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Major News and Events of 24 December 2012

What Happened on 24 December 2012


PM promises women's safety, rape victim condition deteriorates

The condition of the young woman who was gang raped and brutally assaulted deteriorated on Monday. On the other hand Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requested everyone to pray for her and promised to control "monstrous" crimes against women. After a day of violence which left scores of civilians and policemen injured, peace prevailed in the capital even as hundreds protested with a demand for stern action against the rapists. A Delhi Police constable who got badly beaten in the violence was in critical condition. Security forces on Monday plugged off all roads leading to Rashtrapati Bhavan and India Gate,which resulted in huge traffic jams, while Delhi Metro closed nine key stations to stop demonstrators from getting easy access to the capital's heart.

Death for Koli in fifth Nithari murder, rape case

 Domestic help Surendra Koli was awarded death penalty by a court at Ghaziabad for murder and rape of a five-year-old girl in the 2005-06 and serial killings of women and kids in Noida's Nithari. This being his fifth conviction.Central Bureau of Investigation's Special Judge S. Lal gave the judgment against Koli, the only one accused, for kidnap, rape and murder and instrumental in removal of evidence. Koli was convicted for involving the five-year-old girl, identified as Kavita in the documents to cover her identity.The 19 Nithari cases of abduction, rape and murder stunned the country with the brutality involved and signs of cannibalism. The CBI filed chargesheets in 16 cases.  Kavita's case was the fifth out of these 16 cases. In the previous four cases Koli was given capital punishment. The co-accused in six cases is his employer and businessman Maninder Singh Pandher. 

Kingfisher Airlines submits revival plan

Kingfisher Airlines on Monday submitted its revival plans to the aviation regulator (DGCA)  which had cancelled its flying licence due to safety concerns. The company did not give any comment on this. DGCA had suspended the operating licence of the airlines on Oct 20  due to carrier's inability to offer any logical revival plans. Kingfisher was then directed to formulate a credible revival plan and present it to the DGCA,for further decision on restoration of the airline's operating licence. The carrier's winter schedules for flight departures was also rejected where it had a departure rate of 2,930 flights per week, but the capacity  was reduced because of debt and employee exodus.The airline is doing its best to stay in service and looks forward to initiate operations again which were paralyzed  since Oct 1 by an employees' strike, a lockout and suspension of its flying licence.

Dhoni said he learnt a lot from Sachin

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that Sachin Tendulkar had tremendous contribution and he learned many things from him. He is also irreplaceable that was what Dhoni’s thoughts were. He was an inspiration for the youngsters who were able to learn many things from Sachin.  Dhoni also said that the team was not happy that Sachin was not able to score his 50th century and 100th half-century in the ODIs. Dhoni said he and other players learned from Sachin how to prepare for each and every ODI, how to take defeats in its stride and how to be humble in life.

I'm here to play long innings: Leander on Bollywood debut

Tennis player Leander Paes, will make his debut at  Bollywood as an actor with "Rajdhani Express". He said he is not here for a short period of time and will play a long innings. He specified that he was not there to do one or two movies. He wanted to see how he can do in Bollywood and entertain his fans away from the court. He also clarified he was not in the race to be a celebrity as that he has already acquired in Tennis. Directed by Ashok Kohli, "Rajdhani Express" has Jimmy Sheirgill, Priyanshu Chatterjee, Sayali Bhagat and releases on Jan 4.

India successfully test fires Astra missile third time in a week

India successfully test fired beyond-visual-range Astra air-to-air interceptor missile from a defense base in Odisha third time in a week from the Integrated Test Range (ITR) at Chandipur. A simulated target was intercepted by the missile at a height of 4 km. Astra's purpose is to intercept and destroy enemy aircraft at supersonic speeds in the head-on mode at a range of 80 km and in tail-chase mode at 20 km. Earlier tests were conducted successfully from the same base  on Friday and Saturday to test the interception capability and high maneuvering.




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