Top News Headlines of 17 August 2013

Breaking news of 17 August 2013. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • ICICI Bank on Friday raised interest rates on fixed deposit by 0.25-0.75 percentage points mainly on short term deposits.
  • The Airtel Re 1 Entertainment store comes across as yet another strategy of the network operator to get its customers hooked on to the internet. It looks like Airtel’s Re 1 videos have managed to strike a chord with the masses and this seems to have prompted the carrier to launch an entire store that sells content for a buck.
  • It was mayhem in the markets on Friday as the sensex fell 769 points to 18,598, its steepest fall in four years, and the rupee entered uncharted territory with a new intra-day low of 62.03 against the dollar.
  • Starting this Saturday, Delhi government will make available onions at a fix price of Rs 50 at its 1,000 outlets including NAFED, DAMB, Safal to control the rising prices. Also,600 mobile vans will cover each Delhi colony.
  • Around 150 children in the age group of six to 17 years of age were rescued from the New Delhi railway station here today, police said.  According to the police, the children were going to board a train to Gujarat.
  • Chhattisgarh chief minister Raman Singh, on the occasion of Independence Day, announced to increase the retirement age of state government employees from 60 to 62 years.
  • The MTNL Mumbai website was hacked around Thursday midnight by self-proclaimed Pakistani hackers, forcing the agency to close it down for almost 12 hours.
  • Iranian President Hassan Rouhani appointed outgoing Foreign Minister Ali Akbar Salehi to head the Atomic Energy Organisation on Friday, state media said, replacing a hardliner with a pragmatist to take charge of Tehran’s nuclear programme.
  • Senior IPS officer Dilip Trivedi has been appointed as the new chief of the country’s largest paramilitary force CRPF. Trivedi, a 1978-batch officer of Uttar Pradesh cadre, is presently serving as the Special Director General of the BSF at its headquarters here.
  • Mediterranean-style diet and foods low in available carbohydrates can offer protection against type 2 diabetes, a new study has claimed. Researchers Carlo La Vecchia, from Mario Negri Institute of Pharmacological Research, Italy, and colleagues studied a total of 22,295 participant’s patients from Greece.
  • A small mammal with fluffy red-orange fur, a short bushy tail, and an adorable rounded face has leapt onto the raccoon family tree. Scientists at the Smithsonian in Washington announced Thursday the discovery of a new species of mammal called the olinguito.
  • The death toll in Egypt has climbed to at least 60 people as clashes took an even darker turn on Friday. Heavy gunfire rang out throughout Cairo as tens of thousands of Muslim Brotherhood supporters clashed with vigilante residents in the fiercest street battles to engulf the capital since the country’s Arab Spring uprising.
  • Japanese police were Friday investigating the cause of an explosion at a fireworks festival which left at least 59 people injured including some with serious burns when it ripped through the crowded site.
  • French lawyer Jacques Verges, nicknamed Terrors Advocate for a high-profile client list that included a former Gestapo chief and Marxist militant Carlos the Jackal, has died of a heart attack aged 88.
  • Desh Prem Azad, a former coach of legendary cricketer Kapil Dev, died after a brief illness at a hospital in nearby Mohali, his family said. Azad, who remained Kapil’s coach in the early 1970’s, was 75.
  • Russia’s Aleksandr Menkov claimed the title of men’s long jump with a world leading mark of 8.56 meters at 2013 IAAF World Championships here on Friday.
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