Top News Headlines of 30 March 2014
- The Bombay high court has rejected a petition challenging ban on mining imposed by Centre and Maharashtra governments in Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts of coastal Konkan region in the state.
- Renowned music director and concert conductor Zubin Mehta was conferred the special jury award by Times Now at the channels NRI of the Year awards.
- A suicide bomber blew him up targeting a senior security forces official near the U.S. consulate in Peshawar on Friday, killing 12 people and injuring 25 others, officials said.
- Russia on Saturday pledged it would not invade mainland Ukraine following its seizure of Crimea and said it favoured the ex-Soviet state becoming a federation as a way of defusing the crisis.
- Brendan McCullum hit a robust half-century to steer New Zealand to a comprehensive six wicket win over the Netherlands in a World Twenty 20 Super-10 game in Chittagong on Saturday.
- Boxer turned opposition leader Vitali Klitschko on Saturday dropped out of Ukraines snap presidential polls to help the candidacy of a charismatic tycoon who made a fortune selling chocolates and backs closer Western ties.
- Afghanistan police on Saturday killed all five militants who attacked the election commission headquarters in Kabul with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, ending a four-hour stand-off.
- The administrator of MF Global Holdings Ltds bankruptcy plan on Friday sued the auditor Price water house-Coopers for at least $1 billion over its advice on a $6.3 billion European sovereign debt investment that helped fuel the brokerages rapid demise.
- South Africa marched into the ICC World Twenty20 semifinals by beating England by three runs at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium on Saturday. AB de Villiers hits 69 off only 28 balls. He reached his 50 off 23 balls – the fastest 50 in T20 internationals for South Africa.
- Senior leader Jaswant Singh was tonight expelled from BJP after he refused to withdraw his nomination as an independent candidate against the party’s official nominee in Rajasthan’s Barmer Lok Sabha constituency on the last day of withdrawal of nominations.
- Indian shuttler Sourabh Varma entered the men’s singles final of the $120,000 Malaysia Grand Prix Gold as he got a walkover from his opponent in the last-four match at the Stadium Perbandaran Pasir Gudang here Saturday.
- World number two air pistol shooter Heena Sidhu clinched a silver medal at the ISSF World Cup in Fort Benning, USA. The 24-year-old shooter from Ludhiana shot an impressive 386 with rounds of 98, 96, 96, 96. Heena shot a good 200.8 in the finals to clinch the silver.
- Congress leader Imran Masood remained defiant and refused to apologize on Saturday as he was arrested and remanded in 14-day judicial custody for allegedly threatening to chop BJP prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, into pieces.
- The BJP Saturday cancelled the membership of expelled Janata Dal-United member Sabir Ali following protests in the party over his alleged terror links.
- Political newcomer and millionaire Andrej Kiska won by a landslide in Saturday’s presidential run-off, preventing veteran leftist Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico from tightening his grip on power. Mr Kiska will be Slovakia’s first president since independence in 1993 without a past in the Communist party.
- The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has changed the norms regarding issuance of prepaid payment instruments by putting a cap of Rs 50,000.
- Energy ministers from more than 20 of the world’s leading economies will gather in New Delhi, India on April 17-18 for the fourth international Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM4).
- Private sector insurer Bajaj Allianz may soon join the corporate bandwagon sponsoring IPL, an annual 20-20 cricket extravaganza, as a principal sponsor of the Mumbai Indians team.
- HDFC Bank has decided to cut its benchmark lending rates by 0.1 percentage point with effect from March 30. The Base Rate of the country’s second largest private sector bank will become 9.6 per cent from the existing 9.7 per cent.
- Car bomb attacks against four Shia mosques in Baghdad and one in Kirkuk killed at least 24 people and wounded more than 100, security officials said on Friday.
- Richard Griffiths, the British actor who played the boy wizard’s unsympathetic Uncle Vernon in the “Harry Potter” movies, has died. He was 65.
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