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Daily News Digest:21 February 2019

Combat ready Tejas gets final operational clearance certificate

India's first self-made fighter jet Light Combat Aircraft Tejas or LCA Tejas is finally ready to be used in operations by the Indian Air Force (IAF).

The Tejas Mark-I was awarded Final Operational Certificate status by the Indian Aeronautical Development Agency (ADA) on February 20.

The Tejas achieved initial operational clearance (IOC)—the minimum set of requirements for operational deployment of the aircraft by the IAF—in 2013 with the first Tejas Mark-I IOC squadron stood up in July 2016.

Saudi Arabia to invest $100 billion in India

Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman announced $100 billion worth of investment in India during his visit on 20 Feb 2019.

The investments will be made in coming two years.

International Mother Language Day: 21 February

February 21 is celebrated as the International Mother Language Day worldwide, as declared by the United Nations in 2000.

The annual observance is marked to promote awareness of linguistic and cultural diversity and promote multilingualism.

Nikhat , Meena win gold at Strandja Memorial Boxing tournament

Former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen and Meena Kumari Devi, meanwhile, became the first set of Indian women boxers to clinch gold medals in Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament.

Zareen, a multiple-time national medallist, claimed a 5-0 win in the 51kg category finals against Filipino Irish Magno of Philippines.

Meena defated Aira Villegas by 3-2 of Philippines, in the bantamweight (54kg) summit clash.

Government to infuse Rs 48239 crore in 12 public sector banks

Indian government will infuse Rs 48,239 crore in 12 public-sector banks to provide minimum regulatory capital to banks that come under Reserve Bank of India’s prompt corrective action (PCA) framework, and to prevent weak banks from breaching the framework’s triggers.

Noted Hindi Writer Namvar Singh passes away

Noted Hindi writer Namvar Singh passed away in New Delhi on 20 Feb at the age of 92.

Namvar Singh was ill for some time and was being treated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences. 

Born on 28th July, 1926 in a village in Varanasi, Singh was the first chairman of JNU's Centre of Indian Languages.

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