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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has rejected an appeal by US Vice President Mike Pence for Europeans to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, saying it's fundamental for security. Pence criticised the initiative of France, Germany and Britain to allow European companies to continue operating in Iran despite US sanctions. About 2015 Iran nuclear deal: Iran nuclear deal - formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) In 2015, Iran agreed a long-term deal on its nuclear programme with the P5+1 group of world powers - the US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany. Under the deal, Tehran acceded to a 10-year restriction on nuclear production. As of May 2018, there was broad consensus that Iran has abided by the agreement. On May 8, 2018, United States President Donald Trump announced the United States was withdrawing from the deal.
Image result for Saina Nehwal beats Sindhu to become national champion for 4th time
World number nine Saina Nehwal became the national champion for the fourth time, defeating world number six PV Sindhu in the women's singles final of Senior National Badminton Championship. Saina Nehwal had previously won senior nationals in 2006, 2007 and 2017. In the men's singles final, Sourabh Verma defeated Lakshya Sen in straight games.
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Mallakhamb coach, Uday Deshpande and batswoman, Smriti Mandhana were awarded the Maharashtra State Government’s Shiv Chhatrapati Award by the State’s Governor C. Vidyasagar Rao at an event held at the Gateway of India, Mumbai. Uday Deshpande was awarded with the Shiv Chhatrapati life-time achievement award for dedicating his life to the traditional sport, Mallakhamb. Shiv Chhatrapati award for players among several others was presented to Smriti Mandhana, opening batswoman of the Indian Women’s Cricket team. About Maharashtra ♦ Capital – Mumbai ♦ Chief Minister – Devendra Fadnavis ♦ Governor – C. Vidyasagar Rao
Image result for RBI to pay Rs 28,000 crore interim dividend to government
With this interim transfer, the government will get a total Rs 68,000 crore from RBI in the current fiscal. The RBI had transferred Rs 40,000 crore to the government in August 2018. This will be the highest receipt from RBI in a single financial year for the government. This is the second consecutive year that the RBI will be transferring an interim surplus. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had transferred a total of ?50,000 crore to the government for 2017-18 of which ?10,000 crore was transferred as interim dividend. About RBI: Reserve Bank of India is India's central banking institution. Main Role: controls the issuance and supply of the Indian rupee RBI Governor: Shaktikanta Das Headquarters: Mumbai Subsidiary: National Housing Bank Established‎: ‎1 April 1935 Ownership‎: ‎Government of India‎
Image result for Elise Mertens has claimed the Qatar Open 2019 title
Belgium's Elise Mertens has claimed the Qatar Open 2019 title held at Doha, Qatar. She defeated the top seed Simona Halep of Romania and secured 3-6, 6-4, 6-3 . In the 2019 edition, the Men's Singles was won by R.Bautista Agut of Spain by beating T. Berdych of Czechoslovakia. About Elise Mertens: ♦ Currently, Mertens ranks 21 in the world rankings ♦ Mertens has won five singles and six doubles WTA titles as well as 24 1TF titles so far
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Argentina signed the Framework Agreement of the International Solar Alliance with India. The agreement was signed by Argentina’s Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie in the presence of ISA’s Director-General Upendra Tripathy. The agreement of the International Solar Alliance was opened for signature during the 22nd Conference Of Parties at Marrakech on November 15, 2016. Argentina is the 72nd country to sign the Framework Agreement of the ISA. International Solar Alliance: ♦ It aims to provide a common platform to address the specific solar technology deployment needs of the solar resource-rich countries located between the Tropic of Cancer and the Tropic of Capricorn ♦ ISA targets to achieve the production 1 TW of solar energy by 2030. It also targets to produce 100 GW of solar energy by 2022
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Global cybersecurity company Symantec has launched ‘Email Fraud Protection’, an automated solution, to help organizations block fraudulent emails from reaching enterprises.  It aims to reduce workload for IT departments and eliminate the need to manually manage email security configurations while combating Business Email Compromise attacks. The solution is now available as part of Symantec’s Email Security Solution and Integrated Cyber Defence Platform. With this solution, email authentication standards are met by automatic monitoring of approved third-party senders.
Image result for Dhanya became the First woman to climb Keralas Agasthyarkoodam peak
Bureaucrat Dhanya Sanal K. became the first woman to climb Agasthyarkoodam peak in Kerala. There was an unofficial ban for women to trek the peak which was swept aside by Kerala High Court. Agasthyarkoodam peak is a 1868 metre high mountain peak within Neyyar Wildlife Sanctuary in Kerala. It is a pilgrimage centre as of Hindu Puranas for the devotees of Agasthya. Agasthya is considered as the father of Tamil language and the Malayalam language is said to be born from him.
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India and Argentina exchanged 10 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and agreements during the Argentine President Mauricio Macri's ongoing three-day visit to India from February 17 to 19. Argentina’s first lady Juliana Awada also accompanying Mr. Macri. MoUs on Defence Cooperation, tourism,  pharmaceuticals,  Antarctic cooperation, civil nuclear was signed. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Argentine President Macri met for the fifth time on February 18, after their last meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit held in Argentina in December 2018. The trade between the two sides stands at around USD 3 billion. About Argentina: President: Mauricio Macri Capital: Buenos Aires Currency: Argentine peso
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According to a survey conducted by the Social Justice and Empowerment Ministry, about 16 crore  (14.6 per cent) Indians in the 10-75 age group consume alcohol. Chhattisgarh, Tripura, Punjab, Arunachal Pradesh and Goa have the highest prevalence of liquor use. After alcohol, cannabis and opioids are the next commonly-used substances in India.


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