Summary of The Hindu 23th FEBRUARY 2024

India is a bridging power  , says S Jaishankar

·         External Affairs minister  S Jaishankar talking at Raisina dialogues said that Multilateralism will exist side by side with National Interest .

·         On India’s Global Position he said that whether it was pandemic or regional conflicts India is seen  unbiased .

·         He participated in a lunch hosted by India – Nordic – Baltic forum . Many foreign ministers and deputy foreign ministers from European countries have participated in Raisina Dialogues.They urged India to join a “ peace conference “ in Switzerland .

India to open diplomatic mission in Albanian capital

·         Albania’s Foreign. Minister Igli Hasani is in India to participate in Raisina dialogues .On Wednesday he said that Albania is planning to open an embassy in India .

·         India too will soon have a diplomatic mission in Tirana (Albania’s  capital) .Albania is at the crossroads between the European Union and East Asia . Albania is trying to be part of India’s connectivity projects to Europe .



Russian skier does as avalanche hit Gulmarg

·         A Russian skier was killed and other injured after an Avalanche struck the ski slopes of Gulmarg in Baramulla district .

·         With efforts by authorities six skiers has been rescued so far .

·         Around 125 foreign  Skiers have  reached Gulmarg this time for high adrenaline skiing at the height above  4000 m .

·         Currently Khelo India Winter Games 2024  is also going on in Gulmarg .

Make Amul world ‘s no 1 dairy company , PM

·         Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday exhorted dairy farmers to make Gujarat Cooperative Milk Marketing Federation ( GCMMF ) a member 1 state in the world .

·         PM Modi was speaking at the Golden Jubilee Celebration of GCMMF . GCMMF owns Amul .

·         Currently it’s world ranking is eight .

Consider renaming lioness called Sita : HC to Bengal govt

·         The Calcutta High court on Thursday asked the West Bengal government to rename a lioness named after Hindu Goddess Sita .

·         Recently Vishwa Hindu Parishad ( VHP ) filed a PIL in  Calcutta High Court about a lioness named Sita and a  lion named Akbar put in the same compartment .

·         The VHP in its PIL had termed it as blasphemy to Hindu community .

Govt unveils four web portals for news publishers

·         Union Information & Broadcasting minister Anurag Thakur launched four online portals of Central Bureau of Communication , the Registrar of Newspapers of India , the New Media Wing and the Digital Addressable system of the Ministry .

·         The four portals include “ Press Sewa ‘ for registration of newspapers and periodicals and ” Navigate Bharat ‘ for Videos on the entire gamut on govt’s development related and citizen welfare oriented measures .

·         The other portals are for registration of local cable operators and a transparent impanelment , media planning and e billing system .

Russia used most of its rupees balance in India banks : Indian Officials

·         Russia has used  most of its Rupees balance , that had  piled up to about 8 billion dollars .

·         This accounts to increased imports from India about ( 4.05 billion dollars in CY 23 ) , investment in infrastructure projects , investment  in equity market purchases .

·         India imports from Russia a lot than Russia does from India . India pays Russia in Rupees as payment in dollar to Russia is no longer an option following western sanctions .

·         As Russia used to import pretty less India. Rupees were stuck unused . In 2023 Russia increased its import by 39 % .

SKM pledges to mobilize farmers nationwide hold talks for action plan

·         As a stand off between center and farmer , the Samyukt Kisan Morcha announced on Thursday that it would mobilize farmers nationwide .

·         The six farmers committee decided that SKM world observe February 23 as a Black day by burning effigies and holding demonstrations . Also a call was made to observe February 26 as ‘ Quit WTO day ‘ SKM has planned to hold a ‘ Kisan Mazdoor Mahapanchayat ‘ on March 14 at Ramlila ground .


The Women of ASHA : Overpaid , Underpaid and on the verge of breakdown

·         The article is about the condition of ASHA workers  .

·         ASHA – Accredited Social Health Activist

·         ASHA workers are responsible for providing basic health care at village level and community service .

·         Earlier their duties only included maternal health care , and now the duties include vaccination follow ups , data logging , palliative healthcare , and providing mental healthcare support .

·         A recent study shows that  ASHA workers are overworked and underpaid , many do not eat well and sleep enough , and are at risk of Anemia , malnutrition and non communicable Diseases .

 World’s race to eradicate Guinea worm disease nears the Finish line

·         The world is on the brink of public health Triumph with eradication of Guinea worm Disease . There were about 3.5 million cases of Guinea worm disease in 1980 .

·         According to a WHO ( World Health Organisation ) report , the cases has dropped from 14 in 2021 , to 13 in 2022 to 6 in 2023 .


Israel strikes Gaza’ s Rafah z as ceasefire talks are underway

·         Israel launched an airstrike on Thursday on Southern Gaza’s Rafah , after threatening to send troops against Hamas militants in the city ,where 1.4 million troops have taken shelter .

·         Global Powers are trying to find a way to end the Israel Hamas war .

·         The Israel campaign has killed at least 29,410 , mostly women and Children .

Russia’s war has inflicted ‘ horrific human cost ‘ : U. N.

·         Russia’s war in Ukraine has  inflicted a terrible human cost and has inflicted suffering to millions ,UN Human Rights Commission chief Volker Turk said .

·         He further said that a thorough and independent investigation is needed in all the  war crimes.

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