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Major News and Events of 29 July 2012

What Happened on 29 July 2012

Seven states without power after northern grid failure

Collapse of the northern grid led to massive power failure in seven states in north India since 1 am on Sunday, July 29.  Delhi Metro train services have been thrown off gear. In the VVIP areas emergency power service is being provided. The states which have been affected include Delhi and Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Rajasthan.

Anna Hazare begins fast for passage of Jan Lokpal bill

 Anna Hazare started his indefinite hunger strike against corruption on Sunday, July 29. He said he  will stop it only when the government listened to his demand for a stronger Jan Lokpal Bill. There was huge participation by the people compared to other days at Jantar Mantar . This is Anna's third fast in an year. There are 350 others including three key Anna aides - Arvind Kejriwal, Manish Sisodia, and Gopal Rai who are fasting with him.  Anna who is only drinking water has said that he was ready to sacrifice his life but knew that the people would not let him die.

India's forex reserves rise by $589 mn

India's foreign exchange (forex) reserves has increased by $589 million to $287.34 billion for the week ended July 20 as per the RBI data.Foreign currency assets,which is the major component of the forex reserves, grew by $565.5 million to $255.10 billion for the week under review. No reasons though was provided by the RBI for this growth. It only stated that assets which are in US dollars reflected the appreciation or depreciation of non-US currencies such as the pound sterling, euro and yen. In the previous week under review the forex reserves had declined by $872.7 million. Special drawing rights (SDRs) value has grown by $15.8 million to $4.34 billion from while the country's reserves with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) increased by $7.7 million to $2.13 billion.

Saina makes a cheerful start at the Games

Saina Nehwal took 22 minutes to beat Sabrina Jaquet of Switzerland 21-9, 21-4 for an impressive start in her group's league competition in women’s badminton at the Wembley Arena. Sabrina had qualified for the Games reaching the quarterfinals of the 2012 European Championship in Karlskrona, Sweden. She could not offer any resistance to 22 year old Saina who wrapped the first game in 12 minutes and the second in only 10 minutes.  



India's largest industrial solar plant comes up in Punjab

India's largest solar thermal system has been installed by the Punjab government in the premises of Kangaro Industries Ltd at village Kanech, in Ludhiana district. It has a capacity for evaporation and condensation of one lakh litres of waste water per day. The solar plant will perform the dual role of  solar power generation as well as for disposal of  large quantity of industrial effluent water by evaporation. 

IOA asks for the investigation of the mystery woman

The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) is angry over the appearance of the mystery woman who was found walking along with the Indian contingent at the opening ceremony of the London Olympics. IOA has asked the organisers to do the investigation of the incident. The girl's name is Madhura Honey and she is Bangalore based. IOA spokesperson was candid in his remarks when he said that if this would have happened in India that a person  walked in the main arena everyone would have blamed the administration. Even if she was a volunteer or a security cover she should not have walked in front capturing all the limelight. IOA has filed a complaint and a reply is awaited from London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (LOCOG)

Karan Johar shared FB page link of 'SOTY' on Twitter

Karan Johar released the first look of his directorial venture "Student Of The Year" on Twitter. What was interesting was that he shared the link of the Facebook page of the movie which has on the cover photo  three students sitting on a bench wearing t-shirts in identical colour with their names Rohan, Shanaya and Abhimanyu written on back.The movie has  new comers Siddharth Malhotra, Alia Bhatt and Varun Dhawan and it is co-produced by Shah Rukh Khan.

Zync Z-909 Plus tablet at just Rs 3699

The Zync Z-909 Plus tab comes with a low price tag of just Rs. 3,699 and the budget buyers can get this Android device exclusively via Snapdeal. The configurations of the tablet include the Gingerbread platform, 1GHz processor, a 7-inch 800 x 480p resistive display and a 0.3 secondary camera with the facility of video conferencing, 256MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 16GB.

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