Top News Headlines of 21 February 2014

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  • AAP on Thursday moved the Supreme Court seeking dissolution of the Delhi assembly, saying imposition of Presidents rule was illegal.
  • The Supreme Court on Thursday summoned Sahara chief Subroto Roy and three directors in Sahara entities to appear before it on February 26 over non-compliance of refunding Rs 20,000 crore to 3 crore investors.
  • Haryana government on Thursday dropped its proposal to do away with some nature conservation zones in areas under urbanizable/ notified SEZ in the NCR.
  • The Supreme Court on Thursday restrained the Jayalalithaa government from remitting life terms of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts Murugan, Santhan and Perarivalan and releasing them while agreeing to hear the Centres application claiming it alone had powers to remit jail terms of convicts in this case.
  • Telangana crossed a major hurdle on the route to becoming India’s 29th state with Parliament approving the bill to divide Andhra Pradesh in the face of repeated adjournments, disruptions and sloganeering.
  • The 20-year struggle of India’s palliative care sector bore fruit on Thursday with Lok Sabha passing the bill amending the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act to ease restrictions on use of opioids like morphine for pain management.
  • A Spanish court has charged Spanish league champions Barcelona with tax fraud of 9.1 million euros ($12.5 million) over the transfer of Brazil forward Neymar.
  • With the AAP government gone, its decision to scrap the MLA local area development (LAD) funds may have got a quiet burial. Caretaker chief minister Arvind Kejirwal had sought to do away with the MLA LADs scheme and empower the common man instead with decision-making and financial powers through mohalla samitis.
  • South Africa was left to rue the loss of cheap wickets after battling to 214/5 on the opening day of the second Test against Australia on Thursday. AB De Villiers passed 7,000 Test runs and became the first player in history to score half-centuries in 12 Tests in a row.
  • East Delhi Municipal Corporation has attached the accounts of six government agencies, including Delhi Polices training school and the 46th Battalion of CRPF, for defaulting on property tax. Officials said the six together owe Rs 26.6 crore in tax despite being sent several reminders.
  • The city police on Thursday faced some tough questions from a trial court over the charges under which it has booked suspected LeT bomb expert Abdul Karim Tunda in case from 1994 related to recovery of explosives.
  • The federal auditor has charged Tata Powers discom in Delhi with stalling the scrutiny of its books by levelling false allegations against the audit team and refusing to allow access to computer data and records.
  • The Indict Language application, when it goes live, may not help you discuss the geopolitics of oil in Ladakhi or Mao Naga (also called I m e l a) but you should be able to swear in them.
  • Doctors at AIIMS have devised a new technique for spine surgery in patients suffering from congenital anomaly of the vertebral column. The condition affects young individuals in the age group of 20-30 years, and is precipitated by lifestyle issues such as prolonged sitting and lack of exercise.
  • The case involving the alleged gang-rape of a Meerut-based woman in Ghaziabad on Wednesday took a dramatic the following day when police arrested two journalists working with a news channel on charges of framing the two people charged with the crime.
  • Rahul Gandhi has called a Congress Working Committee meet on Friday,a strong signal that he has taken charge of the partys poll campaign.
  • More than 450 Indian workers died in Qatar, the host nation of the 2022 football World Cup, in the last two-and-a-half years, an AFP report has said.
  • Former Gujarat minister Maya Kodnani, convicted in the 2002 Naroda Patiya massacre case, was given electric shocks considered the last line of treatment in major depressive disorders on Thursday.
  • Arun Goyal has joined Delhi State Civil Supplies Corporation Ltd. as Chairman-cum-Managing Director. He was earlier Principal Secretary, Urban Development, government of NCT of Delhi.
  • Arun Kumar Garg has taken charge as the Managing Director (RGPPL). He is a B.Sc. (Engineering) from R.E. C. Kurukshetra, and M. Tech. in power generation technology from IIT Delhi.
  • ONGC bagged the Global CSR Excellence and Leadership Award-2014 for the best CSR practices in the category of health. The award was presented by Bhaskar Chaterjee, eminent former bureaucrat, and was received by K.S. Jamestin, Director (HR), ONGC, along with the CSR team of ONGC.
  • The bitter opposition of Seemandhra MPs, supported by some regional parties, led to extraordinary scenes with a cordon of Congress MPs shielding Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha on Thursday against aggressive Telangana opponents.
  • The upcoming film Youngistaan has landed in legal trouble with soft drink major PepsiCo Inc moving the Delhi High Court against the release of the film alleging that its registered trademark and campaign by the same name had been violated by the producers.
  • Veteran Congress leader Gegong Apang, the second longest serving Chief Minister in the country with a record 22-year tenure, has resigned from the party and joined BJP on Thursday.
  • Scientists of University of Auckland developed Gen Next batteries that capture the energy of our everyday movements, such as walking, to convert it into electricity and power cellphones and other devices.
  • Scientists have developed a new drug which may restore the ability of the eye to sense light after blindness. Scientists restored light perception in mice with a photo switch chemical that changes conformation in response to light.
  • Researchers at Oxford University’s Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour have discovered the switch in the brain that sends us off to sleep.
  • Ireland added to their list of giant killing victories with a six-wicket win over World T20 champions West Indies in the first T20 International at Sabina Park on Wednesday.
  • At least 40 suspected terrorists were killed, as Pakistani fighter jets bombed Taliban hideouts in the country’s northwestern North Waziristan and Khyber tribal regions bordering Afghanistan on Thursday.
  • A new leak of 100 tonnes of highly radioactive water has been discovered at Fukushima, the plants operator said on Thursday, after it revealed only one of nine thermometers in a crippled reactor was still working.
  • Kumar Sangakkara continued his awesome batting form in Bangladesh as Sri Lanka won the second One-dayer by 61 runs in Dhaka on Thursday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
  • The European Commission has dragged Britain to court for failing to deal with its air pollution and to cut excessive levels of toxic gas nitrogen dioxide.
  • The Supreme Court on Thursday summoned Sahara group chief Subrata Roy and three directors in various Sahara entities to appear before it on February 26 over the non-payment of Rs 20,000 crore with market regulator Sebi for refund to nearly three crore investors.
  • Bharti Airtel, the nations largest mobilephone operator, has lost a court case in Nigeria and potentially faces $3 billion in payouts over a 5% stake claimed by Econet Wireless in its Nigerian unit.
  • Inflation remains too high and RBI will need to continue raising policy rates in the coming months, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said on Thursday and lauded the central banks resolve to pay greater attention to retail inflation in monetary policy formulation.
  • India is all set to get a new airline very soon. Top aviation ministry sources say the proposed Tata Group-Air Asia joint venture will get the final clearance to fly from DGCA on Friday.
  • The government on Thursday rolled out a liberal merger and acquisitions (M&A) policy to spur consolidation in the debt-laden telecom sector, but analysts said it may not offer a quick-fix solution for some of the financially-ailing companies such as Tata Tele and Aircel, which carry non-auctioned spectrum in their fold.
  • With Parliament running out of time to enact the Coal Regulatory Authority Bill 2012, the Cabinet on Thursday approved an executive order to put in place a regulator for the coal mining industry that would have much less teeth than originally envisaged.
  • India’s overworked captain MS Dhoni has finally got some rest. A Grade 1 side-strain which the wicketkeeper-batsman suffered during the second Test against New Zealand has ruled the skipper out of the forthcoming Asia Cup starting in Bangladesh on February 25.
  • Two members of Ukraines Olympics team decided on Thursday to pull out of the Sochi Winter Games in support of demonstrators back home after widespread anti-government protests left dozens dead and hundreds injured.
  • Facebook has bought messaging app WhatsApp in a deal worth a total of $19bn (£11.4bn) in cash and shares. It is the social networking giant’s biggest acquisition to date.
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