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Daily News Digest:22 January 2019

15th Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas begins in Varanasi

The Prime Minister, Narendra Modi inaugurated the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas on January 22, 2019 in his parliamentary constituency, Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.

In the history of Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas, the event is being held for the first time in Varanasi, the cultural and spiritual capital of India.

For the first time, the three-day-long Pravasi Bharatiya Diwas convention is being organised from January 21 to 23 instead of January 9 to 11 to allow the NRIs to visit the Kumbh Mela in Prayagraj and attend the Republic Day parade in New Delhi.

Siddaganga Mutt seer passes away

Shivakumara Swami, the chief seer of Sree Siddaganga Mutt in Karnataka, passed away on 21 Jan 2019 after a prolonged illness. He was 111. 

He was regarded as one of the most revered religious and social practitioners of the Lingayat-Veerashaiva faith of Lingayatism, whose influence transcended political differences.

Swami was presented with Padma Bhushan in 2015.

India among the most trusted nations globally: Report

India is among the most trusted nations globally when it comes to government, business, NGOs and media, according to the 2019 Edelman Trust Barometer report.

India was at the second place in the informed public category and third place in the general population category. 

UNESCO names Rio its 2020 'World Capital of Architecture'

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has recognised Rio de Janeiro as the 'World Capital of Architecture' for 2020.

Having defeated Paris and Melbourne, Rio was selected to host the 27th edition of the World Congress of the International Union of Architects (UIA) in July 2020.

The "World Capitals of Architecture" initiative was launched by UNESCO and UIA in November 2018.

Nepal's central bank bans use of Indian currency notes

Nepal’s central bank has announced the ban of Indian currency notes with denominations above Rs 100.

The Nepal Rastra Bank (NRB) on 20 Jan 2019 issued a circular for the institutions licensed by it notifying them about the ban.

Germany sanctions Iranian airliner over attacks in Europe

Germany has banned Iranian airline Mahan Air from its airports, in an escalation of sanctions adopted by the European Union against Iran over attacks on opponents in the bloc.

The US has accused Mahan of flying arms and terrorists to Syria.

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