- India hits Terror Camps across Line of Control days after Pulwama Attack
India carried out pre-dawn air strikes on terror training camps across the Line of control on Tuesday, two weeks after 40 soldiers were killed in a terror attack in Kashmir’s Pulwama. At around 3.30am this morning, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the India Air force dropped 1000kg bombs on terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen. Terror launch pads across the Line of control were destroyed by the laser-guided bombs and so were control rooms of the Jaish, reported ANI. The operation lasted around 19 minutes, say sources. India struck the biggest camp of JeM in Balakot, Muzzafarabad, and Chakkothi.
- The 91st Annual Academy Awards (OSCAR 2019) featured zero hosts and several surprises win. Award function took place in Los Angeles – the USA on 25th Feb.
Best Picture – Green Book. Best actress in a leading role – Olivia Colman, Movie – The Favourite, Best actor in a leading role – Rami Malek, Movie – Bohemian Rhapsody, Best director – Alfonso Cuaron, Movie – Roma. Best documentary short subject award for the India based film Period. End of Sentence, executive produced by Guneet Monga.
State Governor of Sudan Ayala appointed Sudan’s Prime Minister
Mohamed Tahir Ayala, governor of Gezira state, was appointed Sudan’s prime minister. Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir said in November 2017 that he would support Ayala in the 2020 presidential election if he decided to run.
India to Attend OIC Meet for 1st Time in Abu Dhabi
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has been invited to deliver an address at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Abu Dhabi. This is the first time that a leader of the non-Muslim country has been invited to the OIC conference. Ms. Swaraj will be the Guest of Honour and address the inaugural plenary of the 46th Session of the Council of Foreign Ministers of OIC.
Lifetime Achievement award for G.R. Karthikeyan
G.R. Karthikeyan, a father of India’s first Formula One driver Narain Karthikeyan, was honored with the Lifetime Achievement award at the FMSCI annual awards function. FIA president Jean Todt was the chief guest and handed over the awards.
MP Govt launched a 100-day employment scheme for youths
Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath launched the State Government’s flagship scheme ‘Mukhyamantri Yuva Swabhiman Yojana’ that guarantees 100 days of employment every year to urban youth from economically weaker sections. Under the scheme, Rs 4,000 stipend per month during 100 days of a period would be given to the youth and they will also be given skill development training in order to become independent.
Saurabh Chaudhary clinches gold in 10m air rifle at shooting World Cup
Saurabh Chaudhary has clinched the country’s second gold medal at the ongoing ISSF World Cup at the Dr. Karni Singh Shooting Range in New Delhi. Saurabh, who had already won gold medals at Youth Olympics and Asian Games gold, attained the top spot in the 10m air pistol event of the World Cup. Saurabh shot a total of 245 (World Record) to claim the top spot. He has also booked a spot in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
World Bank, UN, SIDBI launch Rs 300 crore Women’s Livelihood Bond
World Bank, UN Women, and Small Industries Development Bank of India (SIDBI) have joined hands to launch new social impact bonds exclusively for women, called Women’s Livelihood Bonds (WLBs), with an initial corpus of Rs 300 crore. The proposed bond will enable individual women entrepreneurs in sectors like food processing, agriculture, services, and small units to borrow around Rs 50,000 to Rs 3 lakh at an annual interest rate of around 13-14 percent or less.
Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta wins Cannes International Open Trophy
Indian Grandmaster Abhijeet Gupta lifted the Cannes International Open trophy. He took an easy draw with Pier Luigi Basso of Italy in the ninth and final round. Abhijeet won the tournament with 7.5 points. It is his first solo International tournament victory.
Veteran Kannada writer Ko Channabasappa passes away
Veteran freedom fighter and noted Kannada writer Ko Channabasappa passed away in M S Ramaiah hospital in Bengaluru. He was 96. He was former Judge and had written more than 80 books. He was a winner of Nadoja and Kannada Rajyotsava Awards.
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