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Major News and Events of 31 August 2012

What Happened on 31 August 2012

PM says he is here to stay, BJP negating democracy


Prime Minister Manmohan Singh stated strongly that he was here to stay and charged the BJP for its "diversionary tactics" in obstructing the proceedings of the parliament and demanding his resignation over coal block allocation that has spiraled into a major national controversy. The PM also stated that it was the verdict of the people that UPA government was elected for five years and that the BJP should respect that fact. He also said that the BJP should wait till 2014 general elections to test their strength rather than trying to remove him from office arbitrarily.

In Q1 Indian economy grew at a sluggish 5.5 percent

The Indian economy has showed a sluggish growth of 5.5 percent in the first quarter of this financial year in comparison to 8 percent in the corresponding quarter of the previous fiscal. The reason as per the official data is poor performance of manufacturing, mining and agriculture sector. The April-June quarter data was a little better than the 5.3 percent growth registered in the country's gross domestic product (GDP) in the previous quarter that ended March 31, 2012. The analysts expected 5.2 percent growth and the figure is better than what was expected.

BJP legislator, Bajrang Dal leader, 30 others get life terms for Naroda Patiya carnage

Bharatiya Janata Party legislator and former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani was sentenced by a special Gujarat court to 28 years in jail for her involvement in the 2002 post-Godhra riots in Naroda Patiya where 97 Muslims lost their lives. The court also awarded former Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi, convicted in the case to life imprisonment till death. 30 other convicts were also awarded life terms. Special Public Prosecutor Akhil Desai explained that the life term awarded to Kodnani and other convicts apart from Bajrangi are under various sections of the Indian Penal Code.

Kodnani has got 10 years under section 307 of the Indian Penal Code (attempt to murder), and 18 years under section 302 (punishment for murder) while Bajarangi will stay in jail till his death. Seven convicts will face a 10 plus 21 years of life imprisonment and 23 others will have to serve 10 plus 14 years of imprisonment.

Unmukt promoted to second year


U-19 cricket World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand has been promoted to move to his second year at St. Stephen's College, but he needs to clear second semester exam for the first year, Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh stated. Unmukt who was pursuing BA and had got admission in college in the sports category, was not permitted to take his second semester exams due to low attendance.

Barfi shooting was like dumb charades for Ranbir


"Barfi", actor Ranbir Kapoor feels that the shooting for the film was like a game of dumb charades for him. He said he enjoyed playing the character where there were no dialogues or songs for him. Though this was normal for a Hindi film hero but at the same time he specified that he got lot of creative freedom from the director Anurag Basu. What was important was that the audience could relate to the character. 

Ratan Tata said someday Tata Motors will have plant in Bengal


Ratan Tata stated that Tata Group had no intentions to walk away from Bengal and hoped that one day maybe there will be a plant at West Bengal. He also said that there was no anger regarding what transpired at Singur where due to intense political protests Tata had to withdraw from West Bengal and set up a factory in Gujarat. Ratan Tata said it made him sad that something could not be done at Singur. 

Stringent mobile radiation norms from September 1


Strong new radiation norms for mobile phone towers and mobile handsets will get operational from Sep 1 across the country. This was stated by the government considering the fact that they may adversely affect human health. All handsets will show the exposure limit as it did for IMEI display. A penalty of Rs.5 lakh will be imposed per tower per service provider for not complying with EMF standards.

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