Top News Headlines of 12 February 2014


Breaking news of 12 February 2014. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • Nancy Powell, the US ambassador to India, will meet BJP candidate for prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, signaling a turnaround by Washington after years of shunning him over the 2002 Gujarat riots.
  • Faced with a revenue shortfall, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge will not bring about reduction in basic passenger fares in the interim budget on Wednesday but is likely to make adjustment in fuel adjustment component so that impact on fares is minimum in an election year.
  • A military transport plane carrying members of the Algerian armed forces and their relatives crashed into a mountain on Tuesday, killing 77 people, the worst air disaster in the North African country in a decade.
  • India has returned to the Olympic fold after the IOC lifted a ban on the country’s Olympic Association on Tuesday.
  • Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday ordered the city’s anti-corruption wing to file criminal cases against Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and Petroleum Minister M Veerappa Moily, among others, for allegedly creating artificial scarcity of natural gas and fixing prices.
  • Delhi Police today filed its charge sheet before a court here against top Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda in a case lodged in 1994 in connection with recovery of explosive substances.
  • Delhi Police bagged eight medals, including a gold medal, in different categories of the 1st All Indian Police & Para- military Forces Karate Championship held on January 8 at New Police Lines in Kingsway camp, north Delhi.
  • Eminent academics, writers and lawyers have come out strongly against the withdrawal of American academic Wendy Doniger’s book, The Hindus: An Alternative History, following a settlement between publisher Penguin and petitioner Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti on Tuesday.
  • Delhi University Teachers’ Association has criticized the university registrar’s letter to education minister Manish Sisodia on appointing government nominees in governing bodies of colleges fully funded by the Delhi government, saying the arguments lack credibility and are open to manipulation.
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday questioned two former Chairman-cum-Managing Directors of Public Sector Undertaking BEML in connection with alleged irregularities in procurement and supplies of Tatra all-terrain vehicles to the Army.
  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday dismissed a PIL challenging the classification of regiments in Army after caste, religion and region after entertaining it for more than a year during which it had even asked solicitor general Mohan Parasaran to seek the views of the Centre.
  • Konsam Himalay Singh (56) has become the first Army officer from the northeast to be promoted to the Lieutenant General rank.
  • Custom Authority during the comprehensive checking of goods train arrived from Pakistan has retrieved twelve kilogram heroin (drug) having worth Rs. 60 crore as per the international black market along with 34 alive bullets and 150 gram opium.
  • Ants can lift up to 5,000 times their own body weight owing to the strength of their neck joint, according to a new study which suggests future robots could be built to mimic the creature’s weight-lifting ability.
  • Italy’s former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faces his latest trial starting on Tuesday in Naples for allegedly bribing a senator to join his party’s ranks, even as he attempts to retain a leading political role.
  • Taiwan and China held their highest level talks for more than six decades Tuesday, marking the first government-to-government contact since the pair’s acrimonious split in 1949.
  • China and Taiwan held their first government-to-government talks since they split 65 years ago after a brutal civil war a symbolic yet historic move between the former bitter rivals.
  • At least 12 people have been killed in a multiple bombing Tuesday afternoon at a movie theater in Pakistan’s northwestern city of Peshawar.
  • Hollywood star Shirley Temple has died aged 85. Born Shirley Temple Black on April 23, 1928, her varied career took her from being a film and television actress, singer, dancer to being appointed US ambassador to Ghana and Czechoslovakia.
  • Indian-origin Ashok Varadhan has been appointed co-head of the Goldman Sachs’ securities division, the largest and most profitable of the global investment bank’s four units.
  • Afghanistan officials have launched a polio vaccination campaign after a young girl from Kabul was diagnosed with the disease the capital’s first case since the fall of the Taliban in 2001.
  • SRF Limited, a multi-business entity engaged in the manufacture of chemical based industrial intermediates, reported a 19% decline in net profit after tax (PAT) at Rs. 72 crore during the third quarter of 2013-14.
  • Pakistan on Tuesday appointed former captain Moin Khan as the head coach of the national team for the upcoming Asia Cup and World T20 Cup tournaments in Bangladesh.
  • New Zealand Cricket (NZC) on Tuesday added a fine to Jesse Ryder and Doug Bracewell’s punishment for embarking on a late-night drinking spree ahead of the first Test against India in Auckland.
  • Pacer Ishant Sharma was today axed from both the limited-overs teams, while struggling batsman Suresh Raina was dropped from the ODI squad for the Asia Cup but was retained in the T20 side for the upcoming World Championships in Bangladesh.
  • South Korean Lee Sang Hwa won Asia’s first gold medal at the Sochi Olympic Games as she claimed the women’s 500m speed skating event on Tuesday.
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