Top News Headlines of 23 February 2014


Breaking news of 23 February 2014. Grab top news headlines and major events for Current Affairs GK from all around the World.

  • Heat islands in the capital pockets which are significantly warmer than their surroundings have been linked to localized air pollution, posing a health threat to a significant population.
  • The Narendra Modi-led NDA could be within touching distance of power, winning 236 of the 543 seats in the Lok Sabha, leaving it just 36 seats short of the majority mark, according to an opinion poll conducted for a TV channel.
  • After BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modis chai pe charcha, Congressmen in Gorakhpur are distributing glasses of Rahul milk to counter BJP’s poisonous tea. In Rae Bareli, a Priyanka Khichdi Stall was opened.
  • The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Friday banned four kinds of bidis from a little known company in India as part of a renewed American effort to stamp out unregulated import of dangerous tobacco products under a new authority vested in the agency.
  • The Trai on Saturday recommended auction of CDMA spectrum at a reserve price of Rs 2,685 crore per megahertz, around 50% higher than the previous pan-India base price.
  • England chased down India’s 221/8 with three wickets in hand in the quarterfinals to oust the defending champions from the ICC Under-19 World Cup in Dubai on Saturday.
  • Police in Britain have launched a criminal probe into the deaths of a number of patients who were under Indian doctor Sudip Sarkers care at a Worcestershire hospital.
  • A woman from Manipur’s Thoubal district gave birth to a girl weighing 5.9 kg in Imphal on Friday, setting a record for delivering the country’s heaviest baby.
  • Power tariffs in five states, which buy electricity from Tata Power and Adani groups projects in Gujarats Mundra district, are set to rise as the central regulator has allowed the companies to charge a higher tariff to make up for increased costs of coal import.
  • The Medical Council of India (MCI) the apex regulatory body of doctors and the medical practice in the country has decided to shrink its own jurisdiction.
  • AAP faced another rebellion when a group of around 30 volunteers sat on hunger strike outside the party’s Hanuman Road office to protest against its Lok Sabha candidate selection process.
  • The Big Bird Day,an annual bird watching event celebrated across the country, got an overwhelming response this year. While in 2013,168 teams had participated, this year the number rose to 468.
  • Amid accusations of Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal being silent on the issue of its foreign funding, the outfit on Saturday launched an attack against BJP and Congress urging the Delhi high court to direct a thorough investigation of the funding sources of these parties.
  • Days after Aam Aadmi Party accused NCPs Ajit Pawar and the state power sector of corruption to the tune of Rs 22,000 crore, AAPs office in Mumbai was attacked on Saturday by around 25 NCP workers.
  • BJPs Kangra MP Rajan Sushant,who had slammed his partys government in Himachal over corruption and development in the past, joined Aam Aadmi Party on Saturday.
  • NHRC imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 on the UP chief secretary for torture of a woman. Archana Dixit had alleged that in 2009, when she had gone to apply for a character certificate at the office of the Bareilly DM, the enquiry officer allegedly demanded Rs 7,000.
  • China has now become the third most favoured nation of international students after the US and UK. According to data put together by the Institute of International Education on international student mobility in 2012.
  • Maharashtra Additional director general (ADG) of police PK Jain resigned from the Indian Police Service (IPS) on Friday night. The move has surprised many because Jain was scheduled to retire on February 28.
  • Cooking gas distributors across the country have threatened to stop delivering refills indefinitely from February 25 to press for more relaxed marketing discipline guidelines.
  • Ukraine’s parliament voted on Saturday to remove President Viktor Yanukovich from office, hours after he abandoned his Kiev office to protesters and denounced what he described as a coup.
  • The world’s most-wanted drug kingpin, Joaquin Guzman Loera, known as El Chapo, has been arrested in Mexico.
  • Credit Suisse on Friday became the latest big bank to admit wrongdoing to the Securities and Exchange Commission, striking a deal over its failure to comply with a cardinal rule of the financial industry.
  • Italian centre-left leader Matteo Renzi took office on Saturday as his country’s youngest prime minister, facing pressure to show immediate results after he had forced out his predecessor over the slow pace of economic reforms in the country.
  • China’s vice-foreign minister Zhang Yesui summoned a senior US embassy official, Daniel Kritenbrink, in China on Friday after Obama held low key talks with the Dalai Lama despite warnings from Beijing that the meeting would damage ties.
  • The oldest surviving original Superman cover art, dated August 1939, has fetched $286,800 at an auction in Los Angeles.
  • Sri Lanka trounced Bangladesh by six wickets in the third and final ODI in Dhaka on Saturday to sweep the series 3-0.
  • Bangladesh’s premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan missed Saturday’s final ODI against Sri Lanka and the first two matches of the Asia Cup after being banned for making a lewd gesture on live television.
  • Hashim Amla’s blistering stroke play and Morne Morkels fearsome bowling put South Africa in control of the second Test against Australia as they closed the third day on 192/4 on Saturday. SA led by 369 runs with six second-innings wickets remaining and two days to go.
  • Second-seed Somdev Devvarman marched into the men’s singles final of the $100,000 ONGC GAIL Delhi Open ATP Challenger with a convincing victory over fourth-seed Evgeny Donskoy here Friday.
  • Venus Williams thrashed Frenchwoman Alize Cornet 6-3 6-0 in the final of the Dubai Championship on Saturday as the experienced American claimed her first singles title since 2012.
  • Spain’s world number one Rafael Nadal is through to the semi-finals of the $1.3 million ATP Rio Open after crushing Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-0 in the last eight on Friday.
  • Record-breaking Russian short track speed skater Victor Ahn won two more Olympic gold’s on Friday to take his tally to six the highest in the sports history.
  • Delhi Waveriders made it to the final of the Hockey India League for the second time in a row beating Uttar Pradesh Wizards 1-0 in the first semifinal here on Saturday.
  • Harmeet Desai entered the final of the Under-21 men’s singles final after beating Brazilian Hugo Calderano 11-6 11-4 11-8 11-5 at the USD 3.5 million Qatar Open Super Series Table Tennis Championships at Bahrain.
  • Manchester United’s England striker Wayne Rooney, 28, has signed a contract extension that will make him the Premier League’s highest paid player. Rooney will be reportedly earning about $500,000 a week with his new deal that will take him through until 2019.
  • Indian designer Rahul Mishra was named winner of the 2014 International Woolmark Prize. Mishra, who was the finalist for India and the Middle East, gets a prize of 100,000 Australian dollars, or $92,210 at current exchange.
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