2nd FEB-National, International and Sports News Round-up
Editorial Team 02-02-2016
- A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court will hear curative petitions seeking re-examination of its verdict criminalising sexual activity between same sex consenting adults under section 377 of IPC
- Non-issuance of a visa by the Pakistani government has led to the cancellation of actor Anupam Kher's participation in the Karachi literary festival starting February 5.
- The Enforcement Directorate on Monday arrested former Member of Parliament Sameer Bhujbal, nephew of Nationalist Congress Party leader Chhagan Bhujbal, in a money laundering case in Mumbai.
- North Korea Government has notified UN Agency of Satellite Launch Plans Later This Month
- The Government of Honduras declares a state of emergency with 3,649 suspected cases of the Zika virus in the past three months.
- Negotiators for the European Commission and the United States agree on a pact protecting data transfers across the North Atlantic by companies such as Google and Amazon, imposing on such companies certain privacy shield obligations.
- Australian cricketer Brad Hodge to coach new IPL team Gujarat Lions; Raina to lead.
- The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) has dropped all-rounder Rameez Khan from the Ranji trophy squad after he was arrested for allegedly killing a black buck in Sagar district in January.
- Lionel Messi will not be part of the Argentina Olympic football team at the Rio de Janeiro Games in August, Argentina coach Gerardo Martino said .
- Five time World champion Viswanathan Anand continued to struggle with his form as he lost to 16-year old International Master Benjamin Gledura of Hungary in the seventh round of the Masters section of Gibraltar International Chess festival.
ECONOMY & BUSINESS
- RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan has left the key policy rate unchanged .The repo or short term lending rate remains unchanged at 6.75 per cent and the reverse repo rate at 7.75 per cent.
- Motorcycle Manufacturer Royal Enfield Unveils Himalayan Bike.The 410 cc bike tailored for mountain motorcycling has been under development for two years. It will go on sale in India in March.
- German auto major Volkswagen unveiled its compact sedan 'Ameo', which will be launched later this year in the country. The sub-4 metre sedan will be available with both petrol and diesel engines.
- Tata Motors to rename hatchback ‘Zica’ that sounds like Zika virus
- Mobile messaging app WhatsApp on Tuesday said it has crossed the one billion user milestone globally with the addition of 100 million users in last five months.
- Alphabet beats Apple to become world's most valuable company