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Major News and Events of 27 September 2012

What Happened on 27 September 2012

CRPF chief praises West Bengal's help in anti-Maoist fight

Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Director General K. Vijay Kumar praised West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and stated that West Bengal was one of the states where security and development initiatives had got enormous success in the fight against Maoists.

He also said that India’s 13 Maoist-affected states had to be normalized by the government and security forces.The security and development initiatives had changed the situation in the violence-hit states in recent years, including West Bengal, with political support and development work.Vijay Kumar was asked to lead the nation's largest paramilitary force with nearly 300,000 personnel. He opined there were some challenges still there.

Ajit Pawar's resignation accepted, other 19 member's rejected

72-hour political crisis finally ended in Maharashtra with NCP chief Sharad Pawar accepting the resignation of Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Friday. The party will apprise Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan to accept his resignation as stated by Sharad Pawar.The resignations tendered by 19 other Nationalist Congress Party ministers were turned down and they will resume their duties from Saturday. Sharad Pawar also specified that the state should release a white paper on the money spent on irrigation as soon as possible.

PM directs cash transfers for welfare schemes

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has initiated a new system to ensure that the beneficiaries receive cash directly through banks and the government's $65-billion worth subsidies and welfare measures reach the right people without pilferage. This was undertaken after a committee under former finance secretary Vijay Kelkar which was formed to formulate a fiscal consolidation plan for the government, passed recommendation of withdrawal of all subsidies. It was said that the Indian economy is at the edge of financial down slide. Singh finally initiated the ambitious electronic cash transfer project after it was under consideration to ensure routing of all subsidies directly through electronic transfer to bank accounts using the Aadhar unique identity card database.

DoT issues notice to stop firms' 3G roaming agreement

The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has given a notice to telecom firms directing them to stop 3G roaming services outside their licensed area within three days.The notice has been sent to Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone where they have been asked to explain why penal action should not be taken against them. The operators were into roaming agreements to offer 3G services such as video calling, mobile TV and multi-media gaming in areas where they did not have 3G spectrum.The DoT terming this as illegal had in last December asked the operators to terminate the roaming agreements. It was also said the government was losing revenue because of these agreements. The operators challenged the DoT order at the tribunal stating it would affect the customers and investment in the sector adversely. A split verdict was given by the tribunal.

Australia thrash India with a nine wicket win

Australia posted an emphatic win over India by nine wickets in a Group 2 encounter in the Super Eight stage of the World Twenty20 Championship at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday.Shane Watson was the highlight of the match taking three wickets and scoring 72 off 42 balls as Australia chased down India's score of 140 for seven with 31 balls and nine wickets to spare.Watson (72) and David Warner (63 not out) with their huge 133-run opening partnership cruised Australia to reach the target of 141 with nine wickets in hand in just 14.5 overs. Watson was declared the Man of the Match.

Farhan to donate endorsement fee to charity

Actor Farhan Akhtar will donate to charity the Rs.15 lakh endorsement fee he received from the Tata group.He had given a voiceover for three Tata Group commercials and received Rs.15 lakh for that. Farhan said he had the highest respect for Ratan Tata and as it was his first association with the group he would like to donate the amount to charity. He would be giving the money as reported to Shabana Azmi's Mijwan Welfare society and Magic Bus.

British astronaut to save world from asteroid

Major Tim Peake, a British astronaut would be part of NASA team which would fly to space to probe into a cosmic rock.If the asteroid is discovered to be on collision path for Earth, then he would deflect it. They would fly in the space by the mid-2020s as per media reports. The team's main priority is to travel to an asteroid in a shuttle, spend a month on a smaller spacecraft and take samples from it and place sensors.

Auction not the only method to disperse natural resources: SC

In response to a presidential reference after the verdict on the 2G spectrum allocation, the Supreme Court on Thursday stated that the auction was not the sole method for allocating natural resources.A five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia specified that auction could be a better option where the aim is of maximisation of revenue, but then "every method other than auction of natural resources cannot be shut down".Justice Jain announced the majority opinion of the Chief Justice, Justice D.K. Jain, Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Ranjan Gogoi.Justice J.S. Khehar in another concurring judgment stated that "no part of the natural resource can be dissipated as a matter of largesse, charity, donation or endowment, for private exploitation".The court gave its response to the presidential reference where its opinion was sought on whether auction was the only option for allocating scarce natural resources as stated in its Feb 2, 2012 verdict in 2G case.

CBI starts investigation in coal blocks allocations since 1993

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a preliminary enquiry regarding the coal blocks allocation since 1993. This is against unknown public servants and certain private firms.CBI is already investigating coal blocks allocation during the period 2006-2009. The new preliminary enquiry was registered on reference by the Central Vigilance Commission's (CVC) to check alleged anomalies in allotment of coal blocks from 1993 to 2004.Now the agency will probe into each and every allotment since 1993 and in the process direct queries to the directors of companies and the then bureaucrats of central and state governments about the coal blocks.CBI will also demand a list of relevant material and list of officials and ministers, who had involvement in the process of coal blocks allocation at different levels, from the coal ministry.

Tatas to run Taj Mansingh hotel for an year more

Tata Group's Indian Hotels Company (IHC)will continue to operate the Taj Mansingh hotel, a landmark building in the national capital, for at least another year.As per the sources, the New Delhi Municipal Council, the owner of the property, decided for the extension of the lease of Taj Mansingh hotel with IHC by one more year.The hotel is being operated by IHC on a 33-year lease, which completed last year and got an extension till October 2012.Indian Hotels, which till now paid the NDMC 10.5 percent of its gross revenue annually as rent, will now be paying 17.5 percent of annual revenue for the extended period.The civic body is yet to decide whether the Taj Group will run the property on re-negotiated financial terms or whether it will be auctioned, inviting bids from other parties.

Government increases 3.7 percent taxes on railway fares

Within days of exit of the Trinamool Congress, the government on Thursday increased taxes on railway passenger fares and freight which would result in increase by 3.7 percent from Oct 1. This move comes six months after the Trinamool Congress forced roll back in railway fare hike. There would be 3.708 per cent increase in fares of AC first class, executive class, AC-two tier, AC-three tier, AC chair car, AC economy class and first class from Oct 1.The tax will be applicable to advance tickets issued and would be recovered by the travelling ticket checker from passengers on the train or by the booking office before the train begins journey.The service tax amount is non-refundable in case of cancellation of tickets.In case of concessional tickets, service charges of 30 percent will be charged on the fare paid. A 3.7 percent service tax has been charged on freight charges by the ministry.

Mahindra NBA basketball Challenge at Delhi

The third season of the Mahindra NBA basketball Challenge will be organized at Delhi for the first time from Oct 4-7.The first ever Mahindra NBA Challenge's National Championship will also be organized simultaneously at the Thyagraj Stadium as per the Basketball Federation of India (BFI).The winning teams from the senior and U-18 divisions for both men and women, in each city, will come to Delhi to compete participate in the championship.Three-time NBA Champion Luc Longley,the first Australian to have ever played in the NBA,will host clinics for the qualifying teams.

'Chittagong' will be launched in the middle of the next month: Anurag Kashyap

Director-producer Anurag Kashyap announced that Manoj Bajpai's "Chittagong" will be launched towards the middle of the next month. He said he was very happy producing the film which also helped him get the star cast of 'Gangs of Wasseypur'.The film is directed by Bedabrata Pain and stars Manoj Bajpai and Nawazuddin Siddqui among others and is scheduled for Oct 12 release.Pain said one song titled 'Eshaan' has been dedicated to his late 16-year-old son, Eshaan.Shankar Ehsan Loy are the music directors and the lyrics have been written by Prasoon Joshi.

Indian television to be digitized

Viewers will enjoy a good TV viewing experience without any grainy pictures soon. Within a month, four Indian metropolises - around 10 million households - will shift to the digital television mode and scores of channels.The government is pressing for complete digitisation of the cable television network and initially the four metros of Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai and Chennai will go digital by Oct 31. In other places of the country, the process is to be finalized by December 2014.Approximately 70 percent of the cable TV network in the four cities has been digitised so far, whereas in Mumbai over 95 percent has been completed.TV owners will be required to buy set top boxes - costing between Rs.800-Rs.1,000 - to receive the signals.

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