Top News Headlines of 23 August 2013

Breaking news of 23 August 2013. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • Under attack from the opposition for the missing Coalgate files, the Union coal ministry on Thursday managed to trace 16 of the files it had not been able to locate so far.
  • The rupee crossed the 65 mark against the US dollar on Wednesday with its impact being felt across the board. For the common man the immediate pain is on account of an increase in home loan rates by ICICI Bank and HDFC, which will increase the burden of equated monthly installments.
  • The BCCI Cricket Board posted net income of Rs 350 crore, while its gross revenue stood at Rs 950 crore during the fiscal 2012-13. The BCCI has earned a surplus of Rs 382.36 crore in 2011-12.
  • Telecom operators would be fined Rs 5,000 for each complaint of unsolicited commercial communication originating from their networks, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said on Thursday.
  • Out of the 11,556 students who voted in the ‘FYUP referendum’ conducted in Delhi University colleges on Thursday, 10,519 students said ‘no’ to FYUP. The voter turnout was even better than DU Students’ Union elections, considering the referendum covered only a quarter of DU.
  • Volkswagen India- the Indian subsidiary of Europe’s largest car manufacturer, launched its latest member in its Indian hatchback family today- the Volkswagen Cross Polo.
  • Delhi Metro today launched a smartphone mobile application which will give information useful for its commuters. The application works with internet or GPRS and provides information with GPS availability for passengers.
  • Union Sports Minister Jitendra Singh found time from his multifarious responsibilities to clear the national sports awards file Thursday morning and an official announcement in this regard was expected later in the day.
  • Russian world No 3 Maria Sharapova has pulled out of the US Open because of a right shoulder injury, tournament organisers announced today.
  • UEFA has banned two football referees from Armenia for life for trying to fix a Europa League match in a betting scam. UEFA says referee Andranik Arsenyan and assistant Hovhannes Avagyan admitted trying to corrupt Vikingur’s 1-0 win at Inter Turku in Finland.
  • Steve Smith hit his maiden Test century as Australia ran up a huge first innings total of 492 for nine before declaring on a rain-affected second day of the final Ashes Test at The Oval on Thursday.
  • Cricket, it appears, is not the only sport to be hounded by match-fixing. Double Olympic wrestling medallist and former world champion Sushil Kumar has revealed to TOI that he was approached to throw the championship bout at the 2010 world meet in Moscow.
  • The Pullela Gopichand Badminton Academy (PGBA), which has been producing world class shuttlers like Saina Nehwal, PV Sindhu and P Kashyap, has been honoured by the union government on Thursday.
  • Over 40 people were injured when a state roadways bus on its way to the Himachal Pradesh capital rolled down a gorge Thursday.  Most of the victims were office-goers, and they have been admitted to the Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital (IGMCH) in Shimla.
  • Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will pay a four-day state visit to India beginning today at the invitation of his Indian counterpart Dr. Manmohan Singh.
  • Despite onion prices continuing to be high, Delhi government on Thursday announced its decision to continue to sell onion at Rs 40.  As for the retail market, onion prices remained at a high level of up to Rs 70 per kg in Delhi.
  • Pakistan today summoned High Commissioner TCA Raghavan to protest the killing of one of its soldiers in firing along the LoC, the second time an Indian diplomat has been called in by the Foreign Office in as many days.
  • The Union Cabinet on Thursday, negating two Supreme Court verdicts, agreed to proposals that will allow those in jail to contest elections, and convicted MPs and MLAs to retain their membership during the pendency of their appeals even as they will be barred from voting or drawing a salary.
  • Ashwani Kumar, who resigned as Union law minister for interfering with the CBI’s coalgate investigations, has been appointed as the prime minister’s special envoy with Cabinet rank.
  • Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, Africa’s oldest leader at 89, was sworn in on Thursday for a new five-year term in the face of criticism from opponents and the West that his re-election in a July vote was not credible.
  • The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MP N Harikrishna, son of late N T Rama Rao, on Thursday resigned from the Rajya Sabha in protest against the decision to carve out a separate Telangana state by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.
  • John Abraham’s latest release Madras Cafe, which has run into protests from students and political parties in Tamil Nadu over alleged portrayal of LTTE in bad light, would not hit screens in Tamil Nadu on Friday.
  • US Vice President Joe Biden’s son was discharged from hospital on Friday after undergoing an unspecified “successful procedure” at a Texas cancer center.
  • Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak was freed from prison and placed under house arrest on Thursday, following more than two years in detention.
  • Megastar Amitabh Bachchan is upset and infuriated over a fake video on the YouTube, in which he is shown promoting Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Big B said that he did a campaign for a media group in the year 2007 where he talked of the glorification of the country.
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