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News in Short - 20-February-2021

Puducherry Lt Governor asks Chief Minister to prove majority

Date: 20 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Puducherry lieutenant governor Tamilisai Soundararjan has directed chief minister V Narayansamy to prove his majority in the House on February 22.
  • The lieutenant governor said the session of the legislative assembly shall be summoned on February 22 with a single agenda of ascertaining whether the government of the incumbent chief minister continues to enjoy the confidence of the House.
  • The legislative assembly has 30 elected seats and three nominated seats. Five seats fell vacant after resignation and disqualification of MLAs.

Hyderabad wins global “Tree City” status

Date: 20 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Hyderabad city has been chosen as one among the ‘Tree Cities of the World’ by the Arbor Day Foundation jointly with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations Organisation.
  • Hyderabad is the only city in the country to have been selected for this recognition in response to its commitment to growing and maintaining urban forestry.
  • The recognition stands Hyderabad alongside 120 cities from 23 countries, including developed nations such as USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and others.
  • Municipal Administration and Urban Development Department had applied for this recognition based on an online submission on January 31 this year, citing the State government’s Haritha Haram programme and its initiative for the Urban Forest Parks.

ICC to launch series to celebrate India’s 2011 World Cup win

Date: 20 February 2021 Tags: Sports
  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) will launch a series named #CWC11Rewind to mark the 10th anniversary of India's 2011 World Cup triumph at home.
  • The series will look back at tournament's iconic moments through 100 posts. Some of the contents will include a five-min highlights of every match released on the ICC website on the day the match occurred.
  • India had won the 50-over World Cup under the inspiring leadership of Mahendra Singh Dhoni with a six-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the final in Mumbai.

Russia’s unmanned cargo ship docks at International Space Station

Date: 20 February 2021 Tags: Space
  • An unmanned Russian cargo ship docked at the International Space Station with a load of supplies for the residents.
  • The Progress MS-16 cargo ship, which blasted off from the Russia-leased Baikonur launch facility in Kazakhstan, has delivered water, propellant, and other supplies to the orbiting outpost.
  • The station's crew guided the ship to moor at the station in manual mode following a last-minute glitch in the automated docking system.

China acknowledges casualties in Galwan valley clash

Date: 20 February 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Eight months after a fierce border clash at Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh, China has officially acknowledged casualties and named four officers and soldiers that were killed.
  • India had confirmed the loss of 20 Indian soldiers shortly after the clashes on June 15 - soldiers who were honoured for their bravery with their names installed in memorials.
  • The admission from China comes days after India's Northern Army Commander referred to the figure of 45 Chinese casualties reported by Russian news agency TASS on February 10.