Daily News | 15 February

With Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad having claimed responsibility for the Pulwama terrorist attack Thursday, the focus is back on Jaish chief Maulana Masood Azhar and Delhi’s failed attempt to list him as a “global terrorist” at the United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Azhar was released by the A B Vajpayee government with two others in exchange of the hijacked Indian Airlines flight IC-814.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra wrapped up her debut press conference in 2 minutes to observe silence in memory of the marytrs of Pulwama but not before staging a coup on the ruling BJP by inducting four-time MP and sitting BJP MLA Avtar Singh Bhadana into the Congress fold. Bhadana, a Gujjar leader, represents Meerapur constituency in Muzaffarnagar. Also she has made an alliance with OBC-dominated Mahaan Dal for 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will arrive in Seoul on February 21 to meet President Moon Jae-in. It will provide an important occasion for the two leaders to review the recent developments in bilateral relations. During the visit, Prime Minister Modi will also be conferred with the 2018 Seoul Peace Prize.

Jet Airways has approved a bank-led resolution plan (BLPRP) received from the State Bank of India. After this, BLPRP will be largest stakeholder in Jet Airways.The BLPRP, which has currently estimated a funding gap of around Rs 8,500 crore which will be used to meet the mix of equity infusion, debt restructuring, sale and leaseback/refinancing of aircraft.

The World Health Organization warned Thursday that efforts to halt the spread of measles were “backsliding”, with case numbers worldwide surging around 50 percent last year. O’Brien pointed out that less than 10 percent of actual measles cases are reported. Agency said that around 229,000 cases had already been reported, compared to 170,000 for 2017.

Samsung will be releasing a 12GB version of the Galaxy S10+. Last Month; Samsung announced that it would be going all out to announce a 12GB Galaxy S10+ model with the first ever 1TB storage on any smartphone. Galaxy S10 models will come in Prism White, Prism Green, and Prism Black colors.

Xiaomi is all set to launch the Redmi Note 7 in India on February 28 expected to be priced at INR 10,000. It will have three versions: 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage , 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage, 6GB RAM and 64GB of internal storage. It has primary camera of 48MP sensor paired with f/1.8 aperture and secondary camera of 5MP sensor, 6.3-inch full-HD+ LTPS display with screen resolution of 1080×2340 pixels protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 5.

After the historic triumph in Australia and New Zealand, the Indian selectors would now want to try out few new faces in a bid to the test the bench-strength leading up to the World Cup. Rohit Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Yuzvendra Chahal could be rested after the rather tight schedule in Australia and New Zealand.

Chelsea claimed a 2-1 victory at Malmo in the Europa League last-32 first leg on Thursday to ease some of the pressure on beleaguered coach Maurizio Sarri, while Arsenal suffered a shock loss to BATE Borisov. Ross Barkley took advantage of a defensive lapse by the home team to put Chelsea ahead on the half-hour mark, with Olivier Giroud adding a 58th-minute second before Malmo’s late goal gave them a glimmer of hope ahead of next week’s return match at Stamford Bridge.

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