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NEWS TOTAL: 25 Feb 2021

INTERNATIONAL NEWS

  1. An Indian social activist, Anjali Bhardwaj, who works on issues of transparency and accountability has been selected for the “United State International Anti-Corruption Champions Award” along with the other 11 anti-corruption champions. These names were announced by Joe Biden administration.
  2. Indian-American lawyer Kiran Ahuja to head Office of Personnel Management in Joe Biden administration
  3. Army Chief General MM Naravane on Wednesday struck a reconciliatory note with China after its troops retreated from the Pangong Tso lake area along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) in eastern Ladakh.He said that India’s relations with China would develop along the path we wish to develop. After nine rounds of talks, both countries reached a mutual agreement for disengagement of troops from the most contentious area of North and South Pangong lake.
  4. Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Tuesday (February 23, 2021) attended the United Nations Security Council Open Debate and said that India is the only country on track among the G20 nations to meet its climate change mitigation commitments. He said, “We are not only meeting our Paris Agreement targets but will also exceed them.”
  5. Chinese President Xi Jinping may attend BRICS Summit 2021 in India
  6. Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said on Wednesday that Kashmir is the only dispute with India and it can only be resolved through dialogue.
  7. Wanted diamond merchant Nirav Modi, who remains behind bars in a London prison as he contests his extradition to India on charges of fraud and money laundering in the estimated USD 2-billion Punjab National Bank (PNB) scam case, will find out the UK court”s ruling in the nearly two-year-long legal battle on Thursday.
  8. Japan has appointed the first ever Minister for Loneliness amid the increasing suicide rates in Japan.Key Points Suicide rates in Japan has increased for the first time in 11 years.
  9. France on Tuesday summoned Pakistan charge d`affaires to protest comments by President Arif Alvi on the new anti-radicalism bill introduced in the French Parliament and asked Islamabad to adopt a “constructive attitude” to bilateral relations. the Pakistan President urged the political leadership of France “not to entrench the discriminatory attitudes against Muslims into laws” .
  10. In a shocking incident, Pakistani Maulana Salahuddin Ayubi, leader of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (JUI-F), and a Member of the National Assembly (MNA) from Balochistan married a 14-year-old girl. The Pakistan police have launched an investigation into the marriage. NATIONAL NEWS
  11. The Union Cabinet has approved the proposal to impose President’s Rule in Puducherry . This proposal was approved days after the Congress-led government in the union territory lost power after a vote of confidence.
  12. Former Delhi Police commissioner Bhim Sain Bassi may be appointed as the next Puducherry Lt governor.
  13. The National Institution for Transforming India (NITI Aayog) recently published its draft national policy on migrant labours.
  14. The finance ministry on Wednesday allowed all private sector banks to participate in government-related business like collection of taxes pension payments and small savings schemes.
  15. Ahmedabad’s giant Motera named ‘Narendra Modi Stadium’ before 3rd India-England Test: Chhattisgarh CM Bhupesh Baghel joined the group of Opposition leaders condemning the renaming of the Motera Cricket Stadium in Gujarat, the largest in the world, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
  16. AAP wrote to Haryana Chief Minister ML Khattar and demanded the immediate release of labour rights activist Nodeep Kaur from Karnal jail. A 23-year-old labour rights activist, Kaur was arrested in Haryana’s Sonipat on January 12 when a group formed by an association of industrial owners allegedly manhandled protesters demanding payment of pending wages of some workers. She is facing three separate cases that include charges of attempt to murder and extortion. While she was granted bail in two cases on February 12 and February 15 respectively, she is yet to secure bail in the third case.
  17. The Supreme Court on Wednesday gave its verdict on the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) Civil Services Prelims 2021 extra attempt. No extra Chance will be given.
    Dismissing the petition seeking a second shot at the civil service examination due to the Covid-19 pandemic and age bar, the apex court has said that no extra chance will be given to the UPSC candidates who exhausted their last attempt in October 2020.
  18. The Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) has approved the acquisition of 118 Arjun Mark 1A tanks on February 23, 2021.
    The approval was given for the Indian Army at a cost of ₹6,000 crores. 118 tanks would join the fleet of first batch of 124 Arjun tanks.
  19. Ahead of polls, Assam extends AFSPA for another 6 months : The existing ‘disturbed area’ status of Assam was extended for another six months from February 27 under the Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA), ahead of the Assembly elections in the state due in April-May.
  20. All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen supremo Asaduddin Owaisi’s first rally in Kolkata, scheduled to be held on Thursday, has been cancelled as the city police denied permission for it, party sources claimed.
  21. Respect wisdom of voters: Kapil Sibal on Rahul’s Kerala remark : The Congress’ position has and will always be to respect electors and their freedom of choice irrespective of their location, senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said on Wednesday, even as he refused to comment specifically on Rahul Gandhi’s ‘North-South’ remarks.
  22. People above 60 years and those above 45 years with comorbidities to get Covid-19 vaccine from March 1,
    does it implies that others will be asked to purchase the vaccine from the market at their own expenses?
  23. Schools in Haryana reopened for the students of classes 3 to 5 on Wednesday, while regular classes for grades 1 and 2 will start from March 1.
  24. Travellers from five states, including Maharashtra, Kerala and Punjab, will have to show negative COVID-19 test report before entering the national capital, officials said on Wednesday amid a spike in coronavirus infections in some states.

INTERESTING FACTS

INS Arihant, a submarine, is India’s first indigenous nuclear submarine. It can launch nuclear weapons from underwater. The vessel was built under the Advanced Technology Vessel project at the Ship Building Centre in the port city of Visakhapatnam.

VISIBLE THOUGHT

What you do today can improve all your tomorrows

GK LINE

Smallest planet……If we put our planets in ‘size order’ they would be listed as the following, from large to small: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, Earth, Venus, Mars, and Mercury. Since we lost Pluto as an official planet, it appears that Mercury is now considered the smallest planet in the solar system.

WHY AND HOW ?

Why urine is some time yellow in colour ?

Urine color generally ranges from a pale-yellow color to deep amber. This coloring is primarily caused by the pigment urochrome, also known as urobilin. Whether your urine is diluted by water or in a more concentrated form determines the appearance of the pigment.

How it works ?

How a Ambidextrous people have the ability to use both hands with equal dexterity. …

Being ambidextrous means you can use both of your hands with equal skill. Whether you’re writing, brushing your teeth, or throwing a ball, you can do it just as well with either hand.

Coming from the Latin word ambidexter, which means “right-handed on both sides,” ambidextrous describes someone who can use either hand to write.

Knowledge from indian Scriptures

Morality Says, ” Keep your promises “
Wisdom Says, ” Never make promises because you only know the present moment, you don’t know how things will turn out in future.”

Morality binds you.
Wisdom frees you.

Morality is the path of Bhisma.
Wisdom is the path of Krishna.

Food habits

Drum stick (Moringa) is also beneficial since it helps balance out blood glucose levels in the body, helping people who suffer from diabetes. Studies have also detailed that diabetic patients who consumed moringa leaves (or extract) regularly had better-improved haemoglobin function, protein content and had their blood sugar levels in check. It can treat asthma too.

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