Top News Headlines of 20 December 2013

Breaking news of 20 December 2013. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • Vodafone Group has received a final tax demand of about $604 million from Indian authorities, adding to its tax disputes in the country since it bought Hutchison Whampoa’s mobile business there in 2007.
  • Two biggest housing financiers SBI and HDFC today cut home loan rates by up to 0.4 percent for new borrowers, a day after the Reserve Bank kept its key policy rates on hold.
  • The Cabinet today decided to allow Reliance Industries to almost double the price of natural gas from April provided the firm gave a bank guarantee to cover its liability if gas-hoarding charges are proved.
  • Scientists have created a molecular communications system for the transmission of messages and data in challenging environments such as tunnels, pipelines, underwater and within the body.
  • A gutsy 200-run partnership between Denesh Ramdin and Shivnarine Chanderpaul rescued the West Indies from a perilous position on Thursday as the tourists battled to 289 for six on the first day of the third Test against New Zealand.
  • Indian pacers took five South African wickets for 16 runs soon after tea break, but Vernon Philander (48*) and Faf du Plesis (17*) helped the hosts reach 213/6 at stumps on the second day of the first Test at Wanderers stadium in Johannesburg on Thursday.
  • Indian Oils Bongaigaon Refinery has been conferred the National Energy Conservation Award 2013 first prize.
  • Public Sector SJVN Limited has been awarded the prestigious “PSE Excellence Award – 2013” in the category of CSR and Sustainability.
  • BHEL has been conferred the PSE Excellence Award 2013 for R&D, Technology Development & Innovation in the Maharatna & Navratna CPSEs Category by the Indian Chamber of Commerce (ICC).
  • CBI is likely to seek a review of Maharashtra Governor’s order refusing to grant sanction for prosecution of former Chief Minister of the state Ashok Chavan in the multi-crore Adarsh housing scam.
  • Indian sailor Captain Sunil James, who was arrested in July on charges of aiding pirates off the coast of Togo, was released in the wee hours of Thursday.
  • External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said James and another Indian sailor, Vijayan, have begun their journey back to India.
  • Novak Djokovic has appointed six-time grand slam champion and Telegraph Sport columnist Boris Becker as his new head coach. The 46-year-old German joins an existing coaching team headed by Marian Vajda, who will remain part of the set-up, albeit in a reduced role, following Becker’s appointment.
  • Indian boxing champ Mary Kom will become the global brand ambassador for British multinational telecom company Vodafone.
  • S.B. Nayar appointed as new chairman and managing director (CMD) of India Infrastructure Finance Co. Ltd (IIFCL), a state-owned firm that funds infrastructure projects.
  • Former IAS officer Sushma Singh was appointed chief information commissioner on Thursday. Singh, who took over as the fifth chief of the Central Information Commission, is the second woman to be appointed to the post after Deepak Sandhu, whose term ended on Wednesday.
  • Congress President Sonia Gandhi today appointed Mr Arvinder Singh Lovely, who was a Minister in the Sheila Dikshit government, as the president of the Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC).
  • An Egyptian court acquitted on Thursday the two sons of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and former premier Ahmed Shafiq, of corruption charges.
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