1. Ishant Sharma has become the second Indian fast bowler to play 100 Test matches. He reached the milestone when he bowled the first over in India vs England pink-ball Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on February 24, 2021. Former Indian skipper Kapil Dev was the only fast bowler to achieve the feat before this.
2. The Union Cabinet on February 24, 2021 approved the proposal to impose President’s Rule in Puducherry. The move comes just a few days after a Congress-led government in the union territory lost the trust vote in the assembly.
3. The second phase of COVID-19 vaccination will begin in India from March 1, 2021. Under this phase, people above the age of 60 years and those above 45 years of age with comorbidities will be vaccinated.
4. Union Minister of Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar used Sanskrit for the first time in United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Debate on climate change on 23rd February 2021.
5. The US Senate on February 23, 2021 confirmed Linda Thomas-Greenfield as US ambassador to the United Nations. Greenfield’s name was nominated for the post by US President Joe Biden.
6. The Finance Ministry informed on February 23, 2021, that the Central government has inked a loan agreement worth $304 million with the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank- AIIB for strengthening the electricity transmission system of Assam.
7. Russia has reported the world’s first case of bird flu virus strain -H5N8 -that has infected humans through birds. The bird flu strain has been reported to the World Health Organization (WHO).
8. The United Nations’ (UN) World Day of Social Justice is annually observed on February 20 to encourage people to look at how social justice affects poverty eradication. This year, the theme for World Day of Social Justice is “A Call for Social Justice in the Digital Economy”.
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