2. India today retaliated strongly to the arrest of its Deputy Consul General in New York by initiating series of steps to strip US diplomats and their families of privileges including withdrawing all airport passes and stopping import clearances for the embassy.
3. Angela Merkel sworn in as German chancellor for 3rd time. Merkel was elected to a third term as chancellor in a vote in the German lower house of parliament, paving the way for her new grand coalition government to be sworn in and formally take power later in the day.
4. Lieuenant Governor Najeeb Jung has recommended the imposition of President’s rule in Delhi in the absence of any party staking claim to form a government.
5. Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways Oscar Fernandes has been given additional charge of the Ministry of Labour and Employment, following the passing away of Sis Ram Ola, a release from the President’s Secretariat said.
6. Mumbai University, on Monday launched a book titled ‘Nirbhaya: Ek Atmachintan’ to mark a year since the brutal gangrape of a Delhi paramedic student.
7. Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh today released a postage stamp of former Chief Minister of Punjab ,Sardar Beant Singh. After releasing the stamp in New Delhi.
8. Over 2,200 J&K youth getting trained under ‘Project Udaan’. Over 2,200 youth from Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) are getting trained by 29 corporates across the country, thanks to Project Udaan.
9. The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) on Thursday approved implementation of various schemes related to agriculture, including continuation of Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana (RKVY), in the 12th Plan with a combined outlay of over Rs 80,000 crore.
10. French auto firm Renault SA on Monday signed a deal to build a joint-venture plant costing 7.76 billion yuan ($1.28 billion) to produce cars in the central Chinese province of Hubei.
11. The Competition Commission of India (CCI) on Monday approved American retail giant Walmart Stores Inc’s proposal to acquire Bharti Group’s nearly 50 per cent stake in their Indian wholesale stores joint venture.
12. Teen sensation Mahesh Mangaonkar became the first Indian squash player to win the IMET Open, in the Slovakian capital of Bratislava. The 19-year-old World No.98 from Mumbai downed defending champion Greg Lobban, the No.2 seed from Scotland 7-11 11-8 11-4 6-11 11-7 to take the title.
13. Australia have the Ashes for the first time in seven years after sealing a deserved 150-run win in Perth to take an impregnable 3-0 lead in the five-match series.
14. The first high altitude cricket stadium in South India, will be inaugurated at Krishnagiri in Wynad district of Kerala this evening. The picturesque stadium, owned by the Kerala Cricket Association, is situated about 2800 feet above sea-level. Spread over 4.4 hectares, the stadium has been constructed at a cost of about 6.5 crore rupees.