Top News Headlines of 13 August 2013

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  • Several special economic zones (SEZs) held up for want of land, the government on Monday cut the minimum area requirement and provided more flexibility in the latest bid to revive investment in the defunct enclaves and boost exports.
  • Flagship explorer Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) reported a 34% drop in its net profit for the April-June period, the fourth consecutive decline in quarterly profit,due to high subsidy payout.
  • SpiceJet on Monday became the first airline in India to offer passengers the option of paying extra to get a chance to secure empty seats next to theirs. Called Empty Seat Option or ESo, the cost of ESo on SpiceJet starts from Rs 250.
  • The government on Monday unveiled a multi pronged strategy to increase inflow of dollars and check outflows. The measures include a planned increase in import duty on red-hot items like gold and silver.
  • Jammu and Kashmir government on Monday said the Amarnath Yatra would resume on Tuesday from Jammu base camp after being suspended for the last three days due to curfew.
  • More than four lakh government employees were ready to strike work from Monday midnight to protest the move to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh as the talks between the cabinet sub-committee and Andhra Pradesh Non-Gazetted Officers (APNGOs) Association representatives failed.
  • Onion prices in Delhi surged by a third on Monday to hit a record high on a supply squeeze due to last year’s drought in key growing areas, and as this year’s crop was damaged in some southern and northern states due to heavy rainfall.
  • Around 20 people, including some policemen, were injured on Monday when demonstrators, favouring quota in promotions, at Jantar Mantar turned violent, police said.
  • The Madhya Pradesh High Court on Monday granted bail to former state finance minister Raghavji over a month after he was arrested on a sodomy charge.
  • Fresh clashes broke out in communally-charged Kishtwar on Monday as the fourth day of curfew failed to quell protests. Bowing to the growing clamour to fix responsibility for the violence, J&K CM Omar Abdullah asked minister of state for home Sajjad Ahmed Kichloo to resign.
  • Ex-Bhutanese Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley has resigned from the Parliament, becoming the first person in the country to quit the legislative body.
  • Animesh Chauhan has taken charge as Executive Director of Central Bank of India, with effect from 5th August 2013.
  • Dimple Verma, IAS, has recently taken over as Chief Vigilance Officer (CVO) of NBCC, a Mini Ratna Schedule “A” CPSE. Smt Verma has served in various administrative capacities at District & State level in Uttar Pradesh before joining NBCC.
  • Shikhar Dhawan smashed his way to the record books with a breathtaking 248-run knock as he single handedly guided India A to a 39-run victory over a fighting South Africa ‘A’ and into the tri-series final.
  • Stuart Broad took six wickets in 45 balls as England beat Australia by 74 runs in the fourth cricket Test to clinch its third straight Ashes series victory.
  • Bombers killed 24 people in Iraq on Monday, 16 of them in a suicide attack on a cafe north of Baghdad. The other bombings hit a football field and a market, the latest in a upsurge of violence that has killed more than 3,400 people so far this year.
  • Sony has now launched the successor to the Cyber-shot RX100, the RX100 II. The RX100 II is the first camera from the company featuring NFC (Near Field Communication) technology. The camera comes with a black aluminium body and a price tag of Rs 42,990.
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