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R. Swetha, II B.A. English Literature

Revathy, II B.A. English Literature

 

1.     On 14 February 2019, a convoy of vehicles carrying security personnel on the Jammu Srinagar National Highway was attacked by a vehicle-borne suicide bomber in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir. The attack resulted in the deaths of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel.The responsibility for the attack was claimed by the Pakistan-based Islamist militant group Jaish-e-Mohammed.

 

2.     In retaliation to the Pulwama attack,The Indian Air Force (IAF) struck a Jaish-e-Mohammed camp in Balakot of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) in the pre-dawn hours of 26th February 2019.The Mirage-2000 fighter jets were used to drop explosives on these training camps. A dozen Mirage-2000 fighter jets used to carry out the attack were escorted by four Sukhoi Su-30 aircraft. The Indian government, in an official statement, said, “This non-military pre-emptive action was specifically targeted at the JeM camp…. In this operation, a very large number of JeM terrorists, trainers, senior commander and jihadis were eliminated.”

 

3.     The Ministry of Housing & Urban Affairs has approved the construction of another 560,695 more affordable houses for the benefit of the urban poor under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban). The approval was given by the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee under the ministry.

 

4.     The 91st Academy Awards ceremony, honouring the best films of 2018, was held on February 24, 2019, at the Dolby Theatre, in Los Angeles, California. “Green Book” won best picture, Rami Malek won best actor for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and Olivia Colman won best actress for “The Favourite.” One of the most notable recognition was for “Period. End of Sentence,” a film on menstruation, set in rural India which won the Oscar in the Documentary Short Subject category.

 

5.     Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s National War Memorial (NWM) adjoining the iconic India Gate complex in the heart of the capital on the 25th of February.Spread over an area of approximately 40 acres, the memorial comprises four concentric circles, namely — the ‘Amar Chakra’, ‘Veerta Chakra’, ‘Tyag Chakra’ and the ‘Rakshak Chakra’ with names of 25,942 soldiers inscribed in golden letters on granite tablets. The Prime Minister dedicated to the memorial to the nation, built at a cost of Rs 176 crore, by lighting the flame positioned at the bottom of the stone-made obelisk.

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