Top News Headlines of 22 August 2013

Breaking news of 22 August 2013. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • Syria’s opposition accused President Bashar al-Assad’s forces of gassing many hundreds of people – by one report as many as 1,300 on Wednesday in what would, if confirmed, be the world’s worst chemical weapons attack in decades.
  • Bradley Manning, the US soldier convicted of the biggest breach of classified data in the nation’s history by providing files to Wikileaks, was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday.
  • Himachal Pradesh Chief Minister Virbhadra Singh Wednesday said the state has suffered a loss of Rs.2,892 crore in the monsoon rains which also claimed 50 lives.
  • Reliance ADAG Chairman Anil Ambani will have to appear as a CBI witness in the 2G scam case with the Supreme Court on Wednesday refraining from passing any order and the trial court dismissing a plea for deferring his deposition scheduled on Thursday.
  • A secret CBI dossier says it isn’t work that preoccupies people in the hub of administration, but viewing porn on official computers during office hours. The dossier, which has been forwarded to the CID, is an offshoot of the CBI monitoring internet activities in government offices.
  • A number of Indian charter aircraft company’s are operating overseas flights without having the clearance to do so. The Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) on Wednesday issued an order forbidding unauthorized foreign charter flights with immediate effect and asked the operators to first get all the required clearances.
  • Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will meet US president Barack Obama at the White House on September 27, during which they will chart a course to enhance bilateral ties and defence cooperation.
  • Retail onion prices have again shot up to Rs 70-80 a kg and cooperative major Nafed on Wednesday floated tenders inviting traders to import the must have veggie from Pakistan, Iran, China and Egypt.
  • Faction-ridden BJP received another jolt in Delhi when party’s election cell convenor in Delhi, Sudhanshu Mittal resigned from his post on August 19. Considered a close aide of Delhi BJP president Vijay Goel, Mittal was helping him with the party’s campaign strategy in the upcoming Delhi assembly elections.
  • Oil industry traditionally has been a male bastion. Nishi Vasudeva is set to break that proverbial glass ceiling by becoming the first woman to head an oil company when she takes over the reins of Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd.
  • State-owned India Infrastructure Finance Company is planning to raise up to Rs 2,400 crore in private placement of tax-free bonds this week to meet immediate lending commitments, when most companies are keeping a safe distance from the market due to a sharp rise in borrowing cost in an uncertain market.
  • India has tightened restrictions on the amount of money companies and individuals can send out of the country, trying to curb a sharp decline in the rupee. Since May, the Indian currency has declined about 16 per cent against the U.S. dollar.
  • Vodafone India has launched its mobile money transfer and payment service, M-Pesa, in Delhi and NCR, in collaboration with ICICI Bank.
  • Wasim Akram on Wednesday announced that he had married his Australian girlfriend, Shaniera Thompson. I married Shaniera in Lahore last week in a simple ceremony and this is the start of a new life for me, my wife and for my kids, Wasim told.
  • Pakistan will free 338 Indian prisoners including eight juveniles, and they are expected to cross into India from the Wagah-Attari border in Punjab Saturday.
  • Australia posted 307 for four against England at stumps on the first day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Wednesday. Steven Smith was 66 not out and Peter Siddle 18 not out after Shane Watson made a Test-best 176.
  • The Pakistan Under-19 cricket team has reportedly lifted the tri-nation tournament trophy with a comprehensive 192-run win over England Under-19s in the final at Trent Bridge.
  • Lee Chong Wei, came to the Indian Badminton League party in style as he led the Mumbai Masters thump Delhi Smashers and jump to the top of the table over Hyderabad Hotshots.
  • The state government has arrested Binay Tamang, one of the top leaders and the Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) and a member of its central committee on Wednesday around midnight, pushing the stand off with the GJM to a new level.
  • Maruti Suzuki has launched the WagonR Stingray hatchback for the Indian market for Rs 4.09 lakh. It is basically a sportier version of the standard WagonR with mostly cosmetic changes both inside and outside.
  • Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express has been smashing box office records since its release on August 9. The movie had collected a whopping Rs 67.92 cr in just 2 days of its release and then crossed the Rs 100 crore mark in the opening weekend itself.
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