Top News Headlines of 19 February 2014


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  • A new category of four-wheelers quadriplegic will be allowed to ply on Delhi’s roads from October 1, largely replacing auto rickshaws.
  • Maulana Masood Azhar, the Pakistani Islamic hardliner blamed for an attack on Indian Parliament that brought the nuclear rivals to the brink of war, has resurfaced after years in seclusion, setting off alarm bells in New Delhi.
  • India draw their second Test and lost the series 0-1 against New Zealand on Tuesday after Brendon McCullum became the first Kiwi to hit a triple century.
  • Almost 23 years after an LTTE human bomb assassinated former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, no one will hang for the crime. Supreme Court on Tuesday commuted the death sentences of the three remaining convicts to life, blaming the Centre for inordinate delay in considering their mercy petitions.
  • Accusing India of behaving in an ambiguous and unreliable manner on the issue of its two Marines charged with murdering a couple of fishermen off Kerala, Italy on Tuesday called its ambassador, Daniele Mancini, to Rome for consultations.
  • Thousands of employees of 70-80 companies run the risk of being denied tax exemption on their provident fund contributions from April as their employers have failed to get the approvals for availing the benefit from the Employees Provident Fund Organisation (EPFO),which regulates these entities.
  • Days after he resigned from the chief ministers post, BJP has resolved to expose Arvind Kejriwal. On Tuesday, the party held a pol khol dharna at Jantar Mantar against the Aam Aadmi Party.
  • The Delhi high court would pass its order to end the impasse over Delhi-Gurgaon expressway on Wednesday.
  • Four people, including a UP police sub-inspector and a constable, were arrested on Tuesday for allegedly abducting and murdering a 25-year-old woman.
  • An Afghan man, ferrying drugs for an international cartel, was arrested with 4kg cocaine worth Rs 20 crore. Ahmad Jawid alias Nabi (46) was arrested by a teamled by DCP special cell, Sanjeev Yadav, on February 10.
  • The Election Commission, which is now in the final stages of drawing up the general election schedule, is looking at the first week of March to announce polls to Lok Sabha and state assemblies of Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim.
  • Delhi’s Connaught Place, which is the most expensive office location in India, has dropped four notches to number eight on the global charts from last year.
  • The Allahabad High Court on Tuesday banned the transfer of IAS,IPS and IFS officers till the re-composition of the Civil Services Board in adherence to the recent amendment in IAS cadre rules.
  • Veteran Congress leader N D Tiwari has moved the Delhi HC for exploring the possibilities of an amicable out-of-court settlement of the 2008 paternity suit filed by a youth seeking to declare him his biological father.
  • The parole of actor Sanjay Dutt, convicted in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts case, has been extended by one more month by the district authorities, sanctioning his request on the ground of his wife Manyata’s illness.
  • The Indore bench of the Madhya Pradesh High Court on Tuesday issued notices to all the IIMs, Prometric Testing Pvt Ltd and the Government of India on a petition filed by some students alleging discrepancies in the Common Admission Test (CAT) 2013.
  • India’s ties with the Gulf are likely to get a leg up with the three-day state visit of Bahrains king Hamad Al Khalifa who arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday.
  • Social activist Anna Hazare on Tuesday met Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee here amidst speculation that he will back her as one of the key players for the national stage in the run-up to the parliamentary polls.
  • The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to file an affidavit by Friday on its final decision on contentious anti-piracy charges against two Italian marines, arrested for allegedly killing two fishermen off the Kerala coast two years ago.
  • Chinese scientists have invented a revolutionary new printer that uses water instead of ink on a re-writable paper. A team of chemists from Jilin University developed the water-jet printer that takes a blank page and covers it with print.
  • The first biological marker to single out teenagers suffering from acute depression has been found a discovery scientist’s hope will enable better diagnosis and treatment.
  • A system that uses GPS technology to calculate the number of miles an email has travelled before reaching an inbox has been developed. The system known as Email Miles uses GPS and internet tracking to determine where a message was sent from and where it was received.
  • Hundreds of riot police attempted to clear out anti-government protest sites around Thailand’s capital on Tuesday, triggering clashes that left four people dead and 64 others injured.
  • A Brighton actor and a guest house owner will become UKs first same-sex couple to be married as soon as a new law comes into force on March 29.
  • Edward Snowden, the former US National Security Agency analyst who revealed US surveillance of phone and Internet communications, was elected rector of Glasgow University in Scotland on Tuesday.
  • Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf on Tuesday appeared before a special court constituted to hear the treason case against him for the first time since it was constituted late last year.
  • Bombs exploded in predominantly Shia Muslim districts of the Iraqi capital, Baghdad and in the southern city of Hilla on Tuesday, killing at least 49 people.
  • Former US Rep Melvin Jay Reynolds, 62 has been arrested in Zimbabwe on suspicion of possessing pornography and an immigration offence.
  • Bharti Airtel, the country’s largest telecom operator, kicked off fresh consolidation in the sector by acquiring Loop Mobile, Mumbai-based mobile service provider controlled by the Khaitan family, in a deal estimated at around Rs 700 crore.
  • The benchmark sensex on Tuesday shot up 170 points to end at a nearly three week high on gains in banking, capital goods and auto shares as investors continued to cheer the Interim Budget proposals, amid firm global cues.
  • The income tax department has asked Aditya Birla Telecom (ABTL) to pay Rs 2,400 crore, including an interest of Rs 643 crore, saying the transfer of assets and liabilities to Idea Cellular are not exempt from tax.
  • China has overtaken India as the world’s largest gold consumer, according to a World Gold Council report released on Tuesday. While Chinese consumers lapped up 1,066 tonnes of gold products in 2013, their Indian counterparts bought 975 tonnes, up 13% from 2012.
  • Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) and Hero MotoCorp on Tuesday slashed product prices after the excise duty reduction announced in the Interim Budget 2014-15.HMSI cut prices by up to Rs 7,600 while Hero Moto-Corp reduced rates by up to Rs 4,500.
  • Sri Lanka Cricket has finally decided to back the controversial ICC revamp plan proposed by India, England and Australia, saying that it’s satisfied with the revised resolutions tabled at the Board Meeting of the world body early this month.
  • Tamil Nadu cricketers Dinesh Karthik and Laxmipathy Balaji played lead roles in India Cements’ exciting 10-run victory over State Bank of Mysore (SBM) as they entered the semis of the BCCI Corporate Trophy on Tuesday.
  • England and the West Indies advanced to the quarterfinals of the U-19 World Cup when they comfortably won their decisive Group C and D matches respectively on Tuesday.
  • Mumbai Magicians weaved their magic against Uttar Pradesh Wizards to deny the hosts the pleasure of a home win going into the semifinals of the Hockey India League at the Dhyan Chand stadium.
  • Bhabani Banerjee,the man who helped Delhi register its lone triumph in the national championship for the Santosh Trophy in 1944, passed away in the capital on Monday after a brief illness. He was 88.
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