Top News Headlines of 22 February 2014

Breaking news of 22 February 2014. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • The controversy over the alleged unauthorized movement of troops towards New Delhi in January 2012 was a result of the mistrust between the government and the Army, Lieutenant-General A K Choudhary, who was then DGMO, has claimed.
  • Renowned writer and thinker Rajmohan Gandhi joined Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Friday. He appeared disenchanted with Congress which his grandfather Mahatma Gandhi helped build saying it is for the khaas aadmi.
  • JP Duminy, AB de Villiers, Wayne Parnell and Vernon Philander put South Africa on top as the hosts reduced Australia to 112 for four on the second day of the second Test at St George’s Park on Friday.
  • The MHA has told the BCCI that it cannot ensure foolproof security for IPL 7 as it clashes with the Lok Sabha polls in April-May. This may force the organizers to relocate the tournament to another country, like it did in 2009.
  • The UPA government’s decision to grant Seemandhra special category status has sparked off fresh protests in Bihar with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar calling for a bandh on March 2 and BJP announcing a statewide chakka jam next week.
  • The probe into the Bokaro Steel Plant recruitment scam has reached the doorsteps of LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan after the CBI found mention of fraudulent candidates at his New Delhi residence.
  • At the very fag end of the forgettable existence of the 15th Lok Sabha, Parliament on Friday passed the Whistleblower Protection Bill. The Rajya Sabha cleared this crucial anti-corruption law a good two years after it was passed by the Lok Sabha.
  • Fears have been expressed that strengthening of the law against sexual offences after the Nirbhaya case has also led to an increase in false cases. Now, there’s some evidence to support this claim.
  • The Centre is set to ask all its officials not to interact with a delegation from the US International Trade Commission probing the impact of India’s trade and investment regime on the American economy in what is seen as the latest sore point in economic ties between the two countries.
  • An American woman married to an auto driver in Agra just six months ago after a whirlwind romance right out of a Bollywood film was stabbed to death by her jealous husband who then set himself ablaze.
  • Prepare to pay your full and unsubsidized electricity bill from April. Subsidy for consumption up to 400 units, announced by Sheila Dikshit and later increased by the AAP government, will cease in the next fiscal as there is no provision for it in the Interim Budget approved by Parliament on Friday.
  • 17-year-old Adelina Sotnikova of Russia edged out 2010 Olympic champion Yuna Kim to win gold in Sochi on Thursday. Sotnikova is the first Russian woman to win a gold medal in figure skating history.
  • BJP could win 61 of the 120 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, emerging as the single largest party in both states and nearly trebling its 2009 tally, an opinion poll conducted for a TV channel predicted on Friday.
  • The Delhi high court on Friday issued notice to the lieutenant governor on a PIL challenging the latest nursery admission guidelines on the ground it clubs the economically weaker section (EWS) category with that of children with disabilities.
  • Lieutenant governor Najeeb Jung on Friday reviewed the work done by the anti-corruption helpline (1031) and the helpline for women in distress (181).In the meeting,the newly-launched Public Grievance Monitoring System was also discussed.
  • The Delhi High Court on Friday stayed the AAP governments February 12 decision to give a 50% waiver on pending electricity bills of 24,036 consumers.
  • Keralaplans to make weddings and corporate events an integral part of the states tourism policy. Kerala tourism minister A P Anil Kumar highlighted the tax concessions and special tourism projects being started as part of the project at an interactive session in the capital recently.
  • Over 24 members of Kerala Strikers,a Celebrity Cricket League team, were on Friday forced to disembark from a Hyderabad-bound flight after allegedly misbehaving with crew members at the Cochin airport.
  • Investigations into the Bokaro steel plant recruitment scam have reached the doorsteps of former Union minister and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan.
  • The interim budget for the financial year 2014-15 was passed by Rajya Sabha on Friday with minister of state for finance Namo Narain Meena saying in his reply to a brief discussion that the government was going to leave the economy in good health.
  • Mithali Raj will lead the 14-member Indian team in the Women’s World T20 from March 16 in Bangladesh. Mithali will also captain the side in the three-match T20 series before that against Bangladesh.
  • Odisha’s law and tourism minister Maheswar Mohanty (60) was injured on Friday after unknown miscreants fired at him near his residence in Puri.
  •  A Moscow judge on Friday convicted eight anti-government protesters of rioting during a 2012 protest against Putin, following a trial seen as part of the Kremlins efforts to stifle dissent.
  • Ukraine’s opposition leaders signed an EU-mediated peace deal with President Viktor Yanukovich on Friday, aiming to resolve a political crisis in which dozens have been killed and opening the way for an early presidential election this year.
  • China’s capital Beijing, under fire to take effective measures against air pollution,raised its fourtiered alert system to orange for the first time on Friday, as heavy smog was forecast to roll into the city over the next three days.
  • A special Pakistani court on Friday rejected ex-Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf s plea seeking his trial before a military tribunal.It instead summoned him to appear before it on March 11.
  • A medical flight from Libya crashed in a field near Tunis in the early hours of Friday morning, killing all 11 Libyans on board, Tunisias civil defence said.
  • Somdev Devarman advanced to the semifinals of the ONGC-GAIL Delhi Open on Friday without breaking a sweat. China’ s world No.229 Ze Zhang called it quits after losing the first set 6-2 due to a shoulder sprain, denying the spectators some quality action.
  • Amid piling debt and losses, Archana Bhargava, chairman and managing director of United Bank of India, resigned on Friday.
  • Sahara Mutual Fund has declared Rs.2 per unit dividend under the Sahara Tax Gain Fund. The dividend is tax free in the hands of the investors.
  • At least 11 people were killed when Islamist militants attacked the Somali presidential compound on Friday,blasting through a gate with a car bomb and fighting a gunbattle with guards.
  • Somali President Hassan Sheikh Mohamud was unharmed in the assault on the heavily-fortified compound known as Villa Somalia, which also houses other government agencies.
  • Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan is in doubt for the upcoming Asia Cup and World T20 after picking up a finger injury which has ruled him out of the rest of the ongoing series against Bangladesh.
  • Veteran golfer Smriti Mehra kept a resurgent Vani Kapoor at bay to win the third leg of the Hero Women’s Professional Golf Tour which concluded at the Willingdon Sports Club here on Friday.
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