Top News Headlines of 18 February 2014

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  • British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has won Best Actor at the Bafta’s for his role as Solomon Northup in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.
  • South Africa recalled hard-hitting all-rounder Albie Morkel on Monday in their squad for the World Twenty20 in Bangladesh starting next month.
  • There was panic in the city’s northeast community after word spread on Monday that a ‘panchayat’ in south Delhi’s Munirka village had decided to evict all tenants from northeastern India.
  • Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Monday presented the interim budget for the fiscal year 2014-15 to cover expenditure until the government’s term ends in May.
  • In a last-ditch gambit to woo the defence community of 14 lakh serving and over 25 lakh retired military personnel, the government has yanked the long-demanded, much-promised but never-implemented one-rank, one-pension (OROP) rabbit out of its hat in the run-up to general elections.
  • Gurgaon expressway’s worst traffic bottleneck the Delhi border toll plaza is set to be scrapped this week, with the present operator and the lead banker signing the last settlement deals on Monday.
  • Seasoned spinner Abdur Razzak and young batsman Sabbir Rahman were on Monday named in Bangladesh’s squad for the World T20 which the country hosts from March 16.
  • The Centre on Monday moved the Supreme Court requesting lifting of stay on implementation of 4.5% sub quota for Muslims, to be carved out from the 27% OBC quota, for admissions to central educational institutions and jobs.
  • Unhappy with the Centre’s decision to impose President’s rule in Delhi, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) is exploring legal options to challenge it.
  • Tehelka founder-editor Tarun Tejpal was on Monday charged under the stringent post-Nirbhaya anti-rape law for allegedly sexually assaulting a journalist working for his magazine.
  • Three people were arrested at Indira Gandhi International Airport for trying to smuggle about 4kg of gold worth Rs 1 crore on Sunday.
  • Expelled Aam Aadmi Party MLA Vinod Kumar Binny on Monday moved the Delhi high court challenging the view taken by the speaker of Delhi assembly that Binny, despite his expulsion,remained an AAP member and would be bound by a party whip.
  • Two women were killed and a man was injured when a three-storey building in the Sadar Bazar area collapsed on Monday. The old structure was being used as a go down.
  • The coal ministry has accepted the recommendation of an inter-ministerial group and issued formal letters for deal locating 29 blocks on grounds of squatting, including those given to Essar Power, Hindalco, Tata Power and Jindal Steel and Power Ltd.
  • Around 100 nilgai have died in Agras Saurai region after allegedly drinking the highly contaminated water from the Karvan river.
  • The Congress Election Committee (CEC) headed by AICC president Sonia Gandhi has re-nominated all nine sitting MPs from Karnataka besides finalizing the name of Nandan Nilekani for Bangalore South.
  • The Indian Newspaper Society on Monday expressed concern that the Arunachal Times had been forced to suspend publication following intimidation tactics by a students group, the Students Union Movement of Arunachal (SUMA).
  • Kingfisher Airlines (KFA) CEO Sanjay Aggarwal has resigned and now the groundedsince-October-2012 airline has no non-UB Group person in its management as all the professionals hired from outside have quit.
  • The roof of a resort auditorium collapsed during a welcoming ceremony for South Korean university freshmen, killing at least eight students and injuring 15 on Tuesday.
  • Matteo Renzi was on Monday nominated to be the PM of Italy, the youngest in the European Union. The 39-year old outlined a new plan, promising energy, enthusiasm and commitment to revitalize the euro zones third largest economy.
  • The talks between the Pakistan government and Taliban negotiators scheduled for Monday were called off after the terrorist group claimed to have executed 23 soldiers who were in its custody since their abduction in June 2010.
  • The co-pilot of a hijacked Ethiopian Airlines flight surrendered to Swiss authorities in Geneva on Monday after commandeering his aircraft to seek asylum in Switzerland.
  • An Indian doctor Harminder Dua from the University of Nottingham in Britain has discovered a new layer in the human cornea that could help cure blindness due to glaucoma.
  • The Election Commission  has estimated that the 2014 Lok Sabha elections will cost the exchequer Rs 3,500 crore. Thats about 150% more than the amount spent for the 2009 polls (Rs 1,400 crore).
  • The Centre has agreed to increase the strength of high court judges by 25%,responding quickly to CJI P Sathasivams hard-hitting letter to the PM predicting doom for the judiciary in the absence of adequate number of hands to deal with monstrous pendency.
  • Pakistan on Monday appointed career diplomat Abdul Basit as its new High Commissioner to India, replacing former foreign secretary Salman Bashir.
  • Once against imposition of Hindi as an official language, Tamil Nadu on Monday witnessed the birth of a party, Tamil Maanila Katchi, which has taken a pro-Hindi stand.
  • Rushikant Shinde, brother of Maharashtra NCP minister Shashikant Shinde, was on Monday arrested for allegedly raping a 33-year-old woman in Satara.
  • The Central Bureau of Investigation has received Rs 520.56 crore in the Interim Budget for the next fiscal, which is an increase of approximately 17% over 2013-14.
  • India’s manned space flight project got a boost on Monday with the Union Interim Budget hiking the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) Mark 3 programmes allocation from Rs 10 crores to Rs 171 crores.
  • The Interim Budget proposal to limit net market borrowing at Rs 4.57 lakh crore for the FY15,which is about Rs 11,000 crore less than the net borrowing for FY14,is expected to keep the benchmark 10-year yield around the current level of 8.75%.
  • Finance minister P Chidambaram allocated an additional Rs 1,000 crore to the Nirbhaya Fund created for safer cities and towns, increasing the total funds available for such projects to Rs 2,000 crore.
  • Afghanistan caused a major upset in the ICC U-19 World Cup by defeating three-time champion and last edition runners-up Australia by 36 runs on Monday.
  • Thisara Perera’s brilliant counter-attack inspired Sri Lanka to a 13-run victory over Bangladesh in the first one-day international in Dhaka on Monday, giving the tourists the lead in the three match series.
  • Left-arm spinner Kuldeep Yadav became the first Indian bowler to grab a hat-trick in the Under-19 World Cup before the defending champions entered the quarterfinals with a patchy five-wicket win over Scotland in their low-scoring Group A match in Dubai on Monday.
  • Cate Blanchett won the award for Best Actress at Britain’s top film honours on Sunday for her portrayal of a riches-to-rags socialite in Woody Allen’s tragic comedy “Blue Jasmine”.
  • Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde informed Lok Sabha on Monday that the President’s Rule has been imposed effective immediately in New Delhi following Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal’s resignation and his Council of Ministers.
  • Noted Hindi litterateur and Jnanpith award winner Amarkant on Monday breathed his last at his residence in Allahabad following a prolonged illness. He was 89.
  • The harrowing drama “12 Years a Slave” won the Best Film award at Britain’s at this year’s BAFTA Awards. The British film and television honors took place in London at the Royal Opera House on Sunday.
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