Mother Language Day:
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday spoke in 22 languages at an event to mark the International Mother Language Day. He urged all the citizens to take a pledge to promote mother tongue and also learn other languages.
Pakistan: Attorney General for Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan on Thursday submitted his resignation to President Arif Alvi.
In his resignation letter, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, Khan said: “I note with profound regret that the Pakistan Bar Council, of which I am the Chairman, has demanded through its press release dated 19th of February 2020 that I resign forthwith from the Office of the Attorney General of Pakistan. The Dawn Reported.
Mamata on Hinduism
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said that Hinduism doesn’t shut the door for anyone. “Religion is culture, religion is unity, religion is love and the religion is making the poor strong. Hinduism doesn’t shut the door for anyone,” Mamata Banerjee said in an event by Bharat Sevashram.
Ram Mandir Trust: The officials of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust led by its president Mahant Nritya Gopal Das Maharaj on Thursday met Prime Minister Narendra Modi and invited him to Ayodhya.
President Trump will visit Taj Mahal on February 24
The Taj Mahal will remain closed for the general public from 12 noon on February 24 during US President Donald Trump’s visit next week. Speaking to ANI, Vasant Kumar Swarnkar, Superintendent Agra Division, Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) said, “Due to security reasons, Taj Mahal will be closed for public from 12 noon on the day when US President Donald Trump visits the monument.”
FATF threats PAK- Pakistan will remain in terror funding watchdog FATF’s “grey list” but has been given a sharp warning to deliver on the remaining 13 action points in the next four months or risk being blacklisted, people familiar with the development said. The Paris-based Financial Action Task Force, which reviewed reports from Pakistan on the action taken to curb terror financing by Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government at its 16-21 February plenary, found many gaps in Pakistan’s delivery on its 27-point pledge.
Home Minister Amit Shah visits Arunachal Pradesh
India on Thursday countered criticism from Beijing over Home Minister Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh, asserting that it did not stand to reason and understanding to object to the visit of an Indian leader to a state of India. China had registered its objection to Amit Shah’s visit to Arunachal Pradesh earlier in the day, claiming that India had violated territorial sovereignty and “sabotaged” political mutual trust with India.
Don’t Say Nationalism: RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat said people should avoid using the word “nationalism” as its meaning could be seen to be derived from Hitler’s Nazism. The RSS chief recounted his conversation with an RSS worker in the UK where he said: “…’nationalism’ shabd ka upyog mat kijiye. Nation kahenge chalega, national kahenge chalega, nationality kahenge chalgea, nationalism mat kaho. Nationalism ka matlab hota hai Hitler, naziwaad.” (Don’t use the word nationalism. Use of the words Nation or nationality is okay but don’t use nationalism because it means Hitler, Nazism).”
India USA Pact
India and the US are discussing at least five MoUs (memoranda of understanding) on issues ranging from trade facilitation to homeland security that are expected to be finalised during President Donald Trump’s visit to the country next week alongside some defence deals. Despite their inability to finalise a limited trade package before the stand-alone visit during February 24-25, the two sides are looking at the trip to strengthen the bilateral strategic partnership and ramp up cooperation in counter-terrorism, defence, security, trade and energy.
Skull Breaker Challenge: The fall during the new ‘Skull Breaker Challenge’, which is going viral on various social media platforms, can cause serious injuries including multiple fractures and even death, doctors and health experts have warned. They have asked the parents and teachers to make children alive to the risks of such antics.
World Bank on Indian Road Safety
India needs to invest an estimated extra $109 billion in road safety over the next decade to halve its crash fatalities, the World Bank said in a report released on a day when at least 35 people were killed in four separate accidents in the country. The bank said such an investment will bring economic benefits equivalent annually to 3.7 per cent of the GDP.
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Thursday, Feb 20, 2020
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