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PM Modi to inaugurate second Khelo India National Winter Games today

  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the inaugural address at the 2nd Khelo India National Winter Games today through video conferencing.
  • The Games will begin tomorrow and will continue till 2nd of March.
  • The event has been organised by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in collaboration with the Jammu and Kashmir Sports Council and the Winter Games Association of Jammu and Kashmir.
  • The sports activities will include Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing, Snowboarding, Ski mountaineering, Ice hockey, Ice skating etc.

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27 States and UTs are sending their teams to participate in the games.


Centre Launches National Urban Digital Mission to create Digital Infra for Cities

  • The Union Housing & Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Singh Puri and Minister of Electronics & IT Ravi Shankar Prasad launched the ‘National Urban Digital Mission’ (NUDM) with an aim to create a digital infrastructure for cities in India.
  • The NUDM has been launched jointly by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs along with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology.
  • The mission aims to put in place a “citizen-centric” and “ecosystem-driven” approach to ‘urban governance and service delivery’ in cities by 2022, and across all cities and towns by 2024.
  • The mission has three pillars – people, process, and platform.

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Other initiatives such as the Smart Cities 2.0 website, India Urban Data Exchange- IUDX, Geospatial Information Management System- GMIS, and SmartCode were also launched during the event.


Centre issues guidelines for OTT, online streaming and social media platforms

  • The Government issued guidelines and digital media ethics code for Over The Top (OTT), online streaming and social media platforms.
  • As per the guidelines, social media platforms have to remove content involving nudity and morphed pictures of women within 24 hrs to ensure online safety and dignity of users.
  • A grievance redressal mechanism for receiving and resolving complaints from the users or victims will be put in place.
  • Releasing the Guidelines for Intermediaries and Digital Media Ethics Code Rules 2021; Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the Social Media Intermediaries will have to appoint a Chief Compliance Officer who will be responsible for ensuring compliance of rules.


2nd edition of Global Bio-India to be organised from 1st to 3rd March

  • The second edition of Global Bio-India will be organised from 1st to 3rd March to showcase the strength and opportunities of the India’s biotechnology sector at national level and to the global community.
  • The theme for this year is Transforming lives and tag line Biosciences to Bioeconomy.
  • Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan will inaugurate the event virtually.
  • Global Bio-India 2021 is expected to have representatives from more than 50 countries with Switzerland being the partner country and Karnataka as its state partner.

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The first edition of Global Bio-India 2019 which was organized in New Delhi was a huge success that saw participation from over 25 plus countries.


R Ashwin becomes fourth highest wicket-taker for India

  • Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin with 603 international wickets became the fourth highest wicket-taker for India.
  • He surpassed Zaheer Khan’s tally of 597 international wickets and climb to the fourth spot on the list of Indian bowlers with the most wickets in international cricket.
  • Ashwin now has 603 wickets across all formats and is only behind former skipper Anil Kumble (953), spinner Harbhajan Singh (707), and Kapil Dev (687).

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He also became the second-fastest bowler to take 400 Test wickets (after Sri Lanka’s Muttiah Muralitharan); fourth Indian to achieve this feat.