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CURRENT AFFAIRS : DAYS

World Thinking Day : Observed On Feb 22 

  • World Thinking Day is celebrated each year by the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the world on the 22nd February. 
  • The aim of Thinking Day is to bring together young people from across the world; nearly 150 countries choose to take part in the celebrations  to celebrate international fun and friendship, as well as to help raise money and focus on the year’s global theme.
  • 2021 Theme of World Thinking Day is: “Peacebuilding”

Importance Of The Day :

  • Thinking Day offers the Girl Guiding and Girl Scouting community the opportunity to think about others and focus on the wider issues impacting those within the Guiding and Scouting movement.

History :

  • Thinking Day originated from a desire by the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts to dedicate a day to thinking about and appreciating the global spread of these movements.
  • The observance of Thinking Day has been celebrated every year since 1926, and began over 90 years ago.
  • The day began when the delegates from the Guide and Girl Scout organizations from across the globe attended the 4th world conference where it was decided that the day would be created and would be held on Lord Baden-Powell’s birthday, the founder of the Girl Scout and Guide movements.

World Day Of Social Justice 2021: Observed On February 20

  • World Day Of Social Justice is observed on February 20 every year.
  • The main objective of celebrating World Day of Social Justice is to raise a voice against social injustice and to bring the various communities internationally together to eliminate poverty, gender, and physical discrimination, illiteracy, religious discrimination to make a socially integrated society.
  • The theme of World Day of Social Justice 2021: “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy”.

History :

  • On 26 November 2007, the General Assembly declared that starting from the sixty-third session of the General Assembly, 20 February will be celebrated annually as the World Day of Social Justice.
  • The International Labour Organization unanimously adopted the ILO Declaration on Social Justice for a Fair Globalization on 10 June 2008. This is the third major statement of principles and policies adopted by the International Labour Conference since the ILO’s Constitution of 1919.

World Pangolin Day 2021: Feb 20

  • The World Pangolin Day is celebrated on the “Third Saturday of February” every year.
  • In 2021, the annual World Pangolin Day is being celebrated on 20 February 2020.
  • It marks the 10th edition of the event.
  • The day aims to raise awareness about these unique mammals and speed up conservation efforts.
  • Pangolin numbers are rapidly declining in Asia and Africa.
  • Across the world, there are eight species ranging from Vulnerable to Critically Endangered, so today is the day to start helping in raising awareness of these under-appreciated animals.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : NATIONAL NEWS

India, Maldives sign five pacts to boost infrastructure projects 

  • India and its Southern neighbour Maldives signed five agreements that would boost infrastructure in the island nation.
  • The pacts that were signed during Foreign Minister S Jaishankar’s visit.
  • India has offered a standalone Line of Credit of $40 million for sports infrastructure in the Maldives.
  • Jaishankar, who arrived here on the first leg of his two-nation tour that will also take him to Mauritius, handed over 100,000 additional doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Foreign Minister and Health Minister Kerafa Naseem.
  • Apart from this, five pacts were signed between India and Maldives to boost infrastructure in the island nation.
  • Amendatory Agreement to repurpose an older EXIM Bank of India Line of Credit of USD 25 million for Road Devt
  • Letter of Intent between EXIM Bank and local authorities for financing a housing project of 2000 units in Hulhumale.
  • MoU on grant funding USD 0.5 million for a fish processing plant in Kendhikulhudhoo in the northern Maldives.
  • MoU on capacity building and exchange of content and expertise between Prasar Bharati and Public State Media, Maldives.
  • MoU on sustainable urban development between MoHUA and Ministry of national planning, housing and infrastructure, Maldives.

About Maldives :

  • Capital : Male
  • Currency :  Maldivian rufiyaa
  • President : Ibrahim Mohamed Solih

Tourism Minister to inaugurate Incredible India Mega Homestay Development

  • Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel will inaugurate the three day Incredible India Mega Homestay Development and Training Workshop in Darjeeling.
  • The concept of Homestay is getting popular in Darjeeling and Kalimpong districts of Northern part of West Bengal.
  • The involvement of the local community is more than ever in this Homestay Tourism at one of the most favoured hill stations for domestic and inbound tourists.
  • The Tourism Ministry said, a total of 450 homestay owners will be trained in the workshop where IIAS School of Management will train them free of cost in different spheres of Hospitality.
  • The aim of this robust hospitality training workshop is to upgrade the hospitality skills of local community stakeholders by capacity building.

National Toy Fair to be organized from Feb 27

  • The first-ever National Toy Fair will be organized from 27th February to 2nd March through a virtual medium.
  • IIT Gandhinagar based Centre for Creative Learning (CCL) will showcase its unique 75 toy creations in the fair.
  • IIT Gandhinagar is the only IIT in the country which is running such a centre for creative learning.
  • The centre is inculcating scientific temperament among students and teachers by developing a range of scientific and educational toys.
  • Founder of CCL, Manish Jain said education is supposed to ignite the brains of the children and for this to happen, it is important the children find education interesting

Several projects to be launched by PM Modi in Assam, West Bengal

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Assam and West Bengal.
  • In Assam, Mr Modi will dedicate important projects of the oil and gas sector to the nation at Silapathar in Dhemaji district.
  • The Prime Minister will dedicate to the nation the INDMAX Unit at Indian Oil’s Bongaigaon Refinery, Oil India Limited’s Secondary Tank Farm at Madhuban, Dibrugarh and a Gas Compressor Station at Hebeda Village, Makum, Tinsukia.
  • He will also inaugurate the Dhemaji Engineering College and lay the foundation stone for Sualkuchi Engineering College.
  • These projects will usher in an era of energy security and prosperity, and open bright avenues of opportunity for local youth.
  • They are in line with the Prime Minister’s vision of Purvodaya to drive Eastern India’s socio-economic growth.

Prakash Javadekar inaugurates Atal Paryavaran Bhavan in Lakshadweep

  • Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated the Atal Paryavaran Bhavan at Lakshadweep on Feb 19, 2021.
  • Prakash Javadekar is on a four day official visit to Lakshadweep from February 19 to 22, 2021.
  • The minister attended high level meetings with the Secretaries of various departments in UT’s administration.
  • The Minister is to attend programmes at Suheli, Kadmat and Bangaram islands and evaluate major innovative initiatives of the Forest and Environment Department of the Union Territory.
  • Suheli Par is an oval-shaped and 17 km long coral atoll in Lakshadweep, that is surrounded by a zone of rich marine fauna.
  • It is located in the South-West of Kavaratti and 76 km to the south of Agatti.
  • The Nine Degree channel in the Indian Ocean, is located between the Islands of Kalpeni and Suheli Par, and Maliku Atoll.
  • He will also evaluate the major innovative initiatives of the Union Territory’s Forest and Environment Department.

Assam CM Sonowal lays foundation of first skill university of eastern India

  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation of the first skill university of eastern India in Darrang district, aimed at imparting training to over 10,000 students in 12 disciplines.
  • The varsity would be built with a financial outlay of 1,000 crore.
  • It is expected to be completed by 2026, and will have understandings with countries like Germany, Taiwan, South Korea, Israel, Japan, England.
  • Skill, Employment and Entrepreneurship Development Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary termed the day as historic, as the process has been initiated for setting up the third skill university in India.

About Assam :

  • CM : Sarbananda Sonowal
  • Capital : Dispur

PM Modi to address 66th annual convocation of IIT Kharagpur 

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 66th annual convocation of IIT Kharagpur via video conferencing. 
  • The institute is organizing its convocation in virtual mode, keeping in view the safety measures during the post pandemic situation.
  • Union Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Minister of State for Education Sanjay Dhotre will also attend the convocation.
  • As many as 75 students including nine Institute Gold medal winners and 66 Institute Silver medal winners have been invited to receive the awards in person.
  • More than 2,800 students will be awarded degrees in online mode.
  • The Institute will also confer DSc, IIT Kharagpur Life Fellow Award and distinguished Alumnus Award to 27 achievers for their contribution to academics and research, social service and public welfare.

Govt sanctions over 56 thousand more houses – PMAY (Urban)

  • Government has sanctioned over 56 thousand more houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). 
  • The Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee has approved them.
  • Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri said, out of the total validated demand of one crore 12 lakh houses by 2022, nearly one crore 11 lakh homes are now sanctioned.
  • He informed that over 73 lakh houses have now been grounded.
  • The Minister said, 42 lakh 70 thousand houses have been handed over to the beneficiaries.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : INTERNATIONAL NEWS

U.S. Officially Rejoins Paris Climate Agreement

  • The United States officially rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change designed to limit global warming and avoid its potentially catastrophic impacts.
  • Nearly 200 nations have signed on to the landmark accord and committed to limit their greenhouse gas emissions in an attempt to keep global warming below 2 degrees Celsius preferably below 1.5 degrees Celsius  compared to pre-industrial temperatures.
  • Earlier, in November 2020, the US had officially exited the agreement on the order of the then President Donald Trump.
  • The landmark Paris climate agreement was signed in 2015, as per which countries are expected to enhance their commitments to curb greenhouse gas emissions every five years.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : STATE NEWS

Kerala govt sanctions Rs.9 crore to build ‘smart’ anganwadis

  • The Kerala government has sanctioned 9 crore to convert the conventional anganwadis into “smart” structures with better amenities.
  • Under the Smart Anganwadi scheme, the Department of Women and Child Development has granted 48 anganwadis in the state to construct new buildings.
  • To provide early childhood care, the Kerala government has decided to build ‘smart anganwadis’ in a phased manner. The aim is to make the facility more child-friendly to nurture the mental and physical development of children.
  • The smart anganwadis are being designed and constructed as part of the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS).
  • It is expected to have various amenities, ranging from study hall, kitchen, dining area, store room, creative zone, garden to swimming pool and outdoor play area as per the availability of land.

About Kerala :

  • CM : Pinarayi Vijayan
  • Capital : Thiruvananthapuram

Karnataka to host second Khelo India University Games this year

  • Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has announced that the second Khelo India University Games will be hosted by Karnataka.
  • Bengaluru along with Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, Mr Rijiju said that the largest University games in the country scheduled later this year will be held in Bengaluru in partnership with Association of Indian Universities.
  • Over 4,000 sportsmen under the age of 25 will compete with an opportunity to be selected for the national teams.
  • The first edition of University games was held in Bhubaneswar.

About Karnataka:

  • Capital: Bengaluru
  • Governor: Vajubhai Vala
  • Chief minister: B. S. Yediyurappa

First paperless budget to be presented in Uttar Pradesh Assembly

  • The first paperless budget will be presented in Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
  • UP will be the first state in the country to table a paperless budget.
  • The State Finance Minister Suresh Khanna will present the first paperless budget in the history of the State.
  • All members of the State Legislature have been provided iPads to view the budget highlights which will also be available on two big screens put up in the House.
  • The 2021-2022 budgets will also be available on an App which can be downloaded from Google Play Store with the name ‘Uttar Pradesh Sarkar Ka Budget’.

About Uttar Pradesh:

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh govt to develop Jewar Airport as Asia’s biggest airport 

  • Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government plans to develop Jewar Airport as Asia’s biggest airport with six runways. 
  • The state government has to set aside 2,000 crore for Jewar Airport in its budget for 2021-22 presenting in the Assembly.
  • The state government has also increased the number of runways of the Jewar Airport to six, from two proposed earlier.
  • The under construction airport in Ayodhya will be named as Maryada Purushottam Sriram Airport. 
  • A provision of 101 crore rupees has been made for it in the budget.
  • Ayodhya airport will also be subsequently made an international airport.

About Uttar Pradesh:

  • Capital: Lucknow
  • Governor: Anandiben Patel
  • Chief minister: Yogi Adityanath

Mehbooba Mufti re-elected as President of PDP

  • Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti has been re-elected as President of Peoples’ Democratic Party.
  • The party announced through its official twitter handle that Ms Mehbooba Mufti was unanimously re-elected as JK-PDP President for a period of three years.
  • Party members and leaders from both Jammu and Kashmir participated in the election process.

About Jammu and Kashmir:

  • Capital: Jammu (winter) Kashmir (summer)
  • Governor: Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha

CURRENT AFFAIRS : BANKING & FINANCE

S&P Global Ratings India to be among the fastest-growing emerging economies in FY22

  • S&P Global Ratings said India will be one of the fastest growing emerging market economies with a 10% growth in the next fiscal, and future sovereign rating action would hinge on lowering fiscal deficit and sustaining debt burden.
  • For the next 2021-22 fiscal, the deficit has been put at 6.8% of the GDP, which will be further lowered to 4.5% by 2025-26 fiscal ending March 31, 2026.
  • The continuous good performance by the agriculture sector, flattening of COVID-19 infection curve, pickup in government spending and the recently released budget are some of the factors for the positive growth prospect of the country.

YONO merchant app launched SBI Payments 

  • India’s largest lender, State Bank of India, will launch a YONO merchant’s app to enable 20 million merchants from tier 2, 3 cities to adopt digital payments.
  • The lender plans to deploy low-cost acceptance infrastructure across India over the next two years targeting the potential merchants across India in the Retail and Enterprise segment.
  • The initiative will enable near field communication (NFC) enabled smart phones of merchants to turn into Point-of- sale devices after downloading the app.

India signs 50 million dollar Defence line of Credit agreement with Maldives

  • Reaffirming its commitment for overall development and security of its maritime neighbour, India has signed a 50 million dollar Line of Credit agreement in the defence sector with the Maldives.
  • External Affair Minister S Jaishankar, who was in the Maldives, said that the agreement will facilitate capability building in the maritime domain.
  • The credit line agreement for defence projects was signed between the Finance Ministry of Maldives and the Export-Import Bank of India to boost the maritime capabilities of the strategically vital Indian Ocean island nation.
  • Dr Jaishankar also co-signed the UTF Harbour Project agreement with Maldives Defence Minister Mariya Didi.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: BUSINESS NEWS

Vodafone-Idea launches premium VOD service on Vi Movies & TV app

  • Vodafone Idea announced the launch of Premium Video On Demand (PVOD) service on Vi Movies and TV App, in partnership with Hungama, as the Telco looks to strengthen its OTT play.
  • The PVOD market in India is “premature but promising” as the Indian audience continues to be price-conscious and choosy, Vodafone Idea (VIL) said in a statement adding such models are changing in the new post pandemic era as consumers explore alternate options of entertainment from comfort of their homes.

CURRENT AFFAIRS: APPOINTMENT NEWS

Yanira Ramirez appointed as H&M Country Sales Manager for India

  • Fashion retail major H&Mannounced the appointment of Yanira Ramirez as the Country Sales Manager for India.
  • The appointment comes at a time when the brand has been focusing on rapid expansion and now has 50 stores across 25 cities.

2 new judges in Delhi HC, 4 additional judges in Kerala HC appointed by President 

  • President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Jasmeet Singh and Amit Bansal as Judges of the Delhi High Court.
  • Mr Kovind has also appointed four Additional Judges in the Kerala High Court.Four Additional Judges of the Karnataka High Court have been elevated as Judges of this Court.
  • The Law Ministry has issued notifications in this regard.

Page Industries appointed V S Ganesh as Executive Director & CEO

  • The board of Page Industrieson 22 February 2021, approved the appointment of VS Ganesh as the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of the company for a period of five years effective from 1 June 2021.
  • Vedji Ticku, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, has resigned from Page Industries.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : AGREEMENTS 

Indian Oil signs pact with Greenstat Norway for hydrogen fuel

  • A national hydrogen mission to accelerate plans to generate the carbon-free fuel from renewables, state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) signed a pact with Greenstat Norway for setting up a Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen.
  • In the Union Budget for 2021-22, the government pledged to focus on generating hydrogen from green power sources as well as build more diverse and efficient energy infrastructure.
  • This association aims to develop a Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen (CoE-H) including CCUS and Fuel Cells by IndianOil and M/s Greenstat for clean energy in cooperation with Indo-Norwegian Hydrogen Cluster companies/organizations.
  • The CoE-H will facilitate the transfer and sharing of technology, know-how and experience through the green hydrogen value chain and other relevant technologies including hydrogen storage and fuel cells.
  • The CoE-H will be a vehicle for promoting R&D projects in Green and Blue Hydrogen between Norwegian and Indian R&D institutions/universities.
  • The partnership between IOC and Greenstat will actively assist partners/stakeholders to develop business models based upon feasibility studies besides facilitating consultancies to industry, utilities and regulators on hydrogen storage, hydrogen production, refueling stations, fuel cells and CCUS technologies.

About IOC :

  • Chairperson: Shrikant Madhav Vaidya
  • Headquarters: New Delhi
  • Founded: 30 June 1959

CURRENT AFFAIRS: MOU’s

India, World Bank ink project for Nagaland

  • Indian government, Government of Nagaland and the World Bank signed a $68 million project to enhance the governance of schools across Nagaland as well as to improve teaching practices and learning environments in select schools.
  • The “Nagaland: Enhancing Classroom Teaching and Resources Project” will improve classroom instruction; create opportunities for the professional development of teachers; and build technology systems to provide students and teachers with more access to blended and online learning as well as allow better monitoring of policies and programs, a Finance Ministry statement said.

Chennai Port Trust to sign port to port MoU

  • Development of a multi-modal logistics park (MMLP) and feasibility to run a ferry service between Chennaiand Karaikal in Puducherry are some of the projects for which MoUs will be signed with various agencies by the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) at the Maritime India Summit 2021 to be held online from March 2 to 4.

CURRENT AFFAIRS : SPORTS NEWS

Sri Lanka pacer Dhammika Prasad quits international cricket

  • Sri Lanka fast bowler Dhammika Prasad has announced his retirement from international cricket.
  • Prasad, 37, last played a Test match in October 2015 against the West Indies here.
  • He represented Sri Lanka in 25 Tests and 24 ODIs, bagging 75 and 32 wickets
  • He also played lone T20 International against Australia in 2011.

Daily CA On Feb 21 & 22 :

  • International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism.
  • Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan launched Intensified Mission Indradhanush 3.0, (IMI 3.0) to expand immunization coverage across the country.
  • The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization and the Arbor Day Foundation have recognized Hyderabad as a 2020 Tree City of World, for its commitment to growing and maintaining urban forests.
  • The Union government launched the ‘Go Electric’ campaign to spread awareness about the benefits of e-mobility and electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in India.
  • The scheme to provide free menstrual products for the next three years comes after a six-month pilot program launched last year in 15 schools in the Waikato region where 3,200 young people were provided with period products.
  • Kerala Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan inaugurated the Kerala Fibre Optic Network (KFON) project intended to provide free internet connections to Below Poverty Line (BPL) families in the state.
  • A team of scientists, nature lovers and doctors have come up with a mobile application ‘Snakepedia’ on snakes in Kerala to help the public as well as doctors to treat snake bites.
  • In the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir, a seven day long exhibition of National Scheduled Caste and Scheduled Tribe Hub (NSSH) scheme concluded at ITI, Ground in Rajouri.
  • Indian Bank has entered into an MOU with Society for Innovation and Development (SID), an initiative of Indian Institute of Science, for extending exclusive credit facility to Start-ups and MSMEs.
  • Bank of Maharashtra has entered into a strategic partnership with Vayana Network to offer financial support to the MSME sector.
  • E-commerce company Flipkart has partnered with ICICI Lombard to offer ‘Group SafeGuard’ insurance, a group insurance policy to its consumers.
  • India successfully test fired indigenously-developed anti-tank guided missile systems ‘Helina’ and ‘Dhruvastra’, paving their induction into the Army and the Indian Air Force
  • The Indian and Indonesian navies carried out a military exercise in the Arabian sea to enhance operational interoperability and overall cooperation.
  • Japan’s Seiko Hashimoto has been appointed the next Tokyo 2020 president.
  • Exceptional efforts on the frontlines to stop environmental crime, including the illegal trade in wildlife and in plastic waste, have been recognized by the United Nations, INTERPOL and the World Customs Organization with the presentation of the 5th Asia Environmental Enforcement Awards. 
  • Bangladesh observed the Language martyr’s day with Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and President M Abdul Hamid paying tributes to the martyrs of the historic language movement by placing wreaths at the Central Shaheed Minar in Dhaka.
  • India and Ethiopia signed two agreements related to visa facilitation and leather technology.
  • India’s Ankita Raina On February 19 won her maiden WTA title as she and her Russian partner Kamilla Rakhimova clinched the doubles event in the Phillip Island Trophy in Melbourne.
  • Star paddler Manika Batra clinched her second title by defeating Reeth Rishya 4-2 in the women’s singles final of the Senior National Table Tennis Championship
  • Japan’s Naomi Osaka Has won the Women’s single title in the Australian open 2021.
  • Indian Premier League Governing Council chairman Brijesh Patel revealed at the IPL 2021 Auction that VIVO is back as the title sponsor of the league.

Daily CA On Feb 23 :

  • World Thinking Day is celebrated each year by the Girl Guides and Girl Scouts across the world on the 22nd February. 
  • World Day Of Social Justice is observed on February 20 every year.
  • The World Pangolin Day is celebrated on the “Third Saturday of February” every year.
  • India and its Southern neighbour Maldives signed five agreements that would boost infrastructure in the island nation.
  • Culture and Tourism Minister Prahlad Singh Patel will inaugurate the three day Incredible India Mega Homestay Development and Training Workshop in Darjeeling.
  • The first-ever National Toy Fair will be organized from 27th February to 2nd March through a virtual medium.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will visit Assam and West Bengal. In Assam, Mr Modi will dedicate important projects of the oil and gas sector to the nation at Silapathar in Dhemaji district.
  • Union Minister for Environment, Forest and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, inaugurated the Atal Paryavaran Bhavan at Lakshadweep on Feb 19, 2021.
  • Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal laid the foundation of the first skill university of eastern India in Darrang district, aimed at imparting training to over 10,000 students in 12 disciplines.
  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the 66th annual convocation of IIT Kharagpur via video conferencing. 
  • Government has sanctioned over 56 thousand more houses under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). 
  • The United States officially rejoined the Paris Agreement on climate change designed to limit global warming and avoid its potentially catastrophic impacts.
  • The Kerala government has sanctioned Rs.9 crore to convert the conventional anganwadis into “smart” structures with better amenities.
  • Union Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju has announced that the second Khelo India University Games will be hosted by Karnataka.
  • The first paperless budget will be presented in Uttar Pradesh Assembly.
  • Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government plans to develop Jewar Airport as Asia’s biggest airport with six runways. 
  • Former Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir Mehbooba Mufti has been re-elected as President of Peoples’ Democratic Party.
  • S&P Global Ratings said India will be one of the fastest growing emerging market economies with a 10% growth in the next fiscal, and future sovereign rating action would hinge on lowering fiscal deficit and sustaining debt burden.
  • India’s largest lender, State Bank of India, will launch a YONO merchant’s app to enable 20 million merchants from tier 2, 3 cities to adopt digital payments.
  • Reaffirming its commitment for overall development and security of its maritime neighbour, India has signed a 50 million dollar Line of Credit agreement in the defence sector with the Maldives.
  • Vodafone Idea announced the launch of Premium Video On Demand (PVOD) service on Vi Movies and TV App, in partnership with Hungama, as the Telco looks to strengthen its OTT play.
  • Fashion retail major H&Mannounced the appointment of Yanira Ramirez as the Country Sales Manager for India.
  • President Ram Nath Kovind has appointed Jasmeet Singh and Amit Bansal as Judges of the Delhi High Court.
  • The board of Page Industrieson 22 February 2021, approved the appointment of VS Ganesh as the Executive Director & Chief Executive Officer of the company for a period of five years effective from 1 June 2021.
  • A national hydrogen mission to accelerate plans to generate the carbon-free fuel from renewables, state-owned Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) signed a pact with Greenstat Norway for setting up a Centre of Excellence on Hydrogen.
  • Indian government, Government of Nagaland and the World Bank signed a $68 million project to enhance the governance of schools across Nagaland as well as to improve teaching practices and learning environments in select schools.
  • Development of a multi-modal logistics park (MMLP) and feasibility to run a ferry service between Chennaiand Karaikal in Puducherry are some of the projects for which MoUs will be signed with various agencies by the Chennai Port Trust (ChPT) at the Maritime India Summit 2021 to be held online from March 2 to 4.
  • Sri Lanka fast bowler Dhammika Prasad has announced his retirement from international cricket. 

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