimously elected as India's next President

Pranab Mukherjee was on Sunday,July 22 voted India's 13th president. He won by a huge margin that is 713,763 votes compared to P.A. Sangma 315,887 votes and he received in all 70 percent votes. Pranab Mukherjee who is one of the country's most experienced politician with four decades of political career has held the portfolios of finance, defence and external affairs. He got support not only from allies of the Congress-led UPA but also by the Janata Dal-United (JD-U) and Shiv Sena, the CPI-M, the Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal. The swearing-in ceremony will be held in parliament July 25.


Sangma's team may move the Supreme Court

After losing to Pranab Mukherjee in the Presidential election opposition candidate P.A. Sangma has stated that his team will discuss the matter of approaching the Supreme Court against Mukherjee's election as the president. Sangma's team had the allegation that Mukherjee held the office of profit that of chairman of Indian Statistical Institute, when he filed his nomination as president. Mukherjee had submitted his resignation letter dated June 20 which has been accepted by the ISI. Sangma's team had further alleged the signature on the letter was forged and had approached the election commission for the same. But when the election commission rejected their request saying they did not have any authority in this to take action, the team had the option to reach out to Supreme Court with an election petition which could be filed only after the results were declared. 


Interest-free loan for farmers in Rajasthan

With an aim to push the rural economy, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Kumar Gehlot has announced of providing interest-free loans of up to Rs.1 lakh to some 26 million farmers, with money drawn from cooperative societies. This would benefit the small farmers who would be freed from the moneylenders who charge high interest rates. The money can be utilized for buying fertilizers, seeds, pesticide and diesel needed to raise crops. The farmers who repay the loan within the due date will not have to pay the interest. The loan would be available for both the kharif and rabi crops seasons through gram sewa cooperative societies which are over 5,000 in number in Rajathan and all of them are linked to the loan scheme.

PM requested not to allow multi-brand FDI in retail

The Samajwadi Party and the Left have requested Prime Minister Manmohan Singh not to allow FDI in multi-brand retail sector as it will virtually destroy India's retail sector. It would result in severe displacement of small and unorganized shopkeepers and traders. In the letter an estimate was provided that one Wal-Mart supermarket in India would displace over 1,300 small retail stores lead to 3,900 people jobless. The entry of foreign supermarkets would have further bearing on the employment situation which is anyway strained at present. 

Vikas Krishnan: World No. 6 in boxing and unknown

He is World No.6 but Indian boxer Vikas Krishan thinks "it is good to be unknown" and not be in the limelight. He believes that takes away the privacy of an individual and he is not able to do normal things. The Asian Games gold medalist who is 20 years old also spoke about his Olympics preparation in 69 kg category which includes 28 boxers. He said one needs 3 wins to be in the medal category and he is pretty confident he would not go down from his position.

'Jism 3' next in 3D

Pooja Bhatt has started work on "Jism 3" which she intends to make it in 3D even though her "Jism 2" is yet to release. She said she had planned the script for this already and she needs to give expression to it. She thinks it would be interesting to make an erotic film in 3D. Pooja said they had plans to make Jism 2 in 3D but then it was thought it would look quite ahead of times. She did not divulge much of the details and said the cast will be bigger and better. "Jism 2" starring Sunny Leone, Randeep Hooda and Arunoday Singh is scheduled to release on August 3.


Politicians in West Bengal active on Facebook

The Who's Who of West Bengal's politics have logged on Facebook, which has turned into a new platform to reach out to people without the fear of getting misinterpreted and asked uncomfortable questions. The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and many of her cabinet colleges have chosen Facebook to post their views on various developments. Social networking is a necessity if one is in politics that is what the Forest Minister Hiten Burman feels. The State Congress and the Left Front are also actively using the network. 

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