Top News Headlines of 24 August 2013

Breaking news of 24 August 2013. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • Finance Minister P Chidambaram told Parliament on Friday that there were five public sector banks that were charging for SMS alerts.
  • The rupee recovered sharply on Friday to close at 63.35, up 128 paise from its previous close, making it the currency’s second highest gain ever. The local currency gained after the finance minister said that local currency was undervalued and that there would be a decline in the country’s current account deficit.
  • There’s some good news for Yahoo chief executive Marissa Mayer: Yahoo topped Google in Web traffic for the first time since May 2011. Research firm com Score reported Yahoo logged 196.6 million unique visitors in July.
  • An app that can track a smartphone user’s happiness with the help of phone data and the user’s perception of mood has been developed by researchers at Cambridge University.
  • Spinner Akshar Patel did the star turn for India Under-23 as they fought their way back from a tough situation to set up a title clash with Pakistan after a 46-run win over United Arab Emirates in the semifinals of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup.
  • Ahmed Shehzad shone with the bat and Shahid Afridi struck with the ball as Pakistan opened its tour of Zimbabwe with a comfortable victory in the first Twenty20 international on Friday.
  • England were 247 for four at stumps on the third day of the fifth and final Ashes Test at The Oval on Friday. Batting in reply to Australia’s first innings 492 for nine declared, England were 245 runs behind and needed a further 46 runs to avoid the follow-on.
  • India has bypassed Japan to become the world’s third largest Internet user after China and the United States, and its users are significantly younger than those of other emerging economies, global digital measurement and analytics firm com Score has said in a report.
  • The number of crimes against women reported in the city has more than doubled from 2012 to 2013, according to data from the Mumbai police.
  • Bollywood stunt director Tinu Verma was booked for attempt to murder after he attacked his stepbrother, Manohar, on Friday with a sword used on film sets.
  • A major fire broke out at state-owned HPCL refinery-cum-petrochemical complex in Visakhapatnam on Friday evening, killing two persons and injuring 37 people.
  • Safdarjung Hospital, one of India’s largest government-run health institutions, has witnessed more than 4,135 patient deaths in last six months. Health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad said this on Friday in reply to a Lok Sabha question on patient deaths at various government-run hospitals.
  • Samir Karnik, the producer of Yamla Pagla Deewana starring Dharmendra and his sons Sunny and Bobby Deol, was arrested on Friday for service tax evasion of Rs 1.18 crore.
  • Describing herself as a housewife who runs a hospital and does a lot of social work, Tina Ambani, the wife of Reliance ADAG chairman Anil Ambani, told a special court on Friday that she had no role in the running of group companies and was never associated with any of them.
  • Alleged LeT operative and master bomb-maker Abdul Karim Tunda underwent a surgery at AIIMS on Friday for implantation of a temporary pacemaker.
  • The Lok Sabha lost 88% of its available sitting time to adjournments in the first 10 days of the 16-day monsoon session. Disturbed over the House clocking barely 7.42 hours of actual sittings until August 22, the government considers extending the session an imperative.
  • Acting tough against Andhra Pradesh parliamentarians for continuously disrupting the House, Lower House Speaker Meira Kumar on Friday suspended 12 of them for five sittings under a rule which was used for the first time.
  • Microsoft Corp Chief Executive Steve Ballmer unexpectedly announced his retirement on Friday, ending a controversial 13-year reign as the head of the world’s largest software company and sending the company’s shares up 7 percent.
  • Superstar Shah Rukh Khan-starrer “Chennai Express” continues to raise the bar. After grossing over Rs.150 crore in its opening week, the Rohit Shetty-directed film has now crossed the Rs.200-crore-mark in the second week and is still going strong.
  • Powerful car bombs exploded Friday outside two Sunni mosques in a Lebanese city riven by strife over the war in neighbouring Syria, killing 42 people and wounding hundreds.
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