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Major News and Events of 25 September 2012

What Happened on 25 September 2012

Grim situation in Assam due to floods, 18 killed

Floods in Assam had resulted in inundation of 16 of its 27 districts, death of 18 people and more than 17 lakh affected. It is expected the situation will improve in a couple of days.A total of 1,916 villages under 69 revenue circles in the districts of Baksa, Barpeta, Darrang, Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Golaghat, Jorhat, Kamrup, Kamrup Metro, Lakhimpur, Morigaon, Nagaon, Nalbari, Sivsagar, Sonitpur and Tinsukia districts, are affected according to the government report.The Central Water Commission (CWC) as well as the meteorological department has specified that there will be an improvement in weather soon. Many people are reported to be missing in the affected districts.Majuli island, Asia's largest freshwater river island, is the worst affected with about 70 percent of its land area submerged. Thousands of people in the island are living in relief camps and the educational institutions are closed down due to the floods.

Crisis in Maharashtra, Pawar resigns, NCP ministers offer to quit

Maharashtra's Democratic Front government got into a crisis on Tuesday as Deputy Chief Minister and NCP leader Ajit Pawar quit the cabinet. Along with him the other party ministers also offered to resign and legislators also asked for leaving the Congress-led coalition.Pawar is embroiled in a controversy where it has been alleged that he had arbitrarily doled out irrigation contracts worth over Rs.20,000 crore while he was handling the water resources portfolio from 1999-2009. Pawar said until these allegations were not removed he will not join the government as a minister though he would remain the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) Legislature Party leader as long as his party and legislators desired.Some NCP legislators also decided to quit the ruling coalition, and the rest of the 19 party ministers in the 43-member Prithviraj Chavan government sent in their resignations to state party chief Madhukarrao Pichhad. Congress did not comment on this surprise development.NCP chief and union Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, senior leader and union minister Praful Patel as well as Ajit Pawar himself gave assurance to the Congress that the NCP would not withdraw support to the ruling coalition or destabilise the government.

CWC backs reforms, Sonia criticizes BJP's negative role

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) in its meeting which was presided by party chairperson Sonia Gandhi and was attended by 30 members, including Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P. Chidambaram,supported the government's decisions on economic reforms specifying its need to give a boost to a sagging economy and to capture the down slideof the rupee. The CWC also criticized the BJP for playing a negative role and failing to come up with a more constructive role.Congress president Sonia Gandhi stated in the meeting that there was no danger to the government.

United India launches premium payment on mobile

The state owned non-life insurer United India Insurance Company Ltd. became the first Indian insurer to initiate mobile phone premium payment. Claims settlement will also be done through this. The company has come up with customer-friendly processes like online sourcing of policies, online portals for motor dealers, agents for buying policies as stated by the chairman and managing director G.Srinivasan.United India has around two crore policyholders and a good number of them can opt for mobile payment channel.Sufficient checks will be there so that only the policy holder makes the premium payment on mobile and not anybody else.

Geeta to lead India in World Wrestling Championship

Commonwealth Games gold medallist Geeta Phogat will head India's challenge at the World Women's Wrestling Championship which is scheduled from Sep 26-29 at Edmonton, Canada.Geeta was the participant in the London Olympics, here she will take part in her regular 55-kg freestyle category.She got the Arjuna Award in August.Priyanka Singh (48 kg), Babita Kumar (51 kg), Shilpi Sheoran (59 kg), Sakshi Malik (63 kg), Navjot Kaur (67 kg), and Gurusharan Preet Kaur (72 kg) are the other wrestlers who will take part in the event.

Suneil announces next venture of Navketan

On the eve of legendary actor-filmmaker Dev Anand's 89th birth anniversary celebrations, his son Suneil said that he will make "Vagator Mixer" under their banner of Navketan Films."Vagator Mixer" will be an English movie and the story will revolve around the famous Vagator beach in Goa. In the movie which will be formally launched in December, Suneil will write the script, direct and play the lead role.Navketan Films' last movie was "Chargesheet", Dev Anand's last directorial venture before he died in London Dec 3, 2011.Navketan Films founded in 1949 by Dev Anand and his elder brother Chetan gave hit movies like "Baazi", "Taxi Driver", "Funtoosh", "Kala Pani", "Hum Dono", "Jewel Thief", "Tere Ghar ke Saamne", "Hare Rama Hare Krishna" and "Guide".Though the last few movies like "Chargesheet", "Love at Times Square" and "Censor" didn't do too well at the box office.

Bihar to use Facebook to promote Sonepur cattle fair

Bihar intends to use social-networking sites to promote Asia's largest cattle fair which is held annually at Sonepur. The Saran district Superintendent of Police Sujeet Kumar stated that the tourism department, along with the district administration, will utilize social-networking sites like Facebook, to popularise the Sonepur cattle fair from this year. This is first time Facebook will be used for promoting the Sonepur cattle fair worldwide with the intentions to attract tourists. Government will be hiring event managers for the fair this time which begins on Nov 27. It takes place at an area which is spread across 500 acres near the confluence of two rivers - the Ganga and the Gandak - and is held for centuries. Being one of its kind in the subcontinent it beginson Kartik Purnima and sees the trading of animals like horses, cows, oxen, goats, buffaloes, donkeys, ponies, monkeys, rabbits, bears, cats and guinea pigs.

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