2. Union Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Youth Affairs
and Sports Anurag Singh Thakur inaugurated the Opening
session of the G20 meeting on Finance and Central Bank
Deputies ( FCBD) of G20 nations today in Bengaluru.
Addressing media persons later, the Union minister said that
the Indian Presidency of G20 is an honour where it can voice
the concerns of the global south and also showcase its
expertise in various fields to the visiting delegates.
India, he noted, has been successful in managing the Covid
pandemic and coming out of the Economic recession caused by
Following the idiom of Vasudaiva Kutumbakan, the country
became the pharmacy of the world and supplied million doses
of Covid vaccine to 101 countries.
First G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting
inaugurated in Bengaluru
3. Cabinet approves signing of the Air Services
Agreement between India and Guyana
Union Cabinet has approved the signing of the Air
Services Agreement between India and Guyana.
The agreement will come into force after the exchange
of diplomatic notes between the parties confirming that
each party has completed the necessary internal
procedure for entry into force of this Agreement.
Indians have a sizeable presence in Guyana and are the
largest ethnic group comprising about 40 per cent of the
The signing of Air Services Agreement with Guyana will
enable a framework for provision of air services between
the two countries.
4. US President Joe Biden to meet leaders of nine countries
on NATO's eastern flank in Warsaw
US President, Joe Biden will meet with the leaders of nine
countries on NATO's eastern flank in Warsaw today to reaffirm
support for their security.
Responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s statement
against the West, Mr Biden said the West is not plotting to
attack Russia as Mr Putin said.
He said millions of Russian citizens who only want to live in
peace with their neighbours are not the enemy.
Earlier on Tuesday Mr. Biden said that Ukraine will never be a
victory for Russia.
Addressing a crowd of several thousand people outside the
Royal Castle in Warsaw, Poland, Mr Biden said, Kyiv stands
strong, Kyiv stands proud, it stands tall and most importantly it
5. Tilottama Sen wins bronze medal in Women’s 10m Air
Rifle at ISSF World Cup at Cairo in Egypt
Indian teen Tilottama Sen has won bronze medal in the women’s 10m Air Rifle
at ISSF World Cup at Cairo in Egypt. The 14-year-old Sen won second bronze
for India, fifth overall after ending the top eight ranking round with a score of
She missed out on the gold medal match by the narrowest possible margin of
0.1. Great Britain’s Seonaid Mcintosh won gold and Switzerland’s Olympic
Champion Nina Christen came second to win silver.
The third day of the event was yet another profitable day for India with
Rudrankksh Patil earlier winning gold in the men’s Air Rifle.
India is placed comfortably on top of the medal tally with three golds, with
Hungary, Britain and Slovakia winning the other three awarded. Four more finals
are scheduled in the next couple of days.
6. Tata Memorial Hospital (TMH), Mumbai and Waipapa Taumata Rau,
University of Auckland have signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MoU) on Wednesday to engage in long-term
cooperation in cancer care.
Tata Memorial Hospital is the largest and the most renowned
cancer care hospital and research centre in India.
The Auckland University’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research,
Professor Frank Bloomfield, accompanied by a delegation of
academic staff, met with TMH representatives led by TMH director
Dr Rajendra Badwe and professor and medical oncologist, Dr
Vanita Noronha, to explore ways to enhance cancer care using
University of Auckland, Tata Memorial Hospital sign MoU
to engage in long-term cooperation in cancer care
7. ICAR develops new wheat variety which can overcome challenges
arising out due to changes in weather patterns and rising heat levels
Indian Council of Agricultural Research has developed a new wheat
variety which can overcome the challenges arising out due to
changes in weather patterns and rising heat levels.
This new wheat variety called HD-3385 is amenable to early sowing,
escaping the impact of heat spikes and can be harvested before
Talking to AIR News, ICAR Principal Scientist Rajbir Yadav explained
the merits of this new variety and how the farmers can get good
production by sowing this wheat variety.
8. EAM S Jaishankar and Guyana's Vice President Bharrat
Jagdeo discuss contemporary partnership and areas of
Union External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Guyana's Vice
President Bharrat Jagdeo discussed the contemporary
partnership and areas of mutual interest.
Taking to Twitter, Jaishankar said he is delighted to meet Bharrat
Jagdeo, Vice President of Guyana.
Mr Jaishankar said that both leaders discussed historical
relationship and greater opportunities in contemporary
partnership, especially in trade, energy, agriculture, skills and
The Guyana Vice President Jagdeo arrived in India on Monday
to strengthen bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
Guyanese President Mohamed Irfaan Ali was the chief guest of
Pravasi Bharatiya Divas held in Indore, Madhya Pradesh on 10th
of last month.
9. Govt taking all necessary efforts to promote technical
textiles, says Union MoS for Textiles Darshana Jardosh
Union Minister of State for Textiles Darshana Jardosh on
Wednesday said the future of the Textiles sector is closely linked
with the growth of the Technical Textile industry.
She was speaking while inaugurating ‘Technotex 2023:
Envisioning Indian Technical Textiles @2047', the 10th
International Exhibition and Conference on Technical Textiles at
the Bombay Exhibition Centre at Goregaon in Mumbai.
MoS Textiles informed that India is the third largest exporter of
textiles and apparel.
She observed that as the global Technical Textile industry
continues to grow, India is poised to benefit from the expansion.
She added that domestic consumption and export are both
expected to grow rapidly in the next few years, making this an
important time for the industry.
10. Bangladesh envoy in Moscow summoned to
protest against blocking entry of Russian ships
The Ambassador of Bangladesh to Russia Kamrul Hasan was
summoned by the Russian Foreign Ministry to protest the
decision of Dhaka to block entry of some Russian ships into
Bangladeshi ports, reports Reuters.
The Russian Foreign Ministry conveyed to the Bangladeshi side
that ‘this step does not correspond to the traditionally friendly
bilateral relations’ and it may ‘adversely affect the prospects for
cooperation in various fields’.
Earlier, Foreign Ministry spokesperson of the Russian Federation
had told the media that dozens of Russian vessels have been
stopped from anchoring at Bangladeshi ports under the threat
of US sanctions
11. Israel's parliament advances contested law for
Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, passed two Bills that seek to
overhaul Israel’s judiciary after garnering a majority of 63 to 47
votes in a 120-member Parliament.
The Bills, proposed by the ruling coalition, increase government
control over judicial appointments and block courts from reviewing
The Bills were passed in the first out of three readings, amidst mass
protests which witnessed thousands of Israelis, gathered in the
streets, blocking highways to the capital of Jerusalem.
Both “judicial reform” Bills will now return to the Knesset’s
Constitution, Law, and Justice Committee for discussion and will be
followed by second and third readings, which must be cleared to
ultimately pass the laws.
12. Sri Lanka Consumer Price Inflation declines to
53.2% in January
In Sri Lanka, Inflation under the National Consumer
Price Index declined to 53.2% for the month of January
The inflation for December 2022 was 59.2 percent.
Food products contributed to 53.6 percent while non
food group contributed 52.9 percent.
The inflationary pressure in comparison from previous
year is linked to the printing of money by the central
bank of Sri Lanka and the resultant devaluation of
The Lankan Rupee devalued over 80 percent in the
forex markets over the last 10 months.
13. Prime Minister Hasina honours
Dr. Mahendra Mishra with the International Mother
Language Award in Dhaka
Indian educationist and social worker for the promotion of
indigenous languages in Odisha Dr. Mahendra Kumr Mishra was
conferred the International Mother Language Award by Prime
Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka on Tuesday.
Dr. Mishra is the first India to receive this award. Dr. Mishra has
worked over three decades on the language, culture and education
of the marginalised languages of Odisha.
The award instituted in 2021 by UNESCO is given in recognition of
the extraordinary contribution to the preservation, revitalization and
development of mother languages.
Prime Minister Hasina conferred the two national awards and two
international awards to four recipients in Dhaka.
Bangladeshi nationals Habibur Rahman and Ranjit Singha were given
the national awards, while Mahendra Kumar Mishra and Mother
Language Lovers of World Society, Vancouver, Canada were
conferred with the international awar