International Mother Language Day (Bhasha Divas) is observed across the world, on 21 February every year.
2015 Theme: “Inclusion in and through education: Language counts”. The year 2015 is the 15th anniversary of International Mother Language Day.
Objective: To promote awareness of linguistic, multilingualism and cultural diversity.
Importance of International Mother Language Day: It is the greatest weapon to express one’s feeling. Mother Language of one country is the sign of independence of that country.
Union Government has launched Consular Grievances Monitoring portal named MADAD (Help)- Because You Are Us.
MADAD an e-portal will help Indian citizens living abroad to file consular grievances online on the services offered by the Indian Missions and Posts abroad. It was launched by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj at the MEA headquarters in New Delhi.
Scientists have detected drug-resistant malaria at the Myanmar-India border. It was revealed in a Oxford University led study published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases journal.
Tests have shown that this drug-resistant malaria is on the verge of entering India and now poses an enormous threat to global health. These detected drug-resistant malaria parasite have ability to shrug off the effects ofartemisinin (normally given as part of combination therapy to fight malaria) has been spreading since it emerged in South-east Asia.
Drug-resistant malaria has been detected in South Asian countries like Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar.
In case Myanmar, 940 parasite samples were collected at 55 malaria treatment centres and its border regions. Scientist have found that almost 40 percent of the samples had mutations in their so-called kelch gene, K13 a known genetic signal of artemisinin drug resistance.
Earlier, drug-resistant malaria parasite to Chloroquine was discovered in 1957 around the border between Cambodia and Thailand.
Deaths from malaria have nearly halved since 2000, and the infection now kills about 584,000 people each year. But drug-resistant malaria parasite may threat to global health in future.
India has signed loan agreement with Asian Development Bank (ADB) for 50 Million dollars to boost power generation capacity in Assam.
The loan agreement was signed for the second Assam power sector investment programme.
At present Assam is facing problem of power crunch. More than third of households in the State are facing daily electricity cuts for 5 to 6 hours. Many important businesses in state such as the tea gardens are not connected to the grid. In peak periods Assam has to buy up to 15% of its power from independent producers at very high cost.
Sri Lanka’s President Maithripala Sirisena has appointed Major general Chrishantha de Silva as the new Sri Lankan Army chief.
De Silva is the 21st Commander of the Sri Lankan Army, since the island nation gained independence from Britain in 1948. He will succeed Lieutenant General Daya Ratnayake with effect from 22 February 2015.
De Silva had joined the Sri Lanka Army as cadet officer in 1980 and has served in many regions including operational areas.
Along with this appointment, Sri Lanka’s new government reinstated the rank of former army Chief General Sarath Fonseka, who was stripped of all ranks and was sentenced to jail by previous President Mahinda Rajapaksa.
General Sarath Fonseka was Sri Lanka’s only four-star general who had led the Army to defeat the Tamil Tigers in 2009. In 2010, he had fallen out with Rajapaksa and challenged him in the election of 2010. Thereafter Fonseka was arrested, court martialled and jailed for corruption.
The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has given its approval to proposed Rs 15,000-crore merger deal between Kotak Mahindra Bank and ING Vysya Bank.
CCI in its approval mentioned that this merger is not likely to have an appreciable adverse effect on competition in India. The CCI also has 0bserved that the ING Vysya does not have significant market share in any of the relevant markets and there is presence of large players in these markets. So it will act as a competitive constraint to the parties.
This approval is considered as important step for merging of two banks to form new entity. This merger will make Kotak Mahindra Bank fourth-largest private bank in India in terms of total business. The biggest three private banks are ICICI Bank, HDFC Bank and Axis Bank.
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