Top News Headlines of 21 August 2013

Breaking news of 21 August 2013. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • South Korean handset maker Samsung Electronics dethroned its Finnish counterpart Nokia as India’s largest mobile phone maker in the last fiscal year by cornering 31.5% market share compared with 27.2% for the latter, Voice & Data survey revealed.
  • Narendra Dabholkar, a well-known rationalist pushing for a law against superstition in Maharashtra, was shot dead outside a temple in Pune on Tuesday morning.
  • The BJP-led NDAs decision to demand a statement on missing Coalgate files from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh forced repeated adjournments of the Lok Sabha, scuttling the governments attempt to pass the food security Bill on Tuesday.
  • The UPA’s much touted Food Security Scheme aimed at ensuring that “no Indian goes to bed hungry” was simultaneously rolled out in four Congress-ruled states in North India today.
  • Citizens will be able to file Right to Information (RTI) applications online from tomorrow in all central government ministries and departments in the national capital.
  • It was a relatively short 90-minute flight from the Hindon airbase on the outskirts of the national Capital but flashed a clear strategic signal across the Line of Actual Control (LAC) with China.
  • Dengue cases have risen alarmingly across the country this year, with data showing an 80% rise in the disease till July 31 as compared to the same period last year. India has recorded 15,983 dengue cases so far in 2013 as compared to 8,899 cases in the corresponding months last year.
  • A simple blood test can now identify people most prone to committing suicide. Scientists from Indiana University School of Medicine researchers have found a series of RNA biomarkers in blood that may help identify who is at risk for taking their on life.
  • Abdul Karim Tunda, the top LeT bomb expert, was on Tuesday assaulted in the premises of a Delhi court which remanded him to four day police custody to quiz him in connection with 37 bomb blast cases across the country.
  • In a rerun of 2012, Jawaharlal Nehru University, too, will hold its election on September 13 the day Delhi University holds its student union polls, sources said. This will be the second consecutive time that the student polls of the two major universities of the capital takes place on the same date.
  • Japanese auto maker Nissan on Tuesday announced that the company’s new premium compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) Terrano will go on sale in October across India and will be priced below Rs 10 lakh.
  • Nokia is all set to launch its biggest Lumia smartphone in India later this week. But it seems Flipkart has crashed the party a wee bit early by putting the Lumia 625 up on pre-order. According to the online retailer, the Lumia 625 will be launched at Rs 19,499 and will be available in stores next week.
  • Videocon, a brand that has long been associated with consumer electronic goods, is now steadily making its presence felt into the smartphone business. The company has launched A42 smartphone for Rs. 7,490.
  • Astronomers have discovered a hot Earth-size planet so close to its star that a year on that exoplanet lasts just 8.5 hours, making it one of the fastest alien planets ever seen.
  • British prosecutors on Tuesday charged four journalists from the Sun and Daily Mirror newspapers and five public officials with bribery offenses, in the latest legal action stemming from an ongoing investigation into media misconduct.
  • A court in Pakistan charged former military dictator Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday with the 2007 murder of Benazir Bhutto in an unprecedented move likely to anger the all-powerful army.
  • Egypt’s military-backed authorities on Tuesday arrested the supreme leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, dealing a serious blow to the Islamist group at a time when it is struggling to keep up its street protests against the ouster of President Mohammed Morsy in the face of a harsh government crackdown.
  • American author Elmore Leonard, whose ear for gritty, realistic dialogue helped bring dozens of hard-bitten crooks, cops and cowboys to life in nearly 50 novels, died on Tuesday several weeks after a stroke. He was 87.
  • New Zealand batsman Jesse Ryder has been suspended for six months for failing a doping test for banned stimulants he claimed he took in a supplement to help him lose weight, the country’s sports tribunal said on Tuesday.
  • Arunachalam Nalini, Assistant Manager (Finance), NHPC Limited, has won four medals, including three Gold Medals at the 6th World Dwarf Games 2013 held in Michigan, the USA, from August 3-10.
  • The Lok Sabha was adjourned till Thursday after it was repeatedly disrupted by BJP members demanding a statement from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the missing files related to the allocation of coal blocks.
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