India emerges as the topmost downloader of VLC player in 2011
Code-named as ‘TwoFlower’, in its freshest avatar, the popular media player, VLC now offers a faster, format-and operating system-independent and, of course, free version.
VLC’s development began in an academic project started by students of École Centrale Paris in the late 1990s. Today, with a coder base of around 160 volunteers worldwide, working part-time on this project — — VLC has been downloaded by 485 million users before it hit version 2.0 last month.
Interestingly, in 2011, India topped the list of maximum downloads, surpassing the United States, France and Germany, as published in The Hindu.
VLC now provides experimental support to Blu-Ray discs, though menus for these are not fully active yet. There has also been a major upgrade in its ability to handle 10-bit codecs.
Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has won Russia’s presidential election
Russia’s Prime Minister Vladimir Putin has won the presidential election on Sunday with 62 per cent of the 85 per cent votes counted, the Central Election Commission said. Communist leader Gennady Zyuganov came second with over 17 per cent of the votes.
The election was marred by reports of large-scale violations. Opposition activists and observers have reported thousands of violations that involved multiple voting, known here as “carousels” — voting without proper documents and non-admission of monitors to polling stations. More than 3,000 complaints of violations were received by the election monitoring agency Golos.
For Mr. Putin, 59, it will be his third term as President. He stepped down four years ago because of a Constitutional limit, promoting his protégé Dmitry Medvedev to succeed him.
Pakistan now moves Interpol
Pakistan has requested Interpol to issue a Red Corner notice to arrest and extradite former president, Pervez Musharraf, to the country for his alleged role in the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
BrahMos successfully test-fired
The Army has successfully test-fired the BrahMos supersonic cruise missile at Pokhran. It was done to operationalise the second regiment of the weapon system in service.