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Top 5 Current Affairs: 26 February 2019

In retaliation to the deadly Pulwama terror attack, the Indian Air Force fighter jets crossed the line of control in the early hours of February 26 and attacked Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

Feb 26, 2019 17:30 IST
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India strikes back: IAF jets destroy Jaish terror camps across LoC

In retaliation to the deadly Pulwama terror attack, the Indian Air Force fighter jets crossed the line of control in the early hours of February 26, 2019 and attacked Jaish-e-Mohammed terror camps in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

The same was confirmed by the Indian Foreign Secretary, Vijay Gokhale during a press conference in New Delhi on the same day. The Foreign Secretary revealed that India has struck the biggest training camp of JeM in Balakot.

The Indian Air Force used Mirage-2000 jets to drop 1000 kg of laser-guided bombs causing an estimated casualty of 200-300. In the intelligence led operation, India struck the biggest training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammed in Balakot, Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa.  

5,60,695 houses sanctioned under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban)

The Union Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs on February 25, 2019 approved the construction of another 5,60,695 affordable houses for the benefit of urban poor under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (Urban) (PMAY(U)).

With this, the cumulative number of houses sanctioned under the PMAY(U) now stands at 79,04,674. The approval was given during the 43rd meeting of the Central Sanctioning and Monitoring Committee.

Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana (PMAY) or ‘Housing for all’ is a housing scheme for all the people who belong to lower income group, economically weaker section and Middle Income Group in India.

States’ Budget 2019: Delhi & Haryana Budget 2019-20 presented

The Delhi Government on February 26, 2019 presented the Rs 60,000 crore budget for 2019-20 in the Assembly. 26 percent of total budget that is around Rs 15000 crore have been earmarked for education.

Around 13000 seats will be added to engineering and polytechnic colleges of Delhi. Considering the lack of applied sciences courses in Delhi, the Government announced to set up new Applied Sciences University apart from setting up a Teacher Training University and an MBA course at Delhi Technological University.

Afghanistan begins export to India through Chabahar port

Afghanistan on February 24, 2019 began exports to India through the Chabahar port in Iran. This is the first time Afghanistan has exported goods to India bypassing the Pakistan route.

According to reports, twenty-three trucks carrying 570 tonnes of dried fruits, textiles, carpets and mineral products were dispatched from the western Afghan city of Zaranj to Chabahar in Iran.

The move marks the first time that Afghanistan has shipped goods to India through a newly developed Iranian seaport in a bid to improve exports and reduce reliance on routes through its uneasy neighbor, Pakistan.

President Ram Nath Kovind confers Gandhi Peace Prize for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018

President Ram Nath Kovind on February 26, 2019 conferred the Gandhi Peace Prize for the years 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 at a function in Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi. The award ceremony saw the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The awardees were selected by the jury under the Chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The 2018 Gandhi Peace Prize was conferred on Yohei Sasakawa, who is at the forefront of many philanthropic initiatives. His compassionate nature can be seen in the manner in which he has worked to eliminate leprosy in India.

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