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Major News and Events of 28 October 2012

What Happened on 28 October 2012


Cabinet reshuffle:Tharoor back in the government, Khurshid Foreign Minister

Salman Khurshid is India's new foreign minister as Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday overhauled the council of ministers in a bid to do away with the concept of an inert government. 17 new faces and elevating five to cabinet rank was done in the reshuffle which can be called the last one before the 2014 elections. Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi did not join the government. Shashi Tharoor is back in the government and will be minister of state for Human Resource Development. The railway ministry went to P.K. Bansal. M. Veerappa Moily was assigned petroleum, while his portfolio of corporate affairs and power were split between - Sachin Pilot who was elevated as minister of state with independent charge of corporate affairs and Jyotiraditya Scindia who got independent charge of power. S. Jaipal Reddy was given science and technology and Kamal Nath got additional charge of parliamentary affairs besides urban development. Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari got independent charge of information and broadcasting. Three ministers of state - Adhir Chowdhury, A H Ghani Khan Chowdhury and Deepa Dasmunsi -- were appointed from West Bengal in a bid to help Congress stand without Trinamool's support.

Maoists to boycott Chhattisgarh anniversary Nov 1

Security has been increased in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region on Sunday after the outlawed Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) declared it will observe black day on Nov 1, the day the state was formed 12 years ago.Police and paramilitary troopers have been positioned in forested areas and security at government buildings was beefed up after Maoists' posters and banners were found in Sukma district as per the sources at the police headquarters.The Maoists have asked people in seven districts in the Bastar region, to observe a black day Nov 1 to protest against an alleged shootout in Sarkeguda in Bijapur district in June in which at least 21 villagers were killed by security forces.Cultural programmes for several days starting Nov 1 and the first Global Investors Summit from Nov 2-3 in Naya Raipur, which will replace Raipur as the state capital, are the events planned by the state for the occasion.

India's media, entertainment industry grows at steady pace

With a robust annual growth at 17.1 percent over the next four years, India's media and entertainment industry is expected to make a turnover of Rs.1.75 trillion ($33 billion) as print and television mediums’ dominance is gradually reducing. The Indian media and entertainment industry is growing very fast globally with the expansion mainly from the new media space, as per the joint study by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and PriceWaterhouseCoopers. "The average annual spend per capita is at a low of $7 in India, as compared to $22 in China and $65 in Brazil. Rising disposable incomes in India, combined with some macro economic stability, will drive rapid growth in consumer spend," the study states. In 2011, the entertainment and media industry was analyzed at Rs.80,000 crore ($15.4 billion), an increase of 17.5 percent over the previous year.

Advani World Champion in Billiards

India's Pankaj Advani won his seventh World billiards title when he defeated defending champion Mike Russell 1,895-1,216 in the final at Leeds on Sunday.With a lead of 872-614 at the half-way mark in the five-hour match, the 27-year old Advani showing greater consistency than Russell repeated his 2009 victory against the 43-year-old Englishman, who has won the title 10 times himself.On Saturday,October 26 Rupesh Shah won the title in the 150-up points format defeating Australia's Matthew Bolton 6-2 in the final. Advani's controversial decision to skip a professional snooker event in China that began on Sunday for the World billiards championship thus proved fruitful.

iPhone 5 basic version at Rs 45,500

Apple iPhone 5 is all set for a launch in India on November 2. The Apple partners in India have stated that the starting price for the much-awaited phone will be Rs 45,500.Redington, one of two distribution partners of Apple in India specified that the basic 16GB version of the iPhone 5 will be priced at Rs 45,500, the 32GB and 64GB will be priced Rs 52,500 and Rs 59,500 respectively.Both black and white versions of the phone will be available but there will be limited stocks due to huge global demand of the device.

Amitabh Bachchan gets best TV host award for KBC

Megastar Amitabh Bachchan got the best television host award for the popular game show "Kaun Banega Crorepati". Amitabh Bachchan tweeted,"How did it happen? It's the People's Choice Award by Colors channel for the best television host for KBC. Thank you all, who voted for me".KBC was aired in 2000 first and was hosted by Amitabh which also marked his maiden appearance on Indian television. The present season is the sixth one on Sony. Out of the six editions the third one was only hosted by actor Shah Rukh Khan.The 70-year-old superstar has previously won the Indian Telly Awards, BIG Television Awards, The Global Indian Film and TV Honours among others.




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