World Event Diary – 20th July 2012, Friday

Windows 8 to be released on October 26

Microsoft has formally announced that its next-generation operating system Windows 8, will be launched on October 26.

The new operating system has been tailored for a world shifting from personal computers to smartphones and tablets, and will be available in 109 languages. Along with personal computers it will also be used on many smartphones and tablet computers, including Microsoft’s own Surface tablet to be launched this year.

Windows 8 uses “SkyDrive” cloud computing service, which will allow users to store and share personal data among various devices.

Russia and China voted against the resolution in UNSC

In a U.N. Security Council voting for a resolution that would have slapped new sanctions against President Bashar Al Assad’s regime in Syria, Russia and China the new resolution, while India was among the 11 countries that voted in favour. Pakistan and South Africa abstained.

The resolution was basically to put sanctions against the Syrian regime if Mr. Assad did not stop using heavy weapons against civilians. It had sought to put UN-Arab League envoy Kofi Annan’s six-point peace plan under Chapter 7 of the UN Charter, which allows the Council to authorise actions ranging from diplomatic and economic sanctions to military intervention.

As, the mandate for the UN’s 300-man observer mission expires on Friday, this resolution was proposed by Britain, France, Germany and the United States. It would have also have extended the U.N.’s observer mission in Syria for 45 days.

India was reperesented by Hardeep Singh Puri, who is India’s Permanent Representative to the U.N.

Lufthansa to make a global launch from India

India will soon become the first country in Asia to see the debut of Lufthansa’s sophisticated new business class Boeing 747-8 Intercontinental (B747-8) on August 6 as the company has decided to launch it globally from India. The company said that India is its second biggest market and this launch will enhance its footprint here.

The B747-8 has eight first-class, 92 business class and 262 economy class seats, which will replace the Boeing 747-400 currently serving the Frankfurt-Delhi route.