Top News Headlines of 22 December 2013

Breaking news of 22 December 2013. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • ICICI Bank, India’s largest private lender reduced interest on home loans by 15 basis points at 10.25 per cent. The bank has introduced a ‘special scheme’ that will offer home loans up to Rs 75 lakh at 10.25 per cent rate.
  • India has put themselves on the driver”s seat on the fourth day of the first Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Saturday as the hosts fought to stave off defeat after a direct-hit run-out of Graeme Smith ended a century opening partnership.
  • Samresh Jung won gold in 25-metre standard Pistol event, while Olympic champion Vijay Kumar claimed bronze at the 57th National Shooting championship, which is being held at Dr Karni Singh Shooting Ranges, New Delhi.
  • Malaysian football authorities have imposed a lifetime ban on five players and three officials for match-fixing in the domestic league, a senior football official said on Saturday.
  • Luis Suarez celebrated his new contract by sending Liverpool to the top of the Premier League thanks to two goals and another virtuoso display in a 3-1 home win over crisis club Cardiff City on Saturday.
  • Sri Lanka beat Pakistan by two wickets in a tense finish to the second one-day in Dubai to level the five-match series at 1-1. Kumar Sangakkara made 58, Dinesh Chandimal 44 and captain Angelo Mathews hit 47, as Sri Lanka chased a daunting 285-run target on the fourth delivery of the 50th over.
  • New Zealand wiped out the West Indies second innings inside one session with a vicious spell of swing bowling Saturday to take a vice-like grip on the third Test. At stumps at the end of the third day, New Zealand were six without loss in reply, needing 122 to win.
  • A 27-year-old Mumbai ad executive, Vinay Singh, is among 23 persons across the world to have won a free trip to space. Singh was chosen following a rigorous physical and mental test involving more than 120 space enthusiasts from 60 countries.
  • Actor Sanjay Dutt was released from Pune’s Yerawada Central Jail on Saturday, two weeks after he was granted parole for 30 days to take care of his ailing wife Manyata.
  • Suspected LeT operatives Hafeez Rashid and Shahid,arrested for allegedly planning terror strikes in Delhi, were on Saturday remanded in police custody till January 3 by a trial court.
  • After its phenomenal success in the recent Delhi assembly elections, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has now set its eye on Narendra Modi’s Gujarat. The party plans to contest all 26 Lok Sabha constituencies in the state in 2014, though a final decision has been left to the national executive in New Delhi.
  • Birendra Prasad Baisya was on Saturday re-elected unopposed as president of Indian Weightlifting Federation for his second term during its Annual General Body meeting here.
  • Indian-born Houston attorney Nandita Venkateswaran Berry has been appointed Texas’ new secretary of state, succeeding John Steen Jr., who will be stepping down from his post in January after a year on job.
  • Dhoom 3′, Aamir Khan’s big bang thriller, has turned all box office collections predictions on their head by muscling out both Hrithik Roshan’s Krrish 3 and Shah Rukh Khan’s Chennai Express.
  • Nineteen primary school students were hospitalized in central China after drinking yoghurt that was poisoned by a woman. The 34-year-old woman handed out the yogurt to students as they were leaving their school on Wednesday.
  • Thailand’s main opposition Democrat Party has announced that it will boycott February’s general election, deepening the country’s weeks-long political crisis.
  • Spain’s conservative government on Friday approved tight restrictions on abortion, allowing the practice only in the case of rape or when there is a serious health risk to the mother or fetus.
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