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1 16-02-2019 - Pulwama Attack: India revoked the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status of Pakistan. While PM N. Modi asserted that those responsible for terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir would be given a 'befitting reply,' the Opposition rallied behind the government in a show of solemn unity. The government has convened an all-party meeting at 11 am on Feb. 16, 2019. The suicide car bombing in Pulwama district killed 40 paramilitary personnel. (Defence and Military / Regional Politics)
2 16-02-2019 - Vande Bharat Express: The inaugural trip of India’s first semi-high speed train, Vande Bharat Express, was flagged off by PM N. Modi at the New Delhi railway station. The train, named ‘Train 18’ at the concept stage, is a plush 16-coach, air-conditioned, self-propelled train set and doesn’t have a locomotive. The express will ply between Delhi and Varanasi, with halts at Kanpur and Allahabad. It will complete the 780-km journey in eight hours. This is India’s fastest train to date, capable of commercial speeds up to 160 km per hour. In the first trip, the train crashed into a cow and some functions broke down, and had to be taken back at reduced pace. (Infrastructure)
3 16-02-2019 - Ayodhya (Babri Masjid) case: The SC referred to the Ayodhya Bench a plea challenging the validity of the Ayodhya Act, 1993, under which the Centre acquired 67.703 acres of land, including the disputed Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid premises and adjacent areas. (Constitution and Law / Religion)
4 16-02-2019 - Healthcare in Rajasthan: Public health activists in Rajasthan have called for enactment of a law on the right to health care for fulfilling one of the significant promises made in the election manifesto of the ruling Congress. The State government has included the right to health as a policy commitment after being elected to power. (Infrastructure / Social Issues)
5 16-02-2019 - Robert Vadra Property Case: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) provisionally attached assets worth Rs. 4.62 crore of Robert Vadra’s company Sky Light Hospitality (P) Limited and others under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) in the Bikaner land scam case. The properties include movable assets of four individuals, amounting to Rs. 18.59 lakh, and a building at Delhi’s Sukhdev Vihar, which is in the name of Mr. Vadra’s company. Earlier this week, the agency had quizzed Mr. Vadra and his mother Maureen Vadra, as company directors, at its Jaipur office in connection with the case. (Governance and Institutions / People and Personalities)
6 16-02-2019 - Inter-state clases in north-east: Inter-State frictions have resurfaced in the northeast after a show of unity by the region’s constituent States over the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2016. Less than 24 hours after the Centre’s failure in getting the Bill passed in Rajya Sabha triggered celebrations across the north-eastern States, several people, were injured during a clash between the Assam police and people of Umwali village in Meghalaya. The village is near Langpih, a disputed place on the Assam-Meghalaya border, about 40 km west of Guwahati. While Assam says the village is in the State’s Kamrup district, Meghalaya claims it falls in its West Khasi Hills district. (Constitution and Law / Regional Politics / Social Issues)
7 16-02-2019 - Gaganyan Project: A national review committee on Gaganyaan is slated to meet for the first time here on March 5 and 6 and comprehensively scan the contours of the first Indian human mission to space. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) wants to unveil the human mission’s details to stakeholders from multiple agencies, and also keep the nation in the loop about the prestigious mission. (Science and Technology)
8 16-02-2019 - US-Mexico border wall: US President Donald Trump formally declared a national emergency at the border to access billions of dollars to build a border wall that Congress refused to give him, transforming a highly charged policy dispute into a fundamental confrontation over separation of powers. (People and Personalities / Social Issues / World Politics)
9 16-02-2019 - Taliban: Fighting 'fake' news, wrestling with social media, and deploying an intern army - the Taliban’s sprawling propaganda machine embraces modernity even as the group vows to enforce Islamist controls on journalists if it returns to power. Notorious for banning TV and radio under its iron-fisted 1996-2001 regime, the militants have proven surprisingly deft at adapting to the ever-changing nature of modern media. (Regional Politics / Terrorism)
10 16-02-2019 - Jet Airways issue: Debt-laden Jet Airways, which approved a provisional resolution plan, will need to raise Rs. 3,000 crore by selling (and then leasing back) some of its aircraft, and a new investor would have chip in with another Rs. 3,000 crore. The Jet Airways board, which had approved the bank-led provisioning resolution plan, had estimated the funds requirement to be Rs. 8,500 crore. (Indian Economy / Trivia and Miscellaneous
11 16-02-2019 - Fortis Hospital matter: The Fortis Hospitals matter, in which the Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) ordered the company to refund over Rs. 400 crore in Dec. 2018, has taken a new turn, with the regulator receiving a complaint alleging that the real beneficiaries of the money were some of the top officials managing different businesses of the Religare Group. Initially, the money was believed to have moved from the listed entity to a subsidiary and thereafter to three borrower entities. (Indian Economy / Trivia and Miscellaneous)
12 16-02-2019 - First Women IAF Flight Engineer of India: Flight Lieutenant Hina Jaiswal created history by becoming the first female flight engineer to be inducted by the Indian Air Force. Hina, who was commissioned in the IAF’s engineering branch in 2015, completed her course at the Air Force Station in Yelahanka. Hailing from Chandigarh, Hina got her BE from Punjab University. (Defence and Military / People and Personalities)
13 16-02-2019 - Animal Care: During routine patrolling, forest officials in Agra’s Soor Sarovar Bird Sanctuary stumbled upon a Great White Pelican in distress. The bird had swallowed a big 1.2 kg fish, only to end up choking on its meal. The officials rushed the bird to the Wildlife SOS Agra Bear Rescue Facility for medical intervention. The bird had to undergo surgery. It is being given post-operative care. (Environment Ecology and Climate Change)
14 16-02-2019 - Village of hooch widows: In Mainpuri’s Pusaina, of The 300 families almost 150 have widows, some have even lost 5 male members to the deadly drink. While recent hooch tragedies in the two adjoining states of UP and Uttarakhand, which claimed over 100 lives, are in the news, the deaths are so frequent in this village — where manufacture and consumption of illicit liquor is very common that people hardly react to news of another one going down to the killer brew. (Governance and Institutions / Social Issues)
15 16-02-2019 - Defence Industrial Corridor in Jhansi: PM Modi laid the foundation of the flagship Bundelkhand Defence Industrial Corridor in Jhansi district of UP, which is expected to attract investment of Rs 20,000 crore. The Defence Corridor consists of various infrastructure projects totalling over Rs 40,000 crore in the arid Bundelkhand region. The mega infra would span 6 nodes at Aligarh, Agra, Jhansi, Kanpur, Lucknow and Chitrakoot and create 250,000 job opportunities. (Defence and Military / Infrastructure)


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