Top News Headlines of 19 December 2013

Breaking news of 19 December 2013. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • The stock markets on Wednesday cheered Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan’s unexpected decision to maintain a status quo on interest rates with benchmark Sensex rising for the first time in 7 days and ending nearly 248 points higher on the back of heavy buying in banking, realty and auto shares.
  • Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung late on Wednesday released nursery admission norms for 2014-15 that abolish the 20% management quota and virtually ensure that schools would only admit children living within a radius of 6km.
  • Sony has launched the PlayStation 4, its new gaming console in the Indian market for Rs 39,990. The console will be available in stores starting January 6, 2014. Sony also said that the PlayStation camera will be retailed at Rs 4,990.
  • Scientists have printed new eye cells for the first time paving the way to cure some types of blindness in humans. Their research, which used animal cells to test the concept, is the first step towards producing tissue implants.
  • Virat Kohli’s century held India together through a taxing start to the Test series against South Africa, with the tourists ending the first day of the opening Test on 255-5 at the Wanderers on Wednesday.
  • Third-seeded Sanil Shetty defeated Sourav Saha 4-0 in the men’s singles final while team mate Manika Batra made the Vatika North Zone National Ranking Table Tennis Championships a memorable one to win a grand double at the Hansraj Model School hall here on Wednesday.
  • Pakistan survived a late order scare from Sri Lanka to pull off an exciting 11-run win in the first one-day international in Sharjah on Wednesday, to go 1-0 up in the five-matches series.
  • India’s cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who recently retired from all forms of the game, is the most searched sportsperson and also features among the top-10 most searched Indian personalities of 2013.
  • India’s first World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev will be conferred the Col C K Nayudu Lifetime Achievement award for the year 2013 at the annual BCCI awards function, the Board’s announced on Wednesday.
  • Uttar Pradesh tops the list in the country for the highest number of communal incidents reported in a State in 2013 and also accounts for the most number of casualties as a result of such incidents.
  • The Delhi High Court on Wednesday granted parole for nine days to Siddharth Vashishtha alias Manu Sharma to appear in examinations for a post-graduate degree in human rights.
  • British criminal Ronnie Biggs, who took part in the 1963 Great Train Robbery, has died aged 84, his spokeswoman has confirmed. Biggs was part of the gang which escaped with £2.6m from the Glasgow to London mail train on 8 August 1963.
  • Lalit Modi has been cleared to fight the Rajasthan Cricket Association presidential elections on Thursday. Justice NM Kasliwal, who has been appointed by the Supreme Court to oversee the RCA elections.
  • Enthused by its success in the just-concluded assembly polls, BJP has swiftly slid into battle mode for the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, with party chief Rajnath Singh setting the second half of January as the deadline for releasing the first list of party candidates.
  • Parliament on Wednesday passed the crucial Lokpal Bill with the Lok Sabha adopting the measure as amended by the Rajya Sabha after a short discussion, amid the din created by pro- and anti-Telangana members.
  • Army Chief General Bikram Singh has been appointed as the new Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee to succeed IAF Chief NAK Browne, who is superannuating on December 31.
  • The Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon actress Zhang Ziyi has won a 19-month long legal battle against a US based website which claimed she slept with high-ranking officials for money.
  • The United Nations received reports from local sources in South Sudan on Tuesday that between 400 and 500 people had been killed and up to 800 wounded in the latest violence, and the government said it had arrested 10 politicians in connection with a “foiled coup”.
  • More than a dozen years after the September 11 attacks, a last major piece of litigation against the airline industry and other defendants moved toward an end on Tuesday, as the Wall Street firm Cantor Fitzgerald revealed that it would settle its lawsuit for $135 million.
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