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Major News and Events of 30 September 2012

What Happened on 30 September 2012

Trinamool gives warning of no-trust motion against government

Trinamool Congress's differences with the government has increased and as a culmination of that the party said on Monday that it might bring a no-confidence motion in the next parliament session against the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA).Jharkhand Vikas Morcha-Prajatantrik (JVM-P) also withdrew support of its two MPS from the UPA over its recent measures. The government remained defiant in its stand and said its decisions on the economy were necessary for growth.Trinamool chief Banerjee was in her elements as she gathered her forces in central Delhi's Jantar Mantar. Banerjee said: "In the name of reforms, the government is looting the country by trying to end the employment of small farmers. Selling the country cannot be reforms. If you sell out, the people will boot you out -- that is the beauty of democracy."

Gadkari files defamation case against Digvijay Singh

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Nitin Gadkari Monday today filed a defamation case against Congress leader Digvijay Singh for naming him into alleged irregularities in the allocation of coal blocks.Gadkari in the court of Metropolitan Magistrate Sudesh Kumar recorded a statement stating he was "not responsible for any coal block allocations to anybody".As per the complaint, Singh named Gadkari in the coal blocks allocation to a company belonging to BJP Rajya Sabha member Ajay Sancheti,who is believed to be a close associate of Gadkari.Gadkari further added that he did not have any direct or indirect business relations with Sancheti or his companies and termed the statements in that regard as totally false.

Mother Dairy aims for No.1 spot in ice cream business

Mother Dairy, which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) is looking to have a national footprint in the next two years and aims for the top position in the ice cream business in five years' span. The dairy giant intends to have a presence in all the metros as informed by Subhashis Basu, Mother Dairy Fruit & Vegetable Private Limited's business head, Dairy Product.Mother Dairy, established in 1974 under the Operation Flood Programme has four separate business verticals- liquid milk, dairy products, Safal (range of fresh fruits and vegetables) and edible oil brand Dhara. Its biggest business is that ofliquid milk segment with a Rs.5,300 crore turnover and other three segments are identical in size. The company launched ice creams in Bangalore in March this year.

Ekta Kapoor in India's most powerful women list

Popular TV and film producer Ekta Kapoor has got entry into the list of 25 Most Powerful Women in India Business.The joint managing director of Balaji Telefilm, features in the list by business magazine Business Today for her contribution in television and films.Kapoor is in the elite list along with Nita Ambani, chairperson Reliance Foundation; Leena Nair, executive director-HR, Hindustan Unilever; Tanya Dubash, executive director and chief brand officer, Godrej Group; and Schauna Chauhan Saluja, CEO, Parle Agro.

Himalayan Rally need specialized safety equipment

The 14th edition of the Maruti Suzuki Raid-de-Himalaya,which is regarded as one of the world's toughest rallies, kick starts on the rugged Himalayan ranges from Shimla on Oct 7.The Himalayan Motorsport Association, the Shimla-based club who are the organizers have now realized the requirements of world-class safety equipments and have kept a helicopter on standby.But members still feel that there are many things which are needed like specially-trained personnel and specialised equipment to come to the rescue of rallyists, who may meet with an accident.Two motorists, who took part in the Mughal Rally, which is another annual feature of the Himalayan Motorsport,died in July this year due to lack of rescue staff and equipment.Bangalore-based rally driver Jitender Shukla and navigator Ashish Mahajan lost their lives when their vehicle plunged down a steep cliff just two km from the finish in Jammu and Kashmir. As per Ramandeep Bajwa, a journalist who reported the 'Raid' in 2009, the rescue at high altitudes needs advanced equipment like recovery trucks and a trained mountaineering rescue team.

Kunal Kapoor willing to do anything if the role demands

Kunal Kapoor got rid of his beard for his role in "Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana". He said that he was willing to don even an unglamorous look for a film as for him the character of a film was more important.The actor was seen in diverse roles in "Rang De Basanti", "Don 2" and "Laaga Chunari Mein Daag", and will now play the character of a US-returned guy who hunts for his grandfather's secret chicken recipe.The movie produced by Anurag Kashyap and directed by Sameer Sharma, has Kunal pairing up with Huma Qureshi. It will release on Nov 2. The story is about a Punjabi family in search for a recipe of a special dish called 'Chicken Khurana'.

Rs.300 crore allocated for biodiversity

The government of India has earmarked Rs.300 crore for a capacity-building initiative that would help in meeting the obligations of access and profit sharing under Nagoya Protocol.The initiative is scheduled to be operational next year and under this the funds would be spent on People's Biodiversity Register (PBR) and on enhancing state biodiversity boards and National Biodiversity Authority (NBA). This initiative has been approved by the Ministry of Finance.Nagoya Protocol which entails to access and sharing of benefits of biodiversity with local communities was incorporated two years ago at Nagoya, Japan.

Protests for separate Telangana state continues

Telangana protesters stayed at Necklace Road on Sunday night after a clash with the security forces. They have stated they will not go away from there until and unless the central government formulated a plan for a separate Telangana state. The heavy rains though reduced the number of protesters and police also did not show any initiative to remove them before 7pm which was the deadline set for them to leave.Hyderabad Police Commissioner Anurag Sharma stated there were 2,000-3,000 people who were peaceful. This was after a day marked with clashes and violent protests, there was unusual calmaround Hussain Sagar lake. However, police continued a tight security at the secretariat and other sensitive areas.As per the police commissioner there were some Left-wing extremists among the protesters, who got violent. He also said police has shown restraint and it was a conscious decision not to open fire.Police had to use teargas shells only after they were attacked. 25 policemen, including an officer, were injured. The protesters also caused damage to 15 vehicles.

Meghalaya flood affects around 1 lakh people

About 91,000 people were affected by floods in Meghalaya on Sunday after the Brahmaputra and Jingiram rivers swelled and submerged over 100 villages. No casualty was reported so far.The Jingiram is one the major rivers in the Garo Hills, created huge losses due to the sudden back flow of the Brahmaputra, submerging the low-lying areas. The flash floods created havoc in 114 villages in the plains of Garo district.40,000 people were homeless after several households and agricultural crops, particularly the paddy, were inundated.The Rajabala police outpost was also affected.

EGoM on spectrum will meet on Wednesday

The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) on telecom led by Finance Minister P. Chidambaram is scheduled to meet on Wednesday, October 3 to decide on the one-time spectrum fee issue.Incumbent operators were assigned spectrum beyond the contractual limit of 6.2 MHz without any additional charges imposed on them by the government.Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the body of the GSM operators had filed a petition which was rejected by the Telecom Disputes Settlement and Appellate Tribunal (TDSAT) in 2009. There it was specified that GSM operators do not have any rights to receive spectrum which was beyond the contractual obligation of 6.2 MHz. The cellular operators were not charged for the excess spectrumallotmenttill April 2008. In May 2008 the department of telecommunications (DoT) allocated GSM spectrum beyond 6.2 MHz on the basis of an agreement that the allocation will result in payment of an additional one-time charge.Now the regulator's recommendation specify that the service providers need to pay charges for the remaining period of validity of their licence which will amount to a minimum of seven years.The EGoM had deferred a decision on this earlier till the presidential reference on this matter.

India beat Pakistan by eight wickets to stay in World T20 semis hunt

India kept the hopes alive for a semi-final berth in the World Twenty20 with a huge eight-wicket win over arch-rivals Pakistan in a Super Eights match on Sunday.India reached the target of 129 losing two wickets and with 18 balls to spare after Virat Kohli scored a brilliant 78 not out off 61 balls.This was India's first win in Super Eights since winning the title in the inaugural edition in 2007.Opting to bat first, Pakistan collapsed to 128 runs with two balls to spare. India's comeback man Lakshmipathy Balaji was remarkable in the death overs and finished with three for 22 in 3.4 overs. Spinners Yuvraj Singh (2/16) and Ravichandran Ashwin (2/16) bowled to a tight length on a track that helped them.

RGV eagerly awaits Sridevi's comeback

Actress Sridevi's comeback to cinema with "English Vinglish" is not only eagerly awaited by her fans but also by the filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma.He tweeted that this was the first time in 20 years since he became a director he will stand in a line to buy a ticket to watch her.Sridevi was the reigning stars of 1980s and 1990s and after marrying producer Boney Kapoor in 1996 she bid adieu to the film industry. "Judaai" the family drama was her last release.Gauri Shinde has been successful in bringing Sridevi back to big screen with her directorial debut "English Vinglish".

iPhone 5 available online

The Apple iPhone 5 is available online before its official launch in India. The phone can be acquired from eBay India, Rediff Shopping and Tradus. Rediff has put the 16GB iPhone 5 model at the lowest price of Rs 54,990, Tradus is offering the same model at Rs 59,500,the 32GB version at Rs 73,599 and the 64GB model at Rs 86,699.eBay India offers the 16GB iPhone 5 at Rs 59,990, 32GB version at Rs 67,990 and 64GB version at Rs 76,990. The iPhone 5 will be officially launched in couple of days.

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