July, 2012

British racer Lewis Hamilton wins Hungarian Grand Prix F1 championship

McLaren’s British racer Lewis Hamilton wins the Hungarian Grand Prix F1 championship in Budapest, Hungary.

Greece cuts pension and wage

Political leaders in Greece agree on most of the austerity measures demanded by the country’s creditors. Prime Minister Mr. Antonis Samaras says that his government is looking at pension and wage cuts to fund the final 1.5-billion euros of savings still needed.

BrahMos missile test-fired

India’s supersonic BrahMos cruise missile is successfully test-fired from a ground mobile launcher at Balasore, Odisha.

Chief Minister small tea growers Rs.6 crore boost

Chief Minister ordered the release of   6 crore to give “workable rates” to small tea growers, and another  5.46 crore as grant for modernising the machines in the Industrial Co-operative Tea factories for improving production. A govt. release stated that   6 crore would be utilised for giving   2 more per kg. of green tea to 22,000 small tea growers between July and December. Earlier, the Chief Minister had released Rs.6 crore to Industrial Co-operative Tea Factories to match the rate of  8 per kg. given by private tea companies up to March this year. The govt. said that when the price of green tea went down in the international market in 2001 Chief Minister arranged the procurement of 200 metric tonnes through INDCOSERVE and sold the same through Tamil Nadu Civil Supplies Corporation outlet as “Ooty Tea”.

Frame rules for school vehicles – HC

While emphasising that a permanent solution he found to save the lives of children travelling by school buses, the Madras Highcourt said it was high time the State Govt. came up with a rule fixing the criteria and the conditions for operating those vehicles. The High Court Bench said the Tamil Nadu Motor Vehicles Rules had no provision with regard to maintenance, fitness and conditions for playing school buses. A draft rule should be produced before the court in two weeks, it said. A special cell may created under the rule, empowering special officers to issue fitness certificates for school buses and imposing other stringout conditions, including penal provisions for violations, the court said.

China wins the first Gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics

Yi Siling of China wins the first Gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics, emerging winner in women’s 10m air rifle.

Arms trade deal proves futile

A UN attempt to cobble up an arms trade deal proves futile, as countries participating in a month-long conference at the UN headquarters fail to reach an agreement on the issue.

PM announces a 300 crore Central assistance to Assam to help

Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh announces a   300 crore Central assistance to Assam to help the State deal with the recent sectarian violence that killed scores of people.

LONDON (30TH) OLYMPICS 2012

The London Olympics 2012, the 30th edition of the quadrennial Games, are inaugurated in London amid great fanfare. The Games feature 302 events across 26 sports disciplines. The total number of athletes stands at about 10,500, representing 204 countries.
The 2012 London Olympics Games, the 30th edition of the sporting extravaganza, got off to a spectacular start on July 27, 2012. The opening ceremony was an innovative, breathtaking portrayal of 250 years of British achievements in propelling civilisation forward. London is the first city in the world to stage the Olympic Games thrice, after the 1908 and 1948 Summer Olympics. Entitled Isles of Wonder,  the opening ceremony was crafted by Oscar Award-winning British director Daniel Boyle with music directors Rick Smith and Karl Hyde of the electronic music duo Underworld.
The London Games 2012 features 302 events across 26 sports disciplines with a total of 10,500 athletes representing 204 countries from across the world. India has sent an 81-strong contingent to the Games making it the country’s largest-ever representation to date at the quadrennial sporting event. Chinese shooter Yi Siling bagged the first Gold Medal of the London Games at the women’s 10m Air Rifle shooting. India’s exploits at the Games have been commendable with shooter Vijay Kumar clinching a Silver Medal in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol event, ace marksman Gagan Narang winning a Bronze in the men’s 10m Air Rifle event and Saina Nehwal winning a Bronze in the women’s singles in Badmingon. At the time of going to press, boxer MC Mary Kom is set to win a medal.
American swimmer Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian of all time with his record 22 Olympic Medals, bade adieu to his exceptional swimming career in a befitting style by winning his fourth consecutive Gold at the London Olympics on August 4, 2012. Phelps’ totals in four Olympics are a record 22 Medals (18 Golds, 2 Silvers and 2 Bronzes), 51 races and 9,900 meters of swimming.

Centre’s total public debt.

Official figures reveal that the Centre’s total public debt, excluding liabilities, increased by 4.9 percent to 37,52,576 crore at the end of the first quarter (April-June) of the 2012-13 fiscal.