Top News Headlines of 08 February 2014

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  • Delhi’s impending power crisis blew over on Friday after the Supreme Court ordered electricity supplier NTPC not to implement its threat to disconnect power supply by Monday if BSES Rajdhani, the distributing company, failed to pay up Rs 96 crore in dues.
  • The country’s economy is estimated to grow at 4.9% in 2013-14, a tad lower than the government’s projection of 5-5.5% but marginally above the 4.5% clocked last year. Over all expansion in the current fiscal has been hurt by the sluggish mining and manufacturing sectors.
  • A parliamentary panel has urged the Centre to rise the retirement age of government servants form 60 to 65 years, noting that growing lifespan was adding to the need for “productive ageing”.
  • Power three discoms in the capital on Friday appealed in the Delhi high court against the government’s decision to order a CAG audit of their finances.
  • The Delhi high court on Friday slammed Delhi Police for again falling to furnish Nido Tania’s post mortem of Friday. A division bench of chief justice N V Ramana and Justice Rajiv Sahai End law directed police, AIIMS and CBI (which controls central forensic labs), to apprise it of the status along with reasons for the delay by Monday.
  • Nearly two and a half years after a controversial arrest, tribal school teacher Soni Sori, accused of acting as a conduit between a steel giant and the Maoists, was granted permanent bail by the Supreme Court on Friday.
  • Justice Ajit Prakash Shah, who authored the judgment that decriminalized homosexuality as Chief Justice of the Delhi high court in 2009, said on Friday that homosexuality was neither a disease, nor punishable under any penal laws.
  • Archana Sundaram, a 1980 batch IPS officer of the Tamil Nadu cadre, has been appointed special director in the CBI. Archana Sundrama also became the first woman officer to have been appointed for the post.
  • Jammu & Kashmir minister Shabir Khan quit on Friday after the police filed a complaint against him for sexually assaulting the doctor-wife of a separatist leader.
  • Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday blamed UP’s population for the poor law and order situation in the state.
  • Bringing curtains down on the glorious saga of the Maruti 800 model, Maruti Suzuki India has stopped production of the iconic car brand that had been a carrier for millions of Indian middle class families, since last month.
  • Retired Gujarat cadre IPS officer Kuldeep Sharma, who was serving as advisor in the Union ministry of home affairs, has resigned from his post. Sources said he is likely to join the Gujarat unit of Aam Aadmi Party.
  • Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has removed the red beacon from his car, cut his security cover by 20% and removed the wall of the antechamber in his office at his official residence.
  • Indraprastha Gas Limited reduced the price of CNG, or compressed natural gas by Rs. 14.90 per kg to Rs. 35.20 per kg form RS. 50.10 per kg. PNG (piped natural gas in kitchen) price was reduced by Rs 5 per unit for both comsumption slabs.
  • The National Commission for Women on Friday wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh opposing the selection of Visva Bharti University VC Sushanta Datta Gupta for the Padmashree award saying he was accused of sexually harassing a lady professor.
  • One billion plastic notes of Rs 10 denomination will be introduced on a field trail basis in five cities in the second half of 2014, Parliament was informed on Friday.
  • Congress leader is planning to remove Andhra Pradesh CM Kiran Reddy who has revolted against the decision to create Telangana.
  • Congress’s Daggubati Venkateshwara Rao became the first legistor to avail the “None Of the Above” (NOTA) option, introduced for the first time in the history of the Rajya Sabha elections.
  • Former central minister Subbarami Reddy was among the six leaders elected to Rajya Sabha on Friday. Others who were elected to Upper House were K V P Ramachandra Rao, MA Khan (Cong), T Sitarama Lakshmi, G Mohan Rao (TDP) and Keshava Rao (TRS).
  • Receding ocean waves have exposed the oldest human footprints in Europe from as far back as 800,000 years ago. Only three other sets of footprints, discovered in Africa, are more ancient.
  • A Ukrainian man attempted on Friday to hijack an airliner en route from Ukraine to Turkey and divert it to Sochi where the Winter Olympics are taking place.
  • One of the country’s esteemed political scientists, Robert A Dahl, has died. His daughter Sara Conor says that Dahl died Wednesday at a nursing home in Connecticut. He was 98.
  • A skipped court trying Pervez Musharraf for treason directed the beleaguered former military rular to appear on February 18 or face a non-bailable arrest warrant after he skipped Friday’s hearing.
  • Indian-origin hedge fund portfolio manager Mathew Martoma has found guilty by a jury here for his role in the most lucrative insider trading scheme in the US history totalling $275 million involving secret information about clinical trials for an Alzheimer’s drug.
  • Jet Airways on Friday reported a net loss of Rs. 268 crore for the three months ended December 2013 as the carrier was bogged down by rising expenses due to high fuel prices and the rupee’s depreciation.
  • Online retailers Jabong Muntra are prepating a war chest to fight out each other in the competitive fashion and lifestyle space as new investors board the Indian e-commerce bandwagon.
  • The 2014 Winter Games got off to a shaky start on Friday when one of the five Olympic rings failed to open at the start of the opening ceremony, meaning the symbol could not be illuminated with fireworks as planned.
  • Olympic gold medalist Abhinav Bindra won his second gold Medal on Friday at the Inter Shoot tri-series shooting competition being held at Hague, Netherlands. On Friday, he scored 627.7 in the qualification round and followed it up with 209 for the second gold.
  • The only Indian team in Formula One, Sahara Force India (SFI), has extended their ties in the world of motor sports by entering the GP2 arena as well.
  • Defending champions Ranchi Rhinos came from behind to beat the improving debutant team Kalinga Lancers 3-2 at the Astroturf Hockey Stadium here on Friday.
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