Top News Headlines of 17 February 2015


Major Events and Top News Headlines of 17th February 2015:

  • Indian Railways and 17 private firms, including the Adani group, are facing probe for Rs 1,000-crore service tax evasion.
  • Anil Ambani’s Reliance Group is looking for 5,000 acres to set up India’s first smart city to house a fully integrated defence and aerospace infrastructure facility.
  • Nearly 200 e-rickshaw drivers protested outside chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s residence in Kaushambi on Tuesday.
  • The ministry of earth sciences (MoES) has launched a smartphone app called ‘SAFAR-Air’ to provide the data to people.
  • The Modi government has cleared the indigenous construction of seven stealth frigates and six nuclear-powered attack submarines, which together will cost well upwards of Rs 1 lakh crore.
  • The much-awaited “one rank, one pension (OROP)” for the armed forces is likely to be part of the Union budget, and could be implemented soon thereafter with the government defining “military pension” as a category separate from other kinds of pension.
  • This year, swine flu deaths have more than doubled compared to the previous year taking the toll to 624. A total of 9,311 people got infected, government data show.
  • Ending the dominance of the state broadcaster, finance minister Arun Jaitley and railway minister Suresh Prabhu will respond to queries on social media after presenting their respective budgets in Parliament.
  • Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena offered prayers at the Mahabodhi temple in Bihar’s Bodh Gaya where Gautam Buddha attained enlightenment on Tuesday.
  • Union environment minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday pulled up state authorities for not strictly implementing rules on plastic waste management and ban of plastic carry bags.
  • A German company is allowing people to get a 3D selfie -a detailed, four-inch figurine of their body -for $95.
  • At least 18 people on a packed carnival float in the Haitian capital were killed on Tuesday when they were electrocuted by a power line in downtown Portau-Prince.
  • Private equity giant Blackstone has made a surprise offer to buy back the Indian BPO unit of the London-listed Serco, as formal bids were fired last week for the asset put on the block.
  • Mahindra & Mahindra is recalling its XUV500 vehicles to upgrade a software solution related to an airbag.
  • PizzaExpress is set to invest around Rs 150 crore to launch 50 restaurants across the country in the next five years.
  • Manchester United survived a scare to beat League One Preston North End 3-1 in the FA Cup fifth round on Monday and set up a mouth-watering quarterfinal against Arsenal.
  • LADY GAGA has announced her engagement with her boyfriend of four years, Taylor Kinney.
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Top News Headlines of 17 February 2015
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