Top News Headlines of 28 February 2015


Major Events and Top News Headlines of 28th February 2015:

  • Eating out and air travel are going to leave a bigger dent in your wallet after the FM announced an increase in service tax from 12% to 14% as part of its gradual transition towards GST.
  • After `Jan Dhan Yojana’, the Modi government has now turned its attention to `Jan Suraksha’ through creation of a `universal social security’ system to woo the middle class and those below the poverty line.
  • The FM’s proposal to launch a revised gold monetization scheme is expected to in crease the supply of gold to the jewellery industry and also for investment.
  • The Centre will pick up 20 cities during the next fiscal under the smart cities project as the Budget has allocated about Rs 6,000 crore for 2015-16 against Rs 7,060 crore for the current year to make urban life better.
  • Seeking to attract funds to finance the Centre’s ambitious Ganga rejuvenation schemes, the budget has made donations to the `Clean Ganga Fund’ and `Swachh Bharat Kosh’ eligible for deductions under the Income Tax Act.
  • Thousands of files pertaining to departmental inquiries, legal documents and estate records were destroyed in a fire that broke out at AIIMS in the early hours on Saturday.
  • Teri chief R K Pachauri on Saturday quit the Prime Minister’s Council on Climate Change. His resignation was accepted with immediate effect.
  • AICC general secretary Ajay Maken is going to take over as Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee (DPCC) chief.
  • State-run fuel retailers on Saturday raised petrol and diesel rates for the second time in a month as global crude prices rebounded and the rupee weakened against the Greenback.
  • Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that the finance minister had failed to capitalize on a “lucky economic phase that he has inherited”.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the Budget “progressive and pragmatic“ that will strengthen India’s economic capabilities and help fulfil the dreams of the common man.
  • Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor on Friday tested positive for swine flu in the city.
  • Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh has been booked along with an assembly exspeaker, Sriniwas Tiwari, for allegedly misusing their positions to appoint 17 people in the state legislature secretariat between 1993 and 2003.
  • Indian Defense Acquisition Council (DAC) has cleared the purchase of 38 PC-7 Pilatus basic trainer aircraft for Indian Air Force (IAF) on Sunday.
  • The government is compressing the timeframe for every new car to comply with the proposed minimum crash test norms to be introduced for the first time in 2017 in India.
  • Foreign secretary S Jaishankar begins his `yatra’ of four Saarc countries from Sunday, with Bhutan as the first stop, in a major push to the Indian government’s neighbourhood outreach.
  • A Hindu temple in the US was vandalized late Thursday night, with several windows broken and the word “fear“ painted on its wall.
  • A few hours after going on the radio to denounce President Vladimir Putin’s policies as mad and aggressive, charismatic opposition leader Boris Nemtsov was gunned down early Saturday as he walked near the Kremlin.
  • Iraq’s national museum officially reopened on Saturday after 12 years, during which nearly a third of 15,000 pieces looted during the US-led invasion, were recovered.
  • Delhi’s Shamim Khan took a three-shot lead in round three of the Golconda Masters 2015 after he came up with a six-under 64 at the Hyderabad Golf Club here on Saturday .
  • Grandmasters Abhijeet Gupta and Vidit Santosh Gujrathi will spearhead the Indian challenge in the 31st edition of the traditional Cappelle La Grande chess tournament to start here in the French hamlet.
  • Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday allocated Rs.1541.13 crore to the ministry of youth affairs and sports for 2015-16, an increase of approximately Rs.384.52 crore from the last financial year.
  • Roger Federer scored the 84th title win of his career, kept his nose in front in his personal rivalry with Novak Djokovic, and equalled his best achievement at any tournament by winning the Dubai Open for the seventh time.
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