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Major News and Events of 25 August 2012

What Happened on 25 August 2012

Fresh violence in Assam, five killed, indefinite curfew imposed
Five bodies were found in communal violence-hit Chirang district. The identification is yet to be done for those killed. The bodies were recovered from a paddy field in Choudhuripara near Mangolian Bazar in the district after the local people informed the police as stated by the Inspector General 
of Police (Bodoland Territorial Areas District) SN Singh. The miscreants may have killed the people during the day and hidden them in the nearby fields. Due to communal violence  between the dominant Bodos and Bengali-speaking Muslim settlers in Assam on July 19 as many as 80 people were killed and over four lakh displaced  in Chirang, Dhubri and Kokarjhar districts. Indefinite curfew has been imposed in Chirang district. 
PM may address the nation on Monday on coal scam

Congress hoped that the BJP would allow parliamentary proceedings on Monday and in the event of adjournment again, the PM may address the nation regarding the issue of alleged coal scam. Chidambaram had earlier stated that if the PM is not allowed to speak then the government will have to find ways to reach out to the people. The PM will be leaving for Iran on an official three days visit to attend the Non Aligned Movement summit and he may be addressing the nation before that. 

Gold reaches a price of Rs 31,300 per 10 grams

 Gold has reached a price of Rs 31,300 per 10 grams in the bullion market after recording biggest weekly profit in the global markets since January. Trading sentiments were influenced by the feeling   that the Federal Reserve will resort to additional steps to boost the economy, thus stimulating the metal's demand as an inflation hedge. Gold registered gains for the sixth consecutive day and added Rs 185 while silver added Rs 950 to Rs 57,800 per kg due to increased buying. Silver coins showed an increase of Rs 2000 to Rs 73,000 for buying and Rs 74,000 for selling of 100 pieces due to excessive demand.



Indian spinners force New Zealand to follow on

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin with a career-best figures of six for 31 and left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, with three for 44 wrecked havoc in the New Zealand innings in the first test match. New Zealand had to follow on after the team was bundled out for 159 thus giving India a lead of huge 279-run on the third day. In the second innings New Zealand was 41 for one when rain disrupted the play. Only 37.3 overs were bowled in the day. Brendon McCullum at 16 and Kane Williamson at 3 were on stumps when the match was stopped 47 minutes before the scheduled tea-break.



Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi is an unusual film

Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi is not the usual film you find in Bollywood these days. It is about real people who are comfortable with their extra kilos, it celebrates romance of  couple who are in their 40s and subtly brings out the fun quotient of the Parsis. Bela Bhansali Sahgal’s debut film showcases everything which Bollywood generally will never consider. Boman Irani and Farah Khan essay the roles effectively though the movie as reviewed dwells on a predictable end. The movie is written by Sanjay Leela Bhansali. 


India test-fires Prithvi-II missile

India test-fired its nuclear-capable Prithvi-II missile successfully on Saturday from a military base in Odisha,from the Integrated Test Range at Chandipur-on-sea in Balasore district. M.V.K.V. Prasad, director of the test range stated that the test of  surface-to-surface missile with a range of 350 km was 100% success. Prithvi is one among the five missiles being developed under the country's Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme and is first indigenously built ballistic missile in India. It has a  flight duration of 483 seconds and reaches a peak altitude of 43.5 km. It can carry a 500 kg warhead and deploys an advanced inertial guidance system. 

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