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  • Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee are participating in the meeting while Finance Minister of Jharkhand Rameswar Oram is attending in the place of Chief Minister Hemanta Soren. The meeting has discussed several issues including inter-state water issues, power transmission lines, royalty on and operationalization of coals mines, land and forest clearance of rail projects, investigation of heinous offences, cattle smuggling across country’s borders, lack of telecom and banking infrastructure in remote areas, petroleum projects, sharing pattern on centrally collected revenues etc. During the meeting, Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is the Vice Chairman and host of the Eastern Zonal Council Meeting urged the Union Home Minister to give Focus-State Status to Odisha as it has been facing numerous natural disasters. Patnaik also appealed for increasing banking, tele-density and coal royalty during the meeting.   The Chief Ministers of are accompanied by two Cabinet Ministers from each state as members of the council. The meeting will be followed by the Home Minister’s address in a rally at the Janata Maidan in Bhubaneswar this afternoon in support of the  Citizenship Amendment Act.

  • Addressing the National Science Day celebrations in New Delhi on Friday, President Kovind called on people to resolve to enhance quality and relevance of the scientific enterprise in the country. He said, science must work for the people by contributing to their development and well-being. The President said, since independence, India has placed special emphasis on promotion of scientific temper and the Indian Constitution itself has enshrined this attitude as a fundamental duty. He said, India has a long and glorious tradition of scientific enquiry. From ancient times to the medieval era and then the modern period, India has been home to exceptional minds who have pushed the frontiers of human knowledge. President Kovind said, India today stands third after China and the US in terms of the number of publications in science citation index journals. He said, it is the duty of every citizen of the country to develop the scientific temper, humanism and the spirit of enquiry and reform. Speaking about the theme of this year's National Science Day which is 'Women in Science', President Kovind said, in order to encourage women to take to higher studies in science, he has substantially enhanced the representation of women in central universities as visitor’s nominee. He said, the step is taken to create a favourable environment of higher studies and employment in faculty positions for women. The President said, during his recent visit to Sriharikota Range of Indian Space Research Organisation he came across a woman scientist so dedicated to the Chandrayaan project that she left her six month old son with her parents and joined the mission. He said, despite the presence of such highly motivated women scientists, India’s Research and Development workforce has less than 15 per cent women, compared to the global average of 30 per cent. Speaking on the occasion, Minister for Science and Technology Dr Harsh Vardhan urged scientists to join national endeavour to give solutions to problems arising in different spheres. He said, Science and Technology Ministry has launched many schemes to empower young scientists. The Minister said, in order to boost innovation a national programme NIDHI, National Initiative For Developing And Harnessing Innovations has already been launched. 

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  • On this day, Sir CV Raman had announced the discovery of the Raman Effect for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1930. Women in science is the focal theme of this year's  National Science Day. This theme has been chosen for the purpose of increasing public appreciation of the scientific issues involved.   On this occasion, President Ram Nath Kovind will present  awards for science communication as well as for women scientists. A total of 21 awards will be given which will include National Science and Technology and Communication Awards, Augmenting Writing Skills For Articulating Research  awards and  National Award For Young Woman Showing Excellence Through Application Of Technology For Societal Benefits.

  • He said, Delhi Police is mandated and obligated to provide security to all sections of society irrespective of caste and religion. Shah held a review meeting yesterday to take stock of prevailing law and order situation in Delhi, in view of recent violence affecting the North-East District.  The meeting was attended by Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik and Special Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, SN Shrivastava. The Home Ministry said, no major incident has been reported in the last 36 hours in any police station of North-East Delhi. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 will be relaxed for a total of 10 hours today in view of improvement of the  situation. Home Ministry said so far, 48 FIRs, pertaining to clashes, loss of lives and property etc have already been registered and further FIRs would be registered in due course. Police has also detained/arrested 514 suspects for questioning so far. Further arrests would be effected in the course of investigation. The Ministry claimed that 35 persons have lost their lives in these tragic incidents since February 24. Situation is slowly returning to normal. Home Ministry said that nearly 7,000 Central Para-Military Forces have been deployed in the affected areas of North-East District. Citizens are requested not to lay credence to any rumour. Delhi Police has set up helplines - 22829334 and 22829335 - for round-the-clock assistance. These numbers are being given adequate publicity so that information about miscreants and any emerging situation may be conveyed to the Police. Two Security personnel sacrificed their lives in the line of duty to restore law and order. Besides, nearly 70 Police personnel and senior officers have been injured in these unfortunate incidents. Adequate steps have been taken to ensure medical support to the injured. As a confidence-building measure among different sections of the society, Delhi Police has started holding Peace Committee Meetings across Delhi to normalise situation and improve inter-community harmony. Such Peace Committee Meetings would continue till situation normalises. So far, nearly 330 Peace Committee Meetings have been organised in various districts of Delhi in the last two days.

  • Dozens more soldiers were injured and taken to Turkey for treatment, Rahmi Dogan, governor of Turkish Hatay bordering Syria said Friday. The heavy losses in northwestern Idlib come after weeks of growing tensions between rebel supporter Ankara and Damascus ally Moscow. Stoltenberg "urged all parties to de-escalate this dangerous situation and avoid further worsening of the horrendous humanitarian situation in the region", his spokesman said Friday. In a phone call with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, the NATO secretary general "condemned the continued indiscriminate air strikes by the Syrian regime and its backer Russia in Idlib province", according to the spokesman. Turkey has urged the Syrian regime to withdraw from Turkish observation posts in Idlib, while Moscow has accused Ankara of aiding "terrorists" in Syria. Under a 2018 deal with Russia meant to bring calm to Idlib, Turkey has 12 observation posts in the region but several have come under fire from Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hastily convened an emergency meeting in Ankara after the Idlib attack. Erdogan's top press aide, Fahrettin Altun, said Turkey's military retaliated against all known positions of the regime after the air strike. In a statement, Altun called on the international community to fulfil its responsibilities to end the violence in Idlib and the regime's "crimes against humanity". The latest attack means 53 Turkish security personnel have been killed in the province this month. There was a flurry of diplomatic activity as Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin spoke with US national security advisor, Robert O'Brien, state news agency Anadolu reported without giving detail. Jihadists and Turkish-backed rebels on Thursday re-entered Saraqeb, a key Idlib crossroads town they had lost earlier in February, reversing one of the main gains of the government's devastating offensive. The counteroffensive could, however, be short-lived as Russian-backed Syrian troops continued to chip away at other parts of the rebel bastion, capturing 20 localities. Seven civilians, including three children, were killed in regime and Russian bombardment of Idlib, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, adding to more than 400 such deaths since December. The UN Security Council, where Moscow has systematically vetoed truce initiatives, met again Thursday amid growing concern that Idlib is witnessing the nine-year-old war's worst humanitarian emergency. State news agency SANA acknowledged there were "fierce clashes" between the army and "terrorist groups on the Saraqeb front". A correspondent accompanied the rebels into Saraqeb, where he found a ghost town of bombed out buildings. The counterattack temporarily reverses one of the key gains of the government since its offensive against the country's last rebel enclave in December. The cash-strapped government had been keen to fully secure the M5, a highway that connects Syria's four main cities and passes through Saraqeb. The Syrian Observatory said the air strikes were carried out by Assad government ally Russia, heavily criticised by the West for the high civilian death toll from its bombing campaign. State media accused the "terrorists" of launching car bombings and other suicide attacks against government forces attempting to retake the town. It said the army had inflicted heavy losses on the attackers, despite the military support it said they had received from Turkey. Some 950,0000 civilians have fled the government offensive, raising fears in Ankara of a new influx of refugees. Turkey already hosts the world's largest number of Syrian refugees around 3.6 million people placing an increasingly unpopular burden on public services. The country's ruling party spokesman Omer Celik told CNN Turk broadcaster Friday that Ankara was not in a position to "hold" refugees any longer and called on the European Union to do more. More than half a million of those displaced since December are children, tens of thousands of whom are sleeping rough in northern Syria's harsh winter. The Turkish president vowed Wednesday that Ankara would not take the "smallest step back" in the standoff with Damascus and Moscow over Idlib. Erdogan warned the Syrian government to "stop its attacks as soon as possible" and to pull back by the end of the month. The UN has repeatedly warned that the fighting in Idlib could potentially create the most serious humanitarian crisis since the civil war's start in 2011. Nine out of 15 members of the Security Council on Wednesday urged Secretary General Antonio Guterres to step up his involvement in efforts to restore peace in Idlib. Russian vetoes, often backed by China, have chronically crippled UN action in Syria.

  • The two judge bench of High Court said that Khaleda Zia will get treatment as per the jail manual. The counsel for Khaleda Zia had argued that she was seriously ill and needed better treatment. In response to the plea the court had sought medical report of Khaleda Zia which was submitted by the Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University (BSMMU) on Wednesday. BNP Chairperson has been in jail since February 2018 after she was convicted in the Zia Orphanage Trust corruption case. In the meanwhile, the main opposition party  BNP alleged that the court rejected the bail plea at the behest of the government. Addressing media persons in Dhaka today, the Senior Joint Secretary General of BNP Ruhul Kabir Rizvi said that the party will hold a countrywide demonstration on Saturday demanding release of Khaleda Zia from jail.

  • The meeting was, inter alia, attended by HS, CP, Delhi and Special CP, Law & Order, Delhi Police.    ● No major incident has been reported in the last 36 hours in any affected Police Station of District North-East.   ● Prohibitory orders under Section 144 will be relaxed for a total of 10 hours tomorrow in view of improvement in ground situation.   ● So far, 48 FIRs, pertaining to clashes, loss of lives/property, etc., have already been registered and further FIRs would be registered in due course.   ● Police has detained/arrested 514 suspects for questioning so far. Further arrests would be effected in the course of investigation.   ● Delhi Police has separately set up two SITs for investigating serious offences.  ● Nearly 7,000 Central Para-Military Forces have been deployed in the affected areas of North-East District since February 24. Besides, Delhi Police has also deployed three Special CPs, six Joint CPs, one Additional CP, 22 DCPs, 20 ACPs, 60 Inspectors, 1,200 other ranks and 200 Lady Police under the overall supervision of Commissioner of Police to effectively guide and supervise Police response so as to contain and normalise the situation.   ● 35 persons have lost their lives in these tragic incidents since February 24. Situation is slowly returning to normal.   ● Citizens are requested not to lay credence to any rumour. Delhi Police has set up helplines – 22829334 and 22829335 – for round-the-clock assistance. These numbers are being given adequate publicity so that information about miscreants and any emerging situation may be conveyed to the Police.   ● Two Security personnel sacrificed their lives in the line of duty to restore law and order. Besides, nearly 70 Police personnel and senior officers have been injured in these unfortunate incidents.  Adequate steps have been taken to ensure medical support to the injured.   ● As a confidence-building measure among different sections of the society, Delhi Police has started holding Peace Committee Meetings across Delhi to normalise situation and improve inter-community harmony. Such Peace Committee Meetings would continue till situation normalises. So far, nearly 330 Peace Committee Meetings have been organised in various districts of Delhi in the last two days. Apart from this, meeting with Residents Welfare Associations (RWA) and Market Welfare Associations (MWA) have also been convened in several areas. Such Peace Committee/RWA/MWA have been attended by different sections of the society including Civil Society Groups, representatives of different political parties including Congress, AAP, BJP, etc.  ● East Delhi Municipal Corporation has already initiated steps to clean the streets and repair damaged public properties in riot-affected areas. Other civic agencies are also ensuring the civic amenities to the citizens is restored as soon as possible. Movement of traffic on the highway and connecting roads is returning to normal.   ● Union Home Minister has appealed to citizens not to believe in rumours and fall prey to evil designs of miscreants and groups interested in precipitating communal tension. Only 12 Police Stations out of the 203 PSs in Delhi (about 4.2% of the geographical area) have been affected by these riots, while normalcy and communal harmony has prevailed elsewhere in the National Capital. Delhi Police is mandated and obligated to provide security to all sections of society irrespective of caste and religion.    

  • Furthermore, working in the greener direction he recently conducted an innovation conference with a motive of having a better environment that can be accomplished through Modern technologies. The conference was addressed by Chief advisor of the Prime Minister, Hungary, Mr Geza Szocs, including Diplomats & Govt officials of Hungary. It was a great experience and learning for everyone presented there, as different scientists showcased their technologies. Despite launching the Green Cement soon in the Indian Markets, Himansh with his team of researchers and scientists is working on bringing a vaccination which will help prevent and treat atherosclerosis. This will directly lead towards controlling the Cholesterol level and will give humans a better way of living as today many are suffering from the cholesterol problems. "Our work is going on simultaneously for all the sectors including health and transpiration and this will benefit our nation in greener terms and help save our future.”, says Himansh.

  • “Michael ‘Mad Mike’ Hughes tragically passed away today during an attempt to launch his homemade rocket,” the Science Channel, which was planning to feature him on an upcoming series called “Homemade Astronauts,” said on Twitter. “Our thoughts & prayers go out to his family & friends during this difficult time. It was always his dream to do this launch & Science Channel was there to chronicle his journey,” the network said. A videotape of the incident, in which the rocket appears to fail shortly after take-off in the Mojave Desert outside Barstow, California, was posted to Twitter by Justin Chapman, a freelance journalist who was filming the launch. “Mad Mike Hughes just launched himself in a self-made steam-powered rocket and crash landed. Very likely did not survive,” Chapman wrote in a caption to the video. Barstow is about 100 miles northeast of Los Angeles. Chapman told the Los Angeles Times in an interview that Hughes, 64, might have been knocked unconscious during take-off. “The parachute ripped off at launch,” Chapman told the paper. “So the rocket went straight up in an arc and came straight down.” The video appears to show the launcher attached to the back of a truck. The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office told the Times that it would conduct an investigation into the incident. Hughes gained fame in 2002 when he jumped a Lincoln Town Car stretch limousine 103 feet at a speedway in Perris, California, a stunt certified by Guinness World Records as “longest limousine ramp jump.” The silver-haired daredevil later took to trying to prove that the earth was flat and building rockets in a quest to launch himself past the Karman line, the boundary between Earth’s atmosphere and outer space.

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  • The Indians have hardly broke a sweat in their 17-run and 18-run wins over hosts Australia and Bangladesh in their previous two matches, and they are perched at the top of five-team Group A standings with four points from two matches. A win against New Zealand on Thursday will take the Harmanpreet Kaur-led side on the threshold of a knock-out stage spot, to be competed among the top two teams from Group A and B. In the two matches so far, the Indian team has been impressive both in batting and bowling. New Zealand, though, have a better head-to-head record against India in recent years, having won the last three matches between the two sides.

  • The central bank explained that to calculate the incremental credit, the outstanding retail loans to the specified segments as on every reporting Friday beginning February 14 up to that of July 31, 2020, will be deducted from the outstanding credit to the specified segments as on January 31, 2020.  

  • External Affairs minister S Jaishankar informed that Air India flight today landed in Delhi from Tokyo, carrying 119 Indians and 5 nationals from Sri Lanka, Nepal, South Africa and Peru who were quarantined onboard the Diamond Princess due to coronavirus. He also appreciated the facilitation of Japanese authorities and thanked Air India for the gerat work done.All the evacuees will undergo a 14 day quarantine at the quarantine facility set up by the Indian Army in Manesar, Haryana.Out of the total 138 Indian nationals originally on-board the Diamond Princess, 16 Indian crew members have tested positive for Virus and are receiving necessary medical care and treatment at onshore medical facilities in Japan. Embassy of India in Tokyo has established contact with these individuals and is continuously following-up on their recovery. In view of the evolving situation, union government has issued advisory asking Indians to refrain from non-essential travel to Republic of Korea, Iran and Italy. People coming from Republic of Korea, Iran and Italy or having such travel history since 10th February 2020 may be quarantined for 14 days on arrival to India.

  • On its return from Wuhan, the IAF flight has brought back 76 Indians & 36 nationals from 7 countries - Bangladesh, Myanmar, Maldives, China, South Africa, USA and Madagascar. The C-17 Globemaster III airlifted approximately 15 tonnes of medical supplies as a goodwill gesture from the Government of India. Terming the move as strong expression of our solidarity with the Chinese people at this difficult time, External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar appreciated facilitation by Chinese government. He also thanked Indian Air Force and Embassy of India in Beijing for their efforts. Meanwhile, ITBP Quarantine facility is ready to receive Indian and friendly nations' citizens from Wuhan, China. Thermal screening at Airport Isolation bay by ITBP team of Doctors. Immigration process will take 1 hour approx at the airport.All will be taken to ITBP facility, Chhawla, New Delhi by ITBP Buses afterwards. Passengers will be kept at ITBP facility for requisite quarantine period under observation of ITBP doctors.  

  • The books Dia Arefin and Nanir Bani are written by the blogger Diarsi Arag, and were published by Srishtighar Prakashan in Bangladesh. The court has ordered the authorities to ban the publication, sale, distribution and marketing of these two books with immediate effect. It also ordered the Director General of Bangla Academy to remove the books from stalls at the ongoing Ekushey Book Fair in Dhaka.

  • The Commonwealth Games Federation announced on Monday that the competitions would take place in Chandigarh in January of that year, with the main Games in Birmingham starting in July. Pressure has been building on administrators to reverse their previous decision to drop the sports from the medal programme after India threatened to boycott the Games. As an alternative, Both events will take place in Chandigarh in January 2022, with the main Games from 27 July to 7 August. Birmingham decided not to include shooting or archery in its sports programme for 2022. However, India, which has an excellent record in shooting and won 16 medals at the Gold Coast Games in 2018, initially threatened to boycott the Birmingham event following that decision. As discussions progressed that threat was withdrawn in December. Shooting has been included in every Games apart from one since 1966. The solution was arrived at after months of posturing and negotiations and according to CGF chief executive David Grevemberg, 2022 Games will be a 'pilot programme' to check the feasibility of hosting future Commonwealth Games in different cities, and countries even. India will spend crores to host the two sports that lack competitiveness in the Commonwealth in which they are expected to win more than a dozen medals. However this should be seen as a big diplomatic victory for India. The return of the two disciplines for the next edition of CWG games is a cause of celebrating the rising power of Indian might in sports both on and off the field.  

  • Sharapova said she's "ready to scale another mountain" in an essay for for a fashion magazine, announcing her decision. The 32-year-old, who has won five Grand Slam titles throughout her career, said she is moving on from the game that she once dominated. Sharapova's career was derailed after a doping ban in 2016 that barred her from playing for 15 months. She has also long dealt with problems in her right shoulder, forcing her to undergo multiple surgeries, the most recent in 2019. Today she is ranked 373 in the World Tennis Association singles rankings.

  • The visiting President arrived in New Delhi on a four-day visit to India yesterday evening. He is accompanied by the First Lady Daw Cho Cho.Several agreements are expected to be signed after the talks. The visiting dignitary is also scheduled to meet President Ram Nath Kovind in the evening. Myanmar's President will also visit Bodh Gaya and Agra during his tour.

  • However, India skipper Virat Kohli lost the top spot in the ICC Test Player Rankings. Kohli's slump meant Australia's Steve Smith was back on top of the list for the eighth time after first occupying the top position in June 2015. Kohli who had 906 points managed only 21 runs in the first Test which his side lost to New Zealand by 10 wickets in Wellington.  India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane gained a spot. Mayank Agarwal returned to a career-best 10th position after amassing 92 runs. Cheteshwar Pujara dropped two places. In bowling chart, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin slipped a place to ninth but remained the only Indian featuring in the top 10 with 765 points. Fast bowler Ishant Sharma gained a place to be at the 17th spot.

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