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Major News and Events of 29 August 2012

What Happened on 29 August 2012

Former minister Kodnani, 31 convicted in Naroda Patiya massacre

Gujarat special court on Wednesday, August 29  convicted 32 people which includes the former BJP minister Mayaben Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, for the massacre in which a mob hacked and burnt to death 97 Muslims in Naroda Patiya locality during the riots. 29 people were also acquitted by the special court in Ahmedabad. The sentencing will be on Friday. For the first time a former minister has been convicted in a Gujarat riots case. The accused have been charged under various sections of IPC including 302 (murder) and 120B (conspiracy). No leniency will be shown to those charged as the criminal conspiracy has been proved. The guilty have the charges such as rioting, murder, arson and attack on a religious structure.

India and Bangladesh hold bilateral talks, $1 bn credit line eased

 At the 16th Non-Aligned Movement Summit in Tehran after the bilateral talks  between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Bangladeshi Premier Sheikh Hasina, India announced that $200 million of a $1 billion line of credit to Bangladesh will be converted to a grant. The progress regarding trade, security and power issues were discussed by the two leaders. India also gave assurance to Bangladesh that action will be taken on their land border agreement and the Teesta waters treaty though a specific time frame was not given. The two countries also agreed to increase the number of border haats (markets) to promote local trade and commerce.

Invest in mutual fund service through SMS: Reliance Capital

Reliance Capital Asset Management, a unit of Reliance Capital introduced Systematic Investment Plan (SIP) in mutual funds through SMS, which is unique initiative that will give the customers options to initiate an SIP in mutual fund schemes by sending an SMS through their registered mobiles. This process will be cost effective and convenient for over 900 million mobile users in the country to invest in mutual funds.This service has been launched under its Invest Easy initiative. This platform is for transaction and deploys technology for the convenience of the investors.

Vijay, Yoageshwar get Khel Ratna, Yuvraj conferred with Arjuna award

Olympic medalists Vijay Kumar and Yogeshwar Dutt were presented with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award  by President Pranab Mukherjee in the grand ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan. This event saw a record 25 Arjuna Awards presented as this was an Olympic year. The award comprises a statuette, citation and cash prize of Rs.7.5 lakh each. Yuvraj Singh who recovered from cancer,  badminton players Ashwini Ponnappa and Parupalli Kashyap and hockey star Sardar Singh were among those who got the Arjuna Awards. The paralympic athletes, Deepa Malik and Ramkaran Singh, got the maximum applause from the audience. he awardees  are as follows: Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna: Vijay Kumar (shooting), Yogeshwar Dutt (wrestler).Dronacharya Award: Virender Poonia (athletics), Sunil Dabas (kabaddi women), Yashvir Singh (wrestling), Harendra Singh (hockey), Satyapal Singh (para sports ahletics), J.S. Bhatia (athletics), Bhawani Mukherjee (table tennis), and B.I. Fernandez (boxing).Arjuna Award: Deepika Kumari (archery), Laishram Bombayla Devi (archery), Sudha Singh (athletics), Kavita Ramdas Raut (athletics), Ashwani Ponnappa (badminton), Parupalli Kashyap (badminton), Aditya Mehta (billiards and snooker), Vikas Krishan (boxing), Yuvraj Singh (cricket), Sardar Singh (hockey), Yashpal Solanki (judo), Anup Kumar (kabaddi), Samir Suhag (polo), Annu Raj Singh (shooting), Omkar Singh (shooting), Joydeep Karmakar (shooting), Deepika Pallikal (squash), Sandeep Sejwal (swimming), Sonia Chanu (weightlifting), Narsingh Yadav (wrestling), Rajinder Kumar (wrestling), Geeta Phogat (wrestling), Bimoljit Singh (wushu), Deepa Malik (athletics paralympics), and Ramkaran Singh (athletics paralympics).Dhyanchand Award: Jagraj Singh Mann (athletics), Gundeep Kumar (hockey), Vinod Kumar (wrestling), and Sukhbir Singh Tokas (para-sports).Rashtriya Khel Protsahan Puruskar: Steel Authority of India Ltd. (SAIL), Railway Sports Promotion Board (RSPB), and Services Sports Control Board (SSCB).

Three movies of different genres releasing this Friday

On Friday viewers will have various choices as three different films from three different genres are releasing.The movies include, "Joker", a sci-fi drama, comedy "I M 24" or children's film "Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid".Film editor-turned-director Shirish Kunder's "Joker", stars actors Akshay Kumar and Sonakshi Sinha, which has a plot of a researcher investigating the existence of aliens in the universe. Then there is  Saurabh Shukla's "I M 24", which has actors Rajat Kapoor, Ranvir Shorey, Neha Dhupia, Manjari Phadnis and Saurabh himself.  The third movie is that of director Nila Madhab Panda's "Jalpari: The Desert Mermaid" which carries a social message.

Order on Kudankulam petitions reserved by Madras HC

The Madras High Court reserved its order on other petitions filed by G. Sundarrajan for Friday while disposing a plea against Kudankulam Nuclear Power Project (KNPP) and accepted the revised consent order issued by Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB). This order restricts the temperature of trade effluent from KNPP to a maximum of 7 degrees Celsius over the surrounding temperature. The thermal power plants are required to use sea water and incorporate a system which reduces water temperature at the final discharge point. TNPCB's original consent order issued in July specified that the tolerance temperature limit of trade effluent of the KNPP should be at 45 degrees Celsius. Sundarrajan had put forward his question regarding the validity of this order.

Supreme Court upholds death sentence for Kasab

The Supreme Court on Wednesday, August 29 upheld the death sentence of Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving terrorist after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks that killed 166 people. The Supreme Court bench of Justices Aftab Alam and C.K. Prasad stated, "We are constrained to hold that the death penalty is the only sentence that can be given in the circumstances of the case”.

The court dismissed Kasab's plea that the Mumbai terror attack was intended to be a war against the government of India and was not meant for the Indian state or its people. The court stated government represented only the elected organ of the state and added that prime intention of the accused that is Kasab, was to wage a war against India.

Supreme Court also dismissed Kasab's plea that since he was not provided a lawyer soon after he was arrested that affected the entire procedure, including his trial, conviction and sentence. The apex court specified that efforts were made to provide him lawyer but Kasab rejected it every time saying he did not require an Indian lawyer.

Kasab’s plea that his lawyer was not given enough time after he agreed for legal assistance was also dismissed as the apex court stated sufficient time was given to Kasab's lawyer. The judgment also rejected Kasab’s contention that his statement before the police was not voluntary. The apex court also gave additional reasons for upholding Kasab's death sentence and Justice C.K. Prasad specified that it was evident from the oral and documentary proofs that the conspiracy for the 26/11 attack was planned by Pakistanis in Pakistan and its execution done in Mumbai.

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