Bombay High Court acquits Salman Khan in 2002 hit-and-run case: December 8, came as a major relief for the Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as the Bombay High Court acquitted him of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case in which he was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment by a sessions court. After hearing the verdict, Salman Khan broke down. Later the actor said that he accepts the decision of judiciary with humility.

The actor was given a clean chit in the September 28, 2002, accident case by the Bombay High Court,  citing lack of evidences. The accident in Bandra left one pavement dweller dead and four others injured.


India vs South Africa Test series: This three match Test series named Freedom Trophy, was termed 'historic' for all the right reasons, as Indian beat the visitors 3-0 on 3rd of December. World number one ranked Test team, South Africa suffered shameful defeat to the hosts who sweeped the series without much ado. Indian spinners like Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed the spotlight. Ashwin bagged 31 wickets in total and was awarded Man of the Series award. There was a lot of controversy around the nature of Indian pitches which witnessed the fall of an entire Proteas side for a score as low as 79.

Juvenile
Justice Act: The 16th December 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape which shook the country by its root finally resulted in the Rajya Sabha passing the new Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015. The proposed changes in the law come against the backdrop of outrage over the release of a juvenile convict, who completed his three years term in the December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape case.

The new bill allows juveniles of 16 years or above to be tried as adults for heinous offences like rape and murder with an imprisonment of seven years or more. The bill will violate the UN Convention which mandates that all children under the age of 18 years be treated equal. India too is a signatory to the UN Convention.


Sundar Pichai's India visit: In his maiden visit to India after becoming the CEO of the technology company 'Google', Sundar Pichai made a string of announcements, promising to boost the digital faith of the nation.

The tour was packed will variegated programmes which included meeting with dignitaries such as President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, Communication Minister Ravishankar Prasad and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Pichai also interacted with the students at SRCC and  took out some time out to play cricket at India Gate with the locals. He also spoke at The Google for India' seminar. 

Civic polls: Congress got breather in Gujarat: The Congress won 20 of the 31 Zila Panchayats. The BJP had held earlier almost all the local bodies in the state. The civic elections were significant for the ruling party against the backdrop of the Patel quota agitation as it was the first major political battle for Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.
The Congress, which was virtually obliterated from all tiers of power structure in the state after losing almost every election to BJP in the last 12 years under the leadership of then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, termed its performance as 'verdict against BJP government'.

The BJP had held sway over almost all the local bodies earlier in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The civic elections also assumed significance for the ruling party in the backdrop of Patel quota agitation apart from being the first major political battle for Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.

E-Commerce companies in India: India ranks second in terms of internet user base in the world, only behind china (650 million), while the penetration of e-commerce in India is quite low compared to market of US or France but is growing at an  unprecedented rate. The Indian e-commerce market adds 6 million new entrants every month, which itself replicates the nature of growth of this industry. In India, cash on delivery is the most preferred payment method, accumulating 75 percent of the e-retail activities.

As of Q1 2015, six Indian e-commerce companies have managed to achieve billion-dollar valuations. namely, Flipkart, Snapdeal, InMobi, Quikr, OlaCabs and Paytm. According to Google India, there were 35 million online shoppers in India in 2014 Q1 and is expected to cross 100 million mark by end of year 2016. CAGR vis-à-vis a global growth rate of 8–10 percent Electronics and Apparel are the biggest categories in terms of sales.

Volkswagen emission scandal: The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued a notice of violation of the Clean Air Act to German automaker Volkswagen Group, after the automaker had intentionally programmed turbocharged direct injection (TDI) diesel engines to activate certain emissions controls only during laboratory emissions testing. The programming caused the vehicles' nitrogen oxide (NOx) output to meet US standards during regulatory testing, but emit up to 40 times more NOx in real-world driving.
And for the Indian market the German auto major Volkswagen recalled 3.23 lakh vehicles after a government-ordered probe found the company using diesel engines equipped with a defeat device, which help cheat emission tests. “The company will voluntarily recall 3.23 lakh vehicles, which have been fitted with the E189 engines that are equipped with defeat device,” a senior government official said.


December


8th December: Bombay High Court acquits Salman Khan in 2002 hit-and-run case: December 8, came as a major relief for the Bollywood superstar Salman Khan as the Bombay High Court acquitted him of all charges in the 2002 hit-and-run case in which he was convicted and sentenced to five years imprisonment by a sessions court. After hearing the verdict, Salman Khan broke down. Later the actor said that he accepts the decision of judiciary with humility.

The actor was given a clean chit in the September 28, 2002, accident case by the Bombay High Court, citing lack of evidences. The accident in Bandra left one pavement dweller dead and four others injured.


3rd December
India vs South Africa Test series: This three match Test series named Freedom Trophy, was termed 'historic' for all the right reasons, as Indian beat the visitors 3-0 on 3rd of December. World number one ranked Test team, South Africa suffered shameful defeat to the hosts who sweeped the series without much ado. Indian spinners like Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin grabbed the spotlight. Ashwin bagged 31 wickets in total and was awarded Man of the Series award. There was a lot of controversy around the nature of Indian pitches which witnessed the fall of an entire Proteas side for a score as low as 79.

Justice Juvenile Act: The 16th December 2012 Nirbhaya gangrape which shook the country by its root finally resulted in the Rajya Sabha passing the new Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015. The proposed changes in the law come against the backdrop of outrage over the release of a juvenile convict, who completed his three years term in the December 16, 2012 Delhi gangrape case.


The new bill allows juveniles of 16 years or above to be tried as adults for heinous offences like rape and murder with an imprisonment of seven years or more. The bill will violate the UN Convention which mandates that all children under the age of 18 years be treated equal. India too is a signatory to the UN Convention.


Sundar Pichai's India visit: In his maiden visit to India after becoming the CEO of the technology company 'Google', Sundar Pichai made a string of announcements, promising to boost the digital faith of the nation.


The tour was packed will variegated programmes which included meeting with dignitaries such as President Pranab Mukherjee, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Rail Minister Suresh Prabhu, Communication Minister Ravishankar Prasad and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Pichai also interacted with the students at SRCC and took out some time out to play cricket at India Gate with the locals. He also spoke at The Google for India' seminar.


Civic polls: Congress got breather in Gujarat: The Congress won 20 of the 31 Zila Panchayats. The BJP had held earlier almost all the local bodies in the state. The civic elections were significant for the ruling party against the backdrop of the Patel quota agitation as it was the first major political battle for Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.

The Congress, which was virtually obliterated from all tiers of power structure in the state after losing almost every election to BJP in the last 12 years under the leadership of then Chief Minister Narendra Modi, termed its performance as 'verdict against BJP government'.


The BJP had held sway over almost all the local bodies earlier in the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The civic elections also assumed significance for the ruling party in the backdrop of Patel quota agitation apart from being the first major political battle for Chief Minister Anandiben Patel.