Polity & Governance
14th International Children’s Film festival concludes in Bangladesh
- The 14th International Children’s Film Festival of Bangladesh (ICFFB) came to an end in Dhaka. 179 films from 37 countries were shown at various venues during the 7-day long festival organised by the Children’s Film Society (CFS) of Bangladesh. Apart from Bangladesh, films from India, Armenia, US, UK, Ireland, Japan and China among others were shown in the course of the festival.
- Dutch Film Jackie and Oopjen was awarded the Best International Feature Film Award. The Best Director award went to Ani Oganesyan for his film Stork’s Nest from Armenia. A total of 12 awards were presented to the winners at the concluding ceremony.
- Prime Minister of Bangladesh: Sheikh Hasina; Capital: Dhaka; Currency: Taka.
- President of Bangladesh: Abdul Hamid.
India signs 50 million dollar Defence line of Credit agreement with Maldives
- Reaffirming its commitment for overall development and security of its maritime neighbour, India has signed a 50 million dollar Line of Credit agreement in the defence sector with the Maldives.
- External Affair Minister S Jaishankar, who was in the Maldives, said that the agreement will facilitate capability building in the maritime domain. The credit line agreement for defence projects was signed between the Finance Ministry of Maldives and the Export-Import Bank of India to boost the maritime capabilities of the strategically vital Indian Ocean island nation.
China celebrates traditional ‘Lantern Festival’
- China is celebrating its traditional Lantern festival. Celebrated on the 15th day of the first Chinese lunar month, the Lantern Festival traditionally marks the end of the Chinese New Year also known as the ‘Spring Festival’
- In 2021, China ushered into Lunar New Year – the ‘Year of the Ox’ on 12th February.
- The Lantern Festival is also the first full moon night in the Chinese calendar, marking the return of spring and symbolizing the reunion of family.
- According to China’s various folk customs, people get together on the night of the Lantern Festival to celebrate with different activities.
Denmark to create world’s first energy island
- Denmark has approved a plan to build the world’s first energy island in the North Sea.
- The artificial island, in its initial phase, will be the size of 18 football fields.
- It will be linked to hundreds of offshore wind turbines and will supply both power to households and green hydrogen for use in shipping, aviation, industry and heavy transport.
- The island will produce and store enough green energy to cover the electricity needs of three million European households.
- The move came as the European Union unveiled plans to transform its electricity system to rely mostly on renewable energy within a decade and increase its offshore wind energy capacity 25-fold by 2050
- Denmark Capital: Copenhagen.
- Denmark Currency: Danish krone.