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♦ PM Modi inaugurates National War Memorial in New Delhi
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday inaugurated the country’s National War Memorial (NWM) adjoining the iconic India Gate complex in the heart of the capital, nearly 60 years after it was mooted to honour the fallen soldiers after Independence.
- Spread over an area of approximately 40 acres, the memorial comprises four concentric circles, namely- the ‘Amar Chakra, the Veerta Chakra, the ‘Tyag Chakra’ and the ‘Rakshak Chakra’ with names of 25,942 soldiers inscribed in golden letters on granite tablets.
- It also includes a central obelisk, an eternal flame and six bronze murals depicting famous battles fought by the Indian Army, Air Force and Navy in a covered gallery (Veerta Chakra).
♦ Oscars 2019: Here’s the full list of winners
Here is the complete list of all the winners of the 91st Academy Awards held at Dolby Theatre, LA.
- Best Picture – Green Book
- Best Actor in a Leading Role – Rami Malek for Bohemian Rhapsody
- Best Actress in a Leading Role – Olivia Colman for The Favourite
- Best Directing – Alfonso Cuarón for Roma
- Best Supporting Actor – Mahershala Ali for Green Book
- Best Supporting Actress – Regina King for If Beale Street Could Talk.
- Best Original Score – Ludwig Goransson for Black Panther
- Best Original Song – Lady Gaga, Mike Ronson, Anthony Rossomondo and Andrew Wyatt for A Star Is Born
- Best Adapted Screenplay- Charlie Wachtel & David Rabinowitz and Kevin Willmott & Spike Lee for Blackkklansman
- Original Screenplay – Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly for Green Book
- Best Live Action Short – Skin
- Best Visual Effects – Paul Lambert, Ian Hunter, Tristan Myles and J.D. Schwalm for First Man
- Best Animated Short – Domee Shi and Becky Neiman-Cobb for Bao
- Best Documentary Short – Rayka Zehtabchi and Melissa Berton for Period. End of Sentence
- Best Animated Feature – Spiderman: Into the Spider Verse
- Best Film Editing – John Ottman for Bohemian Rhapsody
- Best Foreign Language – Roma
♦ Shri Piyush Goyal launches Rail Drishti Dashboard to Promote Transparency and Accountability
- Minister of Railways & Coal, Shri Piyush Goyal has launched Rail Drishti dashboard, encompassing all the digitisation efforts in Indian Railways and promoting transparency and accountability. It brings information from various sources on a single platform and gives access to key statistics and parameters to every citizen of the country. This dashboard can be accessed using a desktop/laptop or a mobile device such as a phone or tablet. The application is mobile optimized for ease of use of public. The url of the dashboard is “raildrishti.cris.org.in”. Chairman, Railway Board, Shri V.K. Yadav, other Railway Board Members, MD, CRIS and other Senior Officials from Railway Board and CRIS were also present on the occasion.
- Speaking on the occasion, Shri Piyush Goyal said that under the able-leadership of Hon’ble Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, this Government has focused on people of India and has become a Government accountable to every farmer, youth, poor, middle class and all those who have relations of any kind with this government. This is the first Government in the history of India that showcased its report card to public every year. He further said that this government has used media and digital platforms for imparting all the information. This government has also tried to bring transparency in the working of all the Ministries.
♦ President of India to present Gandhi Peace Prize in the national capital today
- President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind will present the Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 tomorrow, the 26th Feb, 2019 at Darbar Hall, Rashtrapati Bhawan, New Delhi. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi will also attend the award Ceremony to felicitate the awardees.
- The awardees are as below
- Vivekananda Kendra, Kanyakumari for the year 2015.
- Akshaya Patra Foundation and Sulabh International for the year 2016 (Jointly).
- Ekal Abhiyan Trust for the year 2017.
- Sh Yohei Sasakawa for the year 2018.
♦ FAGMIL signs MoU with Himachal Pradesh Government to establish Rs. 605 crores White cement Plant Project
- Under its diversification programme, FCI Aravali Gypsum and Minerals India Limited (FAGMIL)has taken up a project to establish a white cement plant near village NohraDhar in Sirmourdistrict, Himachal Pradesh, at a project cost of approximately Rs. 605 crores. It will be the 4th white cement plant in the country. The installed capacity of the plant would be 0.3 million tonnes per annum and it will generate the direct employment of approximately150 persons. The plant is expected to be commenced by the year 2022. It will prove to be a milestone for the development of the Sirmour District.
- For ensuring completion of the project in a time bound manner an MOU was signed today in Shimla by Smt. Alka Tiwari, Chairperson & Managing Director, FAGMIL and Shri Manoj Kumar, Additional Chief Secretary, Government of Himachal Pradesh, in the presence of Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh, Shri Jai Ram Thakur.
- FAGMIL is a Government of India Undertaking, under the administrative control of Department of Fertilizers, Ministry of Chemicals and Fertilizers, Government of India.It is engaged in mining and marketing of mineral gypsum in Rajasthan.
♦ 5,60,695 Houses Sanctioned Under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana(Urban) in The 43rd CSMC
- The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 5,60,695 more affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). The approval was given in the 43rdmeeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee held here today.The cumulative number of houses sanctioned under PMAY(U) now is 79,04,674.
- The number of houses sanctioned for Uttar Pradesh is 1,79,215, Andhra Pradesh1,10,618, Maharashtra1,01,220 while Karnataka has been sanctioned 48,729 houses. The houses sanctioned for Madhya Pradesh is 26,587 houses and Gujarat 25,861. The number of houses for Manipur is 13,715 while Tamil Nadu has been sanctioned 12,174houses. Bihar has been sanctioned 10,084 houses while the houses sanctioned for Odisha is 7,472. The number of houses sanctioned for Chattisgarh is 7,067 while the sanction for Kerala is 4,194 houses. Haryana has been sanctioned 4,019 houses, Rajasthan 3,601, Jharkhand 2,165and Assam 1,419. The number of houses for Meghalaya is 1,397 while the houses sanctioned for Puducherry is 1,158.
♠Vocabulary (The Hindu)♠
- SCALLOP (VERB): pucker 🙁सिकुड़ना)
Synonyms: scrunch, crumple
Antonyms: flatten, smooth
Example: The scallop fishery is becoming more and more valuable.
- INTERLACE (VERB): braid 🙁लपेटना)
Synonyms: curl, enmesh
Antonyms: untwist, untangle
Example: Alice interlaced her hair around her finger.
- CANARD (NOUN): fabrication 🙁झूठी अफ़वाह)
Synonyms: exaggeration, lie
Antonyms: truth, reality
Example: Her statement was full of canard.
- CANDOR (NOUN): complete honesty 🙁निष्कपटता)
Synonyms: directness, fairness
Antonyms: dishonesty, unfairness
Example: She has done her task with complete candor.
- CESSATION (NOUN): abeyance 🙁ठहराव)
Synonyms: breather, discontinuance
Antonyms: activity, continuity
Example: Since the bad weather has caused a temporary building cessation, the office building will not be completed on time.
- AGILE (ADJECTIVE): Flexible: (चुस्त)
Synonyms: lithe, supple
Antonym: rigid, stiff
Example: Monkey is an agile animal.
- SHOVE OFF (VERB): Leave quickly : (निकास)
Synonyms: depart, exit
Antonyms: arrive, come
Example: As soon as the police arrives the goons shove off from the bank.
- SALACIOUS (ADJECTIVE): Indecent: (गंदा)
Synonyms: vulgar, lewd
Antonyms: moral, decent
Example: The salacious ruffians made filthy remarks on her.
Filler Based on The Hindu Editorial
Missed target: on India refusing visa to Pakistani competitors
The decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to revoke Tokyo 2020 Olympics qualification status for the men’s 25-metre rapid fire pistol event from the New Delhi shooting World Cup is a controversy Indian sport could have done without. This has come after India refused visas to two Pakistani competitors, in the backdrop of heightened bilateral tensions after the terror attack in Pulwama. The IOC has declared that this is against the Olympic Charter’s principles, of which non-discrimination, equal treatment of all athletes and sporting delegations and political non-interference are supreme. It is clear that in the clamour to send Pakistan what it perceives to be the right message, India has shot itself in the foot. In the short term, the scrapping of two out of 16 quota places will deny three Indian shooters, including 16-year-old Anish Bhanwala who won the gold in the event at the 2018 Commonwealth Games, an opportunity to make the Olympic grade at home. While the National Rifle Association of India has thanked the IOC for sparing the 14 other places by restricting the withdrawal of recognition to just one event, three Indian shooters, for no fault of theirs, have ended up as collateral damage.
The long-term consequences, however, could be more severe. The IOC, in a strongly worded statement, said that it has decided to “suspend all discussions with the Indian National Olympic Committees and government regarding the potential applications for hosting future sports and Olympic-related events until clear written guarantees are obtained…to ensure the entry of all participants.” This means negotiations regarding India’s potential bids for the 2026 Youth Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2032 Olympics are set to go into cold storage. While it is true that the IOC’s record in dealing with the overlapping worlds of geopolitics and sports is uneven, there have been precedents of strong action in similar cases. Ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait had its qualification status removed after an Israeli delegate wasn’t granted a visa. Less than a month ago, Malaysia was stripped of the World Para Swimming Championship for turning down visa requests from Israeli participants. The entire episode has also played out at a time when sections of the BCCI, egged on by a few yesteryear greats, seemingly mulled over the option of calling for a complete ban on Pakistan from the upcoming ICC World Cup in England. Going by experience, beyond feeding into a certain kind of atmospherics, such bans on sportspersons and interactions in international sports events will have no meaningful effect.
Question 1: This has come after India …………… visas to two Pakistani competitors, in the backdrop of heightened bilateral tensions after the terror attack in Pulwama.
Question 2: It is clear that in the ………… to send Pakistan what it perceives to be the right message, India has shot itself in the foot.
Question 3: Ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics, the Asian Shooting Championship in Kuwait had its qualification status ………… after an Israeli delegate wasn’t granted a visa.
Question 4: This means negotiations regarding India’s …………. bids for the 2026 Youth Olympics, 2030 Asian Games and 2032 Olympics are set to go into cold storage.
Question 5: Select the word which is most nearly the OPPOSITE MEANING as the word printed in bold as used in the passage.
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