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Major News and Events of 30 December 2012

What Happened on 30 December 2012

Protests continue at Jantar Mantar

The protest against the brutal rape and death of a 23-year-old woman continued as thousands of protesters assembled at Jantar Mantar in central Delhi again on Sunday. Four students trying to force their way through the barricade were detained but later released. The protesters lit candles in the evening, asking for speedy justice for the rape victim who was cremated in the morning.Prohibitory orders, putting restriction on gathering of four or more people at a time, were clamped in central Delhi and roads to India Gate and Raisina Hill were barricaded. As many as ten Metro stations were shut in the morning though in the afternoon five were reopened.

BJP questions 'hush-hush manner' cremation of the rape victim

The BJP on Sunday raised question regarding  the "hush-hush manner" in which the 23-year-old gang-raped woman was cremated early in the morning within hours of her body flown in from Singapore.Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesperson Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that the party understands the right to privacy but the way the cremation was held in a rushed manner, it raises curiosity. The woman's body was flown in at around 3.30 a.m. to Delhi from Singapore in a chartered Air India flight and she was cremated at 7.25 a.m.Minister of State for Home R.P.N. Singh, was present at the crematorium as representative of the government as he stated and he said that the cremation was held quietly.The BJP has asked for a special session of parliament to discuss regarding increasing crime against women.

Left asks Mamata Banerjee led state government to resolve Singur issue with Mistry

West Bengal's opposition CPI-M on Sunday asked the state government to initiate process to solve the the Singur land issue with Cyrus Mistry, the new chairman of the Tata Group. The land row at Singur had got the automaker in a legal battle with the state government. The relations between Banerjee and Ratan Tata was strained ever since the Trinamool Congress initiated and led from front an intense peasant agitation between 2006 and 2008 against the then Left Front government's initiative to acquire land in Hooghly district's Singur for the Nano project of Tata Motors.

India lose to Pakistan by six wickets

 The Indian cricket team ended the year with another loss, losing by six wickets to Pakistan in the first ODI between the two sides at the Chepauk stadium in Chennai on Sunday. India, batting first in trying conditions, scored 227 for six, mainly due to an unbeaten century from captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (113 not out). Nasir Jamshed (101 not out) and Younis Khan (58) helped Pakistan scored 228 for four with 11 balls to spare. The story could have been different if the home team did not miss catches  and a few decisions had gone their way. On top of that there was a ruthless performance from the Pakistan side comprising many youngsters. 

New IT companies and sustained growth: IT industry in 2012

India's $100-billion IT industry in 2012 witnessed the rise of new companies catering to global and local markets and sustained growth, though there were tough business conditions. It was a rough year for the bellwethers, with Infosys and Wipro finding it difficult to stay afloat while the number one company TCS managed to stay ahead even as distant competitor Cognizant posed a big challenge to them. The industry managed to maintain the growth curve despite technology challenges and tough market conditions by incorporating new business models, initiating organisational efficiency. To top it a host of new services around cloud, mobility, analytics, social media and collaboration in a multi-device connected world helped the industry to withstand the rough weather. The highlights were 

--Global and local factors influence industry growth rate as IT budgets pared

--Industry has double digit growth in the face of slowdown

--Domestic market do well than export markets due to steady demand

--Infosys & Wipro adversely affected while TCS & Cognizant breathe easy

--TCS first IT firm to edge over $10-billion revenue mark

Kamal Haasan has several mentors in the industry

 Actor-filmmaker Kamal Haasan said that he had several mentors who are source of inspiration for him over the years. He considered K. Balachander as his first mentor, but Balu Mahendra, P. Bharathiraja, Ramesh Sippy and Dasari Narayana Rao have also inspired him with their work.He screened the first copy of his film (Vishwaroopam) to his mentors but Dasari Narayana Rao  and Balu Mahendra sir were not able to attend as they had other engagements but he said he got very nice feedback from K. Balachander  and Bharathiraja. "Vishwaroopam" is a Tamil-Hindi bilingual action-thriller written, directed and produced by Kamal and he is also in the lead role. It also stars Pooja Kumar, Andrea Jeremiah, Rahul Bose and Shekhar Kapur.

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