NEWS ON AIR https://newsonair.gov.in/Default.aspx Website cell, IT Unit, NSD, All India Radio, New Broadcasting House, New Delhi, India ? 2006 All rights reserved. All India Radio AIR International News Armed Police Force of Nepal Conducts Simulation Rescue Operation at Chandragiri Hill https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478084 INT The Armed Police Force of Nepal performed a Simulation Rescue operation on Chandragiri hilltop which is one of the popular tourist destinations for visitors in Kathmandu Valley. European Union Lawmakers Approve Nature Restoration Law Amid Farmers' Protests, Setting Targets for Land and Sea Restoration https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478077 INT European Union lawmakers today approved the bloc's nature restoration law, keeping alive a policy that has become a target of farmers' protests across member states. The law was passed with 329 votes in favor, 275 against, and 24 abstentions. Peru Declares Health Emergency Amidst Dengue Surge; Over 31,000 Cases Reported https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478075 INT In Peru, the government has declared a health emergency due to the rapidly rising cases of dengue fever across the South American country. Indian Air Force Chief Commemorates 1971 Liberation War Sacrifices in Dhaka https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478059 INT Indian Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari paid tribute to the members of the Bangladesh Armed Forces, who made the supreme sacrifices during the Liberation War of 1971 by laying a wreath at the altar of Shikha Anirban in Dhaka. India and Thailand Discuss Bilateral Ties Across Multiple Sectors in Joint Commission Meeting https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478066 INT India and Thailand today discussed the gamut of bilateral ties in the areas of strategic, defense, security, trade and investment, pharmaceuticals, connectivity, digital, space and tourism. President Biden Expects Ceasefire in Israel-Gaza Conflict by Next Monday, Intensive Talks Underway in Qatar https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478056 INT United States President Joe Biden expressed hope that there will be a ceasefire in Israel-Gaza war by next Monday, as negotiations to halt hostilities and secure the release of captives appear to gather pace. Indian Coast Guard Ships Samarth and Abhinav Arrive at Sri Lankan Port Galle After Trilateral Exercise Dosti https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478058 INT After successfully completing the Trilateral exercise Dosti at Maldives, the Indian Coast Guard ships Samarth and Abhinav have reached the Sri Lankan port of Galle. Oil India's First Global Roadshow in Abu Dhabi Signals Ambitious Growth Plans https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478041 INT Oil India Limited (OIL), India's oldest oil and gas exploration and production company, is hosting its first-ever global partner roadshow, "Confluence: Where Energy and Opportunity Converge," in Abu Dhabi, UAE on February 28th. New Zealand to repeal world-first law banning tobacco sales for future generations https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478033 INT New Zealand is all set to repeal the world-first law banning tobacco sales for future generations. Trade Ministers Face Complex Negotiations at the second day WTO Ministerial conference in Abu Dhabi https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478031 INT Trade ministers from around the world are facing crucial talks over the next few days as the World Trade Organization's (WTO) 13th Ministerial Conference continues in Abu Dhabi. Five Chinese coast guard ships enters prohibited waters around Taiwan's frontline islands, says Taiwan minister https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=478030 INT A Taiwan minister said today that five Chinese coast guard ships entered prohibited or restricted waters around Taiwan's frontline islands of Kinmen yesterday. Palestinian PM Mohammad Shtayyeh resigns over Gaza war https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477994 INT Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh on Monday (26th February 2024) announced his resignation due to the escalating violence in the West Bank and the war in Gaza. Indian Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari arrived in Dhaka on a three day visit https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477997 INT Indian Air Chief Marshal V R Chaudhari arrived at Dhaka on Monday for a three day visit. He is visiting Bangladesh at the invitation of Air Marshal Shaikh Abdul Hannan, the Chief of Air Staff, Bangladesh Air Force. Pakistan: Maryam Nawaz becomes first woman Chief Minister of West Punjab https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477993 INT In Pakistan, Maryam Nawaz, the daughter of three-time Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, became the first woman Chief Minister of West Punjab on Monday (26th February 2024). CIB arrests Chairman Jivan Kumar Gurung of Platinum College in connection with smuggling of 14kg gold https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477983 INT A team of the Central Investigation Bureau of Nepal (CIB) today arrested Jeewan Kumar Gurung, Chairperson of Platinum College based in Kathmandu in connection with a gold smuggling case. WTO Chief Warns: "Multilateralism Under Attack, But Cooperation Vital" https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477979 INT At the World Trade Organization's 13th Ministerial Conference at AbuDhabi, Director-General Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala sounded an alarm about the challenges facing the global trading system. WTO Ministerial Conference Makes Progress on Key Issues, Director-General Announces New Initiative https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477959 INT The 13th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organization (WTO) commenced today in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Ambassador Athaliah Lesiba, Chairperson of the WTO General Council, delivered a report highlighting progress on implementing commitments from the previous conference Feleti Teo named Pacific Island nation's new Prime Minister https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477971 INT Tuvalu's parliamentary members have selected former Attorney General Feleti Teo as the Pacific Island nation's new prime minister following a general election that recently brought the country's relationship with Taiwan into focus. Taliban releases Austrian far-right activist held in Afghanistan https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477970 INT The Taliban has released Herbert Fritz, an 84-year-old Austrian far-right activist who was apprehended in Afghanistan last May. The Austrian government officially announced Fritz's release in a statement on Sunday, revealing that he had safely arrived in Doha, Qatar, earlier in the day. Israel to send delegation of negotiators to Qatar to continue peace talks https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477969 INT Israel's war cabinet agreed on Saturday to send a delegation to Qatar to continue the talks, according to Israeli media reports. Negotiations for a ceasefire in Gaza have resumed in Doha between experts from Egypt, Qatar, the United States and Israel, as well as Hamas representatives, as reporte India aims to achieve Carbon Neutrality by 2070," Union Minister Nitin Gadkari at 'GMBF Global Mahabiz 2024 Dubai ' https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477955 INT Union Minister for Road Transport & Highways, Nitin Gadkari outlined India's ambitious goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2070. He was speaking virtually at the Gulf Maharashtra Business Forum Global Mahabiz 2024 conference on Sunday (25th February 2024) held in Dubai. Donald Trump registers massive win over Nikki Haley in South Carolina in bid to win Republican presidential nomination https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477957 INT Donald Trump registered a massive win over his opponent Nikki Haley in South Carolina in a bid to win the Republican presidential nomination. US and UK fighter planes strike 18 Houthi sites in Yemen https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477956 INT US and UK fighter planes struck 18 Houthi sites in Yemen in a fourth such joint operation by the allies. Three youngsters from Tibetan community in Austria protest in front of Chinese Embassy in Vienna https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477934 INT Three youngsters from the Tibetan community in Austria staged a protest in front of the Chinese Embassy in Vienna yesterday over the human rights violations perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party in Tibet. UK’s governing Conservative Party suspended ties with one of its lawmakers after he accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477930 INT The UK’s governing Conservative Party has suspended ties with one of its lawmakers after he accused London Mayor Sadiq Khan of being controlled by Islamists, as tensions over the Israel-Hamas war roil British politics. WHO says 2.86 lakh people have been afflicted with respiratory illness in Afghanistan https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477926 INT The World Health Organization has announced that more than 2.86 lakh people have been afflicted with respiratory illness in Afghanistan since the beginning of January 2024. 27-year-old Indian national dies in fire incident in New York's Harlen https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477925 INT In US, a 27-year-old Indian national has died in a deadly fire incident in New York's Harlen. The deceased was identified as Fazil Khan. Pakistan: 26 people murdered by street criminals since beginning of 2024 https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477924 INT In Pakistan, residents of Karachi have been becoming victims of outlaws, with at least 26 people, murdered by street criminals since the beginning of 2024. Tunisian court sentences ex- President Moncef Marzouki to eight years in prison after found guilty in absentia https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477897 INT A Tunisian court sentenced former President Moncef Marzouki to eight years in prison after he was found guilty in absentia of seeking to provoke disorder. Acording to media reports, Mr Marzouki lives in France and was not present at the hearing. He was country's first democratically elected head Ukraine marks 2nd anniversary of Russia's special military operations https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477895 INT Ukraine marked the second anniversary of the Russia's special military operations with an address by Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba at the United Nations on Saturday (24th February 2024). Mr Kuleba said, some diplomats and observers did not believe that Ukraine would survive when war broke out i China: At least 15 killed, 44 wounded in fire https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477885 INT At least 15 people were killed and 44 wounded in a fire at a residential building in China’s eastern city of Nanjing. Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl holds protest rallies against alleged election rigging and Supreme Court verdict in a 'proscribed literature' case https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477882 INT The Jamiat Ulema-i-Islam Fazl (JUI-F) on Friday staged protest rallies in various parts of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa's Malakand and Hazara divisions against the alleged election rigging and Supreme Court verdict in a 'proscribed literature' case. India and US hold bilateral Consular Dialogue in New Delhi; Discuss ways to enhance cooperation on various issues https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477868 INT India and US have discussed ways of enhancing cooperation on a wide range of issues such as extradition, mobility of students and professionals, safe and legal migration, protection of vulnerable women and children and enabling smooth travel of their respective nationals. Holy relics of Lord Buddha enshrined at Royal ground Sanam Luang in Bangkok https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477818 INT The holy relics of Lord Buddha have been enshrined at the Royal ground Sanam Luang in Bangkok on Friday. Fresh evacuation orders in Australia’s Victoria as bushfire threatens rural towns https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477815 INT Hundreds of more residents in Australia’s Victoria state were urged to evacuate their properties immediately on Friday after a bushfire that has destroyed several properties and killed livestock continued to threaten rural towns. External Affairs Ministry urges all Indian nationals to exercise due caution and stay away from conflict in Russia https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477812 INT External Affairs Ministry has urged all Indian nationals to exercise due caution and stay away from the conflict in Russia. Indian Nationals released after 18 years in Dubai jail https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477799 INT Five Indian nationals from Telangana have been imprisoned in Dubai since 2005 for murder. US President Joe Biden meets with wife and daughter of late Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny in San Francisco https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477790 INT US President Joe Biden met with the wife and daughter of late Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny in San Francisco and expressed his heartfelt condolences following the death of Russian leader in prison. India and Netherlands reaffirm their commitment to expand their bilateral defence cooperation https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477794 INT India and Netherlands have reaffirmed their commitment to expand their bilateral defence cooperation particularly in maritime and industrial domains. Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh today held a bilateral meeting with the Netherlands Defence Minister Kajsa Ollongren in New Delhi. GMBF Global to host two-day business conclave Mahabiz 2024 in Dubai https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477778 INT The Gulf Maharashtra Business Forum (GMBF) Global is preparing to host Mahabiz 2024, a two-day business conclave set to take place on February 24th and 25th in Dubai. Raisina Dialogue to witness several insightful discussions on last day in New Delhi https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477777 INT India’s flagship conference- the Raisina Dialogue will witness several insightful discussion during various sessions on the third and last day today in New Delhi. Dubai introduces 5-year multiple entry visa for Indian tourists to enhance travel and economic ties https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477769 INT In a bid to promote economic collaborations and encouraging tourism and business ties, Dubai has introduced a five-year multiple-entry visa for Indian tourists. India & Denmark agree to expand their partnership in defence, security & new technology https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477766 INT India and Denmark have agreed to work towards expanding their partnership into new areas, including defence, security and new technology. External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar met the visiting Danish Foreign Minister Lars Løkke Rasmussen at the sidelines of the Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi yester US-made Odysseus lunar lander (IM-1 lander) soft-landed on moon https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477760 INT The US-made Odysseus lunar lander (IM-1 lander) has soft-landed on the moon, surpassing the odds to become the first commercial spacecraft to land near the lunar south pole. Four-day meeting of Nepali Congress National Council concludes https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477759 INT The four-day meeting of the Nepali Congress national council concluded on Thursday after presenting the suggestions received from the group-wise discussion held on various reports during the past three days. Former Barcelona and Brazilian footballer Dani Alves convicted of raping a woman and sentenced to four and a half years in prison https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477753 INT Former Barcelona and Brazilian footballer Dani Alves has been convicted of raping a woman and sentenced to four and a half years in prison on Thursday. Three-day International Gita Mahotsav to commence from March 1 in Colombo https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477750 INT Sri Lanka’s Minister of Buddha Sasana, Religious and Cultural Affairs, Vidura Wickremanayake has said that the International Gita Mahotsav will be held in Colombo. Flag-off Ceremony of the 100-Member Bangladesh Youth Delegation to India held in Dhaka https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477738 INT The High Commission of India, Dhaka organized a flag-off ceremony for the 100-member Bangladesh Youth Delegation to India in Dhaka. U.S. State Department condemns internet shutdowns in Pakistan https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477707 INT The U.S. State Department on Wednesday condemned internet shutdowns in Pakistan, including restrictions on social media platforms, and urged the Pakistani government to lift such restrictions. United Airlines attempts to revive air route that was suspended during Israel-Hamas war https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477706 INT United Airlines said Wednesday that it will start flights from Newark, New Jersey, to Tel Aviv with a stoppage in Munich. It is an attempt to revive a route that was suspended in October at the start of the Israel-Hamas war. IDF Soldier Killed, Two Wounded in Heavy Fighting in Northern Gaza; Large-Scale Raid Targets Hamas in Gaza City https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477681 INT The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said today that one soldier was killed and two others were seriously wounded as heavy fighting flared again in northern Gaza. Pakistan Supreme Court Dismisses Plea for Nullifying February 8 Elections; Imposes Fine on Absent Petitioner https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477678 INT Pakistan's Supreme Court today dismissed a plea seeking the February 8 general elections to be declared null and void as the petitioner failed to appear for two consecutive hearings. Bangladesh observes Language Day- Amar Ekushey https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477651 INT Bangladesh is observing the historic Language Day named ‘Amar Ekushey’, paying tribute to the martyrs who laid their lives during the language movement in 1952 demanding Bangla as the official language for then East Pakistan. Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and Pakistan People's Party to form new coalition government in Pakistan https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477646 INT After ten days of intense negotiations, the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and the Pakistan People's Party have finally reached an agreement to form a new coalition government. Maldivian foreign minister, Abdullah Shahid appointed as president of opposition party https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477641 INT The former Maldivian foreign minister, Abdullah Shahid has been appointed as the president of the country's largest opposition party, the Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP). Milan 2024: Indian Navy Hosts Health Trek, Yoga Session, and International Training Opportunities https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477633 INT Embarking on a journey of wellbeing at MILAN 2024, an early morning enchanting Health Trek was flagged off from Dolphin hill uniting over 600 plus personnel from the Indian Navy and friendly foreign Navies. India Shines at Gulfood 2024 in Dubai, Showcasing Over 350 Companies and Diverse Food Products https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477630 INT India is making a remarkable presence at Gulfood 2024 in Dubai, UAE, as over 350 Indian companies gathered to showcase their diverse array of products. 980 Graduates Receive IGNOU Degree Certificates in Nagaland Convocation https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477623 INT In Nagaland, 980 candidates received their degree certificates under Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU) programme. International Court of Justice Hears Case on Legal Consequences of Israel’s Occupation of Palestinian Territories https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477619 INT In Hague, Netherlands, International Court of Justice (ICJ) is hearing a case on the legal consequences of Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territories. India-Bangladesh Seminar Showcases Defence Capabilities, Highlights Bilateral Cooperation Opportunities https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477617 INT High Commission of India in Bangladesh hosted a Seminar on Indian Defence Equipment - SIDE 2024 in Dhaka today. Dr. S Jaishankar Highlights India's Economic Growth at India-Europe Business Conclave https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477612 INT External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today highlighted that its important for the European Union to prepare for the India that is to come. U.S. Consulate General and University of Mumbai Host Discussion on Bilateral Relations with Under Secretary Liz Allen https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477610 INT The U.S. Consulate General, Mumbai in collaboration with the University of Mumbai, organized today a discussion with Liz Allen, Under Secretary for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs for the United States, on the India-U.S. bilateral relationship's significance within the broader geopolitical c Malta Becomes 119th Country to Join International Solar Alliance https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477606 INT India has welcomed Malta as the 119th country to join International Solar Alliance. Royal New Zealand Navy Chief, Rear Admiral David Proctor, Meets Indian Navy Chief in New Delhi https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477602 INT Chief of Royal New Zealand Navy, Rear Admiral David Proctor interacted with Chief of the Naval Staff R. Hari Kumar in New Delhi today. Seminar on Indian Defence Equipment - SIDE 2024 organised in Dhaka https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477600 INT High Commission of India in Bangladesh on Tuesday hosted a Seminar on Indian Defence Equipment - SIDE 2024 in Dhaka. Singapore Airshow Commences with Over 1,000 Global Companies Participating; Russian Firms Absent Amid Ukraine Conflict https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477597 INT Singapore Airshow has begun today. More than 1,000 companies from more than 50 countries are participating in this biennial commercial and defence-focused Airshow, led by Western industry giants such as Airbus. External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar Meets Premier Scott Moe of Canada's Saskatchewan Province in Delhi https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477587 INT External Affairs Minister Dr. S. Jaishankar today met Premier of Saskatchewan Province of Canada, Scott Moe in New Delhi. Japan Commits 232.2 Billion Yen for Nine Development Projects in India https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477583 INT Government of Japan has today committed Official Development Assistance loan of an amount of about 232.2 billion Japanese Yen for nine projects in various sectors in India. Twenty-five killed in Noorgram, Afghanistan in a Landslide https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477568 INT At least 25 people have been killed in a landslide after heavy rain and snowfall in the Noorgram district of Afghanistan. The landslide on Sunday night affected two dozen houses in the region. Indefinite curfew imposed In the Birgunj city of Nepal https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477565 INT In the Birgunj city of Nepal, an indefinite curfew was imposed yesterday after two communities got involved in a clash, following a demonstration. Chief District Officer of Parsa District Dinesh Sagar Bhushan said in a statement that a curfew was imposed because the clashes might pose a threat to pe Nepal celebrates its national Democracy Day https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477559 INT In Nepal, National Democracy Day was celebrated yesterday. Every year Falgun 7 of Bikram Samvat is celebrated as National Democracy Day to commemorate the historic day on which the countrymen got freedom from the 104-year-long autocratic Rana regime in 2007 Bikram Samvat after huge sacrifices. The World Social Forum (WSF) 2024 concluds in Kathmandu today https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477547 INT The World Social Forum (WSF) 2024 concluded in Kathmandu today with a solidarity march involving diverse participants in Kathmandu. Nepal's Rastriya Samachar Samiti Celebrates 63 Years with Expanded News Services https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477546 INT The Rastriya Samachar Samiti (RSS), the official state-owned news agency of Nepal has turned 63 today. Recently, RSS reformed itself by diversifying its services, publications, training and infrastructure development. Ceremonial Launch of 1300 Houses in Sri Lanka's Plantation Estates Under Indian Housing Project Phase IV https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477541 INT The ceremonial launch of construction of 1300 houses under Phase IV of Indian Housing Project was held in Colombo today. External Affairs Minister Dr. S Jaishankar Meets Tamil Fishermen Delegation, Assures Addressal of Concerns https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477519 INT External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar today received a delegation of Tamil fishermen leaders along with Minister of State for Fisheries, L Murugan. Dr. Jaishankar Hosts EU Ambassadors, Discusses India-EU Ties and Global Affairs https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477521 INT External Affairs Minister Dr Jaishankar hosted European Union Ambassadors in New Delhi this afternoon. In a social media post, Dr Jaishankar said he shared impressions from the just concluded Munich Security Conference in Germany. Pakistan: PTI announces its alliance with Sunni Ittehad Council https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477508 INT Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) has announced its alliance with the Sunni Ittehad Council. With this alliance, PTI will eye to form governments in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa regions with the help of SIC. Russia claims to have taken full control of Ukrainian city of Avdiivka https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477483 INT Russia has claimed that it has taken full control of the eastern Ukrainian city of Avdiivka after Kyiv withdrew its troops from the city. UN likely to vote on Tuesday on Algerian push for 15-member body to demand immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Israel-Hamas war https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477479 INT The United Nations Security Council is likely to vote on Tuesday on an Algerian push for the 15-member body to demand an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war. Algeria had put forward an initial draft resolution more than two weeks ago. Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina stresses on need to expand business between Bangladesh and India using Taka and Rupee https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477477 INT Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday stressed the need for expanding business between Bangladesh and India using Taka and Rupee. Two rival Eritrean groups clash with each other in Hague, Netherlands https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477475 INT In the Netherlands, on Saturday night rioting broke out in the Hague, as two rival Eritrean groups clashed with each other and then with police officials. Taliban-appointed - Deputy Foreign Minister accuses Pakistan of forcefully expelling Afghan migrants https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477462 INT Taliban-appointed - Deputy Foreign Minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai, in his public address at a community gathering in Afghanistan's Logar, has accused Pakistan of forcefully expelling Afghan migrants in an extremely oppressive manner and insisting they return to their homeland. Trump ordered to pay 355 million in New York civil fraud case https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477439 INT A New York judge on Friday ordered former US President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization to pay a fine of nearly 355 million US dollars in a civil fraud case. According to the 90-page judgement, Trump has been barred from acting as a company director in New York state for three years. Houthis fired missiles at India-bound British oil tanker https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477437 INT The Houthis, a group of armed rebels based in Yemen and backed by Iran, claimed responsibility for a new missile attack on a British oil tanker amid Israel's war on Hamas in Gaza. The targeted vessel, identified by the United States as a Panamanian-flagged tanker carrying crude oil bound for Ind Taiwan tracks 7 Chinese military aircraft, 5 naval ships, 1 balloon around nation https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477430 INT Taiwan has stated that it has detected seven Chinese military aircraft, five naval ships, and one balloon around the country in the last 24 hours. Ministry of National Defence of Taiwan said that seven People's Liberation Army (PLA) fighter planes had been spotted in the Taiwan Strait. EAM Jaishankar calls on Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477427 INT External Affairs Minister Dr S. Jaishankar met and discussed issues related to bilateral cooperation as well as those of key global and regional concern with prominent leaders, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference in Germany on Saturday. Greece PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis to be on 2-day State visit to India from Feb 21 https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477425 INT Prime Minister of Greece Kyriakos Mitsotakis will be on a two-day State visit to India from 21st of February. He will be accompanied by senior officials and a high-powered business delegation. Mr Mitsotakis will be the Chief Guest and Keynote Speaker at the 9th Raisina Dialogue in New Delhi. He will Pakistan: Commissioner Rawalpindi resigns, admitting rigging in elections https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477419 INT Amid the federal government formation hitting a stalemate in Pakistan after a fractured general election mandate, Commissioner Rawalpindi Division Liaquat Ali Chatta resigned from his post on Saturday. A cultural program on life and bravery of U Tirot Sing organised in Bangladesh https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477405 INT A cultural program on life and bravery of Khasi freedom fighter U Tirot Sing organised on Friday evening at Bangladesh Shilpakala Academy, Dhaka. Pakistan: PTI announced to sit in opposition in Centre and Punjab https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477403 INT The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) yesterday announced that it will sit in opposition in the Centre and Punjab, as the political parties make efforts to finalize the process of government formation in Pakistan and provinces after the General Elections held on 8th February. Pakistan's score on EIU Democracy Index fell to 3.25, resulting in fall of 11 places in global ranking table https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477401 INT Pakistan becomes the only Asian country to be downgraded to an authoritarian regime, registering the greatest deterioration of any country in the region classified as Israel claims to eliminate senior Hezbollah commander and his deputy in air raid; In retaliation Hexbollah fires dozens of rockets at northern Israeli https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477351 INT Hezbollah said on Thursday it fired dozens of rockets at a northern Israeli town in response" to the killing of 10 civilians in southern Lebanon. Khasi freedom fighter U Tirot Sing's statue unveiled in Dhaka https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477363 INT A statue of U Tirot Sing, a freedom fighter from Khasi Hills who rebelled against British Colonialism some 200 years ago, unveiled on Friday at Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre, Dhaka. The Deputy Chief Minister of Meghalaya Sniawbhalang Dhar and the High Commissioner of India to Bangladesh Pranay Verma Britain economy falls into recession, adding to Sunak’s election challenge https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477336 INT Britain's economy fell into a recession in the second half of 2023, ahead of this year's expected election for Prime Minister Rishi Sunak who has promised to boost growth. Six killed in Ukrainian missile strike on Russia's Belgorod https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477335 INT Six people including a one-year-old girl were killed in a Ukrainian missile attack on Thursday on the southern Russian city of Belgorod, regional governor Vyacheslav Gladkov said. 16th conference of World Social Forum 2024 commences in Kathmandu https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477323 INT The 16th conference of the World Social Forum (WSF) 2024 commenced in Kathmandu on Thursday. The five-day WSF 2024 under the "Another World is Possible" banner aims to open horizontal exchange among civil society organisations, social movements, trade unions and individuals opposing neoliberal globa Leaders of Canada, Australia, New Zealand call for immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477318 INT The leaders of Canada, Australia and New Zealand called for an immediate humanitarian ceasefire in Gaza, according to a joint statement released in response to reports about Israel's planned military operation in Rafah, a Palestinian city in the southern Gaza Strip. Pakistan: Imran Khan's PTI nominates Omar Ayub as PM candidate https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477316 INT The Pakistan Tehreek-Insaaf (PTI) party run by former Prime Minister Imran Khan has nominated Party General Secretary Omar Ayub as as its prime ministerial candidate. Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari likely to become president for 2nd term https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477292 INT Former Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari is likely to become a president for the second term after his party US: 1 killed, 22 injured in Kansas City after shooting during Super Bowl victory rally https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477289 INT In US, one person was killed and 22 injured after a barrage of gunshots marred a Super Bowl victory rally just outside the landmark Union railroad station in Kansas City last night. Six-party alliance appears to be forming Pakistan’s next government https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477288 INT Nearly a week after of political chaos since the voting on February 8, a six-party alliance appears to be forming Pakistan’s next government. US House, controlled by Republicans, voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477270 INT In USA, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives on Tuesday voted to impeach Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas over the handling of the US-Mexico border. The vote was narrowly passed with 214 in favor and 213 against. Power cuts in Victoria, Australia after storm, Climate Change Concerns Rise https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477269 INT In Australia, nearly half a million homes were left without power in the state of Victoria after a storm knocked out parts of the network. Prime Minister inaugurates BAPS Mandir, the first Hindu temple in Abu Dhabi https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477243 INT The BAPS Hindu Temple in Abu Dhabi marked the day with the consecration of its idols, led by Mahant Swami Maharaj. North Korea Launches Multiple Cruise Missiles into Sea of Japan, South Korea on High Alert https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477249 INT South Korea Military said that North Korea fired multiple cruise missiles into the Sea of Japan today. Nepal Celebrates Basanta Panchami with President Paudel Attending Saraswati Puja https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477239 INT Hindu devotees in Nepal are celebrating Basanta Panchami as an important day to forsake negative thinking and fill the self with positivity, as this festival is considered propitious for initiating all kinds of pious works and activities. Indonesia Concludes World's Largest Single-Day Election, Quick Counts Suggest Prabowo Subianto in Lead https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477244 INT In Indonesia, polling has concluded for the world's biggest single-day election. Voting to elect President, Vice President and Parliament took place across three times zones. Colombo's Indian Community Celebrates Saraswati Puja on Basant Panchami https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477242 INT On the auspicious occasion of Basant Panchami, the India Cultural Association in association with Swami Vivekananda Cultural Centre in Colombo organised a Saraswati puja. Saraswati Puja Celebrated Across Bangladesh with Religious Fervour and Cultural Harmony https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477240 INT Saraswati Puja, a festival for the Hindu community in Bangladesh is being celebrated with great enthusiasm and religious fervour across the country on Wednesday. Ukrainian Armed Forces Report Sinking of Russian Amphibious Ship off Crimea Coast https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477236 INT The Ukrainian armed forces claimed that a big Russian amphibious ship, the Caesar Kunikov, has sunk off the coast of Russian-occupied Crimea. Aviation industry faces complex challenge of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050 https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477224 INT The aviation industry faces a complex challenge of reaching net-zero emissions by 2050. This ambitious goal requires collaboration, innovation, and a clear focus on sustainability. New Zealand's High Commissioner to India say, current focus is on bringing together business groups of two countries so that they can identify opportunity for trade https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477220 INT New Zealand's High Commissioner to India, David Pine has said that both India and News Zealand are working to address the trade barriers between that two and find ways to stimulate the demands. Polling underways in Indonesia to elect new President, Vice President and Parliament https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477212 INT Polling is underway in Indonesia to elect a new President, Vice President and Parliament. More than 200 million voters will exercise their franchise amid concerns regarding the cost of living and human rights. UAE launches Falcon Foundation dedicates to advancing open-source generative AI models https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477210 INT In a major boost for open-source artificial intelligence, the United Arab Emirates has launched the Falcon Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing open-source generative AI models. PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari withdraws from Prime Minister's race, to support Nawaz Sharif's Party https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477204 INT Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari has withdrawn from the race for the Prime Minister's post. Prime Minister addresses Indian community at 'Ahlan Modi' event in Abu Dhabi https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477197 INT Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing Indian diaspora in Abu Dhabi. While addressing a huge gathering at the Zayed Sports Stadium, PM Modi said, he has come to meet his family members. PM Modi and UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan hold bilateral talks in Abu Dhabi; Several agreements and Memoranda of Understanding including Bilateral Investment Treaty https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477177 INT Prime Minister Narendra Modi today engaged in fruitful discussions with UAE President Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, encompassing a wide array of topics aimed at enhancing cooperation and partnership. US Senate passes 95 billion dollar aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477175 INT The US Senate has passed a Bill containing 95 billion dollar aid for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan. The long-delayed measure won approval from the upper house today. European Leaders Approve New Rules for Artificial Intelligence Regulation, Await Legislative Assembly Vote in April https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477193 INT European leaders have approved new rules today to regulate Artificial Intelligence, ahead of a landmark vote that could pave the way for the world’s first legislation on the technology. Estonian Prime Minister and Baltic Officials Placed on Russian Wanted List Over Monument Disputes https://newsonair.gov.in/Main-News-Details.aspx?id=477191 INT Russia has put the Estonian Prime Minister, Kaja Kallas, and other Baltic states officials on a wanted list.