Top News Headlines of 20 February 2014

Breaking news of 20 February 2014. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • Finland sent Russia crashing out of the Olympic ice hockey tournament on Wednesday in a bitter blow for the home nation as US skier Ted Ligety stormed to giant slalom gold.
  • Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalithaa triggered outrage in Congress and elsewhere on Wednesday by announcing her government’s decision to release all seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.
  • Admen Prasoon Joshi and Piyush Pandey and media planning veteran Sam Balsara have been mandated to handle BJPs Rs 400 crore election account.
  • Sandeep Singh scored a brace for Warriors as they beat the defending champions 3-2 and finished on top of the group with 40 points at the Hockey India League.
  • In a landmark judgment indirectly pushing for the Constitution-suggested Uniform Civil Code, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that personal laws bar on adoption would not stop a Muslim from adopting a child if he chose the secular Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act route.
  • BJP appointed Harsh Vardhan as the Delhi unit chief on Wednesday. Vardhan, who has become state chief for the second time, will take the charge from Thursday.
  • Industry honchos have described the removal of toll on the Delhi-Gurgaon Expressway as a game-changer that will financially benefit thousands of commuters.
  • Terming the Chhawla gang rape and murder a rarest-of-rare case, a trial court on Wednesday sentenced three youths to death for abducting, raping and killing the 19-year-old victim whose mutilated and decomposed body was found in a Haryana village in 2012.
  • Spain’s public prosecutor on Wednesday sought a criminal tax indictment against Barcelona football club over the signing of Brazilian star Neymar, a copy of the filing showed.
  • Asian Tour regular Rahil Gangjee came out all guns blazing, firing 10 birdies including five in a row, to set a course record and also put his team AVT Kolkata atop the leader board on the opening day of the Louis Philippe Cup at the BPGC here on Wednesday.
  • The Delhi High Court on Wednesday dismissed a plea seeking direction to CBI to register a case of cheating against Arvind Kejriwal for allegedly misleading voters by making false promises in the poll manifesto.
  • Celebrations started at Jantar Mantar as soon as Rajya Sabha passed the Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Bill on Wednesday.
  • Three years after Kiran Kumar Reddy took over as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, he resigned from his post, his membership of the assembly as well as the Congress party.
  • Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday extended an invitation to CPM veteran and Kerala opposition leader V S Achuthanandan to join his party.
  • The government may increase and merge dearness allowance (DA) with basic pay with the Union Cabinet expected to include the proposal as part of the terms of reference of the 7th Pay Commission.
  • Vice-President Hamid Ansari on Wednesday released senior Congress MP Vijay Darda’s book Public Issues Before Parliament. The book catalogues public issues that Darda has raised through his two-decade-long parliamentary career, making skilful use of parliamentary devices: interventions which often drew effective responses from the government.
  • The income tax department on Wednesday raided 37 premises associated with Uflex Limited in nine cities and on suspicion of tax evasion.
  • Two Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) MLAs staged a semi-nude protest on Wednesday.Veerpal Singh Rathi and Sudesh Sharma took off their kurtas in protest against the SP government for allegedly ignoring the problems of sugarcane farmers.
  • Former Bihar legislative council chairman Tarakant Jha on Wednesday quit BJP and joined JD(U),alleging that he was humiliated by former deputy chief minister and BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi.
  • Rural development minister and Congress MLA Chandra Shekhar Dubey was on Wednesday dismissed from the Jharkhand state Cabinet on recommendation of chief minister Hemant Soren.
  • The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Election Commission seeking its reply on organizational elections in political parties.The court has given the poll body six weeks to file a reply.
  • The state government on Wednesday presented Himachal Pradesh Lokayukta Bill, 2014, in the assembly proposing a multi-member Lokayukta institution with more autonomy and teeth to deal with complaints of corruption.
  • Alexis Martin from Arizona, a 3 years US girl has entered the geniuses club Mensa after scoring an incredible 160 in the IQ test, making her as intelligent as Albert Einstein.
  • Sanju Samson and Kuldeep Yadav stole the limelight with individual brilliance as a strong India continued their unbeaten run with a crushing 245-run win over minnows Papua New Guinea in the Under-19 World Cup.
  • Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich accused pro-European opposition leaders on Wednesday of trying to seize power by force after at least 26 people died and 263 were injured in the worst violence since the former Soviet republic gained independence.
  • A Thai court endorsed on Wednesday Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatras declaration of a state of emergency, a day after five people were killed in gunbattles in Bangkok,but warned the government not to use emergency to disperse the peaceful protesters.
  • Obama has unwittingly become the face of contraband Viagra, which is currently seeing booming sales in conservative northern Pakistan.
  • Somdev Devvarman thrashed Di Wu of China 6-2,6-2 to advance to the quarterfinals of the ONGC GAIL Delhi Open at the DLTA Complex here on Tuesday.
  • China’s Communist Party has launched a probe against former aide of Zhou Yongkang, the powerful chief of internal security in the previous Hu Jintao government.
  • A 75-year-old Australian missionary has been detained in North Korea for allegedly distributing Korean-language Christian pamphlets, his wife said on Wednesday.
  • A twin suicide bombing targeting the Iranian cultural centre in Beirut killed six people on Wednesday, in an attack claimed by an al-Qaida-linked group which said it was a response to the military intervention of Iran and Hezbollah in the Syrian war.
  • Virat Kohli rose to his career-best ninth position in the latest ICC Test rankings issued. Kohli broke into top-10 for the first time in his career and joined compatriot Cheteshwar Pujara, who slipped a rung to be on seventh spot.
  • Defending champions West Indies will be without Kieron Pollard for next months World T20 in Bangladesh after the big-hitting all-rounder failed to recover from a knee injury.
  • The video streaming of Pepsi Indian Premier League 2014 on starsports.com got off to a rousing start with India’s first multi-sports digital service delivering a reach comparable to what Sony Six delivered last year with the telecast of the 2013 player’s auction.
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