International news in short, after landing Rover sent back black & white pictures

Feb 20, 2021 8:33 | Poltics


 1. *India and China  hold 10th round of Corps Commander level talks on Saturday at Moldo on the Chinese side of LAC in eastern Ladakh. The move follows the first phase of disengagement at Pangong Lake.* 

2. Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Hua Chunying told media in Beijing that the two sides are in communication. She said India is an important neighbour and restoring a healthy stable relationship is the aspiration and in the interest of the people.

3. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to support the development, conduct and promotion of health research in India.

4. *Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg on Friday tweeted in support of Disha Ravi,* the 21-year-old arrested for allegedly being involved in sharing a "toolkit" on social media related to the farmers protest."Freedom of speech and the right to peaceful protest and assembly are non-negotiable human rights.

5. *The Chinese  media on Friday released a video of the Galwan Valley clash in eastern Ladakh in June last year.* The video showing the confrontation between Indian and Chinese soldiers in June 2020.
Four Chinese soldiers were killed during a fierce hand-to-hand battle with the Indian Army in the Galwan Valley in eastern Ladakh in June last year, the People's Liberation Army acknowledged for the first time.

1. *Joe Biden will attend his first meeting as U.S. president with Group of Seven leaders*  to discuss plans to defeat the novel coronavirus, reopen the battered world economy and counter the challenge posed by China.

2.  *The G7--US, Japan, Germany, UK, France, Italy, Canada-- has gross domestic product of about $40 trillion* : Biden "will focus on the global response to the pandemic, including vaccine production, distribution of supplies" and efforts to fight emerging infections.

3. *Joe Biden hailed the "historic" landing of the Perseverance rover on Mars.* : After seven months in space, NASA's Perseverance rover overcame a tense landing phase with a series of perfectly executed maneuvers to gently float down to the Martian soil and embark on its mission to search for signs of past life.

4. Shortly after landing, the rover sent back its first black-and-white images, revealing a rocky field at the landing site in the Jezero Crater, just north of the Red Planet's equator.

5. *The National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Perseverance Rover on Thursday* (local time) *successfully touched down on the surface of Mars* after surviving a blazing seven-minute plunge through the Martian atmosphere. Among the scientists who are part of this historic mission, *Indian-American Dr Swati Mohan spearheaded the development of attitude control and the landing system for the rover.* 

 6. *The Bangladesh Supreme Court yesterday launched the Artificial Intelligence (AI) based translation software ‘Amar Vasha’ through a virtual event.* The software will translate orders and judgements of the Supreme Court from English to Bangla.

7. *Britain's Prince Harry will relinquish his honorary military appointments and patronages after confirming to Queen Elizabeth II that he and his wife Meghan Markle will not return as working royals.*  They have since embarked on a new life involving several commercial ventures in the United States, and now live in California.

8. *Coronavirus Cases:* 111,031,233
Deaths: 2,456,628
Recovered: 85,935,970

Sports:  1. *Sachin Tendulkar's son Arjun Tendulkar reacted after earning his maiden IPL contract.* Arjun was the last cricketer to be picked in IPL auction 2021 in Chennai. The all-rounder was picked up at his base price of ₹20 lakh by defending champions Mumbai Indians right at the fag end of the mini-auction.

2. *India shooter Manu Bhaker on Friday took to Twitter and sought help from Union Sport Minister Kiren Rijiju and Union Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri after officials at Delhi airport stopped her from boarding her flight to Bhopal.* The Tokyo-bound shooter said that the officials stopped her and treated her "like a criminal" because she was carrying guns and ammunitions for training at the MP Shooting Academy.