Top News Headlines of 31 August 2013

Breaking news of 31 August 2013. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • German luxury car maker Mercedes- Benz on Thursday said it will hike prices of its entire model range in India by up to 4.5 per cent from September 1 to partly offset impact of rupee depreciation and higher import duties.
  • After weakening about 80 paise in early trades, the Indian rupee staged a recovery against the dollar on Friday to close at 65.71, up 89 paise from Thursday’s close of 66.60.
  • The Indian economy grew at its slowest pace in four years at 4.4% in the first quarter (Q1, or April-June) of the current fiscal year 2013-14, compared with 4.8% during the preceding quarter (January-March) of the last fiscal, belying hopes of the economy having bottomed out.
  • The results of the Delhi University Teachers’ Association elections, which came out on Friday, weakened the university administration’s claim that only a small group of teachers with leftist ideology are opposed to the four-year UG programme.
  • Researchers have developed a new patch composed of structurally modified collagen that can be grafted onto damaged heart tissue to speed its repair.
  • India’s first military satellite GSAT-7 or ” Rukmini”, which will boost the Navy’s blue-water combat capabilities with a 2,000-nautical mile footprint over the crucial Indian Ocean Region (IOR), was successfully launched from Kourou Island in French Guiana in the early hours on Friday.
  • Pakistan, a regular in the Hockey World Cup since its inception in 1971, will not be present for the 13th edition in The Netherlands next year. Defending champions South Korea ended the Pakistan dream with a 2-1 win in the semi-finals of the Asia Cup at the Azlan Shah Stadium here Friday.
  • China’s Li Na became the first player to reach the round of 16 at this year’s U.S. Open when she defeated Britain’s Laura Robson 6-2 7-5 on Friday. Li, seeded fifth after reaching the Australian Open final earlier this season, needed 81 minutes to avenge her third round loss to Robson at Flushing Meadows last year.
  • Stylish left-hander Vijay Zol carried his stupendous form at the U-19 level to first-class cricket, scoring a fluent century on debut as the three-day encounter between India A and New Zealand A ended in a draw here on Friday.
  • India qualified for the 2014 hockey World Cup even before playing their semi-final match vs Malaysia. But that didn’t stop them from scoring a dominant 2-0 win over the hosts to storm into the Asia Cup final.
  • Central Bank of India was conferred 10th National Awards for Excellence in Cost Management 2012 under Public Service Sector (Large). The award was received by B.Mondal, Chief General Manager of the bank.
  • Self-styled godman Asaram Bapu may face arrest after he shied away from presenting himself before the Jodhpur police on Friday for questioning in a sexual assault case.
  • Indian Mujahideen co-founder Yasin Bhatkal and his associate, Asadullah Akhtar, were on Friday produced before the Special NIA court, which sent them to 12-day NIA custody to unearth the larger conspiracy of terror attacks.
  • Five terrorists killed by Army along the LoC in Tangdhar sector of Kupwara district in south Kashmir on Saturday. All the five terrorists, attempting to sneak into Kashmir Valley from across the border, were killed in a fierce gunbattle.
  • City cops went on alert, set up checkposts and intensified patrolling after a bomb exploded on a bustling pavement in Chandni Chowk on Friday and soon after another one detected and defused.
  • Seamus Heaney, one of the world’s best known poets and winner of the 1995 Nobel Prize for literature, has died aged 74 after a short illness.
  • The Public Enterprises Selection Board on Friday recommended Dinesh K Sarraf as the next head of the country’s most valuable company, Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC).
  • Neeru Abrol, Director (Finance), NFL, has taken over additional charge of Chairman & Managing Director of National Fertilizers Limited (NFL) on August 22. She is the first woman C&MD of the company as well as in the fertilizer industry.
  • Zhou Yongkang, the widely feared head of the Communist Party’s security wing until his recent retirement, is to be investigated for corruption. A Hong Kong newspaper has confirmed the government has ordered a probe into his activities, weeks after rumours to this effect began circulating on the Chinese internet.
  • French President Francois Hollande said a military strike on Syria could come by Wednesday and that Britain’s surprise rejection of armed intervention would not affect his government’s stand.
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