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News in Short - 22-February-2020

Cricketer Pragyan Ojha retires from all forms of cricket

Date: 22 February 2020 Tags: Sports
  • Indian left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket with immediate effect. Ojha's last competitive appearance came in November 2018 in a first-class game for Bihar with whom he had a very short stint.
  • Ojha made his India debut in 2008 in the Asia Cup against Bangladesh. His T20I debut was also against the same opponent in the following year during the T20 WC where he bagged four wickets to be named man of the match.
  • He also had success in the initial years of the IPL, winning the title with the now defunct Deccan Chargers in 2009 and later again with Mumbai Indians. He also won the purple cap in the 2010 edition for picking the most number of wickets.

Indian Women win medals in Asian Wrestling championship

Date: 22 February 2020 Tags: Sports
  • India's charge at the women's freestyle events of the ongoing Asian Wrestling Championships got off to a flying start with the hosts bagging four medals, three golds and one silver, of the possible five.
  • Divya Kakran (68kg) set the tone with a brilliant display of attacking wrestling en route her maiden Asian Championships gold before Pinki (55kg) and Sarita Mor (59kg) completed a golden hat-trick. Nirmala Devi (50kg) lost the summit clash to Japan's Miho Igarashi to claim the lone silver.

Migrant boat goes missing in Mediterranean sea

Date: 22 February 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A rubber dinghy packed with 91 migrants that set out from Libyan shores in hopes of reaching Europe has apparently gone missing in the Mediterranean.
  • News of the missing boat comes amid criticism of the European Union’s lack of rescue missions in the Mediterranean Sea.
  • The tally of ghost boats lost in the Mediterranean Sea has been rising. Last year, the agency documented seven disappeared vessels carrying 417 people, a four-fold increase from the year before.

Majority of Indians have confidence in Trump’s world policies: Survey

Date: 22 February 2020 Tags: Reports & Indices
  • A new survey from the Pew Research Center suggests that while Mr. Trump is positively perceived by Indians in India, his specific policies, including trade, are not as positively regarded.
  • The survey also found that Indians who associate with the BJP are more likely to think favourably of Mr. Trump than those associated with the Congress.
  • On the economic ties India has with the U.S. versus ties with China, 62% of Indians said it was more important to have strong economic ties with the U.S. than with China.

Voter ID sufficient proof of citizenship: Mumbai court

Date: 22 February 2020 Tags: Judiciary & Judgments
  • The Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate, Esplanade Court in Mumbai recently acquitted two persons accused of being 'Bangladeshi Infiltrators' by Mumbai Police.
  • The Court held that an election card or voter ID is sufficient proof of citizenship as a person has to file declaration with the concerned authority in view of Form 6 of Representation of the People Act, that he is citizen of India and if the declaration is found false, he is liable for punishment.
  • Though Aadhaar card, PAN card, driving license or ration card cannot be termed as documents proving citizenship, election card can be a sufficient proof of citizenship, the Court held.