Top News Headlines of 21 December 2013

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

  • Gold hit a six-month low on Friday, on course for its largest annual loss in 32 years, as the US Federal Reserve’s first step away from ultra-loose monetary policy further undermined the investor case for holding bullion.
  • The Karnataka High Court on Friday ruled as void a part of the sale of share of United Spirits Ltd (USL), by United Breweries Holdings Ltd, to Diageo.
  • India took complete charge of the opening Test against South Africa on Friday by bullying the top-ranked team’s diminished pace attack for a 320-run lead at stumps on the third day at the Wanderers.
  • Mampi Das of West Bengal today won gold to become the national champion in the women’s 10m air rifle, at the ongoing 57th National Shooting Championship 2013 being held at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Range, in New Delhi.
  • Parupalli Kashyap was a man on the move at the beginning of the season this year. He had ascended to his highest ranking of No. 6 in the world and entered the quarterfinals of the World Championships without breaking a sweat.
  • Sri Lanka have appointed Englishman Paul Farbrace as their new head coach on a two-year contract. Yorkshire’s second XI coach will replace Graham Ford, who has agreed a deal with Surrey.
  • Indian football captain Sunil Chhetri was on Friday named the 2013 AIFF Player of the Year. The announcement was made by All India Football Federation (AIFF) President Praful Patel at the annual general meeting held at the Football House in the Capital.
  • West Indies batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul on Friday overtook Australian Allan Border as the sixth highest all-time run scorer in Test cricket.
  • State-run fuel retailers on Friday decided to raise prices of diesel by 10 paise a litre and petrol by 41 paise per litre, excluding state taxes, due to increase in dealer margins and a slight weakening of the rupee in the preceding fortnight.
  • RJD chief Lalu Prasad and JD(U) president Sharad Yadav were on Friday admitted to AIIMS after they complained of uneasiness. While Prasad’s blood pressure was found to be a little high, Yadav’s blood sugar level had increased, doctors said, adding that the two leaders are under observation.
  • The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has announced a list of nine films that will advance to the next round of voting in the Foreign Language Film category and Indian director Gyan Correa’s film ‘The Good Road’, is out of the race.
  • Former world amateur billiards champion Michael Ferreira has resigned as president of the Billiards and Snooker Association of Maharashtra, the association said in a media release on Friday.
  • Puneet Kumar, an IAS officer of 1993 batch from Kerala cadre, has joined as Secretary General, Apparel Export Promotion Council (AEPC), informed the council on Friday.
  • The board of directors of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) announced the appointment of Adil Zainulbhai as an independent director on the board with immediate effect.
  • IT major Infosys has been hit by yet another resignation, with board member V. Balakrishnan resigning from the company. This is the eighth top-level exit the software services exporter has seen since company co-founder N.R. Narayana Murthy returned as Chairman in June this year.
  • Ryan O’Neal has won the ownership rights of an Andy Warhol portrait of his late girlfriend Farrah Fawcett against the University of Texas at Austin.
  • The New Mexico Supreme Court legalised same-sex marriage in the state on Thursday, declaring in a ruling that it is unconstitutional to deny a marriage licence to gay and lesbian couples.
  • The mayor of a town in the troubled southern Philippines was among four people shot to death in an ambush outside Manila’s international airport Friday.
  • Ugandan lawmakers on Friday passed an anti-gay bill that calls for life imprisonment for certain homosexual acts, drawing criticism from rights campaigners who called it “the worst in the world.”
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