The United Nations General Assembly has marked February 10th as the International Day of the Arabian Leopard. This decision, formalized in resolution 77/295, highlights the critical status of the Arabian Leopard (Panthera pardus nimr), classified as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List. The rapid decline of this majestic creature signals a dire need for concerted actions to address the biodiversity crisis threatening ecosystems globally.

Every year on February 10th, the global community celebrates World Pulses Day, an occasion dedicated to recognizing the pivotal role of pulses in promoting food security, nutrition, and sustainable agricultural practices. This year’s theme, “Pulses: Nourishing Soils and People,” emphasizes the dual benefits of pulses for enhancing soil health and providing essential nutrients to humans. It’s a day to appreciate the humble pulse, not just as a source of food but as a cornerstone of ecological and human health.

The iconic Jungfraujoch, also known as the Top of Europe, witnessed a momentous event recently. India’s Olympic gold medalist and world champion javelin thrower, Neeraj Chopra, was honoured with a commemorative plaque at the renowned Ice Palace. This prestigious recognition adds another feather to his cap and strengthens the bond between Switzerland and India.

Pathum Nissanka etched his name in Sri Lankan cricket history, by becoming the first-ever player to score a double century in One Day Internationals (ODIs) for the nation. His unbeaten knock of 210 runs against Afghanistan was a masterclass in batting, shattering records and propelling Sri Lanka to a massive victory. First Double Century: Nissanka’s 210 is the highest individual score by a Sri Lankan batsman in ODIs, surpassing Sanath Jayasuriya’s 189 from 2000.

Fastest Double Century: He reached the double ton in just 136 balls, making it the third fastest in men’s ODIs.

The National Payments Corporation of India (NPCI) recently announced the appointment of Ajay Kumar Choudhary as its new non-executive chairman and independent director, effective February 8, 2024. Mr Choudhary, a distinguished central banker with a career spanning over three decades at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), brings a wealth of experience and expertise to this crucial role.

Kazakh President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev has appointed Olzhas Bektenov, his chief of staff, as the new prime minister. Bektenov (43), previously headed the state anti-corruption agency and assumed the role of presidential administration head in April 2023. The swift approval from the ruling Amanat party-dominated parliament underscores the president’s firm grip on power.

The New Delhi Book Fair, organized by the National Book Trust in collaboration with the India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO), is set to enchant visitors at Pragati Maidan from February 10 to 18, 2024. This year’s theme, “Multilingual India: A Living Tradition,” promises a celebration of linguistic diversity and cultural exchange. Saudi Arabia takes center stage as the Guest of Honor, showcasing its rich literary heritage. With 25 delegates from the Kingdom participating, the fair becomes a platform for strengthening bilateral ties between India and Saudi Arabia.

Etihad Airways joins forces with the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as their official sponsor, marking a thrilling new chapter for both entities. This strategic partnership, announced on February 9th, 2024, promises to propel the excitement of cricket to new heights for fans around the world. CSK, one of the most successful and beloved franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL), boasts a loyal fan base extending far beyond the borders of India. Etihad Airways, a global airline renowned for its premium services and innovative approach, shares a similar commitment to excellence and a passion for connecting people across diverse cultures.

In a groundbreaking move for the Northeast region, Chief Minister Prem Singh Tamang of Sikkim announced the revival of the Old Pension Scheme (OPS) for state government employees hired on or after April 1, 2006, during the State Level Temporary Employees’ Convention. This decision underscores the government’s commitment to the welfare of its workforce.

Telangana Governor Tamilisai Soundararajan made groundbreaking announcements during her address to the joint session of the legislature, outlining the state government’s ambitious agenda for digital inclusion and technological advancement. With a focus on ensuring universal access to the internet and positioning Hyderabad and Telangana as the nation’s AI capital, Governor Soundararajan’s vision sets a bold precedent for the state’s future development.

India, Türkiye, and Qatar have been declared the guests of honor at the 2024 World Governments Summit which set to take place in Dubai from February 12-14. The summit, themed ‘Shaping Future Governments,’ will see the participation of over 25 government and state heads from around the world. The delegations from Türkiye, India, and Qatar will be led by their respective leaders: President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Abdulrahman bin Jassim Al Thani.

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