Major Events and Top News Headlines of 31 January 2015:
- Former Union minister Matan Sinh was arrested on Saturday in connection with the Saradha scam.
- CBSE’s counselling for students appearing for the exam on March 2 and their parents will begin from February 2 and continue till April 20.
- RITES Limited will supply of 120 broad gauge passenger coaches to Bangladesh Railways. This is the first export order for broad gauge coaches to Bangladesh.
- SJVN Limited has been honored with the CBIP award of Best Performing Hydro Power Utility.
- M.K. Goel has been appointed as CMD of Power Finance Corporation Limited for a period of five years or till his superannuation, whichever is earlier.
- India’s first intercontinental ballistic missile over 5,000-km Agni-V was on Saturday successfully tested for the first time in its canister-launch version.
- Maharashtra ATS approached 152 schools and colleges across the state and interacted with as many as 61,000 students about indoctrination on the internet and how to guard
- Turkey has deported nine Indians after they were allegedly caught trying to crossover to Syria to join the terror outfit ISIS, police said on Sunday.
- The 60th Britannia Filmfare Awards 2014 were held at Yashraj Studio in Andheri on Saturday.
- Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd has won US approval to buy Ranbaxy Laboratories Ltd on condition that it sell its interest in a generic antibacterial medicine.
- Doordarshan has transferred one of its assistant directors from Ahmedabad to Andamans after the national broadcaster’s Gujarati channel aired a news item on Prime Minister
Narendra Modi’s estranged wife Jashodaben.
- Chinese president Xi Jinping has made an exception by agreeing to meet the visiting Indian external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, on Monday.
- The Uttar Pradesh government on Saturday appointed A K Jain as director general of police, ending speculation about extension to outgoing state police chief A K Gupta.
- Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan sparked off a debate over the idea of automatic suspension of members running to the Well of the House.
- More than six years after the sixth pay commission recommended upgradation of the scale of government doctors, nearly 6000 officers and pensioners of the Army Medical Corps across India are left battling for their dues.
- Synthetic human skin is being made by Google as part of its work to create a wristband that can detect cancer, impending heart attacks and other diseases.
- Italian lawmakers elected Sergio Mattarella, a Constitutional Court justice widely considered to be above the political fray, as the nation’s new president on the third day of voting on Saturday .
- An Egyptian court on Saturday banned the armed wing of the Palestinian group Hamas and listed it as a terrorist organization.
- Disney is all set to introduce its first Latina princess. Princess Elena of Avalor will make her debut in 2016 on a special episode of `Sofia the First’, Disney Junior’s hit show for
preschoolers, reported People magazine.
- Two balloonists completed a world record-breaking trans-Pacific flight on Saturday after splashing down safely off the coast of Mexico.
- Macedonia’s opposition chief was charged by police on Saturday with conspiring with a foreign intelligence service to topple the government.
- Serena Williams gave Maria Sharapova another serving of Grand Slam heartbreak on Saturday to win the Australian Open and bolster her claims to be the all-time greatest player with her 19th Major title.
- Just weeks after being dropped from the West Indies World Cup squad, a `disillusioned’ Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from Test cricket.
- The IOA has constituted a fivemember ad-hoc committee, which will supercede the GFI, and oversee the conduct of gymnastics at the National Games.
- Substitute James Troisi scored halfway through extra time to give tournament hosts Australia their maiden Asian Cup title with a 2-1 victory over South Korea in a pulsating final on Saturday.