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Major News and Events of 28 December 2012

What Happened on 28 December 2012

13 days of trial for the country

It was 13 days of agony, shame, helplessness, anguish and anger when the country became a mute spectator of the death of the 23-year-old brutally gang-raped in a moving bus in Delhi. Today on Dec 29, she died of her grievous injuries in a Singapore hospital. The days which went by were: 

Dec 16: The physiotherapy intern and her friend on the way back after watching a movie boarded a bus at Munirka in south Delhi. She was gang-raped and tortured with an iron rod in the moving bus and her friend assaulted as well. The couple stripped and robbed were dumped out of the bus. They were discovered by a toll plaza patrol vehicle and admitted to Safdarjung Hospital.

Dec 17:Bus driver Ram Singh and two accused arrested by the police.

Dec 18: The fourth accused arrested. People gather in large numbers at India Gate to demand justice for the woman, who was fighting life's battle.

Dec 19: Doctors remove the victim's intestines, as it can be affected by gangrene. Protests in meantime is on.

Dec 20: One of the accused as the rapist was identified by the victim's friend in Tihar Jail.

Dec 21: Police withheld a juvenile, identified as the fifth accused. Young woman's condition worsens, women, carry out a candle-light march outside 10 Janpath, the residence of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. Many women students and activists also try to barge into Rashtrapati Bhavan. Sixth accused from Aurangabad in Bihar was arrested.

Dec 22: A commission to probe the gang-rape announced by Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. Protests becomes widespread as police block Raisina Hill, the seat of power. Police used batons, water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowds, which was there at India Gate till late at night,and through the night. Some Metro stations were closed.

Government puts an inquiry to suggest ways to strengthen women's safety in Delhi.

Dec 23: Delhi turns into a battle zone as thousands denounce the gang-rape. Tussle between police and protesters cause injury to many. Constable Subhash Chand Tomar is critically injured. Some Metro stations are shut.

The victim stays on ventilator, her condition remains critical.

Dec 24: Two Delhi Police officers suspended as they did not stop the bus with tinted windows in which the girl was raped. Roads again blocked as protests continue. Authorities promise more measures for security of women. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh addresses the nation, calls for calm.

Dec 25: Delhi policeman Tomar dies of injuries inflicted during the protests.

Dec 26: Gang-rape victim taken to Singapore. Government asks a Delhi High Court judge to investigate the gang-rape and police lapses and offer solutions to make the national capital safer for women.

Dec 27: Mount Elizabeth Hospital in Singapore states patient is in "an extremely critical condition".

Dec 28: Congress President Sonia Gandhi along with Manmohan Singh in promising quick justice. The young woman's condition detriorates.

Dec 29: The woman dies in Singapore. Protests in Delhi continue as police barricade the city center.

India's foreign dipped by nearly $93 mn

India's foreign exchange (forex) reserves dipped by $92.8 million to $296.53 billion for the week ended Dec 21, as per the data of  the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The reserves had went up by $1.63 billion to $296.63 billion for the week ended Dec 14. The foreign currency assets (FCA)  also reduced by $169.9 million at $261.94 billion. The FCA went up by $1.61 billion to $262.11 billion in the previous week. Gold reserves value was static at $27.80 billion. The value had decreased by $386.2 million in the week which ended on Nov 30. The value had remained the same at $28.18 billion since the week which ended on Nov 2, when the value of gold reserves rose by $56.4 million. The special drawing rights (SDRs) went up by $15.8 million to $4.45 billion during the week under review, while reserves with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) increased by $61.3 million to $2.33 billion.The SDRs had went up by $15.4 million to $4.43 billion during the week which ended on Dec 14 while reserves with the IMF increased from $7.8 million to $2.27 billion.

Mohun Bagan kicked out of I-League, banned for next two editions

Mohun Bagan, was on Saturday banned from the next two editions by the All India Football Federation (AIFF) for abandoning a match against East Bengal in the middle on Dec 9 following crowd trouble. Mohun Bagan club on Saturday requested the All India Football Federation (AIFF) to analyze the two year I-League ban imposed on it and put the blame on the referee for the Dec 9 Derby fiasco.After the AIFF threw out the city soccer giants from the glamorous league, Bagan general secretary Anjan Mitra stated the decision will affect millions of soccer lovers, He also announced the club would move an appropriate forum following the emergent Executive committee meeting later. He was hopeful that the AIFF will "rethink" its decision after a "reassessment" keeping in mind, "football, Bengal football and Indian football". He also said that strict action should have been taken against the referee of the Dec 9 game - Vishnu Chauhan - Mitra said the AIFF for not doing his work properly. Mohun Bagan had walked off the game after one of its players were injured following a flare up regarding a foul in the game against East Bengal. 

Bollywood stunned with the death of gang-rape victim

The death of the Delhi gang-rape victim in Singapore has stunned Bollywood, with Shabana Azmi requesting the country to "wake up" and fight against violence inflicted on women. The social media network, Twitter was abuzz with the sentiments in Bollywood. They tweeted:Amitabh Bachchan: 'Amanat', 'Damini' just a name now... her body has passed away, but her soul shall shall forever stir our hearts.Shabana Azmi: And SHE PASSES AWAY in Singapore. RIP. Our impotence stares us in the face. May SHE become the wake-up call our country needs. We must soul search. Female foeticide; inequal access to nutrition, education, health; no decision making powers; dowry demands; rapes rampant. INDIA WAKE UP.Shekhar Kapur: Her greatest betrayal is that we will forget. Political systems' greatest hope is we will forget. Our only redemption is if we do not forget.Mahesh Bhatt: Shut all temples where you pretend to worship the female form. Cry India! Your hands are drenched with the blood of your own daughters.Shekhar Kapur: On 31st December, I will stand in silence in her memory. Will you, or will u party on?Karan Johar: RIP to a brave girl who fought in a weak and paralysed country.. Shame on all of us.Madhur Bhandarkar: RIP Damini, today is a dark day in our democracy. We should pledge not to let dust settle on this fight till the end.

Apple withdraws 'patent claim' against Samsung Galaxy SIII Mini

Apple had requested earlier that a series of Samsung products, including the Galaxy S III, to be included in the patent infringement suit between the mobile giants.As per the court documents, Apple has agreed to remove the claims without any prejudice given Samsung's representation that it is not making, using, selling, offering to sell or importing its product into the United States.This is the latest turn in a patent battle between the two tech giants

Decision on Telangana will be taken in a month: Shinde

A decision on the carving out of a separate Telangana state from Andhra Pradesh will be finalised within a month as stated by the Union Home Minister Sushilkumar Shinde. The inputs from various parties have been taken and the government would be briefed about that. He also said that he understood that the people of Andhra Pradesh were suffering and urged them to be calm. Representatives of eight political parties were in the meeting which was also attended by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy. Shinde said this was the last all party meeting and he was satisfied with it.


Ratan Tata retires, Cyrus Mistry takes over on Saturday

Ratan Naval Tata retired as chairman of the $100-billion Tata Group on Friday which he had joined 50 years ago. There was no event, speeches and he was not present at Bombay House to see the transition. Cyrus Pallonji Mistry, 44 will take the responsibility on Saturday as the 6th chairman of the group. He was named Tata's successor a year ago by the board of Tata Sons. The company was established in 1868 by Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata. Ratan Tata will be the group's chairman emeritus. It was his birthday today. Mistry is the youngest son of construction magnate Pallonji Mistry, the family which is the largest shareholders of Tata Sons with 18.8 percent stake.

India defeat Pakistan by 11 runs

India won the second match against Pakistan and drew the two-match Twenty20 international series 1-1. It was a 11-run win over Pakistan at the Sardar Patel Stadium at Ahmedabad on Friday. Yuvraj Singh was the star for India with the bat as he smashed 72 off 36 balls. Pakistan's skipper Mohammad Hafeez (55 off 26 balls) played a magnificent innings but Pakistan couldn't maintain the stability. The pacer Ashok Dinda took two wickets in the last over. India had scored 192 for five and curtailed Pakistan to 181 for seven.

Sridevi's English Vinglish continues to inspire people

Actress Sridevi, who portrayed the role of a housewife in her comeback film "English Vinglish" said she  was told by many women that her film changed their lives. People even tell her that she has changed their lives. Sridevi further stated that the children were also inspired by the movie and lot of kids said sorry to their parents for being rude to them after watching the film. Directed by Gauri Shinde, "English Vinglish" narrates the story of a housewife, who learns English to change her family's opinion about her.

Slimmer and powerful smartphones in 2013

iPhone 5, iPad Mini, Nexus 7 and Galaxy SIII were the devices which ruled the market in 2012, but gadgets will now be slimmer and more powerful. In 2013, Nokia intends to see lower price points for devices which will have relevant services and content for the users. Smartphone are in the pipeline for gadget freaks like the Apple iPhone 5S, Samsung Galaxy S4 and Nokia Lumia 920 and 820. As per the McKinsey & Company report, Internet-linked consumption and expenditure in India generated an estimated $ 30 billion, or about 1.6 per cent of the GDP and is on threshold for 2.8 to 3.3 per cent by 2015.

Rape victim's condition worsens

The condition of a 23-year-old gang rape victim has deteriorated and is extremely critical as per the Mount Elizabeth Hospital chief executive officer Kelvin. This information was provided at 9 p.m. on Friday. Loh said, "Her vital signs are deteriorating with signs of severe organ failure." The doctors have put her on  maximum artificial ventilation support, optimal antibiotic doses as well as stimulants.

Regarding her shift to Singapore in a critical condition, the government stated that this was purely for medical reasons and there was no intention whatsoever in it. Sonia Gandhi said the Congress party will not celebrate New Year's day because of this tragic incident. 

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