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Major News and Events of 29 November 2012

What Happened on 29 November 2012


Former Prime Minister I.K. Gujral passes away

Inder Kumar Gujral, former prime minister for 11 months in 1997-98, died in a Gurgaon hospital at the age of 93. He served as the external affairs minister in two non-Congress governments during the tenure of prime ministers V.P. Singh and H.D. Deve Gowda. Gujral suffering from lung infection was admitted to Medanta Medicity on Nov 19 and was on ventilator. On Monday, doctors informed that medicines didn't show much effect and his condition deteriorated. He fell unconscious on Tuesday and never gained consciousness after that. He passed away today at 3.27 p.m. His son Naresh Gujral, a Rajya Sabha member from the Shiromani Akali Dal, informed the media about this.

Yeddyurappa quits BJP

Former Karnataka chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa left the BJP as well as the assembly to start a regional party. This action of his is going to spoil BJP's prospects of retaining power in the state polls due next May.Yeddyurappa's step may not immediately affect the government led by Jagadish Shettar as the former chief minister has asked for the present. Yeddyurappa who got the BJP to power for the first time in Karnataka and south India in 2008, made an announcement at a public meeting that he has faxed his resignation letter from the BJP's primary membership to party president Nitin Gadkari. Soon after quitting the BJP and the assembly, Yeddyurappa made an announcement that he has joined Karnataka Janata Party (KJP) and will be its president at its formal launch on Dec 9 at Haveri, about 400 km north of Bangalore.

In 24 hours, seven floors completed

An ambitious endeavor by an entrepreneur to construct a 10-storey building in 48 hours seems to take shape with seven floors being built on Friday in the first 24 hours.The construction of the building began around 4.30 pm on Thursday in Mohali outside Chandigarh.Entrepreneur Harpal Singh, who has a Rs.1,000-crore infrastructure company, Synergy Thrislington, had said that the 10-storey building, Instacon, would be ready within 48 hours. He also informed that the model has got clearance forZone-V seismic area, the highest risk area (for earthquakes). Harpal Singh also owns the JW Marriot Hotel in Chandigarh, said here. What is interesting to note is that three floors of the building were constructed in just six hours on Thursday. Morethan 200 skilled workers, technicians, engineers and equipment are involved in the building.

Samsung targets 50 percent share of India's handset market

South Korean consumer electronics major Samsung looks for capturing 50 percent market share in value in mobile phone market in India by 2013. At present the electronics major has 40 percent share of the country's Rs.45,000-crore handset market.Samsung Mobile vice president Asim Warsi stated that he expected India's handset market to expand by over 10 percent in value terms next year and Samsung was planning to expand its smartphone business in India.Samsung, the market leader in smartphone segment, has almost 48 percent market share by value.

England team arrive in Kolkata for Eden Test

Having leveled the series 1-1 with an emphatic win over India at Mumbai, a relaxed and jubilant England team arrived in Kolkata on Friday for the third Test to be played at the magnificent Eden Gardens from Dec 5.The England team with the skipper Alastair Cook, who scored back to back hundreds in the first two Tests, came to Kolkata by a chartered flight and checked into a five star hotel in South Kolkata amid tight security. Bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed will join tomorrow or the day after.The England players will get a rest day on Saturday before getting into their maiden training session at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.The Indian players are yet to arrive in the city.

Apex court sends notice on Section 66A of IT Act

The Supreme Court on Friday sent notice to the central government and four states on a petition which questioned the constitutional validity of Section 66A of the IT Act that offers for proceeding against people posting undesirable comments on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter and other electronic mediums.An apex court bench of Chief Justice Altamas Kabir issued the notice - to Maharashtra, West Bengal, Puducherry and Delhi - after Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati informed the court that Section 66A has been widely abused and he also appreciated the court's intervention.However, he further added that per se there was nothing amiss in the section and defended it.Petitioner Shreya Singhal made a PIL seeking the slashing down of Section 66A which was used by the authorities to arrest two young girls: Shaheen Dhanda, 21, who posted about the Mumbai shutdown after the death of Shiv Sena leader Bal Thackeray Nov 17 and her friend Renu Srinivasan for liking the comment on Facebook.

FDI debate with vote Dec 5

The UPA overcame the initial obstruction on Thursday with parliamentary proceedings beginning again after the government decision to a debate on FDI in retail expected on Dec 4 and 5. The government is confident of cruising through the lower house but it does not have the required strength in the upper house. Herein the role of the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party will be significant. The Samajwadi Party (SP) though said that it would oppose foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail in the Rajya Sabha.

CAG reports major deficiencies in defence procurements

Major flaws in defence procurement process that could have effect on nation's defence preparedness was pointed out on Thursday by India's official auditor.The Comptroller and Auditor General's (CAG) report on the air force and navy presented in parliament specifies several shortcomings like "inordinate delay in procurement and integration of a Radar Warning Receiver system" by the defense ministry and "procurement of unsuitable Navigation Computers" by the navy.Cases have been highlighted which involve huge expenditure where the procurement has been delayed or has did not met its objective.The Indian Air Force could not reap the desired benefits from the procurement of 336 Radar Warning Receivers (RWR). This was an investment of Rs.521 crore. The integrated RWRs did not perform optimally as it was thought it would and this led to a decision to integrate these as an interim measure till an advanced system came up.As per CAG said the Indian Navy made an investment of Rs.167.64 crore about a decade back, on acquiring a system for commissioning on board four submarines. But only two of these systems could be commissioned in 2011, which affected the operational preparedness of the Indian Navy.

IDBI Bank plans to expad business in eastern region by fiscal end

State-run IDBI Bank is looking to expand its eastern region business by over Rs.4,000 crore by the end of this financial year through expansion of the bank network.The public sector bank had done a total business of about Rs.33,000 crore in the previous year through its 165 branches from the region comprising West Bengal, Bihar, Odisha, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and the northeast. In West Bengal there are 55 branches and the bank intends to add four more by the end of the current fiscal.At present deposits from savings and current account constitute 50 percent and 20 percent of the bank's total deposits and the bank is looking for that to increase with the increase in the number of accounts.

SOS touches Rs.100 crore mark in India

"Son Of Sardaar" reached the Rs.100 crore mark at the box office. The movie starring Ajay Devgn, Sonakshi Sinha and Sanjay Dutt starrer movie made Rs.100.55 crore.In the opening week the collection was Rs.71.53 crore in India. This movie released along with Yash Chopra's romantic "Jab Tak Hai Jaan" on Nov 13. The latter crossed the Rs.100 crore mark on Nov 23.Produced by Ajay Devgn Films and YRV Infra & Media (P) Ltd Production, director of the movie is Ashwni Dhir.It is presented by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures and Eros International.

Attorney General summoned by the apex court for IT act

The Supreme Court directed Attorney General G.E. Vahanvati to appear before it on Friday to clarify the government's stand on a plea seeking to strike down Section 66A of the Information Technology (IT) Act, 2000. Court's observation comes days after two girls were arrested in Maharashtra over their comment on a social networking site. The court stated,"Children were arrested on the charges of...and there was also a case of (arrest of) a professor of Jadavpur University that involved a chief minister's cartoon." The Section 66A of IT Act is regarding the punishment for sending offensive messages through communication service...which cause annoyance, inconvenience, danger, obstruction, insult, injury, criminal intimidation, enmity, hatred or ill will, the court specified.This direction of the court came after senior counsel Mukul Rohtagi informed the court that Section 66A of the IT Act violated constitutional provisions.The public interest petition was filed by Shreya Singhal, a 21 year old student, after two students were arrested for violating the IT Act when they posted regarding the shutdown in Maharashtra following Shiv Sena supremo Bal Thackeray's death, on the social networking site Facebook.The petition also seeks from the court guidelines to reconcile Criminal Procedure Code Section 41 (power of police to arrest without warrant) and 156 (1) (police officer's power to investigate cognizable cases) with the Constitution's Article 19(1)(a) (right to freedom of speech and expression).

Three Indians in the six marquee players of Hockey India League

The present Indian captain Sardar Singh, Australian Jamie Dwyer and the world's most capped player, Teun de Nooijer of the Netherlands, have been included among the six marquee players for the Hockey India League (HIL) auction on Dec 16.The other premier players are Germany's double Olympic goldmedalistMoritz Fuertse and Indians Sandeep Singh and S.V. Sunil. The six franchisee will have one each of these marquee players and the auction has been so designed that the teams will bid for the marquee players before the rest of the lot. The teams will place silent bids for the marquee players and the auctioneer will declare the successful bids.The marquee player will get a contract which will be at least 115 per cent of the highest successful bid for a player in the auction.

Whatsapp hit by bug and spam messages

WhatsApp users were in for a shock when they found all the contacts on their list with the status message “error: unknown” and then everyone received a message from the CEO specifying how they were not making money.The users were asked to forward the message to all his contacts to prove he was an authentic user. WhatsApp is still a free app and the message from the CEO was a spam message.Then within hours a message cropped up and began circulating which stated that the service was to become paid one and one can use the services for free only when it was forwarded. The message read as:“Message from Jim Balsamic (CEO of Whatsapp): we have had an over usage of user names on whatsapp Messenger. We are requesting all users to forward this message to their entire contact list. If you do not forward this message, we will take it as your account is invalid and it will be deleted within the next 48 hours. Please DO NOT ignore this message or whatsapp will no longer recognise your activation. If you wish to re-activate your account after it has been deleted, a charge of 25.00 will be added to your monthly bill.”




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