FEBRUARY 2019-PLACES IN NEWS

Air India resumes its services from New Delhi to Najaf in Iraq

  • Air India is resuming its services from New Delhi to the holy city of Najaf in Iraq after 25 years.
  • Najaf is a city some 160 kilometers from Baghdad.
  • It is an important pilgrimage place considered sacred by Shia Muslims.
  • About Iraq: President: Barham Salih

Knowledge is power - Uzbekistan lifts ban on political science

  • According to a decree issued by PresidentShavkat Mirziyoyev, Uzbekistan has lifted the ban on teaching Political Science.

  • The subject was entirely banned in 2015 under the regime of President Islam Karimov on the grounds that it is a western pseudoscience that does not take into account the "Uzbek model" ofdevelopment.

  • In 2013 Uzbek universities stopped teaching political science as a major and in 2015 it was totally eradicated from the curriculum.

    About Uzbekistan: Capital: Tashkent

Indus River Dolphin declared as Punjab’s State aquatic animal

  • One of the world's rarest mammals, Indus River Dolphins has received an exceptional distinction.

  • Found only in India and Pakistan in the Beas river, the generally playful Indus Dolphins have been declared Punjab’s State aquatic animal.

  • Punjab Chief Minister also approved to declare Kanji Wetland and holy Kali Bein River as a wildlife conservation reserve to mark the historic celebration of 550th Prakash Purb of Sri Guru Nanak Dev.

    About Punjab: Chief minister: Amarinder Singh

2nd Jharkhand Int'l Film Festival to begin in Ranchi from 1st February

  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has decided to lend support to the organization of 2nd Jharkhand International Film Festival (JIFF) in Ranchi, Jharkhand from 1st to 3rd February.

  • It is being organized by Navbharat Nirman Sangh, an NGO.

  • JIFF aims to present not only the best Indian and International Films, but also showcase the best of Jharkhand Regional Films being made in Napuri, Santali, Kortha and Kumali languages.

  • Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had provided financial sports of Rs 5 Lakh to the Organizers of the festival.

    About Jharkhand: Chief minister: Raghubar Das

Government restricts use of National flag made of plastic

  • Art, action, Mumbai: Kala Ghoda Arts Festival celebrates 20 years of creativity The Kala ghoda festival-KAGF, India’s largest multi-cultural street festival begins in Mumbai to celebrate its 20 years of art and culture through cinema, theatre, dance, literature and sculpture.

  • The festival hosted the exhibition at the Jehangir Art Gallery to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and some rich history of Mumbai.

  • Maneck Davar is Chairman of Kala Ghoda Association.

    About Maharashtra: Governor: C. Vidyasagar Rao.



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