India and Maldives sign defence pact

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NATIONAL NEWS

India and Maldives sign defence pact

  • India and the Maldives on Sunday signed a defence Line of Credit agreement worth $50 million during the ongoing visit by External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar.
  • Both sides agreed to maintain peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region.
  • The defence Line of Credit will “facilitate capability building in the maritime domain.
  • An agreement to develop, support and maintain a Maldives National Defence Force Coast Guard Harbour at Sifvaru was also signed.

 

BANKING NEWS

YONO Merchant App

  • SBI Payments is set to launch its new YONO Merchant App to provide low-cost digital payments infrastructure to the merchants.
  • SBI Payments is the subsidiary of State Bank of India.

 

SPORTS NEWS

Australian Open Tennis

  • Novak Djokovic won his 9th Australian Open by defeating Russia’s Daniil Medvedev.
  • This is his 3rd hat trick Australian Open for the 2nd time.

 

30th Adriatic Pearl tournament

  • Vinka (60kg) and T. Sanamacha Chanu (75kg) won gold in boxing in the 0th Adriatic Pearl tournament held in Budva, Montenegro.
  • Also, India has secured two silver and three bronze at the end of the tournament.

 

IMPORTANT DAYS

International Mother Language Day

  • International Mother Language Day is a worldwide annual observance held on 21 February to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and to promote multilingualism.
  • The theme of international mother language day 2021 is “fostering multilingualism for inclusion in education and society”.

 

MISCELLENEOUS NEWS

Country’s youngest pilot

  • Ayesha Aziz became the country’s youngest pilot by getting her pilot licence at the age of 22.
  • She became the role model for the girls from Kashmir where she lives.
  • She got her student flying licence at the age of 16.
  • Ms. Aziz was given the First Ladies’ Award by the President of India in 2018.

 

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