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01 AND 02nd March 2022

National News

President Ram Nath Kovind inaugurates ‘Arogya Vanam’ at Rashtrapati Bhavan

The President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind has inaugurated a newly developed ‘Arogya Vanam’ at the President’s Estate, (Rashtrapati Bhavan) in New Delhi. The objective of this Arogya Vanam is to promote the importance of Ayurvedic plants and their effects on the human body.  The concept of Arogya Vanam has been conceived with the aim of publicising the importance of Ayurvedic plants and their effects on the human body. Spread in 6.6 acres, the Arogya Vanam has been developed in the shape of a human sitting in the Yoga Mudra.  It consists of around 215 herbs and plants used for therapeutic purposes in Ayurveda. Some of the other features of this Vanam are water fountains, Yoga platform, water channel, lotus pond and a viewpoint.  This Vanam will be now open for public viewing.

International News

Russia destroyed the largest plane in the world ‘Mriya’ 

Russian invasion to Ukraine, Russia destroyed the largest plane in the world called “Ukraine’s Antonov-225 cargo plane”.  The plane was destroyed outside Kyiv. According to weapons manufacturer Ukroboronprom, restoring “AN-225 Mriya” would cost over USD 3 billion and could take over five years.  The aircraft was unique to the world. The An-225 aircraft was located at Hostomel Airport when Russia launched an attack on the Ukrainian airport on February 24, 2022. It was destroyed on February 27.  The aircraft was designed to airlift Energia rocket’s boosters and Buran-class orbiters for Soviet space program. It was developed to replace the Myasishchev VM-T.  The original mission and objectives of An-225 are almost similar to that of the United States’ Shuttle Carrier Aircraft. The lead designer of the An-225 was Viktor Tolmachev.  It was 84 meters long and could transport up to 250 tonnes of cargo at a speed of 850 kilometres per hour.

Japan and India renews the Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) 

Japan and India have renewed the Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) the size of which is up to USD 75 billion. The BSA is a two-way arrangement where both authorities can swap their local currencies in exchange for the US Dollar.  The interest rate charged in this case is fixed at the time of signing the agreement and hence it reduces the risk caused due to fluctuations in the exchange rate.  The actual Bilateral Swap Arrangement (BSA) was signed between the Bank of Japan and the Reserve Bank of India in 2018.

IOC Withdraws Top Olympic Honour From Vladimir Putin 

The International Olympic Committee has stripped Russian President Vladimir Putin of the Olympic Order award in response to the invasion of Ukraine. International Olympic Committee urged sports federations and organisers to exclude Russian and Belarusian athletes and officials from international events following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.  Russia’s participation in the World Cup play-offs next month is also in doubt after FIFA plans to allow them to play on neutral territory were dismissed as “unacceptable" by rivals. The IOC last week urged all international sports federations to cancel forthcoming events in Russia, angry at Moscow violating an “Olympic Truce" with its attack on Ukraine.

Canada bans Russian-owned ships from entering its ports

short by Veer Badani / 05:50 pm on 02 Mar 2022,Wednesday

Canada on Tuesday said it will ban all Russian-owned ships from entering its ports following the invasion of Ukraine. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday said Canada will ban crude oil imports from Russia. Government officials said they are tracking three Russian-flagged vessels off Canada's east coast. Canada imported $1.68 billion worth of goods from Russia in 2021.

Who is India-born Abhay Kumar Singh, Putin's legislator who justified Russia's invasion?

short by Daisy Mowke / 08:52 pm on 02 Mar 2022,Wednesday

Abhay Kumar Singh is a deputat, a post similar to an MLA in India, from Kursk, a Western Russian city. He started his business in Kursk and later joined politics. Hailing from Patna in Bihar, Singh reportedly went to Russia in 1991 to study medicine. He joined Putin's United Russia Party in 2015 and won a provincial election in 2018.



China’s Long March-8 Rocket Launches 22 Satellites into Space

China’s second Long March 8 rocket launched carrying a domestic record 22 satellites for a range of commercial Chinese space companies. The Long March 8 lifted off from Wenchang Satellite Launch Center at 10:06 p.m.  Eastern Feb. 26, with the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation (CASC) later confirming launch success.  These satellites will be mainly used for commercial remote sensing services, marine environment monitoring, forest fire prevention and disaster mitigation. The mission marked the 409th flight of the Long March carrier rockets.

US, EU, UK decided to eliminate selected Russian banks from SWIFT

Canada, U.S.A. and their European allies have come to a conclusion to remove the key Russian banks from the Interbank messaging system (IMS) of SWIFT. This is a very big step that will cut off the country from much of the worldwide financial system.  The major global powers issued a joint statement announcing this significant retaliatory measure. It said, “This will ensure that these banks are disconnected from the international financial system and harm their ability to operate globally”.  Russia’s removal from SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication) will mean that the Russian banks will not be able to communicate securely with foreign banks.  Previously, Iran has been removed from SWIFT in 2014 following developments to its nuclear program in Tehran.  The announcement will follow several rounds of joint sanctions that will be imposed on Russia for its unprovoked attack on Ukraine.  SWIFT stands for Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications and is an independent enterprise, which is based in Belgium. SWIFT serves as an internal communication mechanism between around 11,000 banks and financial institutions for more than 200 countries and territories.

India’s first ambulance for street animals launched in Tamil Nadu

India’s first ambulance for street animals has been launched in Chennai, Tamil Nadu. It has been started by the Blue Cross of India in collaboration with the international animal welfare organization “Four Paw”.  Madras High Court Justice Dr Anitha Sumanth launched the ambulance. The Stray Animal Care programme will be a “hospital on wheels” with an onboard veterinarian to provide on-site treatment to injured and sick street animals.  Apart from the veterinarian, the animal ambulance will also include a para veterinary-worker-cum-driver. The ambulance will include a treatment table, two fans, an inverter, a fridge, and drawers for sterile products and bandages.  It will also come with a washbasin, an anti-skid shock-absorbing mat, a stretcher trolley, a retractable doctor’s seat, a retractable tarpaulin, dog-catching equipment, two movable cages to hold dogs, and overhead cupboards. There will also be a provision to administer intravenous fluids and oxygen on board.


Bank of Maharashtra launches “Project Banksakhi” in Odisha

Public sector lender, Bank of Maharashtra (BoM) has announced the launch of “Project Banksakhi” in Odisha in collaboration with Mahagram & Sunivesh India Finance Services Pvt. Ltd. for Online Bank Account opening. It will provide doorstep and hassle-free access to the people of Odisha for opening bank accounts.  The people of Odisha using our innovative customer-friendly financial services and best in class customer experience across digital and physical touchpoints.  Bank of Maharashtra has been catering to the banking needs of customers offering a spectrum of banking products and financial services covering Retail, Agri and MSME sectors to its more than 2 crore customers.  Apart from its physical delivery channels, the bank offers various digital platforms like mobile banking, internet banking, AEPS, ATM-Debit Card, 24×7 customer care centre for accessing uninterrupted banking services to its customers.

NSO projects GDP growth for India in 2021-22 at 8.9%

National Statistical Office (NSO) has released the second advance estimates of national accounts. The GDP growth rate projection as per NSO for 2021-22 (FY22) and 2020-21 (FY21) is given: For 2021-22 (FY22)= 8.9% (earlier it was 9.2% in first advance estimates); For 2020-21 (FY21)= -6.6% (earlier it was -7.3%).  According to NSO data, Gross Value Added (GVA) growth in the manufacturing sector growth remained almost flat at 0.2 per cent in the third quarter of 2021-22, compared to a growth of 8.4 per cent a year ago.



Ashneer Grover resigned from BharatPe as MD & Director

Ashneer Grover, co-founder and Managing Director (MD) of BharatPe, a leading Indian fintech company, has resigned as the MD and director of the board of BharatPe.  Ashneer Grover, who owns a 9.5% stake worth Rs 1915 crore in BharatPe, will continue as the single largest individual shareholder of the company. BharatPe became the 19th Indian startup to become a unicorn in 2021.  Shashwat Nakrani, the co-founder of BharatPe, owns 7.8% and Sequoia Capital India, a venture capital (VC) investor and the largest shareholder of BharatPe, holds 19.6%, followed by Coatue at 12.4% and Ribbit Capital at 11%. As of August 2021, Tiger Global, Steadview Capital, and Beenext together hold a 60.4% stake in BharatPe.


Sports News

31st Southeast Asian Games to be held in Vietnam

The 31st Southeast Asian Games will be held in Vietnam from May 12 to 23, 2022. It is the biggest sporting event of Southeast Asia and is a biennial event.  The event was originally scheduled to take place in November 2021 however it was postponed due to the Covid pandemic. The Games will feature 40 sports with 526 events, attracting around 10,000 participants, organisers announced at a press conference here.  The Vietnamese capital Hanoi will be the main venue alongside 11 neighbouring localities including Quang Ninh, Phu Tho and Bac Ninh, Xinhua news agency reported. Moto of 31st Southeast Asian Games- “For a Stronger South East Asia”.

Points to remember:

In 2023, the Southeast Asian Games will be held at Phnom Penh, Cambodia.  The mascot of the 2021 Southeast Asian Games is “Sao La”, inspired by saola – a rare mammal native to central Vietnam.

Dabang Delhi beats Patna Pirates to win maiden PKL title

Dabang Delhi K C defeated Patna Pirates by 36-37 in the final of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 in Bengaluru, Karnataka.  Dabang Delhi beat three-time champion Patna Pirates. Pawan Sehrawat was awarded with the Raider of the season award for his 304 raid points in 24 matches. The winner of the Pro Kabaddi League Season 8 got a cash prize of 3 crores.

Other awardees:

Defender of the season award: Mohammadreza Chiyaneh;

Emerging Player of the season: Mohit Goyat;

Most Valuable Player of the season award: Naveen Kumar.

List of winners of Pro Kabaddi League till now:

Pro Kabaddi League

Seasons Winner

Season 1 (2014)

Jaipur Pink Panthers

Season 2 (2015)

U Mumba

Season 3 (2016)

Patna Pirates

Season 4 (2016)

Patna Pirates

Season 5 (2017)

Patna Pirates

Season 6 (2018)

Bengaluru Bulls

Season 7 (2019)

Bengal Warriors

Season 8 (2021-22)

Dabang Delhi


Books and Authors News

Anup Jalota released book “Udaan Ek Majdoor Bachhe Ki” authored by Mithilesh Tiwari

Bhajan Samrat Anup Jalota has released the book “Udaan Ek Majdoor Bachhe Ki” by Captain AD Manek in a glittering program organized by Shailesh B Tiwari of P Club Education Pvt Ltd in Mumbai.  The author of this book is Mithilesh Tiwari. This book is about the life journey of Captain AD Manek, how he travelled from zero to pinnacle in his career graph.

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin’s autobiography “Ungalil Oruvan” launched

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched the first volume of Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin’s autobiography Ungalil Oruvan (One Among You) in Chennai.  The first part of the autobiography contains his early life experiences. In it, he traces his school and college days, adolescence, early political contributions, marital life and the MISA struggle, recalling 23 years up to 1976.

Ex-soldier Captain Deepam Chatterjee authored a new book “The Millennial Yogi”

Former Indian Army Captain, Deepam Chatterjee has authored a new book titled “The Millennial Yogi: A modern-day parable about reclaiming one’s life”. This is a book that mixes mysticism and music that takes readers on a journey of awakening.  The book talks about Jayshankar Prasad, or Jay, who has a shady-yet-mercurial rise in his journey as an entrepreneur and Vini, a mystic monk. The book is published by Ebury Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House.

Important Days

46th Civil Accounts Day Celebrated on 02 March 2022

The 46th Civil Accounts Day has celebrated on 2nd March 2022 at Dr Ambedkar International Centre, Janpath, New Delhi. Minister for Finance & Corporate Affairs Smt. Nirmala Sitharaman is the Chief Guest of the occasion.  Finance Minister has launched a major e-governance initiative – the Electronic Bill (e-Bill) processing system as part of ease of doing business and Digital India eco-system.  A Budget 2022-23 announcement, the e- Bill system will be implemented across all Central Ministries and Departments. This will be a further step to enhance transparency, efficiency and a faceless- paperless payment system. Suppliers and contractors will now be able to submit their claims online which will be trackable in a real-time basis.

Obituaries News

Legendary West Indies spinner Sonny Ramadhin passes away

West Indies spin legend, Sonny Ramadhin has passed away at the age of 92. He was a part of the side that won its first away series in England in 1950. He made his Test debut against England at Old Trafford in 1950.  Ramadhin ended up playing 43 Tests and taking 158 wickets at an average of 28.98. Ramadhin played 184 first-class matches and scalped 758 wickets at an average of 20.24. He moved to England after taking retirement from the sport in the late 1960s




03rd March 2022



Every Haryana district to get a 200-bed hospital: Governor Dattatreya

short by Atul Mishra / 03:28 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

Haryana Governor Bandaru Dattatreya on Wednesday announced that 200-bed hospitals will be opened in every district in the state. "The state government has [also] proposed to set up a medical college in every district," he added. Governor Dattatreya further said that government medical colleges are being set up in Bhiwani, Jind, Mahendragarh, Kaithal, Sirsa and Yamunanagar districts.

B'luru International Film Festival begins; 200 films to be screened

short by Dharini Mudgal / 03:10 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

The 13th edition of the Bengaluru International Film Festival (BIFFES) has started today. During the festival, which will be held till March 10, more than 200 films from around 55 countries will be screened at three locations, including Orion Mall's PVR Cinemas, in Bengaluru. BIFFES will also pay tribute to late actor Puneeth Rajkumar and will screen his three films.


Chennai to get its youngest Mayor as DMK names 28-yr-old R Priya for post

short by Shalini Ojha / 07:06 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

DMK on Thursday named 28-year-old R Priya as the mayoral candidate for Chennai. As DMK enjoys the majority, Priya would be formally elected as Chennai's youngest Mayor soon. Priya will be the first-ever Dalit woman and the third woman after Tara Cherian and Kamakshi Jayaraman to lead the body. She is the granddaughter of former DMK MLA Chengai Sivam.


Assam government declared the entire state as a "Disturbed Area"

The Assam government has extended the contentious Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, 1958 (AFSPA) in the state for six more months. The notification came into effect from February 28.  Initially, it was the Assam Disturbed Area Act of 1955 during the agitation by Nagas in undivided Assam. This Act gave freehand to some extent to the Army that was repealed with the incorporation of the Armed Forces (Special Power) Act, 1958.  AFSPA was imposed in Assam in November 1990 and has been extended every six months since then after a review by the government.

Akshaye Widhani named as Chief Executive Officer of Yash Raj Films

Film production and distribution company Yash Raj Films (YRF) has named Akshaye Widhani as chief executive officer. Widhani was serving as senior vice-president, finance and business Affairs and head of operations at YRF Studios.  He used to head corporate and business development activities for YRF, including finance, business extensions, strategic alliances, joint ventures, co-productions.  Yash Raj Films is one of India’s biggest film production houses. Aditya Chopra is the Chairman and MD of Yash Raj Films. Yash Raj Films was founded by Yash Raj Chopra, in the year 1970.

T S Ramakrishnan named as new MD and CEO of LIC Mutual Fund

LIC Mutual Fund has announced the appointment of TS Ramakrishnan as its Managing Director & CEO, effective. Ramakrishnan, as the MD and CEO, LIC Mutual Fund Asset Management, will succeed Dinesh Pangtey, its former Wholetime Director and CEO.  LIC Mutual Fund is one of the oldest and leading mutual funds operating in India. offer a complete basket of 26 products covering debt, equity, hybrid, passive and solution-oriented schemes. The Average Assets under Management (AAuM) is Rs 18,625.52 crores as on January 31, 2022.




Which countries supported Russia at UN General Assembly session on Ukraine conflict?

short by Anmol Sharma / 10:48 am on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

Other than Russia, four countries voted against UN General Assembly resolution that demanded Russia "immediately, completely and unconditionally" withdraw its military forces from Ukraine. Belarus, North Korea, Eritrea and Syria voted against the resolution. A total of 141 countries voted in favour of the resolution, while 35 countries including India abstained from voting.

China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank freezes Russia lending

short by Ashley Paul / 09:11 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) on Thursday said it has put all activities relating to Russia and Belarus on hold and under review owing to the Russia-Ukraine war. China, despite being the Bank's largest shareholder and holding 26.5% of AIIB's voting power, has opposed sanctions imposed on Russia by governments of various countries.

Let them fly on broomsticks: Russia as it stops delivering rocket engines to US

short by Arshiya Chopra / 05:47 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

Russian state space agency Roscosmos' head Dmitry Rogozin has said that Russia has decided to stop supplying rocket engines to the US in retaliation for its sanctions over Ukraine. "In a situation like this we can't supply the United States with our world's best rocket engines. Let them fly on something else, their broomsticks, I don't know what," Rogozin added.

Russian, Belarusian athletes banned from Winter Paralympics: IPC

short by Veer Badani / 10:19 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Thursday said Russian and Belarusian athletes will be banned from the Winter Paralympics. The decision comes after the IPC faced international backlash and threats of boycotts by other teams for announcing a day before the athletes would be allowed to compete as neutrals. A 71-member Russian contingent and 12-member Belarusian team are in Beijing.


Oracle suspends operations in Russia, SAP pauses sales

short by Aishwarya Awasthi / 01:56 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

Oracle said it has suspended all operations in Russia, while SAP announced it will pause all sales, after Ukraine's Vice Prime Minister Mykhailo Fedorov wrote letters to them requesting to end services to Russia. In response to Fedorov's request, Oracle said it had "already suspended all operations". SAP called sanctions against Russia "an important mechanism" in efforts to restore peace.

Oil soars to highest since 2008, hits $116/barrel as Russia invades Ukraine

short by Pragya Swastik / 02:36 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

Oil prices soared to $116 a barrel on Thursday, the highest level since 2008, as buyers continued to reject Russian crude following its invasion of Ukraine. The invasion has sparked supply concerns across commodity markets from energy to grains. Meanwhile, the OPEC+ has stuck with the 4,00,000 barrel-a-day production increase that was scheduled for April.

Ikea suspends Russia, Belarus operations; 15,000 staff to be affected

short by Ashley Paul / 06:03 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

Ikea on Thursday said it would suspend its operations in Russia and Belarus in response to the Russia-Ukraine war. The shutdown of operations will affect 15,000 employees, 17 stores and three production sites. "The war has had a huge human impact already. It is also resulting in serious disruptions to supply chain and trading conditions," the company said.

Eveready's Chairman & MD resign post open offer from Burman family

short by Ashley Paul / 07:26 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

Eveready's Non-Executive Chairman Aditya Khaitan and Managing Director Amritanshu Khaitan resigned from their positions following an open offer from Dabur Group's Burman family to buy an additional 26% stake in Eveready. The company said the two have stepped down "to enable [Eveready] to benefit from new leadership and direction". Joint MD Suvamoy Saha will assume charge as Eveready's interim MD.

IPO-bound LIC appoints insurance veteran Sunil Agrawal as CFO: Reports

short by Ashley Paul / 10:45 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

LIC has appointed former Reliance Nippon Life Insurance CFO Sunil Agrawal as the IPO-bound insurer's CFO, Bloomberg reported. Agrawal served as Nippon's CFO for 12 years till 2018. Prior to that, he worked for ICICI Prudential Life Insurance for five years. He replaced LIC Executive Director Shubhangi Soman and is the first outsider to be appointed to the position.



GST collections in Feb stand at Rs 1.3L cr

Goods and Services Tax (GST) collection crossed the Rs 1.30-lakh crores mark for the fifth time in February 2022.  The gross GST revenue collected in the month of February 2022 is Rs 1,33,026 crore of which CGST is Rs 24,435 crore, SGST is Rs 30,779 crore, IGST is Rs 67,471crore (including Rs 33,837 crores collected on import of goods) and cess is Rs 10,340 crore (including ₹638 crores collected on import of goods).  The February mop-up was impacted by the Omicron wave that swept through the country and hence, the gross sales tax collection was lower than the record Rs 1,40,986 crore netted in January.  The revenues for the month of February 2022 are 18% higher than the GST revenues in the same month last year and 26% higher than the GST revenues in February 2020.

List of previous months GST Collection:

January 2022: Rs 1.38 Lakh crores

CDSL becomes first depository to register more than 60 million Demat accounts

On the 1st of March, 2022, the Central Depository Services (India) announced that it now has more than six crores (i. e. equivalent to 60 million) active Demat accounts. A Demat account is a kind of account that can be used to keep online copies of securities and shares. A Demat account is a dematerialized account in its entire form.  The main purpose of a Demat account is to keep shares that have been bought or dematerialized (that means conversion from physical to electronic form of shares), making online share trading easier for users.  The sole listed depository in India is Central Depository Services (India) Limited (CDSL).  Ananta Barua, Whole Time Member, Securities and Exchange Board of India, said at a ceremony to commemorate the achievement that Dematerialisation has arose as a result of the issues that physical shares had with them.  Barua also said that the new milestone demonstrates that access to the Indian securities market has become safe, convenient, and simple.  Furthermore, Barua stated that new investors must be educated about the Indian securities market, the role of market infrastructure organisations, and investor protection in order to make well-informed judgments.


Vodafone Idea to raise ₹4,500 crore by issuing shares to promoters

short by Ashley Paul / 09:03 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

Vodafone Idea (Vi) on Thursday said its board has approved raising ₹4,500 crore by issuing shares to its promoters on preferential basis. The firm will issue up to 3.39 billion shares at ₹13.30 a share, 20% premium to its current market price, to Vodafone Group's Euro Pacific Securities and Prime Metals and Aditya Birla Group's (ABG) Oriana Investments.


Google and MeitY to train 100 Indian startups under Appscale Academy programme 

The MeitY Startup Hub, an initiative of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY), and Google have announced a cohort of 100 early to mid-stage Indian startups as a part of Appscale Academy programme.  Appscale Academy is a new growth and development programme for startups launched by MeitY and Google to help and train early- to mid-stage startups across India on building high-quality apps and games for a global audience.  These 100 startups were chosen from over 400 applications following an in-depth selection process.  Under the six-month Appscale Academy programme, the 100 startups will be trained through a customised curriculum which includes virtual instructor-led webinars, self-learning material, and mentorship sessions with local and global industry professionals.

Adani Green gets LOA for setting-up 150 MW solar power plant 

Adani Green Energy Ltd stated that its subsidiary Adani Renewable Energy Holding Fifteen Limited has obtained a letter of award (LOA) to build a 150-megawatt solar power plant. For a period of 25 years, the fixed rate for this project capacity is $2.34/kWh.  According to a statement issued by the Adani Group company said in a stock exchange filing, Adani Renewable Energy Holding Fifteen Limited, a Wholly-owned Subsidiary of Adani Green Energy Limited, participated in a Tender which was issued by the Punjab State Power Corporation Limited for the acquisition of 250 MW Solar Power from ground-mounted grid-connected solar PV power plants and has received the Letter of Award for setting up a 150 MW Solar Power Project.


Indian City-wise:

Bengaluru recorded the highest growth in the number of UHNWIs in 2021 at 17.1% to 352 billionaires. It was followed by Delhi (12.4% to 210) and Mumbai (9% to 1596) in 2021.

Top 5 countries with the most number of billionaires in 2021:



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MoS Annpurna Devi gives National ICT Award 2020 & 2021

Smt Annpurna Devi, who is the union MoS for Education has given National ICT Awards to 49 teachers from all over the country. In her speech on this event, she told that the NEP-2020 emphasizes on the efficient use of technology in the field of teaching, which will remove the language barriers and increase access for DIVYANG students.  Recognition in the form of a National Award for ICT in Education for school teachers indirectly motivates instructors to utilise ICT extensively and significantly in their classrooms by combining content pedagogy and technology.  It has now been foreseen to extend this Award to the Teacher Educators for the States & UTs for their best educational practices.  These ICT Awardees are also given the task of serving as ICT Ambassadors, expanding the reach of ICT in Education through their ongoing efforts to mentor other teachers.

Sports News


Virat Kohli playing his 100th Test is momentous for Indian cricket: Ganguly

short by Ankur Taliyan / 05:19 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly has said that Virat Kohli playing his 100th Test in Mohali tomorrow is momentous for Indian cricket. "Virat has had a fantastic career. He still has time to achieve greater milestones," added Ganguly in a video message shared by BCCI. Virat will become the 12th Indian cricketer to play 100 Tests.

Russian, Belarusian athletes banned from Winter Paralympics: IPC

short by Veer Badani / 10:19 pm on 03 Mar 2022,Thursday

The International Paralympic Committee (IPC) on Thursday said Russian and Belarusian athletes will be banned from the Winter Paralympics. The decision comes after the IPC faced international backlash and threats of boycotts by other teams for announcing a day before the athletes would be allowed to compete as neutrals. A 71-member Russian contingent and 12-member Belarusian team are in Beijing.


Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament: Nikhat Zareen & Nitu wins gold for India

Indian boxers Nikhat Zareen (52kg) and Nitu (48kg) has won gold medals at the 73rd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament, held in Sofia, Bulgaria. The Indian contingent ended their campaign at the tournament with three medals including two golds and one bronze.  Nikhat bagged her second gold medal at Europe's oldest international boxing tournament with a 4-1 win in the women's 52kg final. She had previously won the Strandja Memorial title in 2019.  Nitu outpunched the reigning Youth World Championships bronze medallist Italy's Erika Prisciandro 5-0 without breaking a sweat in the women's 48 kg final.

Indian shooter Saurabh Chaudhary wins 10m air pistol gold at ISSF World Cup

Indian shooter, Saurabh Chaudhary has won the gold medal in Men’s 10m Air Pistol event at the ongoing 2022 International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) World Cup in Cairo, Egypt. The silver medal has been won by Germany’s Michael Schwald while Artem Chernousov of Russia claimed the bronze medal.  In the women’s 10m air pistol section, India’s Esha Singh lost to Anna Korakaki of Greece to win the silver medal. Esha, who had shot better than Anna in the semifinal stage, pushed Tokyo Olympics silver medallist Antoaneta Kostadinova to the bronze.

Important Days

World Wildlife Day 2022 Observed on 03rd March

The World Wildlife Day is observed every year on March 3 to raise awareness about the world’s wild fauna and flora. The day also reminds us of the need to fight against wildlife crime and human-induced reduction of species causing various wide-ranging economic, environmental and social impacts.  World Wildlife Day will be celebrated in 2022 under the theme "Recovering key species for ecosystem restoration", as a way to draw attention to the conservation status of some of the most critically endangered species of wild fauna and flora, and to drive discussions towards imagining and implementing solutions to conserve them.  The day was proposed by Thailand and recognised in 2013 by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). March 3 has been chosen as it is the day of signature of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) in 1973.

World Hearing Day observed globally on 3rd March by WHO

World Hearing Day is held on 3rd March each year by World Health Organisation (WHO). The day aims to raise awareness on how to prevent deafness and hearing loss and promote ear and hearing care across the world. On World Hearing Day 2022, WHO will focus on the importance of safe listening as a means of maintaining good hearing across the life course.  The World Hearing Day 2022 with the theme “To hear for life, listen with care” will focus on the importance and means of hearing loss prevention through safe listening.  The WHO, on March 3 in 2007, observed World Hearing Day for the first time. In 2016, they decided to declare this day as World Hearing Day.


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