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Friday, August 31, 2012

MTNL to launch tablet at Rs 3,999 - Friday Aug 31,2012

 State-run Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Ltd (MTNL) is going to launch its affordable tablet range on Friday Aug 31,2012

The MTNL tablet, priced at Rs 3,999 is targeted to compete against the most anticipated and low-cost Aakash tablet while the other two priced at Rs 6,999 and Rs 10,999 will compete with the sub ten thousand level tablets.

The tablet will be given to customers along with company's third-generation (3G) and WiFi services.

The company is offering 3G tablets provided by Teracom, a telecom equipment manufacturer.

'Sorry Teacher',Telegu Film

Cast - Kavya Singh and Aryaman play the lead roles

Directed by  Sri Satya 
Produced by Anand, under the banner Suryalok Films Factory

'Sorry Teacher' a Telugu film based on illicit sexual affair between a lady teacher and her boy student has incurred the wrath of teaching community as well as women's organizations in Andhra Pradesh.


The film originally titled 'I Love You Teacher' was later renamed under pressure from angry social activists.

The film was reviewed and rejected by the Regional Officer of Benguluru, who was acting as the head of the Hyderabad office at the time.The movie was sent for reviewing again following an appeal. The committee was led by KC Shekhar Babu, and 11 cuts were recommended. A total of 18 cuts were made finally

Petitioner R Malleswari, a government teacher and member of Telangana women Teachers Association, contended that the film was made contrary to the provisions of the Cinematography Act, 1952 requested the court to declare the censor board’s decision to permit release of the film for public viewing as illegal.
Dealing with a petition filed against the release of Telugu movie, 'Sorry Teacher', the High Court  said that it would take a decision on the matter after viewing the film.

 Sorry Teacher Movie Audio Launch

Sorry Teacher' is scheduled for release on Oct 5,2012

Aamir Khan on Time cover

Aamir Khan has become the third Indian actor to be featured on the cover of the Time magazine(had earlier featured  Parveen Babi and Aishwarya Rai Bachchan)for shining light on inequities like the rampant abortion of female foetuses, caste discrimination and the slaying of brides in dowry disputes through his television show Satyamev Jayate.

He is featured on the cover of Time with the caption 'Khan's Quest'. The blurb says, "He's breaking the Bollywood mold by tackling India's social evils. Can one actor change a nation?"

Devendra Kumar Joshi takes over as new Navy Chief

Admiral Devendra Kumar Joshi(58),an anti-submarine warfare specialist, on Friday Aug 31,2012 took over as the 21st Chief of the Naval Staff(CNS) succeeding Admiral Nirmal Verma who retires on Friday Aug 31,2012.
Appointments to the office are made by the President of India.The Chief of the Naval Staff generally reaches superannuation upon serving three years or at the age of 62, whichever is earlier.

Joshi was the Western Naval Commander before this appointment.
Also he has commanded the tri-services Andaman and Nicobar Island Command and also headed the Integrated Defence Staff Headquarters here. He also commanded the Vizag-based Eastern Fleet and commanded aircraft carrier INS Viraat, guided-missile destroyer Ranvir and corvette INS Kuthar.

2002 Post-Godhra Naroda Patiya Riots Case

BJP MLA and former minister in the Narendra Modi government Maya Kodnani and Bajrang Dal leader Babu Bajrangi are among the 32 people convictedby a special court in the Naroda Patiya riots case on Wednesday Aug 29,2012, in which, 97 people belonging to the minority community were killed.

BJP MLA and former minister in the Narendra Modi government Maya Kodnani and Babu Bajrangi were held guilty under sections 120 B (criminal conspiracy) and 302 (murder) of India Penal Code (IPC) and the prosecution sought the maximum punishment of death sentence for all the convicts. The sections under which Kodnani and Bajrangi have been convicted carry the minimum sentence of life term and the maximum is death.

A special court will pronounce the quantum of punishment for 32 convicts in the 2002 post-Godhra Naroda Patiya riots case on Friday Aug 31,2012.

Naroda Patiya Riots Case 

The Naroda Patiya massacre is the largest single case of mass murder during the 2002 Gujarat riots that broke out following the Sabarmati Express train carnage near Godhra station.

The case has been probed by a Supreme Court-appointed Special Investigating Team (SIT).

As many as 327 witnesses, comprising eye witnesses, victims, doctors, police personnel, government officials, forensic experts and journalists including Ashish Khetan, who conducted a TV sting operation on the accused, were examined by the court.

Initially, 46 people were arrested by the Gujarat Police, whereas 24 more people were apprehended after the probe was handed over to the SIT in 2008. In all, 70 people were arrested in the case.

Six persons died before the charges could be framed and trial started, while two others identified as Mohan Nepali and Tejas Pathak jumped bail and are still absconding.

Naroda Patiya Riots Case Judgement

Special judge Jyotsana Yagnik delivered a 1900 page order announcing the quantum of sentence for 32 accused who were convicted on Wednesday Aug 29,2012.

Judge Jyotsna Yagnik dubbed communal riots as "a cancer on constitutional secularism" and Maya Kodnani the "kingpin" of the Naroda Patiya carnage and sentenced her to 18 years life imprisonment.Maya Kodnani will, however, have to serve 10 years in jail under section 326 (voluntarily causing grievous hurt by dangerous weapons or means) of IPC before her life sentence gets underway, thereby effectively getting a 28-year imprisonment.
Babu Bajrangi, leader of Bajrang Dal's moral police who was often caught on the wrong side of the law, will spend the rest of his life in jail.
7 other accused have been given enhanced life imprisonment and they will have to first serve a 10-year term under section 326 before their life sentences begin.
22 others have been handed down simple life imprisonment of 14 years.

SC asks Sahara to return Rs.17,000 crore to investors

The Supreme Court Friday Aug 31,2012 directed Sahara group's real estate company to return with a 15-percent interest the Rs.17,000 crore ($3.5 billion) it had mopped up as debentures from investors.
The apex court bench of Justice K.S. Radhakrishnan and Justice J.S. Khehar gave the directions while rejecting Sahara's plea, challenging the order of markets watchdog Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) to refund the investors money.
The court has appointed formal apex court judge Justice B.N. Agarwal to oversee the compliance of its order.
The court said that in case Sahara fails to comply with its orders of returning the money taken as optionally fully convertible debentures, then the watchdog will take legal remedies, including attaching properties of the Sahara company dealing in real estate.

Note on June 14, 2012 the SC had reserved its verdict on a plea by the Sahara group of companies, dealing in real estate and housing, challenging a tribunal's direction to repay the money after arguments spread over three weeks wherein senior counsel Fali Nariman and Gopal Subramanium, who had appeared for the Sahara group of companies, contested the Oct 18, 2011 award of the Securities Appellate Tribunal.

The Tribunal directed Sahara India Real Estate Corp Ltd. (SIRECL) and Sahara Housing Investment Corp Ltd. to return the money, which amounted to Rs.19,400 crore, including interest.
The Sahara group contended that its mobilisation of money from investors was in the nature of private placement and it imposed no obligation on it to get listed in any stock exchange.
It also contended that the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) could not proceed against it in the absence of a complaint by investors.
The stock market regulator had told the court that the company resorted to the massive mobilization outside the well-developed investor protection framework developed by it, which provided for checks and balances and statutory protection to investors.

Supercopa de España 2012 - Spanish Super Cup 2012

The Championship is contested by the winners of La Liga and the Copa del Rey 
A two-legged match, played on Aug 23 and 30, 2012 was contested by Real Madrid FC,the 2011-12 La Liga Winners and FC Barcelona 


FC Barcelona Vs Real Madrid FC

Real Madrid won the cup 4–4 on aggregate (on away goals) Scores 3-2 and 2-1

'The Expendables 2'

 Cast -

Directed by Simon West
Written by Richard Wenk and Sylvester Stallone (based on a story by Ken Kaufman)
 Sylvester Stallone stars as Barney Ross, leader of The Expendables

Arnold Schwarzenegger plays Stalllone's arch rival, Trench

The secret Central Intelligence Agency agent Mr Church, played by Bruce Willis, reunites The Expendables for a seemingly easy mission that turns out to be life threatening for all

Jason Stathom stars as Lee Christmas, second in command of the team and an expert in close combat using knives.

Jean Vilain - leader of the opposing team of mercenaries - played by  Jean-Claude Van

Jet Li plays the character of Yin Yang, a martial artist

Gunner Jensen played Dolph Lundgren

Chuck Norris plays a retired military operative on a mission to save his old teammates

Terry Crews, a former player in the National Football League is Hale Caesar, The Expendables' barrel-weapons specialist
Liam Hemsworth stars as Billy the Kid

'The Expendables 2' is released on Aug 17,2012

'The Expendables ' was released on  Aug 13, 2010
Directed by Sylvester Stallone