Top News Headlines of 17 December 2013

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

  • Five IITs, led by Delhi IIT (13), are among the top 20 universities in the Brics region. IIT Mumbai is 15th, ahead of Madras (16), Kanpur (17) and Kharagpur (18).
  • Teen sensation Mahesh Mangaonkar became the first Indian squash player to win the IMET Open, the PSA World Tour Challenger 5 event, in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava.
  • Bangalore golfer Anirban Lahiri on Monday became the highest-ranked Indian golfer in the world, at 111, following his tied fourth finish at the just-concluded $1 million Thailand Golf Championships.
  • West Indies spinner Shane Shillingford has been suspended from bowling in international cricket after his delivery action was found illegal. Shillingfords team mate and part-time off-spinner Marlon Samuels bowling action while sending down his quicker deliveries has also been found illegal.
  • Rookie Ben Stokes kept England’s faint hopes alive with his maiden Test half-century as the visitors fought to save the Ashes series against a rampant Australia today. Set an improbable 504 to win, England were 251 for five at stumps on day four, still 252 runs behind.
  • The Delhi high court on Monday scrapped the current scheme of appointment of law clerks (researchers) in Supreme Court, calling it “arbitrary and unconstitutional”.
  • A 28-year-old woman from Satna district of Madhya Pradesh has reportedly broken all the Indian medical records after giving birth to 10 babies at a time, on Sunday late night.
  • Inflation accelerated to a 14-month high in November as prices of vegetables and food items soared, raising the prospect of an increase in interest rates when RBI reviews its monetary policy on Wednesday.
  • Joan Fontaine, the actress who achieved stardom in the early 1940s with memorable performances in the Alfred Hitchcock films, has died. She was 96.
  • Maharaja Uthradam Thirunal Marthanda Verma, the 91-year-old last ruling monarch of the royal family of Travancore, died of cardiac arrest at 2.20 am on Monday.
  • Though several States have expressed opposition to the Prevention of Communal Violence Bill, the Union Cabinet on Monday gave its approval to it, paving the way for its introduction in the winter session of Parliament that ends on Friday.
  • Former national hockey coach Cedric D’Souza (second from right in pic) has been roped in by Delhi Waveriders as their new coach for the second edition of the Hockey India League (HIL) scheduled to begin next month.
  • Sherwood will be assisted by Chris Ramsey and Les Ferdinand, with the fifth round league Cup tie with West Ham United on Wednesday 18 December 2013.
  • Blackstone Group LP (BX) named Amit Dixit and Mathew Cyriac as the co-heads of its Indian private-equity unit, replacing Akhil Gupta as the managers responsible for the company’s day-to-day operations in the country.
  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel named Ursula von der Leyen as her new defence minister on Sunday, a surprising choice that could vault the ambitious ally into the lead as the front runner to one day succeed the chancellor.
  • Police shot dead 14 people in China’s far west region of Xinjiang an area where many Muslims are resentful of the Chinese government after a group of assailants attacked officers with explosive devices and long knives.
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