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  • Victims include a family of eight with six children who were killed in a village of government-controlled Aleppo. At least eight other civilians were killed in other strikes by Russian and Syrian government warplanes on rural opposition areas that have been hit hard since the Russian-led military campaign.  However, Moscow and Damascus deny accusations of indiscriminate bombing of civilians, saying they are fighting jihadist militants who they say have stepped up their attacks on civilians in Aleppo city in northern Syria.  

  •     The agreement was signed in the presence of Minister of Home Affairs Amit shah, Chief Ministers of Tripura and Mizoram, Bru representatives and Senior officials. As per the agreement around 34,000 Bru refugees will be settled in Tripura with Centre Providing a package of around 600 crores for their settlement and all-round Development.      Details of the agreement include 40*30 sq.ft of residential plots to each displaced Families, a fixed deposit of rupees 4 lakhs, aid of 5,000 cash per month for 2 years, Rupees 1.5 lakhs to build house and free rations for 2 years from the date of resettlement. To ascertain the numbers of those who will be settled, a fresh survey and physical Verification of Bru families living in relief camps would be carried out.      Bru community, the original inhabitants of Mizoram have been living in temporary Camps in Tripura since 1997, following ethnic violence in Mizoram which led to Displacement of Around 5,000 Bru families. The agreement is part of continuous efforts being made by Central government in assisting two state governments since 2010 for Bru rehabilitation. Till date Around 2,000 families have returned to Mizoram, while many desired to settled in Tripura Due to apprehensions about their security in Mizoram.      The agreement is being held as watershed moment in bringing lasting peace and prosperity in the region, which is marked by ethnic strife and conflicts. It is being considered as a strong step as part of Centre’s agenda of mainstreaming north-East Region and solving perpetual long drawn problems to achieve the motto of ‘Sabka sath Sabka Vikas Sabka Vishwas’  

  • The Lac-Saint-Jean region is popular with tourists during the winter with at least 20 people being killed in snowmobile accidents between 2010 and 2019. Most of the victims die after losing control of their snowmobiles on marked trails.  Meanwhile, search for the missing five is still underway.

  • Till now at least eight people have been killed, while three people remained missing four days after Gloria began pummelling the region with torrential rain and heavy snowfall alike. In view of the storm, flights were canceled at several airports in eastern Spain due to the downpours and strong winds as airports were closed on Monday during the worst of the storm. Along with the series of flight cancellation, more than 2,00,000 people were left without power.

  • Raj Kapoor was loved by the people of the Russian Federation.  People of Russia still have fond memories of visit of Raj Kapoor in Russia and his films.  Two films on Raj Kapoor – 'Mera Naam Joker' and 'Awaara' were screened.  A cultural programme featuring the hit songs of Raj Kapoor were presented through dance and music. 

  • According to Election Commission of Nepal, a total 2,056 voters including 550 members from seven provincial assemblies and 1,506 representatives from local bodies are eligible to cast their votes. A total 45 candidates from six political parties including ruling Nepal Communist Party and main opposition Nepali Congress are in fray. The two year tenure of 19 lawmakers of 59 members National Assembly is expiring on March 3. One seat will be filled by the presidential appointment on recommendation of the government. The counting of votes will start soon after completion of polling and results are also likely to be declared today itself.

  • The members of the insurgent groups -- ULFA (I), NDFB, RNLF, KLO, CPI (Maoist), NSLA, ADF and NLFB -- surrendered in presence of Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal at a programme in Guwahati. DGP Bhaskar Jyoti Mahanta told reporters that this is an important day for the state and the Assam Police. He also said it was one of the largest surrender of terrorists in the recent times. 

  • Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren has ordered for Special Investigation Team probe into the killing of seven people who were allegedly murdered in Burugulikera village of Chaibasa. The order came after the Chief Minister held a high-level meeting with Director General of Police, and other top officers.  Chief Minister and Governor will visit the place of incident to take stock of the situation. BJP has formed six member committee which will also visit the place and give its report in one week. SP Indrajit Mehta said that the incident came to light when the police team discovered 7 bodies in a nearby jungle. He added that the murders came in retaliation to another previous incident. Meanwhile, police have recovered the bodies of all the seven people who had gone missing since Sunday. Assuring the families of the victims District Commisioner Arwa Rajkamal said that all necessary assistance would be provided to the deceased families.

  • Nation is paying homage to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary today. The day is also celebrated as  National Day of Patriotism. A number of functions have been organised in different parts of the country to mark the occasion.  Netaji was Born in Cuttack, Orissa on 23rd January,1897 Bose formed Azad Hind Fauj on  21 October,1943 Netaji died on 18th August 1945  in a plane crash President Ram Nath Kovind paid tributes to Netaji.. In a tweet he said: " Tributes to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on his birth anniversary. He remains one of our most beloved national heroes and an icon of India's freedom struggle. At his word, millions of Indians joined the freedom movement and gave their all. His courage and patriotism inspire us. On the birth Anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, the Vice President took to Twitter to salute the brave freedom fighter. He paid his humble tributes to national icon & charismatic leader of India's freedom movement and also revered his deeds for the nation. The Vice President said that Subhash Chandra Bose instilled patriotism among people, gave the slogan-'Jai Hind' and inspired thousands of people to take part in freedom struggle. He further added that his act of hoisting the Tricolour for the first time in Port Blair in 1943 and declaration of Andaman & Nicobar Islands as first Indian territory to be freed from British rule continues to inspire every Indian. On the birth anniversary of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid floral tributes to the freedom fighter at the Parliament Hall in Delhi.  Senior leaders including Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad also paid tributes to Netaji. Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi in a tweet said that, " On 23rd January 1897, Janakinath Bose wrote in his diary, "A son was born at midday."This son became a valorous freedom fighter and thinker who devoted his life towards one great cause- India's freedom. I refer to Netaji Bose, who we proudly remember on his Jayanti today. In another tweet, the Prime Minister said: India will always remain grateful to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose for his bravery and indelible contribution to resisting colonialism. He stood up for the progress and well-being of his fellow Indians. The Prime Minister also shared a video on Netaji in his Twitter account.   

  • Khelo India is held across two categories .i.e the U-17 and U-21. It provides a platform for the youngsters to be part of a big sporting event at the initial stage of their career. Apart from showing their talent, the participants also come to understand the professionalism, dedication, and commitment to compete at a very high level that will prepare them for even bigger events in the coming years. More importantly, Khelo India gives them the confidence to pursue sports as a career, which is a must for every sportsperson. Soubrity Mondal, Kenisha Gupta and Sivangi Sharma in Swimming, Priyanka Dasgupta, Asmi Badade and Jatin Kanoija in Gymnastics, and Pooja Danole in Cycling became quadruple gold medal winners and are the most promising talents of Khelo India 2020.  Kerala's Ancy Sojan and Haryana's Nuzrat Ali won the 100m sprint events in the U-21 category and became the fastest woman and man of Khelo India 2020 respectively.   Every edition of Khelo India brings forth success stories of grit and commitment. A mother of three children from Assam, Poornima Mondol has produced three athletes in three different sports for Assam, namely Sujit Mondol (kho kho), Pradip Mondol (hockey) and Mallvika Mondol (football)- all of them representing Assam in Khelo India 2020.  "In the beginning, I faced a lot of trouble while providing sporting equipment for my children. But now, when they win in tournaments, they receive some money which has eased me a bit. Now, they earn enough to provide for themselves as well," said the proud mother. Assam's weightlifter Gulap Gogoi broke the junior nationals record in the 81 kg category (U-21). "I used to go to a gym in my hometown and then I saw people do weightlifting there. So then even I tried it and liked the sport. Thereafter, I took part in competitions and eventually went for the trials in Bhopal. I did well there and got a chance to join the Indian Army, four months ago," said the weightlifter.  Dinesh Kumar of Odisha bagged the first gold in cycling, a sport that made the debut in this edition."I have just liked something about cycling, right since I was a kid. I think I got inspired by an elderly cycling fanatic that I used to see every day. Like him, I too simply pulled out my bike whenever I felt like and went away on long drives." said Dinesh. Manipur took home a total of 17 medals in Judo – six gold, four silver, and seven bronze. After Tababi Devi won the silver medal at the Youth Olympics in 2018, there was an influx in the number of judo players who joined our academy back in Manipur. The region has always had this martial arts’ culture, and judo has also benefited because of it,” said their judo Team Manager, Deven Moirangthem. Golom Tinku of Arunachal Pradesh claimed the gold in the Boys Under-17 55kg weightlifting competition."We didn’t have a TV to watch sport. I had never heard of any of these sports", Golom said. "My brother used to play sport too. He was a badminton player. After my father passed, to help support the family, and to help me, he quit the sport and instead took up a job in Hyderabad. He coaches badminton there". This edition of Khelo India also witnessed Assam becoming the first North-Eastern state to take up Kabaddi."We are making our debut here in kabaddi, and we are the first team from the North-East to do so. But look at the support the players are getting. This is amazing. Assam will soon become a force to reckon with" said coach Siddikur Rahman. As Khelo India 2020 ended, another crop of talent has been unearthed. It is now even more important to nurture their talent in the right way so that they will become flagbearers of Indian sports in the coming years.

  • The mortal remains of Praveen Krishnan Nair, his wife Saranya Sasi and their three children will be taken to Thiruvananthapuram, while mortal remains of Ranjith Kumar Adatholath Punathil, his wife Indu Lakshmi Peethambaran Ragalatha and their son will be taken to Kozhikode. They were part of 15 Indian nationals from Kerala who had checked into a resort in Daman, a popular tourist place in Nepal on Monday night. Though they had booked four rooms but eight of them stayed in one room and turned on a gas heater to keep themselves warm. All of them were found unconscious on Tuesday morning. They were airlifted to Kathmandu for treatment where doctors declared them dead. The postmortem of all deceased was conducted at TU Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu yesterday.     Nepal's Minister for Foreign Affairs Pradeep Kumar Gyawali has expressed condolences on the demise of Indian tourists. In a tweet, Mr. Gyawali said he is deeply shocked to learn about the death of eight Indian nationals. He offered heartfelt condolences to the government and people of India and to the bereaved families.   Meanwhile, Department of Tourism has formed a five-member committee to investigate whether there was any lapse in the safety of tourists by resort and whether resort was following standards set by the government. The department has asked the committee to submit its report within 15 days.

  • Roger Federer improved to 41-0 in the first two rounds of the Australian Open on Wednesday night, moving past Filip Krajinovic 6-1, 6-4, 6-1 at Rod Laver Arena. Djokovic's display highlighted one of his most underrated improvements in recent years. Djokovic eased past Japan's Tatsuma Ito 6-1, 6-4, 6-2.  

  • Democrats accused President Donald Trump at the start of his impeachment trial on Wednesday of a corrupt scheme to pressure Ukraine to help him get re-elected and warned that America's global prestige will suffer if the U.S. Senate acquits him. In a two-hour opening argument for the prosecution, House impeachment manager Adam Schiff said Trump had pushed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son on unsubstantiated corruption charges last year. The case against Trump is focused on a July 25 telephone call in which he asked Zelenskiy to open a corruption investigation into the Bidens as well as a discredited theory that Ukraine, not Russia, meddled in the 2016 U.S. election. Democrats have up to three days to make their case. Trump's defense team will have three days after that for rebuttal in a trial that could potentially conclude next week. It is the third presidential impeachment trial in U.S. history. The opening day have been dominated by arguments over Democratic requests for more witnesses and records.

  • Informing about the delay in decision, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, said in Geneva on Wednesday that it was a long discussion but the committee needs more information to determine the status of the outbreak. Meanwhile, China has confirmed 17 deaths and more than 550 infection cases as of Wednesday. The WHO has a team in China working with local experts and officials to investigate the outbreak. Chinese President Xi Jinping has said that China stands ready to work with the international community to effectively curb the spread. Prasar Bharati Special Correspondent in China reports that the panel of 16 experts which met in Geneva was divided on whether or not to declare the virus outbreak a public health emergency. They are still considering more evidences before any decision as it is a very serious decision for China and whole world. Looking at number of infections growing rapidly, China has put in place all the contingency measures. Local government of Wuhan has announced that all public transportation in the city will be temporarily closed starting at 10am local time on Thursday. All flights and trains scheduled to depart from Wuhan also will be temporarily canceled to reduce the risk of spreading the new virus. The local authority advised residents not to leave Wuhan unless they have a "special reason".  

  • A newly identified strain of coronavirus has killed 17 people in China, with 440 other confirmed infections, health officials in Beijing said on Wednesday, as they expressed concern over its spread during the Lunar New Year celebrations. Currently, the highest number of cases are being reported in Wuhan City. China is trying to deal with this and a large number of people have been kept under health surveillance. As the pandemic fear grows globally,  India is upping the level of alert at its airports in the wake of the coronavirus epidemic in China. Passengers arriving from China to India are being thoroughly screened at the airport. Thermal screening has been put in place for passengers arriving from China and Hong Kong at seven airports in the country. These include Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Kochi airports. Meanwhile, the Ministry of Civil Aviation has asked the airports and the concerned airline companies to implement it strictly. Union Health Ministry to remains in alert mode following outbreak of corona virus. However, the Union Health Secretary said there is no need to panic. The Indian Council of Medical Research, ICMR, has said that there is no medicine or vaccine for corona virus. Many a time, the symptoms may away go on their own. But, the good thing is that the country's laboratories are capable to diagnose it. The virus is also spreading to other countries. The US has confirmed first case of the virus. The health check-ups have been intensified at the airport there. Besides, one case each has been reported in Korea, Japan and three in Thailand. Meanwhile, the World Health Organization has called a meeting to consider declaring an international emergency.  

  • Govt stressed that "need of the hour" was to lay down guidelines in "the interest of the victims" rather than keeping the rights of the convicts in mind. MHA seeks a direction "to mandate all competent courts, state governments, prison authorities in country to issue death warrant of a convict within seven days of rejection of his mercy petition to execute death sentence within 7 days thereafter irrespective of stage of review petition/curative petition/mercy petition of his co-convicts. Centre moves Supreme Court for fixing as deadline of seven days for execution of death penalty of condemned prisoners after issuance of black warrant. The plea of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) assumes significance in view of the death row convicts in the sensational Nirbhaya gangrape and murder case of 2012 filing review, curative and mercy petitions, which has delayed their hanging. The government stressed that the "need of the hour" was to lay down guidelines in "the interest of the victims" rather than keeping the rights of the convicts in mind. In an application, the MHA sought a direction "to mandate all competent courts, state governments, prison authorities in country to issue death warrant of a convict within seven days of rejection of his mercy petition and to execute death sentence within 7 days thereafter irrespective of the stage of review petition/curative petition/mercy petition of his co-convicts."

  • Seeking apologies from Congress president Sonia Gandhi and NCP chief SharadPawar, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said leaders of these parties have used the ongoing protests against the amended citizenship law to "abuse" Hindus. Patra also referred to a statement from an NCP leader to attack the opposition.

  • It scored 7.83 in terms of electoral process and pluralism and 4.38 on the political culture sub-index. Norway is at the top with an overall score of 9.71 while North Korea is at the bottom of the index. Overall, 2019 marked the worst year of global democracy score since 2006 when the rankings were first published. However, Bangladesh continues to be placed in the category of hybrid democracies. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) methodology hybrid regimes are marked by substantial electoral irregularities and government pressure on opposition parties. The EIU Democracy Index provides ranking for the state of democracy worldwide in 165 independent states and two territories. The Index measures score under five sub-categories namely electoral process and pluralism, functioning of government; political participation, political culture; and civil liberties. According to The Economist Intelligence Unit’s measure of democracy, almost one-half of the world’s population live in a democracy of some sort, although only 5.7% reside in a full democracy. More than one-third of the world’s population live under authoritarian rule, with a large share being in China.

  • It marked Prime Minister's thirty-second interaction through PRAGATI - the ICT based multi-modal platform for Pro-Active Governance and Timely Implementation, involving Central and State governments. In today's PRAGATI meeting, PM Modi discussed a total of eleven items, out of which nine are delayed projects. These nine projects, worth over Rs. 24,000 crores, are spread over nine states viz. Odisha, Telangana, Maharashtra, Jharkhand, Bihar, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Uttar Pradesh and three Union ministries. These include three from the Ministry of Railways, five from the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and one from the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas. Progress under insurance schemes- PMJJBY and PMSBY schemes reviewed. Prime Minister in the meeting reviewed the performance with regard to in grievances related to insurance schemes under Department of Financial Services viz. 'Pradhan MantriJeevanJyotiBimaYojana' (PMJJBY) and 'Pradhan MantriSurakshaBimaYojana'(PMSBY). Prime Minister also reviewed the progress under Crime and Criminal Tracking Network and Systems (CCTNS) project- a comprehensive and integrated system for effective policing through e-Governance. PM: DISCUSSIONS WILL BENEFIT 130 CRORE INDIANS Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that Outcomes from today's discussions will benefit 130 crore Indians, especially the poor. PM Modi in a tweet said that We had an excellent Pragati Session today, during which a wide range of policy initiatives and development projects were discussed. In line with our focus on speedy and timely completion of projects, we reviewed eleven key projects. There were also discussions on aspects relating to the insurance schemes under DFS. Outcomes from today's discussions will benefit 130 crore Indians, especially the poor.

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