Summary of The Hindu 2nd MARCH 2024

Blast at Bengaluru restaurant leaves 10 injured

·         At least ten people were injured in a low intensity bomb blast at the Rameshwaram cafe , a popular cafe in restaurant brownfield in Bengaluru .An explosive material yet to be identified was left at the restaurant by a customer , says the police .Chief minister coffeemud the use of IED .

GST collection up 12.54% in February

China out , Bengaluru based company inks pact with Sri Lanka energy body to build hybrid power project

·         The Sri Lanka Sustainable Energy Authority , the Government of Sri Lanka and the Indian company U solar clean energy solutions on Friday signed a hybrid renewable energy system in Delft or Neduntheevu , Nainativu and Analaitivu islands of Jaffna peninsula in the island’s North.

·         The hybrid project will be a combination of various energy projects such as solar and wind energy projects .

·         The project is being funded by Govt of India as a Grant in aid with 111 million dollar .

 

Google delists several apps after row over platform fee

·         Google on Friday delisted certain matrimonial and dating apps from its Google Play store . Including Bharat Matrimony , truly madly  and Quack Quack.

·         And two streaming services Balaji Telefilms and ALTT and audio platforms Kuku FM .The move comes after the Supreme Court declined to provide these companies behind these apps interim relief against these companies in their battle against platform fees  for Google play store .

·         Google in a statement said that  only a few of the apps have to pay more than. 15% of the users companies make in App . Google said that the companies had a long window of opportunity to comply with its rules .

·         Google requires digital services to pay a platform fee that could range from 11- 30 % Depending upon what payment method to use .Bharat Matrimony called it a “ dark day “ while Kuku FM cited ‘monopoly’ by Google .

India to make International Alliance to protect big cats

·         The Union environment ministry plans to set up and coordinate International  big cat alliance ( IBCA) , along the lines of International Solar Alliance ( ISA ) , an India headquartered initiative to promote solar installations globally .

·         The Union cabinet approved the proposal of forming IBCA on Thursday .IBCA will be headquartered in India . India has already committed ₹150 crore for this .

·         This will lead to good practices in conserving tigers world wide .

·         Globally ‘big cats’  include the tiger , lion , leopard , snow leopard , puma , jaguar and Cheetah .

·         Currently there is no international body to address the conservation challenges of ‘ big cats ‘ in their habitat .

·         So far , 16 countries have given their written consent to be part of IBCA . There are currently 96 countries that harbor ‘ big cats ‘ and the allice is also open for other countries , and different organizations interested in this .

·         Among the advantages of membership will be a central common repository and a corpus of funds .

·         Whereabouts of big cats :

India has the highest number of tigers across the world. Cheetahs and Lions are mostly found in Africa . Though in India Lions are considered in Gir and Kuno national parks .India ranks third in the number of snow leopard .Jaguar are mostly found in South American countries in the Amazon rainforest .

Will invest Rs. 75,000 crore in MP says Adani Group

·         “Invest Madhya Pradesh : Regional Conclave 2024 “ is going on In Bhopal .

·         Pranav Adani the  Mangai g director of Adani Group on this occasion said that Adani group will invest ₹75,000 crore in Madhya Pradesh in various projects including roads GCC

FIU imposes Rs. 5.49 crore fine on Paytm bank for PMLA lapses .

·         The Financial Intelligence Unit ( FIU )  – India has fined Paytm Payments Banks Limited ( PBBL) , ₹5.49 crore for violations of the Prevention of Money laundering Act , after finding. Substantial proof of money generated from illegal activity being routed through accounts held by activities being routed through accounts held with entities with the bank.

·         PPBL was found to be involved in a number of illegal acts , including organizing and facilitating online gambling .FIU said in a statement .

·         Meanwhile One 97 Communications Ltd ( Paytm ) and Paytm Payments Bank Limited ( PPBL ) , mutually agreed to end various inter company agreements .  

World

Call for probe grows as Gaza ‘ massacre ‘ sparks outrage

·         World leaders around the world called for an investigation into the incident in which more than hundred civilians died while rushing for aid .

·         Israeli troops had opened fire on Palestinian civilians that were scrambling for food aid .

·         More than 112 Palestinians died in this .

·         Foreign Ministers of Germany , France and Italy in their statement called for an independent enquiry in this .

·         Chinese foreign Ministry spokesperson Mao Ni g said “ China is shocked with this incident and strongly condemns it “

·         India ‘ deeply shocked ‘ at attack on Gaza civilians.

Ministry of External Affairs in a statement said that India is ‘ deeply shocked ‘ over the incident and such incidents are cause of ‘ extreme Concern ‘

Alexei Navalny tests after his death in Prison

·         Under a heavy police presence Alexy Navalny was burried in Moscow .

·         Western diplomats including US ambassador Lynn Tracy attended ceremony along with few of Presidential hopefuls who wanted to run against Putin in upcoming elections .

·         The crowd shouted “ No to War “ .

·         Cause of Navalany death is still unexplained by Russian authorities .

·         Navalny was a critic of Vladimir Putin . He was in jail in Arctic where he died .

At least 46 killed in mall fire in Dhaka

·         Fire broke out in a six storey shopping mall in Dhaka on Monday causing at least 46 deaths .

·         The Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina  expressed deep shock and said it was due to negligence .

·         There was no exit or ventillation at that height of Shipping mall .

South Korea President calls for reunification efforts after Pyongyang threats .

·         South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol on Friday called international community to back “ Unification efforts “ with North Korea .

·         For the first time after becoming  President he was talking about unification with North Korea .

·         “ We must come together on a path that ultima is not happy with increasing closeness of South Korea with US and Japan .

·         US and Japan condict regular military exercises in the region .

·         North Korea earlier this year declared South Korea as it’s “ principal enemy “ . It does regular missile tests in the region.

Sports

Puneri Paltan reigns supreme against Haryana steelers cliches , its first crown

·         Puneri Paltan emerged victorious in Pro Kabaddi league season 10 Finals .

·         This is the first title win by Puneri Paltan . Puneri Paltan beat Haryana steelers 28-25 ..in the final .

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