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Major News and Events of 26 October 2012

What Happened on 26 October 2012


Stage ready for cabinet reshuffle

Preparation has been made for the cabinet reshuffle with seven ministers stepping down for new ministers to take charge. They will take oath in the morning at 11.30 a.m. Among those who quit were,S.M. Krishna as external affairs minister, Ambika Soni as information and broadcasting minister, Subodh Kant Sahai as tourism minister and Mukul Wasnik as social justice and empowerment minister.Vincent Pala (water resources), Agatha Sangma (rural development) and Mahadeo Singh Khandela (tribal affairs) were the ministers of state who resigned.Six ministers of the Trinamool Congress had resigned last month when the party withdrew support to the ruling United Progressive Alliance and the government.Further the position held by Vilasrao Deshmukh, who was minister for science and technology was vacated when he died in August, while two cabinet positions held by DMK leaders A. Raja and Dayanidhi Maran were also vacant in the wake of the 2G spectrum allocation issue.Speculations are on whether Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi would join the government, or not.

Eid-ul-Azha celebrated with fervor and feasts

Fervor and gaiety coupled with lavish feasts marked the celebration of Eid-ul-Azha, the Muslim festival of sacrifice. This is also known as Bakr-Eid where prayers for peace are offered at idgahs and mosques and later on goats and sheep are sacrificed. This is one of the most important festivals in the Muslim calendar and is celebrated to honor Prophet Ibrahim. The prophet was willing to sacrifice his son Ismail to please Allah. As the belief goes, Allah replaced Ismail with a sheep when Ibrahim was just about to slit his throat and so the tradition of sacrifice started. The dishes cooked in this festival areachari gosht, mutton stew, fried kaleji (liver) and tandoori raan (grilled lamb thigh) as well as seviyan

Saina reaches final of French Open

Saina Nehwal got into the final of the French Open badminton with an easy win over German Juliane Schenk in the semi-final at Paris on Saturday.Top seeded Saina defeated the fourth seed German 21-19, 21-8 in flat 36 minutes at the Stade Pierre De Coubertin. Saina will face Japanese Minatsu Mitani in the final, who won 21-19, 21-18 against her compatriot Eriko Hirose.

13 Indian firms among Newsweek's global green; Wipro at number 2

Thirteen Indian companies feature in the Newsweek's annual rankings of the world's greenest companies, with information technology giants Wipro and Tata Consultancy Services at second and 11th spots.The world's largest 500 companies were compared according to their environmental footprint, management (policies, initiatives, controversies) and transparency.Wipro, placed second with a Green Score of 85.4 has plans to transform five of its campuses into "biodiversity zones" by 2015, and its flagship data centre in North Carolina was also awarded an LEED Gold certification as per Newsweek.TCS, ranked 11th with a Green Score of 80.4, "have focused largely on agricultural and community needs of the region."Rankings of Indian companies with their global rank are: Wipro (2), Tata Consultancy Services (11), Infosys (19), Larsen & Toubro (96), Tata Motors (282), Reliance Industries (342), State Bank of India (344), HDFC Bank (346), ONGC (386), Tata Steel (419), ICICI Bank (476), NTPC (497) and Coal India (499).sform

Santana finds spiritual connect with India

Legendary guitarist Carlos Santana is in India to entertain music lovers. He stated that country's strong spirituality has inspired him greatly. He said he wanted to come to India to connect with spiritual principles. He said his music is more then Mexican or American or Cubic. Santana has been brought here by event management company DNA Entertainment.

Apple App Store adopts Rupee pricing

Though iPhone 5 release in India has been delayed by another week to November 2, the company started billing in Indian rupee on the App Store.This will benefit the vast app developer community that sells on the App Store and would be convenient for the users who download paid applications and content from the company's online store. Apple has paid $6.5 billion to developers for selling their apps on the App Store and more than 35 billion apps have been downloaded since the store opened in 2008. As Apple releases its product on a Friday only the launch of iPhone 5 in India is scheduled for November 2 on a Friday.




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