1. Within three months in Feb 2012 with Agni V, India will gatecrash the super ICBM (inter-continental ballistic missile) club, largely the preserve of countries like the US, Russia and China that brandish long-range strategic missiles with strike ranges well beyond 5,500 km.
2. The Cabinet approved changes in the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (PFRDA) Bill, which will also pave the way for 26% foreign investment in pension fund management companies.
3. Institutions soliciting capitation fee could soon be saddled with fines of Rs 1 crore with the Union Cabinet, approving the Prohibition of Unfair Practices in Technical Educational Institutions, Medical Educational Institutions and Universities Bill, 2010 after HRD ministry included several amendments recommended by the parliamentary standing committee.
4. Mathura sessions court on Wednesday awarded death penalty to eight people and life sentence to 27 for an honour killing that took place 20 years ago. On March 25, 1991, the Mehrana village panchayat ordered the public hanging of local Jat girl Roshni, Vijendra Jatav , with whom she had eloped, and their friend Ramkishan for helping them
5. Saudi Arabia signed an agreement with South Korea on developing nuclear power generation to help meet the Kingdom’s rising energy demand.
6. The IMF director of its Europe program has resigned, citing personal reasons. Antonio Borges‘ exit comes about a year after he began heading the IMF’s European program, as the region struggled to rein in the fallout from its financial crisis.
7. The recent Facebook hack has reportedly claimed over 2 lakh victims in Bangalore. Around two lakh Facebook users in Bangalore had their accounts hacked and weblinks to their morphed pornographic pictures sent as feeds to friends and family.
8. With an aim to expand its services on smartphones, social networking giant Facebook has acquired MailRank, a year-old startup firm focused on prioritizing e-mail.
9. Apple named Arthur D Levinson, chairman of Genentech ,a new board chairman, in another signal Apple also elected to its board Robert A Iger, the chief executive of the Walt Disney Co. That move comes at a time when the company is strengthening.
10. Bangladeshi opposition leader Khaleda Zia’s fugitive elder son Tarique Rahman had siphoned out USD 2.66 million to a Singaporean bank.
11. Goons belonging to a local coal mafia in Jharkhand’s Pakur district on Wednesday killed a Catholic nun Valsa John (52), who was involved in a movement against displacement of tribal people by coal mining companies, by first beating her and then slit her throat to death.
12. US unveils 30,000-pound conventional penetrating, world’s biggest bomb, named as MOP (Massive Ordnance Penetrater).