Top News Headlines of 13 February 2014

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  • Rewarding the supporters of its bijli-paani movement, the AAP government on Wednesday decided to give 50% waiver on pending bills of consumers who had heeded the party’s call in 2012 and stopped paying their power bills.
  • The railways left passenger and freight rates unchanged in the interim budget unveiled on Wednesday but announced 73 new trains including 17 premium air-conditioned ones with an eye on the Lok Sabha polls later in the year.
  • Karnataka ended their golden first-class season with their an innings and 222 runs wins over Rest of India to won the Irani Trophy title at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium on Wednesday.
  • The Delhi high court on Wednesday issued interim directions to protect people from the northeast from discrimination.
  • The Supreme Court on Wednesday assured a group of young advocates that it would hear their public interest litigation seeking probe by a special investigation team (SIT) headed by a retired apex court judge into the murder of Arunachal Pradesh student Nido Taniam.
  • People residing in the NDMC area will now get a 6 per cent yearly interest on the security deposit submitted by them while applying for an electricity connection. This announcement was made on Wednesday by New Delhi Municipal Council chairperson Jalaj Srivastava during the presentation of the 2014-15 budget.
  • Shaun Marsh repaid selectors’ faith in him with a priceless century to help Australia recover from a precarious position on day one of the first Test against South Africa. At stumps, Australia was 4 for 297, with Marsh unbeaten on 122 alongside Steve Smith (91 not out) at Centurion.
  • Medical students today held a protest here against the proposal for increasing the duration of the MBBS Course from the existing 5.5 years to 6.5 years with the addition of a compulsory one-year rural posting for admission into post-graduate programmes.
  • The anti corruption bureau has registered three FIRs in connection with cases related to Delhi Jal Board where the state exchequer has incurred a loss of around Rs 400 crore.
  • MNS chief Raj Thackeray was on Wednesday (February 12) arrested at suburban Chembur here as the state-wide ‘rasta roko’ against toll plazas called by the party began with several protesters being taken into custody for disrupting traffic at many places across the state.
  • Former Karnataka minister S A Ramdas was on Wednesday booked for trying to commit suicide. Ramdas, a minister in the B S Yeddyurappa government, tried to kill himself within hours of a woman accusing him of sexually harassing her since 2009.
  • Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice from the penalty spot and was also hit on the head by a lighter thrown from the crowd as Real Madrid sealed their place in the Copa del Rey final with a 2-0 win (5-0 on aggregate) over holders Atletico Madrid.
  • Congress MP from Haryana, Rao Inderjit Singh, who had demanded a probe into land deals of Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra, today ended 35 year association with the party as he resigned to join BJP tomorrow.
  • Former BJP Minister S A Ramadas, 54, allegedly tried to commit suicide at a guest house in Mysore on Tuesday evening after a 30-year-old woman reportedly threatened to go public with details of their five-year “affair”.
  • A cash-rich Wednesday followed a happy Tuesday for Yuvraj Singh who, after being named in India’s World T20 squad, got richer by Rs. 14 crore – the highest paid to any cricketer so far in the new season – when Royal Challengers Bangalore successfully bid for him on Day 1 of the IPL 2014 players auction.
  • Veteran leader Keshubhai Patel on Wednesday announced that he would quit active politics and wished that the Gujarat Parivartan Party floated by him against Narendra Modi should merge with the BJP.
  • Union Railway Minister Malikkarjun Kharge’s budget announcement of getting Mumbai’s first air-conditioned local train up and running by July this year has aroused a sense of uncertainty among the railway authorities in the city as well as at the Integral Coach Factory in Chennai, where the rake will be built.
  • Assam became the first state to legally ban consumption of all forms of smokeless tobacco, including pan masala containing tobacco and nicotine, through an act which comes into effect on Thursday.
  • Jammu & Kashmir High Court on Wednesday granted interim bail to ex-minister Shabir Khan, who is accused of sexually assaulting a doctor.
  • Senior officials for North and South Korea met Wednesday for the first high-level talks between the two foes in seven years ahead of a visit to Seoul by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.
  • India has been ranked 140th in the list of 180 countries in the World Press Freedom Index 2014, whereas China and Pakistan were placed at 175th and 158th position respectively.
  • US President Barack Obama has spent a $ 1.55 million on five of his state dinners since 2009, with the most expensive of them being the first one hosted in honour of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  • NATO warned India on Wednesday that using anti-terrorism legislation to try two Italian marines accused of killing two fishermen would undermine international efforts to combat piracy.
  • An earthquake of 6.8 magnitude struck China’s far western region of Xinjiang on Wednesday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, but in a very remote and sparsely populated area.
  • Emilia Clarke Mother of Dragons and Cyborg-Killing Messiahs have been voted the most desirable woman in the world by AskMen.com, following a rigid electoral process that saw more than 1 million votes.
  • The cabinet on Wednesday approved sale of government’s 49% residual stake in Balco through the auction route, which could fetch a minimum Rs 3,000 crore to the exchequer. The sale was cleared by Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs headed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.
  • Nokia India has moved the Supreme Court challenging the decision of the Delhi high court which asked the company to give an undertaking to fulfil the conditions relating to payment of tax dues.
  • ONGC Videsh Ltd, the overseas arm of state-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC), has raised USD 2.5 billion in foreign loans to fund its acquisition of 10 per cent stake in a giant Mozambique gas field.
  • Switzerland’s Dominique Gisin and Slovenia’s Tina Maze tied for women’s downhill gold on Wednesday in a thrilling first for Olympic Alpine skiing.
  • Somdev Devvarman romped into the quarter-finals but Yuki Bhambri’s campaign came to an end on a mixed day for Indian players at the $50,000 State Bank of India ATP Challenger Tour tennis tournament here Wednesday.
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