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Major News and Events of 26 July 2012

What Happened on 26 July 2012

Kargil war heroes remembered on Vijay Diwas

A solemn ceremony took place at the Chinar Corps headquarters in Srinagar on Thursday, July 26 to commemorate the Kargil war heroes on the 13th anniversary of the conflict between India and Pakistan. Wreaths were placed at the War Memorial in the Badami Bagh Cantonment and rich tributes were paid to the gallant martyrs of "Operation Vijay" by Lt. Gen. Om Prakash, General Officer Commanding of Chinar Corps. On July 26 Kargil Vijay Diwas is celebrated to honour Kargil war heroes. 



Congress ministers slam Modi's "hang me" remark
 Congress ministers voiced their opinions against the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi regarding his remark "Hang me if I am guilty" which he made in an interview to Urdu weekly Nai Duniya with reference to the 2002 riots in the state. The ministers termed the remark  "highly reprehensible and irresponsible".Union Corporate Affairs Minister M. Veerappa Moily specified that the judiciary has the authority to decide on the guilty and take suitable steps for punishment whereas the Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal said that since Modi has not allowed any case to be filed against him so he was not found guilty. He further stated that not even an FIR has been lodged against him. Sibal said that if Modi wanted to make a statement he should say that he would allow FIR to be lodged against him anywhere in the country. 
28 percent increase in Bata Q2 net profit
Bata India, the leading footwear retailer and manufacturer has announced a 28.45 percent rise in its standalone net profit for the quarter ended June 30, 2012. In the second quarter profits recorded were Rs.52.65 crore compared to Rs.40.99 crore for the same period last year. The sales of the Kolkata-based company rose by about 18 percent during the period under review at Rs.510.85 crore compared to Rs.434.51 crore the same period a year ago. 
Tata Steel to bring European-made specialty steel to India

Tata Steel plans to bring specialty steel from its European subsidiary to India. This is part of the move to push products of the European subsidiary which the company wholly owns to new markets.As India imports specialty steel, the products has a market in the country, the company feels. Right now the company is engaged in sorting out the quality and grades of the product and prospective customers for the same. The entire process will be finalized in two months. The European subsidiary is now utilizing 85 percent of its production capacity.

Huge cash awards for Olympic medalist: Haryana government

The Haryana government has made an announcement of huge cash awards for its sportspersons if they get a medal in the 2012 London Games. As stated by Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda the gold medal winners will get a cash award of Rs.2.5 crore, silver medal winners Rs.1.5 crore and bronze medal winners Rs.1 crore as well as class-II jobs. Out of 81 sportsperson who have gone to the Games, 18 are from Haryana. The state government has already given the sportspersons Rs 11 lakh for qualifying for the Games


Ranbir pleads guilty of smoking publicly

 Ranbir Kapoor has pleaded guilty through his lawyers to the charges of smoking publicly during a movie shoot four months ago at Ghangaur Ghat in Rajasthan's Udaipur district.  The actor has sought exemption from appearing personally in the case. He was represented by three lawyers. The application for pleading guilty was made under the Rajasthan Prevention of Smoking Act and exemption was sought for Ranbir's personal appearance before the court, as stated by advocate K.K. Purohit.

Gtalk and Twitter down on the same day

It was a rough day  as far as communication was concerned. The popular Gtalk messenger had a global outage for more than four hours and just when it came on track and people heaved a sigh of relief out went Twitter the popular social networking site. Twitter got down for almost an hour and experienced intermittent faults after that. What worried the users further was that Twitter was down when the excited fans were supposed to tweet about the Games one day before it started.

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