Top News Headlines of 16 April 2014

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  • The price of petrol was on Tuesday cut by 70 paise a litre, excluding local levies, the second reduction in rates this month as appreciation of the rupee against the US dollar made oil imports cheaper.
  • Vice Admiral R K Dhowan may be the next Navy chief as the Defence Ministry has recommended his name to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for the post which has been lying vacant for nearly two months since D K Joshi quit suddenly in the wake of a series of mishaps.
  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday created the “third gender” status for hijras or transgenders. Earlier, they were forced to write male or female against their gender. The SC asked the Centre to treat transgender as socially and economically backward.
  • The first ever Indian-American Miss America Nina Davuluri and celebrated Indian-American chef Maneet Chauhan have been invited by the White House for its annual Easter Egg Roll Celebrations on April 21. Easter Egg Roll will take place on the South Lawn of the White House.
  • Inflation rose to a three-month high in March on the back of rising food prices. Latest government data release on Tuesday showed the annual rate of inflation, based on the monthly wholesale price index (WPI), stood at 5.7% in March, compared to 4.7% in the previous month and 5.7% during the corresponding month of the previous year.
  • The world’s largest spirits company Diageo Plc has decided to hike its stake in United Spirits, a company it acquired in 2012 and try to take its stake to 55%.
  • Former West Bengal governor Gopalkrishna Gandhi on Tuesday stunned the CBI brass, describing the agency as ‘department of dirty tricks (DDT)’ which had gained disrepute for being the “government’s hatchet”, clothed in opacity with a perfume of mystery.
  • India-born poet Vijay Seshadri has won the prestigious 2014 Pulitzer Prize in the poetry category for his collection of poems “3 Sections.” The 98th annual Pulitzer Prizes in Journalism, Letters, Drama and Music were announced on Monday by Columbia University.
  • BSP MP Dhananjay Singh, an accused in a rape case, was granted interim bail on Tuesday with the court saying the complainant no longer supports the case of the prosecution.
  • An FIR was on Monday filed against Hema Malini, BJP candidate from the Mathura Lok Sabha constituency for violation of model code of conduct.
  • Prakash Katama, director of Nokia India’s plant at Sriperumbudur near here, has quit. The company said he would be a consultant for a specified period. V Sembian, head of product and process engineering, will be the factory’s new director.
  • Economic Affairs Secretary Arvind Mayaram has been designated as Finance Secretary. The Appointments Committee of the Cabinet (ACC) had approved a proposal to designate Mayaram as the Finance Secretary. The post of Finance Secretary was lying vacant since March 31 when Sumit Bose demitted office.
  • Angela Voigt, the 1976 Olympic long-jump champion for then East Germany, died on Thursday of an undisclosed illness, her former club SC Magdeburg said on Monday. She was 61.
  • Bubba Watson earned his second Masters championship, becoming the 17th golfer to win multiples green jackets. In his first Masters performance, 20-year-old Jordan Spieth competed admirably, but couldn’t break through. He finished in a tie for second place, at 5-under par.
  • A series of attacks across Iraq killed 27 people and wounded well over 100 on Monday morning. The attacks, many involving car bombs, took place less than a week before Iraqis in much of the country are scheduled to vote in the country’s first elections since 2011.
  • U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has proposed a 20 per cent cut in the American aid to Colombo, a move reflecting the unease in their ties over issues related to human rights, reconstruction and political integration in Sri Lanka after the end of the civil war.
  • Eight civilians were killed and four injured in a roadside bomb explosion in southern Afghanistan on Monday.
  • Novak Djokovic retained first place in the men’s tennis rankings issued on Monday by the ATP into the Monte Carlo Masters, where he is not certain to play for injury reasons.
  • Fawaz al-Itan, Jordan’s ambassador to Libya was kidnapped in Tripoli on Tuesday by gunmen who demanded an Islamist militant be released from a Jordanian jail in exchange for the diplomat’s freedom
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