Breaking news of 12 August 2013. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.
- India’s young paddler Soumyajit Ghosh (in pic) rallied back from a 0-2 deficit to win his first ever U-21 boys ITTF World Tour crown in the Brazil Open on Saturday.
- Sardar Singh will lead a young Indian side, depleted due to injuries, in the Asia Cup hockey to be held at Ipoh, Malaysia from August 24, Hockey India announced on Sunday.
- Glenn Maxwell once again proved to be India A’s nemesis as he hit a 56-ball 93 to pilot Australia A to a 25-run victory in the tri-series here on Sunday. Australia A qualified for the final on August 14.
- Serena Williams crushed Romania’s Sorana Cirstea 6-2 6-0 in the final of the women’s Rogers Cup on Sunday to capture her 54th WTA singles title.
- Rafa Nadal thumped Canada’s Milos Raonic 6-2 6-2 in the final of the men’s Rogers Cup on Sunday to capture his eighth ATP title this season and boost his confidence ahead of the U.S. Open, starting later this month.
- Britannia Industries Ltd, the maker of Good Day and Tiger biscuits, reported a 92% increase in net profit to Rs.89.5 crore for the June quarter, helped by a fall in costs of materials such as sugar and wheat.
- Travel website Yatra.com seems to have forgotten to renew its domain name,according to media sites. The name had apparently been registered on August 9,2000, and expired on August 9, 2013.
- State Bank of India posted a 13.6 percent drop in net profit to 32.41 billion rupees in the fiscal first quarter that ended in June compared with 37.52 billion rupees a year ago. Net interest income rose 3.5 percent to 115.12 billion rupees.
- Subramanian Swamy on Sunday announced the merger of his Janata Party with BJP ahead of the 2014 general elections. The announcement was made by Swamy in the presence of BJP president Rajnath Singh.
- Curfew was clamped in five more districts in Jammu region on Sunday in view of the tense situation following Friday’s communal clashes in Kishtwar, coinciding with Eid festivities, in which two persons were killed and scores injured.
- The government is slated to introduce a bill to amend the RTI Act excluding political parties from the ambit of the law in Lok Sabha on Monday.
- IIT-Patna director A K Bhowmick was served a chargesheet by IIT-Kharagpur last week for his involvement in the Coalnet scam.
- While the dual-SIM version of the HTC One is still listed as “Coming Soon on the HTC India website, the phone has made its way to an online store. The dual-SIM HTC One is available on the e-commerce site Flipkart.com for Rs 46,495.
- The latest tablet from Intex is a successor to the tablet i-Buddy Connect 3G that was launched earlier this year for Rs. 9,990. The Intex i-Buddy Connect II – 3G features a 7-inch WVGA display with a resolution of 800×480 pixels.
- India today successfully test-fired its indigenously developed nuclear capable Prithvi-II missile, which has a strike range of 350 km, as part of a user trial for the Defence forces.
- Scientists in the UK have developed a death test that can tell people how many years they have left to live. The test has been patented by Aneta Stefanovska and Peter McClintock from Lancaster University.
- Flash floods in Afghanistan’s Kabul province have killed 22 people, officials say.
The flooding hit a village in the Shakardara district following a weekend of heavy rain, a disaster management official told the BBC.